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I have test driven the Crosstreks and thought that the 5 speed took good advantage of what little power the vehicle has. It is halfway fun to drive with three pedals although noisy inside. The two pedal model with the CVT transmission was just dreadful though. It is slow, noisy and lacks response. The transmission feels like it is made of rubber bands operating in cold molasses-floor the throttle and the engine roars but the tranny comes to the party several seconds later when it finally catches up with the engine. They charge $1,000 extra for that abomination and it literally sucks the life out of the car. Whereas the Mazda CX-5 is great fun to drive the automatic Crosstrek is a penalty box.

What Scott said.
 

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We got one brand new. Traded it in within a year. Did some long trips with it, and were really disappointed. We traded up to an Outback.
The one good thing I have to say about it is it handles like a frickin Porsche.
 

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If I bought a car, then asked how other members liked or disliked there identical car model.

A) I either did little to no research previous to that purchase.

Or

B) Through research, I am certain there will be one positive comment after another.

Either way, hopefully "YOUR" happy with your purchase.
 

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I refer to subaru as a "super poo"

So over rated but repairing them keeps me in sage rods

worthless pieces of crap

Cheers eh hope this is helpful
How reliable are the CVT transissions? Was going to purchase a Outback in 2011. First year of CVT? Vehicle cost, not an attractive body style, CVT reliability unknown, caused us to keep shopping. Reluctantly drove a Forrester before exiting he lot for good. Road noise inside was a deal breaker.

This years Outback body styling is a big improvement. Forrester got worse!
 

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I could see a Western WA person not appreciating a Subaru. It doesn't snow all that much there. Plus, they stink getting on a busy freeway. They are great Montana etc rigs, that's why every mountain kitty around here has a Forester or Outback.
 

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I refer to subaru as a "super poo"

So over rated but repairing them keeps me in sage rods

worthless pieces of crap
Interesting because your experience is counter to what the industry data says about Subarus being among the most reliable cars in the market. I have a 3+ year old Outback 4-banger and it's never shown me even a minor flaw. It's also a very capable outdoors vehicle in snow, on jeep tracks, and even pulls a drift boat over mountain passes and in/out of nasty boat launches. I also like that it sips gas so that I am supporting big oil companies and Saudi jihadists less.
 

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Finding Yours In a parking lot in Seattle has got be difficult. Put lots of unique bumper stickers on it so you know which one belongs to you
They all have bumper stickers like, "Feel the Bern", and "Coexist". If you want yours to stand out in the crowd of bumper sticker activist Subies, put NRA, US Marines, and Bush-Cheney 2000 stickers on it.
 
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