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Hi, I got a new Outback wagon in december (2011) - I'm mostly pretty happy with it. I'm concerned about this though... last weekend I squeezed into the end of a parking bay, so much so that the curbside rear wheel was up over the curb and on a bit of a mound. All up that corner of the car was probably 'propped up' almost a foot higher than the other wheels. Nothing much really.
Got out of the car, had to get things out of the boot (aka trunk), then tried to close it... it just wouldn't, tried several times. Each time it felt like it was missing the locking mechanism and the whole boot door wobbled to much I thought it must have been damaged. I then thought to myself, pull on to the flat and try again... then the boot closed perfectly first time.
So I pulled back up to the parking spot and tried again and once more the boot would not close. Lowering the boot door carefully, the left and right sides of the door looked misaligned (but they are fine when on the flat).

So my only conclusion is that there is a certain amount of twist in the bodywork (in the rear at least). But enough to stop the boot door from closing when on only a moderate slope? Very surprised.

Has anyone else noticed this or able to replicate?
 

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Not unusual for larger wagons, hatchbacks, and vans. I have had this happen many times in my Sprinter van.
 

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Yup. Chrysler Town and Country.

Wonder if the 2013's added rigidity has helped that at all.
 

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....... All up that corner of the car was probably 'propped up' almost a foot higher than the other wheels. Nothing much really......
My idea of "nothing much really" is way different than yours.;)
 

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I know I raised this a few months ago... a belated thanks for the thoughts/comments.
 

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They flex more then any vehicle I have previously owned, my asphalt driveway is only 2 inches higher then the gravel strip along it and if I park with the rear tire on the gravel it can take a lot more force of closing the hatch before it latches.

Several times now I have unloaded something from the back and when I hit the remote lock it gave the series of warning beeps that the door couldn't be locked and just the other day when I started driving off the light representing the rear door on the dash started flickering on and off.
 
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