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As excited as you may be, look the body over for fit and finish. Doors, hood, rear hatch… open them all, close them. Look at things like the front fender, the roof rails, make sure nothing is amiss (like warped trim on the roof rails). No paint peeling, large scratches on the paint, plastic, or glass (I missed one on my sunroof, should have caught it, but it’s only something I notice). There was a larger spot on the rear window, but it’s near the edge and I used some stuff to knock most of that off… the slight defect is still there but wasn’t worth worrying about.

Look in the spare tire well, make sure the tire is in there, and all the little silly tools and jack.

Turn the radio on, make sure it plays (I drove off and then found the radio had no volume when new).

I even fold the rear seats down, check them for any defects on the upholstery… not a fine tooth comb type check, just don’t NOT look at it :)

I’m always looking for problems with fit and finish and interior. Other mechanical issues are easy for the dealer to fix under warranty since it’s new… I find it’s harder to get panel alignment, upholstery problems, etc fixed.

Other than that, enjoy the new car smell and drive it.
 

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Hello everyone. I am new to this group. My outback wilderness will be here next week and I'm very excited I've been doing tons of research on it any advice when I pick it up? View attachment 520677
Congrats! That Wilderness will look great on the road. The green & black works well together.

Walker has already come up with a good list for pre-delivery inspection. Your Delivery Specialist/salesman should go over everything with you, but the time to catch the obvious stuff is before you roll off the lot.

After you've taken delivery, SilverOnyx has put together a detailed list of things you should know how to use, check out, etc. It pays to familiarize yourself with these items now, not later:

 

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Congrats! That Wilderness will look great on the road. The green & black works well together.

Walker has already come up with a good list for pre-delivery inspection. Your Delivery Specialist/salesman should go over everything with you, but the time to catch the obvious stuff is before you roll off the lot.

After you've taken delivery, SilverOnyx has put together a detailed list of things you should know how to use, check out, etc. It pays to familiarize yourself with these items now, not later:

Took the family out for ice cream and thought we'd swing by the dealership just on the off chance and the truck must've slipped in Friday night or sometime today because it's here but I have to wait till Monday to officially get it!
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First, congrats and welcome!

Next, what Walker said . . . then when you've got it home, grab the owner and StarLink manuals, and sit in the driver's seat to start learning where everything is. Try every setting and combination. Treat it gently for the first 100 miles, keep it below 4000 rpm until after 1000 miles.

The OBW is a great ride -- I'm betting you'll love yours the way lots of us do ours.
 

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Nice car! Those dinky tires just don't look right though. Have you thought about getting more off a beefier, larger off road tire?
 

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Hi Flat6Brick. I have not thought about replacing the so-called dinky tires as I think they look great! They are intended exactly what they're used for road and dirt. Love the ride and as a designer I hate to question people that design vehicles for a living; that being said they work perfectly for this vehicle.
 
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