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Hey Guys,

Glad to finally be a part of the Subaru family. Big car guy (hence, the name) and know them like the back of my hand. Recently purchased a 2019 Crystal White 3.6R Limited back with 170miles on the dash in Feb, and haven't looked back since. Coming from a history of "sports cars" (see pics), this is my attempt at practicality and fuel economy. However, I was pleased to learn that what I gained in sufficient ground clearance (lol), I didn't have to lose ALL the driving excitment I'm used to from my past.

Here's some pics I've got since then. Once I finish schooling, I have big plans, but budget will be tight until then.


Also have quite a bit of technical questions that I have not seen the answers to lurking, but will post them later.
 

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Welcome!

The terms "practicality and fuel economy" and "3.6R" don't often go together, but it all depends on what your point of reference is. But enjoy!
 

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Welcome!

The terms "practicality and fuel economy" and "3.6R" don't often go together, but it all depends on what your point of reference is. But enjoy!
Coming from a 3.7 VQHR G37S with high-flow cats, getting about 16 miles to the gallon (city) on premium, it really is all about perspective:wink2:
 

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Congratulations! I'm sure you will enjoy your new Outback.
And it's performance/economy are all based on one's point of reference. My WRX has gotten better fuel economy (so far) than my Outback XT.
 

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Coming from a 3.7 VQHR G37S with high-flow cats, getting about 16 miles to the gallon (city) on premium, it really is all about perspective<img src="http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/images/SubaruOutback_2014/smilies/tango_face_wink.png" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />
As another former G owner to Ouback 3.6 owner, yeah I definitely get this perspective.

Welcome to the forums!
 

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Good choice on OB 3.6R, congrats and enjoy the ride.
 

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I went from 2005 OB 2.5i that got about 21 mpg to a 2011 Jeep Liberty that got about 17 mpg and now back to a 2019 OB 2.5i Limited that gets 28 mpg average. So, yes, it's all about perspective.
 

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^Believe it or not, that GLi up there got 30mpg on the highway driving conservatively.

I went with the bigger engine to offset the CVT - I really dislike them. Coming from manual transmission cars and an automatic-with-paddles 7-speed in the G (which was still too many gears for me), I don't understand how the CVT works. However, I've learned to use the paddle shifters to pull out in front of cars if necessary, which has helped significantly.

I am hopeful that a few performance upgrades can help with the mid-range torque and HP (one of my questions), so maybe someone can shed some light on that topic.
 

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Best bang for your buck is to do the 19mm rear sway bar upgrade. Easy to do yourself. Makes it corner nice and flat. About $100. Find the posting on it. I have a 2018 Limited 3.6R and am really happy with that choice. Smoothest engine I've ever owned. CVS is actually a good choice for the engine.
 

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Best bang for your buck is to do the 19mm rear sway bar upgrade. Easy to do yourself. Makes it corner nice and flat. About $100. Find the posting on it. I have a 2018 Limited 3.6R and am really happy with that choice. Smoothest engine I've ever owned. CVS is actually a good choice for the engine.
So what any other "performance" upgrades? No air intakes, downpipes, catbacks, etc.? How about a throttle booster to help with pedal feel? Maybe I'm just on a cloud from the other forums I've been on, but would love to get a LITTLE more power from the car for merging and pulling out into traffic.
 

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So what any other "performance" upgrades? No air intakes, downpipes, catbacks, etc.? How about a throttle booster to help with pedal feel? Maybe I'm just on a cloud from the other forums I've been on, but would love to get a LITTLE more power from the car for merging and pulling out into traffic.

'throttle booster to help with pedal feel' ...you may want to wait to order some gadget. That first 1/2" of pedal is aggressive. I'd prefer a slightly slower uptake. Even, 'she who does not care' likes the smooth feeling the 6 provides. Our inline, 3.6 in a Volvo V70 is not as smooth but has had 100k+ for the motor mounts to loosen up.

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'throttle booster to help with pedal feel' ...you may want to wait to order some gadget. That first 1/2" of pedal is aggressive. I'd prefer a slightly slower uptake. Even, 'she who does not care' likes the smooth feeling the 6 provides. Our inline, 3.6 in a Volvo V70 is not as smooth but has had 100k+ for the motor mounts to loosen up.

Jim
More referring to the mid-range power band, or whatever feels like 'lag' halfway through acceleration. That'a the feeling I would like to get rid of/reduce (could be CVT related).
 

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More referring to the mid-range power band, or whatever feels like 'lag' halfway through acceleration. That'a the feeling I would like to get rid of/reduce (could be CVT related).

Sorry, I have nothing cogent to add. I have probably put 30 mi on it to date.

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Look into XRT Tuning, he's been working on some stuff for the 3.6/CVT and apparently has gotten some solid results.

There's not a whole lot out there for performance mods for the EZ36. It's not a super common engine (one dealership told me they sell one for every 50 2.5i's), and it's plenty beefy as it is. One help might be to look for Legacy mods, they're pretty much the exact same platform. Or you could go crazy and get a Raptor Supercharger kit, but spending $10k just to void your brand new warranty seems kinda silly.
 
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