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Hello all,

Traded in my 2011 Outback for a Crosstrek. I had 48,000 miles on the Outback as of Saturday when I picked up the Crosstrek. I'd purchased the OB in Sept 2010 - yeah, I do a fair amount of driving.

The XTrek is a premium level w/ sunroof, no nav and no audio upgrades. I'd visited just 2 dealers and made the buy from the 2nd dealer. I had checked a couple of online sites for pricing and felt I got a pretty good deal considering the high mileage of the OB. I did get a seatback protector and the optional Homelink mirror. I just got the standard Bluetooth programmed today. I tried doing so last night but I must have been tired because no matter what I did, I couldn't seem to get it correct. Had no problems getting it operational today. I'm not sure but it may be the case that you can program only 6 speed dial numbers. Whenever I activate the Bluetooth, it comes on at an alarmingly loud volume. I hope there's a way to turn down the dial tone volume which I simply have not yet found.

One nice thing I've come across (don't know if it's ever existed before) is the ability to turn off the Subaru instrument sweep when the key is turned on. The display which is located between the speedo and tach is illuminated in some odd way which, for my eyes and while wearing sunglasses, is VERY difficult to discern. Speedo and tah needles are red illuminate which will also be a bit difficult for my eyes to see clearly.

I was surprised to learn that Subaru is shipping the Xtreks w/ synthetic oil. They advise first oil change at 3K - which is, as you proably know, extremely low mileage for synthetic.

I must say there's a considerable difference in build quality between the OB and the Xtrek. No power driver's seat option in the Xtrek. And I was waxing the roof today and noticed there's a considerable, and somewhat disappointing, amount of flex in the roof panel. Radio doesn't sound as good either.

I've looked at the manual, not exhaustively, and have yet to see anything about a break in period. I tend to take it easy for about the first 1,000 miles, not even using the cruise control, which by the way I surely hope has improved in comparison to the OB.

That's about it for now.
 

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i have an '11 outback and my wife has a '12 impreza. the impreza is almost identical to the XV. i don't know how you could stand that much of a downgrade for a few more mpg. keep an eye on the oil consumption of the fb20 for the first 10-15k miles youll probably need to keep adding some every now and then, but after that period it should stop burning oil. the xv/impreza is still a very nice car, you should be happy, i just love the outback's seats in comparison and a lot less wind noise. don't worry about the cruise control, just use it whenever. there isn't really much of a break-in, just don't bounce off the fuel cutoff, oh wait the CVT wont let you.
 

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Thanks for the notes! I'm following that car with interest.

Gauge test sweep has been selectable on XTs from the beginning (MY05) not sure about other models.

Regarding the dash display- are your sunglasses polarized? Try tilting your head to see if the display brightens and darkens in response to the angle of your head. Lots of automotive LCDs are done right- polarized at a 45° to the horizon, so that polarized sunglasses don't make too much of an impact on brightness. Unfortunately I've been seeing more which aren't designed as well and become unusable with polarized glasses.
 

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"...just don't bounce off the fuel cutoff,.."

Can you explain what you're saying here? I don't understand." Thanks.

I traded for xtrek for a couple of reasons, first, if I'd heard that the trade-in value of a car really goes down if it hits 50,000 miles. Since I never liked the OB's steering (the second reason) I decided I'd get an Xtrek.

I can't say the OB had the shakes but if it didn't, it came quite close. The OB's steering was poor and the suspension was lacking as well. So far, the xtrek steering feels a LOT better as does the suspension.

rasterman, I'm very happy to be of assistance. I'll make notes for all to read from time to time or you can pm me.
 

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"...just don't bounce off the fuel cutoff,.."

Can you explain what you're saying here? I don't understand." Thanks.
If you attempt to over-rev a car by standing on the gas pedal, the engine is usually protected by a rev limit mechanism.

Back in the day, it was a spark cutoff. Cheap & effective, but it was very polluting with clouds of unburnt gas, risk of backfire & catalytic converter damage. So then the automotive world changed to a fuel cutoff system. Now (apparently) Subaru does something different to control high RPMs by changing gear ratios in the CVT.
 

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from another board - great-grandfather of our cars auctioned off;

 
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