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Re: If it was a SPG oe a SIS it would of never happend Posted by Snowmobile [Email] (#686) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Snowmobile) on Sat, 23 Feb 2013 18:53:18
In Reply to: Re: If it was a SPG oe a SIS it would of never happend, Tom G [Profile/Gallery] , Sat, 23 Feb 2013 04:13:15 Members do not see ads below this line. - Help Keep This Site Online - Signup
to be fair, the subarus I've driven are Foresters, Legacies, and Outbacks, not the Impreza/WRX/STI, which are more driver oriented... The legacy was not bad, but the current Forester I would say is among the worst handling vehicles I have ever driven and my wife agreed (and my subaru enthusiast friends, who own Foresters, also agree that the handling stinks). That said, the clearance is probably pretty good in snow.
TCS and ABS alone don't really make a better handling car. Useful safety features, but a car can have those features (eg the Forester) and still respond horrendously to steering input. A well sorted hard top c900 is a gem in that respect. It goes where you point it. Much better than the OG9-3 in that regard.
Actually, I should add to this... playing with the handling of the 9-5 in snow with and without TCS on vs the 1989 c900 (no ABS even), doing a fast S turn, the 9-5 loses the back end way easier than the c900 even with TCS on. With TCS off, the 9-5 is all over the place in comparison... also, when the 9-5 loses grip it is much harder to bring back into control... a lot of this probably has to do with the narrower tires on the c900 (both have hakkas), but some of it is probably basic vehicle dynamics...
Anyway, I wasn't really meaning to put down Subarus or anything... They are pretty darn good cars in snow country. I wanted to like them more than I do - but after numerous long term rentals of the size of Subie that would work for our family, I was really let down by the driving experience compared to the saabs... we get lots of snow here and I have really only once been stuck in the saab when awd might have helped (and even so only because studs are banned here), and it was an extreme situation due to some hoonish behaviour...
->Posting last edited on Sat, 23 Feb 2013 19:22:28.
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