Subaru owners: Let's see your expedition rigs!

MiamiC70

Active member
I won't take my 2019 Outback anywhere.

It left me stranded three times with a dead battery or screwed up electrical. No way I take it anywhere remote now.

Never got to the lift kit after the breakdowns. Just bought an e350.
If a dead battery kept you from taking your Outback anywhere ”maybe“ you should take up another hobby. you can always “Overland“ that e350 at the mall or the golf course. 🙄
 

BritKLR

Kapitis Indagatoris
I won't take my 2019 Outback anywhere.

It left me stranded three times with a dead battery or screwed up electrical. No way I take it anywhere remote now.

Never got to the lift kit after the breakdowns. Just bought an e350.
Curious. Did you ever figure out what was causing the problem? While there is always a handful of "Monday/Friday" cars produced I haven't heard of Subaru electrical problems, except for the soybased wiring and rodent issues.
 

socceronly

Active member
Curious. Did you ever figure out what was causing the problem? While there is always a handful of "Monday/Friday" cars produced I haven't heard of Subaru electrical problems, except for the soybased wiring and rodent issues.
One time it just malfed out in the home Depot parking lot. Others were just dead


Well there is this down south...

 

socceronly

Active member
If a dead battery kept you from taking your Outback anywhere ”maybe“ you should take up another hobby. you can always “Overland“ that e350 at the mall or the golf course. 🙄
No. It just dies with no warning. It's beyond a dead battery. Like drive to the store, come out, car dead. Not sure I have any control over that. The whole system is buggered. Windows won't open, tailgate ect.

There is a class action lawsuit underway in the USA.

Just to clarify, fixing it was not as simple as charging the battery. It had to be towed to the dealership for them to perform whatever magic they do to the system.

The security system engages sometimes, and none of the procedures listed work. Must be towed.
 
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calicamper

Expedition Leader
The new lower geared Outback special trim is finally the correct gearing!!! I bought a Legacy GT back in 2001 because the GT got lower gearing than the OB. Yes!!! It made a huge difference!!!

Its even more important today with the 2000rpm stall on the CVT. Subaru when it went CVT should have leveraged the cvt technology and dropped the diff gearing on all the “off road” models Trek, Forester and Outback they would have kept their old timers given the new cars would have been as capable as the old ones with the 4-5spd and manual trans. So now they finally get with it and go lower gearing on one new trim offering.

The rest are geared too high for the lousy cvt.
 

utherjorge

Observer
I won't take my 2019 Outback anywhere.

It left me stranded three times with a dead battery or screwed up electrical. No way I take it anywhere remote now.

Never got to the lift kit after the breakdowns. Just bought an e350.
Subarus re rife with problems. This is well-known, so you made a good call overall. Ignore the haters here
 

utherjorge

Observer
The new lower geared Outback special trim is finally the correct gearing!!! I bought a Legacy GT back in 2001 because the GT got lower gearing than the OB. Yes!!! It made a huge difference!!!

Its even more important today with the 2000rpm stall on the CVT. Subaru when it went CVT should have leveraged the cvt technology and dropped the diff gearing on all the “off road” models Trek, Forester and Outback they would have kept their old timers given the new cars would have been as capable as the old ones with the 4-5spd and manual trans. So now they finally get with it and go lower gearing on one new trim offering.

The rest are geared too high for the lousy cvt.
and this doesn't solve the rest of the (well-known) CVT worries. I really like their rigs, but my awful Subie experience, along with what's known on the webz means it's a "never" from me.
 

calicamper

Expedition Leader
and this doesn't solve the rest of the (well-known) CVT worries. I really like their rigs, but my awful Subie experience, along with what's known on the webz means it's a "never" from me.
My issue today is that all 6 of our dealers in our region like to quote pie in the sky service fees for simple things like front diff gear oil service or cvt drain fill service. Both of which are the only dealer item I would do given Subaru’s bad habit of faulty parts and not covering them if any indication a 3rd party serviced the car. Granted lots of trashed CVT’s with gear oil in them due mixed up plugs.. $600 for a diff service is so stupid I told the service sales guy he better go look at the book time and tell me quick with a new quote or he’ll forever be known as the Subaru service guy selling BS. Lol I got it done for $120 still steep given $120 60k prior same Subaru location different owner was $120 for front and rear diffs. Lol
 

jpat30

Adventurer
Well, now that you two have spent the last 2 days pooping on this thread :p, how about back to the original point; pictures of subie rigs....

Here is my latest addition to the fleet; a 2021 Crosstrek Premium with the manual trans. I ordered this car on 03/17 and picked it up on 05/29. Plans are to throw on a small lift (probably the LP Aventure 1.5), some 17 inch AT tires, Prinsu Roof Rack and a front skid plate. The goal is to have a capable soft roader for getting to good trailheads and that will return respectable MPGs. So far though, I have really enjoyed driving it and look forward to many years of faithful adventures.

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s.e.charles

Well-known member
so why does one group say the breed sucks, and another love it? is reality somewhere in between? they seem to sell a bunch of them, so how bad can they really be?
 

jpat30

Adventurer
In my opinion, it really is somewhere in between. You can always find reasons to back up your claims about one brand/manufacturer/widget being superior to another if you look hard enough. One of the things that drew me to this hobby of ours though is that in most circles, it doesnt matter what you drive as long as you get out and do it. We all share a love of the outdoors, we just choose different avenues to see it.....
 
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