I went and drove the 2006 Subaru 3.0 VDC Outback today, as well as several other cars (2008 Outback, 2013 VW CC sedan which is a great fucking car but a gas hog, too small, AND A SHITLOAD OF FUN TO DRIVE), and I think I am pulling the trigger on the VDC. It drove like a Subaru wagon, but it didn’t, if that makes sense. It handled far better than my old wagon, is fully loaded with a leather interior, and the engine just screams. I was doing 85 up a steep hill talking to the rep and I looked down and noticed how fast I was going and the tach was only at 3kish. Entering the highway was a dream. This dickhead wouldn’t get over into the left lane, so I gunned it and the engine just purred and the transmission is so god damned smooth I felt like I was in an Audi or Mercedes and I was at 70 in 1/3 the time it would have taken my 97 Subaru.
It also handles extremely well- Shawn was in the backseat and I was hitting 25 mile an hour curves on the back roads at 45-50, and probably could have gone faster, and the low center of gravity and weight of the car and the ability to power out of curves was just awesome, and Shawn wasn’t sliding around the back seat, the car handled so well. Just a really nice ride. This is not your mother’s Subaru.
The only two drawbacks for me are the mileage (19/25) and that the windshield is at a more acute angle than my old Subie, and I had driven my mother’s upright Forester down to look at the car, so the acute angle stood out and I only have a couple inches of headroom (easily 1-2 less than my old car). I figure I will get used to that, what was more important to me was the seat comfort and legroom and how my shoulders felt while driving- some cars, because of my messed up shoulders, have a steering wheel that just causes me pain after a few hours of driving. I plan to go down and drive it again on Wednesday and then check out the maintenance records and bang around all the other stuff a bit to check it out. Today I just wanted to get the driving feel, and I liked it a lot.
Guy wanted me to make an offer, but I told him I will call him tomorrow because I don’t want to do anything rash. Maybe make him want to sell me the car as much as I want to buy it.
BTW- The new Subaru Crosstrek is a beautiful looking vehicle (the rims are a bit much), but it is just too small for me and for some reason they only have a 2.0 engine in it even though it is a pretty damned heavy vehicle for its size. If I were a woman or a smaller man who wanted a nice crossover but wasn’t concerned about having a really powerful engine, I would very seriously consider this car. They are just really good looking.