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Offline JeffRaines

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Subaru experience?
« on: April 27, 2017, 02:04:24 PM »
Hey guys,

Currently I'm driving a '15 Tacoma with the access cab... I like my truck, however with the recent addition to my family and we're planning on having another... I've found that riding with a kid and my wife in the truck is cramped to say the least. I couldn't imagine sitting over there for a 4 or 5 hour car ride. I've thought about trading in and getting the double cab, but the cost of these things is getting rediculous. I wouldn't be willing to pay more a month than I currently am, and getting the bigger one even used would put me over.

I realize they're typically tree hugger mobiles, but I've been toying with the idea of getting a Subaru. It would probably be cheaper a month on top of having more room and getting better gas mileage. I was wondering if anyone here has any experience using them for hunting?

For the record, so far in my hunting experience I haven't had any issue getting where I want to go in my truck with stock tire size and no lift.

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2017, 02:11:15 PM »
I love Subaru wagons.  The best forum for deciding the good bad and ugly on them is the Ultimate Subaru Message Board USMB tons of great knowledge and used it extensively when I HAD my Bratt.

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2017, 02:12:26 PM »
My sister has had two Foresters, currently has a 2015. Neither had any major mechanical problems.

The ground clearance of a stock F150 4x4 is 9.4 inches.
The ground clearance of a stock Subaru Forrester is 8.7 inches.

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2017, 02:13:47 PM »
I used to encounter a guy often in a Subaru Outback in Central Wa during the early part of upland bird season a few years back. He had his GSP's with him and would drive that rig anywhere I took my Jeep Cherokee. Granted it was always dry conditions. I know another guy with an Outback and he uses it during archery elk season on both sides of I-90 in the Cle Elum area. It can be done.
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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2017, 02:19:12 PM »
I love Subaru wagons.  The best forum for deciding the good bad and ugly on them is the Ultimate Subaru Message Board USMB tons of great knowledge and used it extensively when I HAD my Bratt.

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I did some googling and found a few anecdotes regarding hunting use but nothing close to home... at least from what I could find. I'd like to hear from some folks about using them around here/ID/MT

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2017, 02:36:28 PM »
I had a 2007 Subaru Outback and it was a great vehicle. It handled better in snow than my truck does.  I was going to replace it with a new one as my daily driver, but then decided I wanted to go with a less expensive option on a new vehicle.  Picked up a Honda Civic for the daily driver for work.
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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2017, 02:42:34 PM »
Two years ago I bought my wife a new Forester for Valentines day, we both love that car. When she's ready for a new car again I might keep her old forester for hunting, it gets around super good and has good clearance.
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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2017, 02:48:06 PM »
I love Subaru wagons.  The best forum for deciding the good bad and ugly on them is the Ultimate Subaru Message Board USMB tons of great knowledge and used it extensively when I HAD my Bratt.

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I did some googling and found a few anecdotes regarding hunting use but nothing close to home... at least from what I could find. I'd like to hear from some folks about using them around here/ID/MT
What kind of info do you mean? What kind of price range? The older ones can be purchased cheap, can fix most anything with a hard harbor freight metric wrench set, vice grips, 2 specialty sockets and adjustable plyers. I'm betting a gen 3 87ish to mid 90s can be had for a few grand and you could keep your truck. I don't have a lot of experience with the newer ones but everyone raves about them. Cable chains and a 4k lb winch you can go anywhere.

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2017, 03:09:28 PM »
I have a 2009 Forester for a company car. I have not been a fan due to the road noise. I have had the normal head gasket issues to the tune of 3 grand. If you buy used make sure that's been taken care of. If you buy new pay close attention to the road noise. My family car is Toyota Highlander and there is a huge difference in driving comfort. I also only average 21 mpg but I drive it pretty hard so your MMV.

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2017, 03:45:17 PM »
My family car is Toyota Highlander and there is a huge difference in driving comfort. I also only average 21 mpg but I drive it pretty hard so your MMV.

what year is your highlander?  my wife has an '06 and the road noise is BAD!  worse than my '05 tundra.  but her radio is better so we just crank it...  ;)

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2017, 04:02:37 PM »
My family car is Toyota Highlander and there is a huge difference in driving comfort. I also only average 21 mpg but I drive it pretty hard so your MMV.

what year is your highlander?  my wife has an '06 and the road noise is BAD!  worse than my '05 tundra.  but her radio is better so we just crank it...  ;)
2012 I do have better tires on it as well so maybe that's part of it.

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2017, 04:14:48 PM »
I'm on my 3rd Subaru. I drive the pass daily for work so not having to chain up is great. You can't get these cars to slip even in the worse conditions. Pre 08 Subarus have head gasket issues. You will have to fix at some point. Subaru fixed that so hopefully my '15 is good to go. Mileage isn't the greatest because of the awd( 2015 legacy sedan is avg 31.5) '07 forester avg around 24. I finally retired the Forster with 265k on it. It's still going strong but was time o move on. If it wasn't a long haul daily driver I'd have gotten the forester again and dealt with less mpg
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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2017, 04:26:30 PM »
My 2014 Subaru has 43,000 miles and has not had one issue. Only thing I've ever done to it is change the oil and the air filters. I've used it hunting but more for scouting and checking trail cameras during the summer. I really don't want to take it out in the mud although I'm sure it would do fine. Only had it in snow a few times and like greenhead_killer said you can't even get the tires to spin. I get around 34 mpg average, mostly that's freeway driving back and forth to work. When my wife drives it she only gets around 24 mpg.    :o   LOL 

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2017, 05:04:22 PM »
I've got a 2012 and they are great cars. I abuse mine all the time. Keep up with basic maintenance and make sure you hit the big service intervals to keep them running for 300k+.

They're not difficult to work on if you like to do the work yourself. Much better than my civic or maxima and miles ahead of my old ford truck. Lol

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2017, 05:26:28 PM »
My wife drives a 2014 Forester.   

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2017, 06:20:46 PM »
My wife WAS a Subaru person.  We had a 2009 Tribeca, it was a nice rigs, comfortable,  quiet, handled bad weather well.  The gas mileage was not great at 18mpg.  She was driving 45 miles one way to work so we sold it and got a 2014 brand new Crosstrek.  Road noise was awful, not comfortable to drive.  It did handle snow and ice great with studs.  At 28,000 miles while my wife was driving home on I5 it broke a valve spring, shot a rod through the side of the motor.  When the tow guy got to her, he said that it was his 4th Subaru that month that he's seen with that problem.  It was under warranty luckily so it got fixed.  We sold it and bought a 2016 Highlander (which is what I tried talking her into before the Tribeca).  It is a better vehicle than both our previous Subaru.  Quiet, smooth,  so comfortable,  powerful, and best of all Toyota reliability.

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2017, 07:26:58 PM »
I have had an outback for 3 years.  Very good car.  Great clearance, good on dirt roads, snow, ice, deep water etc.  I have the 4 banger so I could get better mileage as I was using it as a commuter.  It is not a powerhouse but I hear the 6 cylinders are better.  I get 26-28 mpg on the highway, and I don't pay attention to how I drive.  if I did I could probably get over 30.

The only odd thing is that there is a pause when you shift from park into gear of about 1.5 seconds.  Takes some getting use to.

I have hunted several times out of it and it does well.  I got a 6x6 300 class elk rack into the vehicle too!  I take it skiing and it has never once felt bad on slush, snow or ice.

I need to upgrade my truck so I will likely be turning it in this year.  If I could afford both I would keep it.  My wife has a 2014 Forester and she loves it!  We just swapped over from the lease to buy it. 

Take them for a test drive, see how they feel.  Make sure the pause from park to being in gear does not drive you nuts!

Oh...  I hit my first deer ever while driving my outback last winter too!  I outside Wenatchee and doing 40 when I hit it and while the deer did 5K in damage, no one was hurt, and I drove the on to our elk hunting place, did the hunt, shot my cow, packed it up in the car, drove home and then continued to drive it for a week or so while we got the insurance taken care of and an appt. made. 
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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2017, 07:36:35 PM »
We will drive the wheels off our 2005 Forester.  When we replace it for the wife, I'll use it.  Been camping in it, but no hunting. Snow traction is awesome.

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« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2017, 08:08:21 PM »
Guess those Subarus aren't just "tree huggers" cars huh?

FWIW I'm driving my first Subaru and can't believe I didn't discover them sooner. Bought a '16 Forester a year ago December. Pushing 45k. I spend a lot of time on the road and love everything about the car. Had it up and down the Manastash for many scouting and hunting trips. Handled great in 8" of snow covered 2-track during the late season and been over the pass numerous times in the sketchiest conditions.

Hauls a utility trailer filled with elk camp just fine too. Get about 30mpg.
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« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2017, 08:10:50 PM »
I saw a Subaru Forester at a gas station in Chehalis once, while I was filling up mine, license plate was "4HUNTIN" 

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #20 on: April 27, 2017, 08:30:20 PM »
we have a 2015 cross trek that does awesome,great gas mileage,awesome on snow and ice..it does have the road noise,which isn't really a problem for us..The eastside is lousy with these cross treks,super good rig for us..no kids though

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #21 on: April 27, 2017, 09:29:10 PM »
2011 Forester with 90k on it. Not one issue with ours.

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« Reply #22 on: April 27, 2017, 10:48:34 PM »
we have a 2015 cross trek that does awesome,great gas mileage,awesome on snow and ice..it does have the road noise,which isn't really a problem for us..The eastside is lousy with these cross treks,super good rig for us..no kids though

My wife seeing this car last summer pert near cost me a pile of money lol, I really like these things though, wouldn't have been to upset if she decided on getting one

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« Reply #23 on: April 27, 2017, 11:42:32 PM »
Forgot to mention.....  when you your Subaru, get X-MODE:

It is truly incredible.

My wife's Forester has X-MODE........    Crazy good.


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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #24 on: April 27, 2017, 11:54:03 PM »
Forgot to mention.....  when you your Subaru, get X-MODE:

It is truly incredible.

My wife's Forester has X-MODE........    Crazy good.


Wow. That thing will definitely go further than I'd ever take it

 

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