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Hi Everyone,

Well after a lot of troubles with my Forester XT 2015 and after I getting hit and having a bad paint job I decided I had enough. Bad luck follows me as I picked up my new 2018 Outback Limited with eyesight 3.6L today and it had a ding on the door :( Dealer is working on getting the Dent Dr to fix it but just annoying after all the issues I have had.

What would you have done? To be fair the dent is very small and no scratch, it is just a little indented and noticed it after inspecting the vehicle with a fine tooth comb. I got lease protection (wear pass) and they said they would note the dent officially.

Anyways that aside high everyone! Now that I have driven it for a few hours I have the NooB questions :)

1) How does the outback 3.6L warm up in the winter? Is it quick and is it loud? That was a major issues with the Forester.
2) Is there a way of muting the mic during a call? I do a lot of conference calls.
3) Is there any benefit to the performance with adding above regular fuel?
4) Are there any other cool things I should know about?

Thanks again
T
 

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Hi Everyone,

What would you have done? To be fair the dent is very small and no scratch, it is just a little indented and noticed it after inspecting the vehicle with a fine tooth comb. I got lease protection (wear pass) and they said they would note the dent officially.

Anyways that aside high everyone! Now that I have driven it for a few hours I have the NooB questions :)

1) How does the outback 3.6L warm up in the winter? Is it quick and is it loud? That was a major issues with the Forester.
2) Is there a way of muting the mic during a call? I do a lot of conference calls.
3) Is there any benefit to the performance with adding above regular fuel?
4) Are there any other cool things I should know about?

Thanks again
T
I would not have been happy to see a dent on a brand new car before I even got to drive it, but would give the dealer a chance to make it right. If there's no sign of it after it's fixed, I would be satisfied.

As for your NooB questions...
1) It seemed to warm up pretty quickly, even in -20C temps. Didn't notice abnormal noise. In the meantime if you have the heated steering wheel and seats, that helps.
2) There is a mute function on the infotainment screen, no button on the steering wheel. I haven't used it, so check the manual!
3) Manual says minimum 87 octane, so not really; but... using tier 1 gasoline might be something to consider.
4) There's a lot of technology in many new cars these days, so you may or may not agree with the way the designers programmed the behaviour of some systems. Just read some of the threads here about the radio, for example. The adventure is figuring out all the 'quirks'.
 

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Thanks Ronter.

Another question is if the Outback is suppose to come with a rear bumper cover? The Forester had that standard?
No, that's actually an accessory on both vehicles, albeit one that is already installed on about 90% of them.

I've even had Touring Foresters come in with manual flip mirrors instead of auto-dimming ones.
 

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I've even had Touring Foresters come in with manual flip mirrors instead of auto-dimming ones.
I sure do love the auto-dimming rear and sideview mirrors. I think mainly the sideview mirrors, as that was always a problem in my 05 forester. I would constantly move the mirror down to get the blinding light out of my eyes.


Congrats on the new purchase. I just got myself CPO 2016 outback limited 3.6R. So nice to be in the gen 5 and it has everything I have wanted in a car.
 

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I'd have to agree. One of my favorite features is the Auto Dimming Outside Mirrors. The new frameless ADM is pretty sweet, too.
 
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