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Well.....I traded in my 9-5 Aero in May
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Posted by MI-Roger [Email] (#882) [Profile/Gallery] (more from MI-Roger) on Wed, 24 Nov 2021 17:15:14 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Way OT - In the market for a new car (for my wife), LIam, Wed, 24 Nov 2021 12:09:29
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My wife loves her '06 9-3SC with 115K miles and we needed a lower mileage vehicle for long trips, so my 227K mile '08 9-5 Aero was traded in.

Our criteria was: 1) It had to fit in the garage; 2) It had to equal or exceed the 9-3SC in cargo capacity; 3) It had to be a brand with strong customer satisfaction; 4) It had to be able to tow 3500 pounds; and 5) AWD was a plus,

I bought a used 2019 Subaru Outback with their top of the line interior (called Touring package"), 6-cylinder engine, and only 8400 miles.

It clicked all the buttons of our requirements, has proven to be a great choice in our six months of ownership, and the interior is as nice as our SAABs.

On a recent trip back home to the Ann Arbor area from Chicago, the car yielded 33mpg at 75mph.

Seats and Steering Wheel are heated. Built-in TomTom is no clunkier than our old dash-mount TomTom. Having a dash-screen which is conveniently located in the dash rather than in the driver's face is nice. Larger console storage (with built-in tissue dispenser) and larger dash storage are nice! Digital FM is built in the factory radio so no more separate unit needed to listen to Cool Jazz.

Defroster seems not as potent as in our SAABs. Owner's Manual is horribly disorganized but everything is in there - somewhere.

I had one issue with the car a few weeks after purchase. The Subaru branded battery, which was only two months old(!), had one cell go completely dead. I called the 800 number, Subaru sent a tow truck to my house to diagnose the issue. My choices were to drive the car to the Dealer for battery replacement after the Tow Driver had gotten the car started, or replace the battery myself and obtain credit from Subaru. I bought & installed a new battery myself, submitted the full cost to Subaru for replacement, and received a check within 7-10 days. I was able to keep the battery core charge paid to me by the retailer. Remember - I was not the original owner of this vehicle, although I had taken the steps necessary to register my ownership with Subaru Customer Assistance before this problem happened.

I later learned from various Subaru Owner's Forums that I might have killed the battery while installing my trailer hitch by keeping the hatch open for an extended period, some weird electronics issue regarding sensors. Sound familiar?

->Posting last edited on Wed, 24 Nov 2021 17:59:36.

_______________________________________ Saabs owned: 2008 9-5 Aero Sedan, sold at 227K miles 2006 9-3SC 2.0T - Wife's daily driver 2000 Viggen Convertible - Summer Fun Car 1964 Quantum IV Formula Car - Retirement project 2000 9-5lpt Sedan, sold at 318K miles


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