Troutpocket, I've put 93,000 totally trouble-free miles on my Subaru Legacy Outback (made in Indiana) since 2000. I bought this car as an alternative to a testosterone laden 4X4 F-250 or 350 that gets driven to the office 5X as often as it gets driven for fishing, hiking, backpacking, X-country skiing, bicycling events, etc. So I wanted a vehicle that's greener and half as dependent on middle east oil. CWU girl thinks you can't pick up any chicks with a Subaru other than lezbo tennis champions, but that's not true. Lance Armstrong also pitched Subes. And I picked up a nice young thing who drives a Toyota pickup that doesn't tow my 16' Lund any better than my Sube, but that's changing the subject. I've got bike racks on top (and ski racks too), but also have a hitch mounted bike rack for when I want to carry more bikes, or put my canoe on the car, with bikes on back. I can stuff full on camping and fishing gear in the back for a week's outing. Or 2 Watermasters and fishing gear for two, and my shuttle bike on top. And I've got overhead rod storage inside. Or . . . it's been a very versatile car. And during the snow and black ice, I had better traction even than the 4X4 pickups. So far it's been everything I wanted, and I'll probably buy another. Let's see, I did buy a new set of tires at 75,000 miles. Wow, what a disappointment. They're not for everybody, especially CWU girl and Sloan, but it might be right for you. Sincerely, Salmo g.