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Took Delivery of the '08 2.5i LTD

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We took delivery of the '08 2.5i LTD today and folks, we're stoked. It's a really nice car.

The interior is midsized for us coming out of a Grand Caravan (which we're keeping as a schlepper) but it's well put together and very pleasing to the eye and the touch, and everything works. It's more upscale than the price.

I took the car for a drive this afternoon and leaned on it a little on some wet roads, and I was very impressed with the stability. The low-end torque isn't bad at all, and once you get moving, it really feels planted at all four corners as only someone who has driven 4WD sedans in the past knows. Some of my previous cars were 1st and 2nd Generation Audi Quattros and the Subaru gives me the same feeling: Planted. Unflappable. More grip than it has power, which is what you want in a family car. The steering isn't as direct in terms of feel as an early Audi Quattro but it is precise, and the engine isn't overstressed in the 2.5i configuration. It won't blow your skirt up but neither will it leave your pants down, so to speak ;). The turbos have to be a lot of fun!

The outward visibility through the rear 3/4ths is great compared to a lot of other cars and of course you know that I'm beaming because I just bought it but...even tamping down my expectations, I just really like it.

It feels solid, really connected to the ground and I'm glad I drove it first on a wet, curvy road, because it was "totally no drama" even at speeds well above the posted limits. It telegraphs its limits well, and they're pretty high in less than optimal conditions: it's a wagon but you can clip apexes with it and power out of them in the wet with no doubts at all. You can tell the instant you drive it in wet weather that it's going to be a great snow car. I was impressed with the wet-road handling -- and I wasn't babying it.

The verdict was that it's a fun, safe car with the emphasis on safe but with enough fun mixed in there that it's not bland. You can feel that in its bones. The first question I ask when driving a car and putting some strain on it is: "Does it feel faster or slower than you're actually going?" and this car is definitely the latter. That's what you want.

We're very satisfied so far. Our dealer (Holmgren Subaru in CT) went the extra mile to really do the prep work on it (it was also dealer-maintained) and I think that speaks for a lot of the satisfaction. I'm glad we decided to buy a dealer car, even though we had other choices. With 78k miles on it, what we received is as close to a new car as I've ever seen. It is/was immaculate inside and out and everything works perfectly, and Holmgren gets a big thumbs up from us.

Was I a little worried? Oh yeah. First Subaru, 78k miles, sure I was a little worried, and we paid *in full*. I dickered a little on the offer price but once we settled on it we paid the full balance immediately. My recommendation is to find a good dealer, negotiate a good price and go with it.

IMHO this car is worth at least as much as its resale value + 10%.

Lots of fun and very happy so far, like one of those rides you'd recommend to anyone. :)
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Great review! I'm researching these cars, and reading reviews like that makes me more confident about buying one.
Sounds like a great dealer! I'm in RI, I'll have to take a look at thier website and see what they have, they may be worth the drive.

So I drove an '07 today, and agree 100% on your evaluation of the engine and tranny. Perfectly adequate, nothing to complain about.

( I posted a review, please read and tell me what you think)

I forgot to mention in my review, but the engine also felt pretty smooth, it didn't have that 4cyl "buzziness" I was expecting.

I didn't push it much at all, but I'm sure your review of the handling is very accurate as well.

Our opinions on the interior seem to differ quite a bit though! Which actually surprises me a bit, as you're coming out of a Grand Caravan. The Subaru has got to feel tiny in comparison!

Maybe the fact that it's an LTD makes all the difference in the interior.
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Thanks for the info!

You're right about the passenger space. The truth of the matter is that 90% of the time I'm in the car alone. I mostly drive back and forth to work or around town, not too many times with someone else. The rear would rarely be used for people, and like you, my back seat's default position would probably be folded down, unless the rare need for back seat passenger space arose.

It's more the principle of the thing with me.

I know the 4th gens are a lot bigger, and they'd probably suit my needs perfectly. Unfortunately they're out of my budget range.

Maybe I should pick up a beater 3rd gen and wait a few years to get a 4th gen. Maybe by then the 5th gen will be out and 4ths will be cheaper.

And thanks for posting that video clip! That's one of my all time favorite movies. I think I need to watch it again soon!
Yeah, you have to look at it carefully and principles are good things to have. When we actually saw the car in "in the flesh" that back seat room was a little disappointing but then we thought about it for a while and realized it wasn't a major hangup, at least for us. We'd have liked a little more rear seat legroom, but we realized we very rarely use it.

Everyone's requirements are different, that's what makes having choices important. :)

I will say that today we made the first grocery trip combined with an actual business delivery and the rear storage space -- without the seats folded down -- swallowed it all with no problem. Eight bags of groceries and about 200 pounds of business cargo and it was a snap, and we could have done it in the snow. :cool:

Our occasional backseat passenger is just going to have to deal a little. He's about 6 feet tall and he'll fit just fine if we pull the front passenger seat up a little.

Sounds good. The more I think about it, the more I'm starting to warm to your viewpoint on space. I'll never have to ride in the back!

So I haven't rules the OK out just yet, I just want to find one that I feel I'm getting a better deal on.

They've dropped the price of the one I looked at by 500 bucks since I looked at it, so that's something. If they go to 12 I'd strongly consider it!
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