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So, we all really like our Outbacks, but what little things do you wish were different?

I'm a seat snob. My previous daily driver (Mitsubishi Galant VR4) had beefier side bolsters (on the seat bottom & seat back) & the headrests pivoted forward. That's probably the biggest thing I wish were different about the entire car.

I like to actually "rest" my head back into the headrest, but on the Outback then I'm looking up instead of straight ahead. If I adjust the seatback tilt to fix that, then my back is too upright.

It actually bugs me so much I'd like to find a spare pair of headrests from the junkyard & do a little experimenting to see if I could retro-engineer a pivot.

Or maybe I'm just too retentive ;) Or maybe my head is just grotesquely misproportioned & the rest of you fit your seats perfectly :p lol
 

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I'd like to have less front end overhang.

****, I'd like to have a anti-ditching roller like a WWII halftrack..



(green rides are the best rides)

From what I see on this group, it seems my OB leads the dirtiest life of any of the cars here. As I write this, it has firewood in the back (still need to unload that). So I would like to see a more durable interior, especially the walls around the cargo area. It's nice to have that big rubber mat, that was an unexpected surprise when I got the car.
 

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My OBS would be much better if the bottom seat portion was a little longer. As in going to my knee joint a little more. I like the feeling of all seat under my legs and mine don't cut it. Disc brakes in the rear-finally for MY04 they put them in(OBS) other than that, a great car. Brian
 

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This is in regard to the new 3rd generation Outback 3.0R.

The trip computer has a button to scroll through the various functions, but you have to go through each function in one direction. There are 5 functions
1) km/lt
2) average km/lt
3) km till empty
4) elapsed time from start up
5) outside temp

It would be nice if the function button was an up down affair so you could scroll either up or down through the various functions and thus save time.

This is really my only gripe!
 

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subah6 said:
This is in regard to the new 3rd generation Outback 3.0R.

The trip computer has a button to scroll through the various functions, but you have to go through each function in one direction. There are 5 functions
1) km/lt
2) average km/lt
3) km till empty
4) elapsed time from start up
5) outside temp

It would be nice if the function button was an up down affair so you could scroll either up or down through the various functions and thus save time.

This is really my only gripe!
I second that Subah6! Would be even better if it had lt/100 km as is normally used here.

I'd also like a reach adjustment on the steering wheel, it seems I can either get my arms right or my legs right, but never both..

Oh, and a little more torque would be nice, it does seem to need to change down gears any time you want any acceleration more than "mild"

Still I love it, best car I've ever driven :D
 

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A centre arm rest for the rear seats. More side support for the front seats. I can't think of too many other things I'd change :)
 

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but wait there's more..

Also would like those arm rests attached to the front seats that fold down, they are great and the current centre arm rest is too low even with the drivers seat in the lowest position, would be totally useless to a short driver that had the seat raised..
 

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change location of cupholders and seat heater switches. Allow 'scrolling' higher AND lower fan speeds. Change function of the parking light switch on top of steering column to ??
 

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*evil grin* locking differentials
 

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I've gotten used to the single/scrolling fan speed button, but I wish I could change airflow direction without cancelling auto mode.

Oh yeah, I also wish you could pop the trunk with the keychain remote. I don't anticipate ever needing to remotely "panic" my alarm, maybe I could somehow add a solenoid & re-purpose that remote function... :cool:
 

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Re: but wait there's more..

Jondalar said:
Also would like those arm rests attached to the front seats that fold down, they are great and the current centre arm rest is too low even with the drivers seat in the lowest position, would be totally useless to a short driver that had the seat raised..
This seems to be a universal problem with all Subarus, the armrests. Its great how they make them sit so low, but you can buy an "Armrest Extension" for $130 or so :rolleyes: This is something Honda would do, leave something out just so they can rape you on the dealer add-ons. Anyway the armrests on my ourback are too low and aren't even big enough at that. The ones on the 3rd Gen Outback are better but still not great :(
 

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Oh, and I would have liked an under hood light. Does any other Subaru have under hood lights? You know, open the hood, the light goes on? I am going to make one, just seeing if any Subies have them. Brian
 

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OT - some of the WWII Jeeps had a headlight that could swivel back and down to serve as a light over the engine bay.
 

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my autodim/compass rv mirror should have it's controls/displays on the side or top, not underneath. Blocks too much windshield. Yes, I did move the arm up, but the driver's side visor hits it if I move it any farther.
 

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Less wind noise please.:D Also, I don't care too much for the sound the doors make when you shut them with the windows down.:eek:
 

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i posted request over at scoobymods a few weeks ago for help with adding an under hood light. no responses though.

also, i wish my rear wiper worked better. it never really wipes all the way to the edge of the blade, and when things get icy back there, it's even worse.

anyone got any ideas on how i might fix that? or is that just a general problem that we all have to deal with?
 

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Give me a little more legroom in the front passenger seat.
BTW a few days ago I drove that Honda Passport I've mentioned in the Comparisons forum, and was surprised at the lack of leg room - I wanted to move the seat back some more, but it was already all the way back.
 

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FMGreen, what do you mean no one replied to your question over at Scoobymods.com, I did. I just went back to edit it today due to the mercury statement.:) Brian
 
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