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due to a comedy of errors, recently found self having to get from Albuquerque to El Paso (250+ mi) in abt 3 hrs. I-25 between Alb and Las Cruces is wide open and nearly uninhabited so i really cranked it up in case i hit traffic at edge of EP. car felt incredibly stable, planted, and relaxed cruising at 100-105, even with 20 mph crosswind. when i gassed it, i found that i'd gotten 25 mpg for that tankful altho it was all done upwards of 85 and at least 100 miles of it over 100. i don't drive those kind of speeds much any more, at least on 4 wheels, but it really brought home just HOW dang good the AWD and the car is. (and how much i like the semi deserted highways out here.)

gawd how i love this thing......:10: :20:
 

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Most Subaru's are comfy at high speeds. They feel good going fast. I know mine feels great. Brian
 

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That'd be interesting, those sustained high speeds. I noticed the OEM tires aren't really up to that though, as much as could be with others anyway.

In this first 6 weeks of owning the OBS I've found that this car certainly is more stable than the Sonoma was (duh!), which couldn't go beyond about 95 MPH due to the factory speed limiter chip. I almost always drive at the posted speed limits anyhow, and use cruise control to help gaurantee it.
Although, I will do short fast drives on the freeway in the early morning hours when no traffic is near. Not for reasons of getting someplace quicker, just to occasionally get the vehicle (and me) out of the rut of only cruising.

Had the OBS up to 106 MPH a couple weeks ago, and again yesterday (or rather 4 a.m. this morning) up to near 110. It's an amazing car, nothing like any other I ever drove.

A real nice surprise is to not be buffeted around much by wind turbulence behind the big trucks. In fact, crossing the Tennessee River bridge on I-65 will itself usually mean a lot of wind turbulence. I'd feel every bit of it in that GMC Sonoma, something like being in a row boat on rough water. The OBS glides along almost unaffected by comparison. Except, it's not 100% unaffected either, just so incredibly better I almost think no air exists sometimes if it weren't for the noise. Can almost imagine the noise is engine power instead. :D

The high speed handling is just as different. 70 MPH in the truck was probably most like what 90 MPH is now in the OBS, minus the aerodynamic aspect of it. If I lived in Germany and drove the autobahn I could be very comfortable there. I don't like speeding, generally, or the tickets it can generate, but this car is making it difficult for me to keep slowed down. It goes so well at 80 MPH it's a real shame it isn't legal. Good thing I'm an avid cruise control user (set to speed limits).
 

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and now for something completely different

and then last night, i went through the desert on way home just after a real gulley washer storm had hit, in hopes of getting some cool fotos to post. miscalculated depth of water in one low spot and found self unexpectedly going through water 16" or more deep for abt 40-50 feet. oops. car didn't miss a lick altho the water knocked shifter out of gear when i first hit the deep spot. didn't even get any water inside altho it was well over sills. bottom line is car handled this just as well as the 100 mph cruising.

had i mentioned i like this car?

Roo, i have the Yoko YK420s and i agree, but can't afford to replace til they wear out and the durn things have a 420(!) treadwear rating. sigh...

you could always move out west where 75 is posted limit and 80 IS de facto legal. :D seriously, i hope i didn't give the impression that i'm a wildly irresponsible bumhole for running at that speed or that i was bragging (any fool can mash a gas pedal...). that stretch of road really is waaay wide open and free of traffic; i get claustrophobic when i visit family in central TX and have to deal with idiots on the road all around me. and i shore do love the cruise control, esp the function that lets you increment speed up or down by 1 mph at a time.

on tickets, i was realistic due to previous experience with ex' 95 Legacy and how it liked to cruise at high speeds on 600 mile trip to San Antonio. figured more power, better areodynamics, shorter wheelbase....better get the Valentine One. i ordered one before i picked up the OBS and have never regretted it. it gives so much warning it's almost laughable, and i've several times run into and been able to avoid the multi-car traps they describe in the V1 ads. it even fits into the case from my old Escort!

had i mentioned i like this car? :7:
 

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Re: and now for something completely different

cptoversteer said:
found self unexpectedly going through water 16" or more deep for abt 40-50 feet.---8<---
you could always move out west where 75 is posted limit and 80 IS de facto legal.---8<---i've several times run into and been able to avoid the multi-car traps they describe in the V1 ads.
That's deep water! Never been in water up to the door sills while driving on the road. Unless you count being in someone elses car at the time and we hardly got out of that after pushing it (several of us). I did once myself, too, crossing shallow rocky riverbed though so wasn't on a road and car was small Toyota Corona. Sounds like you got a real (good) surprise out there. Amazing the car didn't stall.

The 70 MPH limits around here are tolerable, but I don't mind fast driving by others in general, probably because I try to be careful anyway. It's the wolf-packing I hate. I'll never forget a paperback book I bought when I first started driving, all about driving defensively. The illustrations of groups of cars and showing where you ought to be instead; a lone wolf, not in the wolf pack. ;) To this day I don't understand why anyone would collect themselves up among a half dozen other vehicles and stay that way for miles and miles, but I see it happen all the time. Maybe to be like flying in formation or something. heh-heh! Never can tell what the other person is going to do next though.

Never had a radar detector, not sure it would ever offset cost of occasional speeding tickets much-- especially since I've only had two in my 30 years of driving. Some luck involved, but I do drive at the posted speed limits (a few MPH higher) alot.
 

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Unless you count being in someone elses car at the time and we hardly got out of that after pushing it (several of us). Sounds like you got a real (good) surprise out there. Amazing the car didn't stall.
yeah, surprised me too. Durn good thing too as it REALLY opened up the sluices later that night and same area (dirt road turned arroyo) was probably 2-3' deep. I haven’t had the guts to open hood yet and see how muddy my engine bay got.

It's the wolf-packing I hate. I'll never forget a paperback book I bought when I first started driving, all about driving defensively. The illustrations of groups of cars and showing where you ought to be instead; a lone wolf, not in the wolf pack. To this day I don't understand why anyone would collect themselves up among a half dozen other vehicles and stay that way for miles and miles, but I see it happen all the time. Maybe to be like flying in formation or something.
this drives me nuts too, esp at night. i think sheep-packing might be even more accurate, as it seems many of those trains are composed of folks who want to hide under the umbrella of someone else’s detector. I do that myself from time to time, but i stay 100-200 yds or so back. As a long term motorcycle loonie, I’ve learned to avoid those crowds like the plague....I’ll deal with my own errors of maneuvering/reading road conditions/maintenance, but I’d rather not deal with other people’s errors if i can avoid it.

Never had a radar detector, not sure it would ever offset cost of occasional speeding tickets much-- especially since I've only had two in my 30 years of driving. Some luck involved, but I do drive at the posted speed limits (a few MPH higher) alot.

Posted limits seem to be seen as advisory by many out here, as they can be hard to do given the distances. I do the EP-ABQ round trip fairly frequently due to fiancee there, and being able to run even 85-90 makes a significant difference in total time on the road when you’re talking 500 miles in a weekend. But you’re right, it can take a lot of tix to add up to the $400 a V1 commands. Got a new one after realizing that used ones on ebay were going for within $20 of new price. (Ironcally, or fortunately, i haven’t gotten a ticket in 10 yrs, prolly largely due to tiny radar target a bike presents.) ‘Course, when you add in increased ins costs, time spent by side of road, etc.... And as a career public defender who makes his living trying to keep Border Patrol and other gummint types from getting out of hand, i have a serious distaste for roadside detentions. :D
 
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