I test drove a Justy right before I bought the second wagon. The stick and auto one. I found it too small for a set of drums. But it would have solved the trip with somebody who couldn't drive a stick.

On 11/22/2014 02:28 PM, j_alexander_stan...@yahoo.com [FairfieldLife] wrote:

Many years ago, I had a Subaru Justy 4x4, and that thing drove on snow packed roads like it was on rails. It was a 5-speed manual, and there was a little 4x4 button on top of the shifter. In 2WD, it would spin its tires on snow like any other FWD car; push the little magic button, and that thing would haul ass like the road was dry. And, being such a small car, it was still pretty nimble in the slippery stuff, unlike my behemoth of a truck, which must be driven slowly and carefully to compensate for its immense inertia (OTOH, the truck, with 4WD, limited slip diffs, and 33" mud/snow tires, can drive right through four foot snow drifts.)

Technically, my Justy should have been totaled when a deer slammed into the rear passenger side quarter panel, sending the car into the ditch, where it flipped end over end into a farm field. But, I just crawled out the passenger door, gathered up the various bits of broken car, scoped out the field access, got back in the car, started it up, pressed the 4x4 button, and drove it home. I had a local body shop fix it all up, and instead of painting it the factory red, I had it painted Plum Crazy Purple, which was a gorgeous metallic purple that Dodge used on some of its muscle cars in '70 and '71.

As for my penance, the best I could do was an organic Honeycrisp apple and some two year aged Kerrygold cheddar, but it still ended up being pretty damned delicious. Oh well, my bad.

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <fleetwood_macnche...@yahoo.com> wrote :

The last Subaru wagon I had got totaled, and I switched to Mazda. But I do recall a weird problem I had, with the radiator hose, situated such that, over the course of 30 or 40K miles, it would rub a hole in itself, due to placement and vibration. Also seemed significantly under-powered, but that was twenty plus years ago. Hope you like that Ford - their quality is top notch these days.

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <j_alexander_stanley@...> wrote :

I don't like the styling of the Forester. I like the Crosstrek. But, another issue is the choice of transmissions: manual or CVT. I like manuals enough that I ordered my '96 Dodge Ram 2500 with a 5-speed manual, but these days I'm content to have an automatic, and I'm not keen on getting a CVT. Finally, the blue color offered by Subaru is nowhere near as nice as the blues offered by Mazda or Ford. So, what I'll probably do is wait for the roads to be snow covered and then test drive a Ford Escape to see how I like its AWD system.

As for jacking this thread without rectificationating the subject line, as penance, if I happen to remember, I'll make my next meal ever so slightly less delicious than usual. Jai Guru Dev!

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <noozguru@...> wrote :

Careful Buck, our esteemed moderator was the one who "digressed" though it perfect order with the thread. He needed a little help deciding on a new car. I might suggest to Alex to see if he can find a 2010 Forester for sale since it doesn't have the problem. Make sure it was kept up though. Also track if Subura relents and recalls to fix the problem.

On 11/22/2014 03:12 AM, dhamiltony2k5@... <mailto:dhamiltony2k5@...> [FairfieldLife] wrote:

            *Dear FFL Moderators; could you do something about the people who 
jack threads and drive them off away here without changing the subject line?  
Like some severe discipline for people without subject-line discipline,  -Buck*

            ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com
            <mailto:j_alexander_stanley@...> wrote :

            Today, a friend alerted me to a serious oil burning issue
            Subaru is having with their current engines, and the
            company is being a dick about it. With that going on and
            the closest dealer being in Cedar Rapids, I'm going to
            pass on the Subaru. I may just see what the local Ford/GM
            dealer has. That same friend just got a front wheel drive
            Ford Escape, and he loves it. Couldn't possibly be worse
            than my rebuilt, salvage title, 2003 Pontiac Vibe with
            its nifty, not yet recalled shrapnelizer airbag in the
            steering wheel.

            ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com
            <mailto:FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com>, <noozguru@...>
            <mailto:noozguru@...> wrote :

            Yup, my 16 year old Forester is doing fine in the monsoon
            we are enjoying though AWD can't do much about California
            drivers who can't drive even in dry weather.

            On 11/21/2014 07:53 AM, j_alexander_stanley@...
            <mailto:j_alexander_stanley@...> [FairfieldLife] wrote:

                    Well, Maharishi came to me and said that the
                    utter beauty and dry pavement performance of the
                    Mazda CX-5 does not compensate for an AWD system
                    that will reluctantly send a little power to the
                    rear wheels only after the front wheels have
                    started spinning. Being in tune with Iowa's Laws
                    of Nature will require the purchase of a Subaru.
                    Jai Guru Dev!


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