AnswerID: 92613 Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 11:54
Member - Kevin (NSW/ACT)
My wife has just traded her 1999 Outback for a 2005 3.0R Outback. Trade in price offered equated to 46% of original purchase price - not bad for a car that will be 6 years old in April. Should get the new car next week.
For all the things you want to do I think it will perform perfectly. Check the ball weight of the camper trailer as the car is rated to only 90kg ball weight without weight distribution hitch (then it is 180kg) - which defeats the purpose of an off-road CT somewhat.
Our campertrailer has a ball weight of 125KG (total weight about 1200 kg) so we won't be towing it with the Outback.
We tried both the 6 cylinder and 4 cylinder variants - the 4 cylinder 2.5i was, in our opinion, no better in performance than our existing 2.5 (which is pretty good) while the 6 cylinder was way ahead in the performance area, plus the 5 speed auto in the 3.0R felt much smoother to us than the 2.5i's 4 speed, and overall the 3.0R seemed quieter on the road
. Creature comforts have been refined in the new variants and we felt the 3.0R offered a bit more in this area e.g. audio controls on steering wheel, better trim level.
No matter what the adverts indicate the Outback is only a smooth'ish dirt road vehicle - the front overhang really limit its ability on rougher tracks. I helped build the soft roader test track at the 4WD show at Queanbeyan last year using the Outback as the template vehicle and it performed pretty poorly, very prone to grounding the front plastic skirting where you would least expect it to do so. Well maintained dirt tracks/roads should pose no problem.
We had both become so used to the all wheel drive of the Outback that we were very suprised at the handling of some of the potential replacement vehicles we drove - all of which were front wheel drive only. They weren't bad - but the Subaru felt so much better.
We're looking forward to keeping the new vehicle for another 6 years, its the first time we have replaced a vehicle with another from the same stable.
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FollowupID: 351617 Submitted:
Thursday, Jan 13, 2005 at 06:56
Lucky Vic posted:
Yes but is that the real trade figure or a figure loaded with margin from the new car ?
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FollowupID: 351648 Submitted:
Thursday, Jan 13, 2005 at 10:47
Member - Kevin (NSW/ACT) posted:
Don't know the answer to that one - however the trade figure offered was pretty close to the top of the Red Book range for trade-in so we were happy with it.
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FollowupID: 351672 Submitted:
Thursday, Jan 13, 2005 at 12:46
Lucky Vic posted:
It was a loaded price then , they are never at the top of the rec redbook price.
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