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Got my factory ordered 2013 3.6R limited twilight blue metallic outback today with just 3 miles on the odometer. It's a limited base model without moonroof, navigation and camera. The installed options were:
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Rear Bumper Corner Moldings
Rear Bumper Cover
Splash Guards
Wheel Arch Molding Kit
Auto-Dimming Mirror with Compass
Cargo Net - Rear
Cargo Net - Rear Seat Back
Cargo Net - Rear Side Compartment
Dog Guard/Compartment Separator
All-Weather Floor Mats
</dl>All protective film was on the body per my request. I checked alignment of the doors and the rear tail gate. All gaps were equally sized and all surfaces were properly aligned. I drove the car about 32 highway and street miles at different speeds to the shop to install 3M ClearBra film while everything is still pristine and clean. Highest speed was 80 mph, lowest 25-30 mph.
First impressions: Surprisingly firm and responsive ride in comparison with previously tested mushy 2012 OB, almost like an average sport sedan. Cornering without braking was quite good without noticeable body lean or roll. I could not detect any over or under steer in this vehicle. I give it partially to the absence of the moonroof, which adds some extra pounds to the highest point of the vehicle. Steering was a bit heavier than I expected but nonetheless quite precise and responsive. On a highway, in a speed range between 50 and 80 mph it was very stable without any shaking or side to side line wandering. Few times I let go of the steering wheel and the car continued to travel in the straight line. The highway ride is quite firm with a little noise getting in but nothing really distracting. I did not notice any creaks, pops or other parasitic vibrations that others complained in their posts about. The head rests felt quite unusual to me but nothing really to complain about. Driver seat is very comfy as well. The ride to the 3M installer shop was quite short, about an hour, to make any final conclusions about this new car. However, my first impressions are very positive. I'm glad now that I have waited for 2013 model with an improved suspension, steering and ride in general.
Patience is a virtue :29:
 

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You have exactly the same thing I ordered on 11 August. Well I didnt get the cargo nets and dog guard. Oh and mines a 2.5--wanted better fuel economy.

Can you tell me exactly how long from order at dealer to delivery ?

Thanks.
The car was factory ordered on June 13th and arrived on August 20th.

BTW, the fuel economy was surprisingly good for 6 cylinder engine in my opinion. More than 90% of the time I drove it, MPG gauge was showing green bars.
 

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Congrats on your new car! I've got your twin, minus the dog guard and wheel arch molding kit, and ours came with puddle lights.

We were just about to order ours until the San Antonio dealer found one very close to what we wanted in Houston. We were the first ones to purchase a 2013 3.6R and the first ones to purchase Twilight Blue in San Antonio.

We absolutely love ours so far, the ride is much better than the several 2012's we test drove. Ours was delivered with over inflated tires (45 - 47) and once I let the extra air out, the drive was even better.
Thanks! And thank you again for the hint regarding tire pressure. I'll check it when I get the car out of the 3M installer shop. I saw a couple of 2013 twilight blues in our area but they all were 2.5i cars. I guess, I might be the first in our area owner of 2013 3.6R in TBM color.
 

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Got my car today out of ClearBra installer shop. After all protective film was removed and clear protective one installed it looks fantastic :29:
Drove it home and installed rear seat back protector using industrial strength velcro strips, instead of drilling anchor holes in the rear seat back. Worked like a charm.
Next thing is to install four rub strips on the roof between roof rack rails, and then one extra switch and relay to turn on / off that stupid DRLs.
 
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