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Drove a 2004 H6 OB - impressions
Posted 26 September 2003 - 12:25 PM
The H6 engine is a bit smoother and quieter than my 2.5, and has a bit more ooommmpphh during acceleration, but not as much as I had anticipated. While the interior is still very much the same as my 96 OB in terms of room, seating/view position, etc., I applaud the redesign/layout of the climate controls, and placement of the cup holders and heated seat switches. The OB was solid and firm in it's ride and control, and it was quieter in road/wind noise than my 96 OB - though I'd like it to be even quieter. The overall quality build inside and out is good and consistant with my expectations. I am curious how the 2005's H6 performance will compare to the current power plant - I was told by the saleman that the 2005 will have variable valve timing and 245hp rating. I do wish Subaru would consider whatever options are necessary to up the towing limit of 2000lbs - I know it has a lot to do with the frame/body design, tranny, brakes, suspension, vehicle weight, etc. and it all adds to the final cost of the vehicle - but this is one factor on why I'm also considering vehicles like the Highlander.
One thing that made me laugh - what's up with the plastic cover under the engine? Seems like it would be a pain to have to remove/reinstall if you need to do maintenance work - and plastic certainly isn't my material of choice to act as a protector/brush guard....
Can anyone who currently owns a H6 Outback comment?
Posted 26 October 2004 - 10:39 PM
Well I don't own an 05 but I do work in the Automotive field. The cover is mainly there as dress up for the consumers who rarely look under the hood. It also tends to keep the more timid "garage techs" out of messing with the engine.
How ever I did get to test drive an 05 GT limited and found it to be much more than I expected. Fit, finish, power, and "MSRP" price.
Posted 27 October 2004 - 05:34 AM
Posted 27 October 2004 - 07:39 AM
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