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Is the OB Touring worth it?

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Loved the test drive of the 3.6R Limited in Black. Currently drive a lowered 10 335i xdrive (400hp) but I have a kid now and the BMW is for sale
... pm me if interested in details :) Dealer is giving me 4.6k discount off 38k sticker which seems reasonable.

1. Touring vs Limited? Worth it? I am still not sure what you get for the extra 2k aside from brown seats and heated wheel. Limited xbars seem narrow.
I have 2 kayaks, paddle board, bikes etc.

2. 0% apr - is it going to stick around? not sure how long they had this deal ... but 0% might be the kicker vs Jeep GC (wife loves Jeep)

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. Anyone have an autoshow coupon? I can buy it off you if you are not going to use it ... I was at the Boston Auto show but forgot to register with
Subaru.

4. Other thoughts or wisdom? I am not a fan of the 2.5L or burning oil. Also took a while to get the seat right. Wish the OB had nicer seats.
The seat backs are too flat, cushions need more padding and support.

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If your wife loves the Jeep GC, that is all you need to know.

I personally don't think the touring OB is worth the extra money. Biggest reason to me is I don't like the poop brown interior.

Engine choice is whichever you prefer. Based on the vehicle you are coming from, both will disappoint.
 

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If your wife loves the Jeep GC, that is all you need to know.

I personally don't think the touring OB is worth the extra money. Biggest reason to me is I don't like the poop brown interior.

Engine choice is whichever you prefer. Based on the vehicle you are coming from, both will disappoint.
So succinct. Love it. .... but there is no 0% apr on the Jeep and it will probably fall apart on my drive home from the dealer.
 

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Just something to think about...

For point #1 - Determine how you plan to "use" your car (stop and go vs. open road) before you commit to a trim line. This might help to justify certain bells and whistles. I believe that the limited offers outstanding features and stands on its own merits.


For point #4 - I too believe that the seats could have been a bit better. Extended seat time will determine how their level of comfort will grow on you.

Either way, good luck with your selection.


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See if the dealer will up the discount off MSRP for the 3.6 Limited to $5k. My impression is that they don't wheel and deal as much on the Touring.
 

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They told me to get that I need $500 loyalty and $500 auto show. I walked out at 4.6k off sticker and 10k for my trade. Not sure how much more room there is for them.
Holding out until the end-of-month quota rush and maybe they will deal. Really nice ride overall impressed and fits my lifestyle better than BMW.

The Jeep Larado I am looking at is 32k down from 37.7k. So its kind-of a wash with the 34k Subaru vs 32k Jeep with a 3.5% note attached.
 

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You should be able to do better than 3.5%.

I thought Jeep was currently offering 0% for 36 months along with a $500 rebate.

On long trips the OB's seats can be annoying. I find the seat bottoms about 1-2 inches too short.
 

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I looked at Limiteds and Tourings. For me it came down to color choices. I wanted more the stately, classy look and homed in on green exterior. Light ivory was the only interior option on a green Limited and there is no way I could deal with that. On the flip side the java brown interior looks so much better and won't show dirt. Everyone so far that has seen it falls in love with it. Reminds me of the Ford Truck King Ranch interior.
I saw a 3.6R Touring in white and the extra bright trim the Touring has is barely noticeable but on a darker exterior color, it does show up and make the vehicle more stately looking. I use and like the heated steering wheel but could have been equally happy in a Limited if I could have got a color combo more to my liking.


As far as the 3.6R I am so glad I got it. The engine is very quiet and smooth not to mention the extra power. I live where there are many hills plus I tow a small trailer once in awhile. Even if I didn't tow, I'd sacrifice some mpg for more power of the 3.6R. The 2.5 is great for those with a high priority on mpg but if you are OK with slightly less its a no brainer to go with the 3.6


I've owned the car for a week and it has exceeded all expectations
 

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Good point on the color combinations. At this point I am very 50/50 on Limited/Touring. Will all come down to whats available in my area - if I can private sell my car
- if I get a good discount. I can see spending $1k more on the Touring. I like the slimmer looks and it may just be a little better on gas w/o the folding x-bars.
I will buy Thule's Aero bars for the times I need them. Need to go for a more extensive test drive to see if the seats are a deal breaker.
 

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You should be able to do better than 3.5%.

I thought Jeep was currently offering 0% for 36 months along with a $500 rebate.

On long trips the OB's seats can be annoying. I find the seat bottoms about 1-2 inches too short.
Yes I can do 0%/$500 or 3.4%/$3000. Since my total financing cost is $1400 it makes it a better deal to take the cash.
 

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This Touring adds these to the Limited...

Exclusive Java Brown Leather-trimmed upholstery
EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology
Low-profile roof rails
Heated steering wheel
GPS navigation system
These are all things I wanted. I went to the dealer looking for Wilderness Green and Java Brown. I think it's the best color combination. Very striking.

Eyesight and GPS nav were a must. I have them both on my Forester.

I love the look of the low profile rails. I also got the Thule crossbars as part of an option package. The bigger rails on the non-Touring models just seem gaudy and overstated to me.

I didn't think much about the heated steering wheel, but now that I have it I love it.

If I had to do it over I'd still go with Touring.
 

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We are on our 9th Subaru....2nd 3.6 (2015 & 2018) This is the wifes car and she loves it. The prior subaru's always felt under powered.. With the 3.6 its smooth and the power is there when you need it. The only reason we purchased the 18 is for the lane assist and to make sure we get another 3.6. My gut feeling is they are going to ditch the 3.6 in 2020...

Eyesight is a must... Its funny how many times I get into my truck and forget it won't auto adjust the speed when on cruise. We didn't like the touring as we carry a box on top for big trips. So the built in rack is important for us.
 

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Sounds like there are a lot of positive attitudes toward the 3.6R . My commute is only 10k a year so looks like its well worth the performance gains. It will be interesting what path Subaru takes in the next few years.
My major worries with this brand are engines that burn oil, and engines that kill head gaskets. My Dads LGT has been 100% solid at 130kmiles, but I have friends who have some really bad experiences as well.
I think that the 3.6 has better overall statistics over its sibling.
 

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We already own a Renegade TH, so maybe getting the Subbie is good for improving our overall reliability score
I really hate the idea of owning two SUVs
 

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Traded 15' FXT for 18' 3.6 Limited

Traded in a 2015 Forester XT (2.0 Turbo) for a 2018 Outback 3.6 Limited. And well, I miss the 2.0 turbo and it's power delivery. As opposed to the NA 3.6.
I'm sure the 3.6 will last longer than the turbo. But I also here Subaru will soon retire their flat 6. If you do allot of mountainous driving the 3.6 is a great engine to haul around the roughly 2 ton Outback, have plenty of power, and return respectable fuel economy. But as a day to day, stop light to stop light, merging commuter I prefer the turbo and size of the Forester I had.
Also when cold and trying to creep through a parking lot the 3.6 CVT combo surges. Which I'm not a fan of. Not like there's something wrong surge. Just engines cold, idle is high, 3.6, CVT combo surge while you're trying to creep through a parking lot folks are known to pull out without looking parking lot (Work). So I deal with it daily and it's just a minor annoyance.
 

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Just bought the same car a couple weeks ago (black, pkg 3 and remote start). 3.6 Tourings were very hard to find within a few hundred miles. Took us a month to even get to test drive one. Most were ordered or sold quickly. Your discount sounds very significant for a 3.6 Touring. Isn't the lowest MSRP of a 3.6 Touring well over $39k? You said $38k which sounds like the 2.5 pricing. Make sure you're being priced the right car! I initially found some online pricing that was very aggressive but later found the cars were demos and had 2k-4k miles on them.

1. Touring/Ltd. This is mainly my wife's car and in the end she preferred the Touring significantly more than the Ltd. Between the interior, low profile rails, wheels, and other trim she thought it was worth the up-charge. Like you, we're downgrading from a premium brand and missing out on some features so it seemed worth the $1,700 on the invoice to at least get everything possible.

2. They've extended the 0% a few times already. Nobody will know for sure until March 1 or thereafter. I would be very surprised if they don't extend it again.

4. Highly recommend package 3 which adds $600 to invoice. The cargo/floor mats are very good, but the auto dimming mirrors are a big plus. The OB sits a little lower than most crossovers so it benefits quite a bit from the dimming. I originally didn't think I cared about that package but after seeing how bright some headlights are into the OB I was glad it has them.
 
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