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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 7:50 pm 
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For the first time in 15 years, my car doesn't have the following:

Rear disc brakes
Boxer engine
AWD
Rear independent suspension

and I'm okay with that.

Yes, for the first time since I purchased my original Legacy in 1999, I don't own a Subaru. The 2001 Outback was sold last night, and I was glad to see it go to a good family. Here's hoping it's as safe and reliable for them as it was for me.

Is it awkward to not have a Subaru? Not much, no. There are about 10-15 days in the year where I'll potentially curse my decision, but the rest of the time I think I'll be just fine.

I think there's only one person on the board who knows what I am driving now :)

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 4:47 am 
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Toyota Tacoma?? :)

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 7:03 am 
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1st gen Toyota Prius?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:14 am 
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Owning a Saturn for a couple years made me curse my decision way more than 15 days out of the year. ;)

Id have to guess the Taco too.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:01 pm 
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No Saturn, nor a Toyota.

09 Honda Fit Sport 5MT. Light, zippy, great on fuel, and holds a lot more than it should. Drives like a kart, firm suspension, and just enough in the way of amenities that I don't feel like it's an economy car.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 1:19 am 
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Fits are pretty nice. If I wanted something smaller than what Subaru offers, they would be near the top of my list.

I did think they had rear disks though.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:32 pm 
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They don't, rear drums. Mostly because this car is soooooooooo light at under 2500lbs.

I also forgot about another feature that all of those other Subarus have had: frameless windows.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:56 pm 
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First off, TTIWWOP ;)

Second, excellent choice, though I'm partial to the 1st-gen Fit. Honestly, I miss mine more than I thought I would. I got mine brand-new in late 2007, so I definitely miss the worry-free simplicity of new-car ownership, but it was an awesome little car on top of that. A lot of people were blown away at how much room it has inside despite its outward appearance, but I also surprised a HELL of a lot of people at a track day at Sebring with nothing more than a set of Dunlop summer tires.

I have to dispute the gas mileage, though. I averaged around 31mpg in mine, which isn't bad, but it's not as good as it should be for its weight and the power it has. The short 5MT gearing and the tall profile are, IMO, the main factors.

How many miles does it have?

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:09 pm 
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Definitely isn't go-kart like. Leave that to the Lotus. ;)

However I am picking up something similar, Fiesta ST.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:45 pm 
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It was formerly a Michigan car, lots of freeway miles, so I got it with 124K.

I like the first-gen Fit also, but the just slightly larger GE8 suits me better, especially with the styling. However, the new 2015 is a bit overboard IMO.

I got 35.96MPG on my first full tank. The gearing on the 5MT is a lot shorter than the 5AT, but it doesn't seem to affect the fuel economy that much. The other family car is also an 09 Fit Sport, blue, automatic with paddle shifters.

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And I found these the same night on some local classifieds ( SSR type C 16x6.5" 11lbs )

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 10:45 am 
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I would have guess a nissan myself

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:15 pm 
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Nissan doesn't make any appealing 5-door cars, and I'm a pretty die-hard wagon/hatch fan.

Looked at the Mazda 6 wagon, but it's only got that awful 3L Duratec Ford engine, which is junk, though it was paired with a 5MT. Also (very) briefly mulled a Mazda 3, but I think it's got a bit too much engine or more weight than it needs.

Put some WS80 Blizzaks on the OE wheels. Nice, but a bit more movement than I'd like and, yeah, tramlining on grooved cement like the wife's Falkens. Must be a result of the narrow tire width (185) or something, because I'd never had this with any 205+ snow tire on the Subarus.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 8:55 pm 
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That's what I miss about my '93 Loyal-the narrow tires-great in the snow-better than my '91 Leggy

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