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Hi all
Just looking for a few views on something I'm considering...

Should I keep my H6 or replace it with an XT of which I've narrowed down to two choices?

My Topaz Gold 2007 JDM H6 has 46,000 miles, came into New Zealand from Japan in late 2016 and is in near flawless condition
Both XT's are 2008, both have approximately 65,000 miles and are recent arrivals from Japan

Here's the kicker; both XT's have Eyesight, my H6 does not

The red one is in my town but the black one is a 90 minute flight away but has the Albero bodykit which I really like

The main reason I'm considering this is because I'd like to have eyesight and I still prefer this generation Outback to it's successor but I've never owned a turbo Subaru before so is it wise for me to move away from the brilliant H6?

So in summary: low mileage, 9/10 condition H6, no eyesight or higher mileage, 8/10 condition XT's, with eyesight?

Thanks
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Wow... That H6 is an absolute stunner. Eyesight or no eyesight, that car is a beauty.

The XT's are nice too, I suppose... if you like that sort of thing. ;-)
 

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I'd vote for keeping the 2007 H6. Much more dependable.

I do like that the Japanese 2008 models didn't get the front grill redesigned compared to the 2007. We weren't so lucky in the US; I prefer 2005-2007 front grill.
 

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Tough to say- we never got those Eyesight 1.0 cars here in the USA. They rolled out the 2nd generation Eyesight here as if it was the launch starting in 2010.

My point is I don't know how good the feature actually was back in those models. Whether it is actual safety or just a warm fuzzy feeling- make sure it is worth it to you in exchange for the expense and inconvenience of caring for an XT.
 

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The H6 unless you are really handy with a tool box and its contents.
 
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like the body lift?


for light offroading, turbos do not have the smooth power delivery like a H6,

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if you were looking for a real urban traffic crawler, where eyesight might make things easier,
the turbos are even more thirsty on petrol=gasoline then the H6 you got.

(edit: and these are some real pretty cars,...scoop or not).
 

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Holy shirtballs, that black XT is killer looking.

A 90 minute flight is what, 8 - 10 hours driving? I drove 9 hours one way to buy my XT with nothing more than pictures over the internet and a few email conversations. And the '05s here are known for completely blowing up shortly after purchase if the history is sketchy as mine was.

And the condition of mine cosmetically is nowhere near that, with or without body kit. Those JDMs were done right. Lucky SOB's.

On a completely unrelated note... would you know how I could get some of those headlights? Asking for a friend...
 

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my next outback would be 3rd gen 3.0R 250hp. turbo nice but maintenance expencive. and turbo for street not for offroad or lift.
 

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Honestly, I'd lean towards keeping your H6. It looks fantastic, had low miles, and you know what you are getting with it.
That said, I love my XT. It isn't as fun or dependable than my previous WRX, but it can haul lots of stuff and has extra ground clearance which I love. It's a much better vehicle to use for outdoor sports IMHO.
Eyesight is tempting. I don't know how the early versions work, but I also have a 16 Crosstrek Premium with Eyesight and I think it is the best daily. I love being able to set the cruise and not worry even if traffic starts to build up.

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These are kind of the answers I was secretly hoping for :)
I'm happy that so far the general consensus is to keep my H6

Although rare, the eyesight models show up now and then so perhaps I should wait to see if an H6 with eyesight pops up

The used car dealership I bought my OB from is a Subaru specialist and directly imports all its cars from Japan so maybe I could ask them to find me an H6 with eyesight and import it for me
They currently have over 40 JDM gen 3 Outbacks but none of their selection have eyesight
 

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These are kind of the answers I was secretly hoping for :)
I'm happy that so far the general consensus is to keep my H6

Although rare, the eyesight models show up now and then so perhaps I should wait to see if an H6 with eyesight pops up

The used car dealership I bought my OB from is a Subaru specialist and directly imports all its cars from Japan so maybe I could ask them to find me an H6 with eyesight and import it for me
They currently have over 40 JDM gen 3 Outbacks but none of their selection have eyesight
how about a 2009-13 JDM outback or legacy. (bigger better smarter 3.6 engine = more torque,...easier to get eyesight).

maybe called lancasters and libertys????
 

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Holy shirtballs, that black XT is killer looking.

A 90 minute flight is what, 8 - 10 hours driving?
On a completely unrelated note... would you know how I could get some of those headlights? Asking for a friend...
13-14 hours or more because we don't have big multi-lane highways like you guys...mostly single lane highways where you're constantly having to slow down to pass through small towns and twisty narrow roads plus a 2-hour ferry to the other of our two main islands...so probably not worth the effort and extra expense

As for the lights. I'll see what local used parts dealers have. Most are still shut because of the holiday period though
 

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how about a 2009-13 JDM outback or legacy. (bigger better smarter 3.6 engine = more torque,...easier to get eyesight).

maybe called lancasters and libertys????
Plenty of those around but I'm still not convinced that I could live with those looks :D

Here's a photo of the yard I was talking about, as you can see there are no shortage of Outbacks (this is only half of what they have too)
 

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Plenty of those around but I'm still not convinced that I could live with those looks :D
looks looks looks,

get inside it and see how it looks,...and stop looking at the superficial outside. nicer ride quality in the later ones too. (just plain better suspension ideas in the undercarriage).

.. @traildogck is snickering at a naughty joke about dating the right women,...as opposed to tight over done nut jobs with good looks.
(...and he has a 2005 and a 2006 each complete with a exploding turbo,..).
 

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Fair enough but I test drove quite a few of them before deciding on my gen 3
I could have bought a tidy 2.5 but a 3.6 was more than I was willing to pay at the time

The facelift gen 4's are not bad especially some of the JDM ones which tend to have lots of variations in body styling and add-on bits and while the big interior suits my 6'4" height, something as simple as the massive bulky dashboard really put me off

I won't rule out a 3.6 gen 4 in the future but not right now
Besides, used JDM gen 5's are slowly creeping in to the local market so maybe I could even consider one of them in a year or two
 

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Fair enough but I test drove quite a few of them before deciding on my gen 3
I could have bought a tidy 2.5 but a 3.6 was more than I was willing to pay at the time

The facelift gen 4's are not bad especially some of the JDM ones which tend to have lots of variations in body styling and add-on bits and while the big interior suits my 6'4" height, something as simple as the massive bulky dashboard really put me off

I won't rule out a 3.6 gen 4 in the future but not right now
Besides, used JDM gen 5's are slowly creeping in to the local market so maybe I could even consider one of them in a year or two
I think the sweetspot is a 3.6 engine with the last of the great 5EAT transmissions, and not the 3.6 High torque CVT of the present generation.
 

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... @traildogck is snickering at a naughty joke about dating the right women,...as opposed to tight over done nut jobs with good looks.
I have been snickering and holding my tongue ... (phrasing)


For the whole d*mn thread.

I have my own fetishes ... H4T baby. But, I was trying to behave.


D*mn those pontoons.
 

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All kidding aside.

I was driving a Jeep Chrokee (XJ) when I bought my 1st XT.

BTW

J - Just

E - Empty

E - Every

P - Pocket

I found a great love for the XT coming from this mindset. In fact, I bought a second.
 

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All kidding aside.

I was driving a Jeep Chrokee (XJ) when I bought my 1st XT.

BTW

J - Just

E - Empty

E - Every

P - Pocket

I found a great love for the XT coming from this mindset. In fact, I bought a second.
a forced induction on a subaru ~~ katya and her bionic vagina.

typing of such, how is the raptor super charger project going on Longboarder's 3.6.? (on / off ...forgotten about???)

 
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