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2008 Subaru Legacy Sports Tourer 2.0D RE

Jul 2008 - First Report (500 miles)

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Following on from the test drives of the Subaru Legacy, and despite the desire for the 3.0R, I placed an order for a diesel RE.

The Steel Grey Sports Tourer turned up on the first day of Summer, yes you guessed it, in the pouring rain. As the car comes completely loaded the only extras fitted are mud flaps, now known as "protectors", hard wiring for an MP3 player and the cargo nets as I didn’t want the weekly groceries flying around as I exploit the 4 wheel drive grip of the Scooby.

Frustrations? A few; you can’t order the steering wheel mounted audio controls, no lead for the MP3 connection, oh yes and its not the 3.0R!

I said it was loaded, here we go

  • Double Sunroof – My Favourite Thing - Oh I do love it
  • Full Leather
  • Electric 8 Way Seats with heating
  • 6 CD Auto-changer
  • Xenon Headlights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated & Folding Mirrors
  • Cruise Control – Steering wheel mounted controls
  • Metallic Paint
  • Dual Climate Control
  • Trip Computer

Most of these are cost options on the so called “Premium Brands”...all this and 4 wheel drive.

As the Satnav option wasn’t ticked I’ve bought a Tom Tom XL following fellow DA’s recommendations. A Parrot Bluetooth phone kit will be fitted to keep it all legal behind the wheel.

Running in AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I hate it. Subaru recommend at least a 1000 miles before you can take it above 3500 RPM and its killing me. I know some people don’t believe in it but having spent time with the people at Subaru and Prodrive, if they say run it in I’ll run it in. It shouldn’t be an issue as that still allows you to use all of the 258lb of Torque. Trouble is max power (150) comes in at 3600 and it really seams to fly round to the "running in" red line so I can’t help but think the real power lies just over the wrong side of that line.

The first tank was disposed of in 450 miles giving 35mpg, not bad for a tight engine, although the trip computer reckons I am averaging 39.

First impressions; fittings aren’t as well made as the Audi, it’s quieter than the Audi, a real surprise that one as the test drive Subaru was distinctly gruffer. Its ride is quite soft but it absorbs the bumps better, oh yes and the grip, its staggering...the way you can plant your foot earlier than the apex and it just drives you forward, it’s simply wonderful. The xenon headlamps are brilliant in all the senses of the word, a real step forward.

Niggles? not having audio controls on the wheel is very frustrating, I know it’s no hard-ship to stretch out a hand to adjust the volume but it’s so much easier when they are mounted on the wheel. And the MP3 input’s not working. As a whole the audio’s not up to the Audi’s BOSE but it’s OK now I’ve tweaked it using the Tone and SRS features. I keep setting the alarm off because of the silly immobiliser...I will get the hand of it I hope (and so do the neighbours). There’s a lack of storage space in the cabin compared to the A6.

Overall...chuffed to bits. I think it looks fantastic in Steel Silver and when I pop that big sunroof open letting the light flood in and the warm summer breeze waft round the cabin I know me and Scooby are going to be big mates.


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