Went and test drove the Subaru again, and told the guy to get with the finance guys and give me some options (will more down affect the APR, etc.), and I will probably pick it up on Monday.
I’m going with the 2006 Subaru Outback VDC 3.0. The gas mileage is not very good, but for the amount I drive, it’s not a problem. Like I have said before, when I had my ’83 Chevy Celebrity and took it in for inspection, the mechanic casually asked me what my other car was, and I was confused and told him I had no other car, this was it. He looked at me and said “You only drove 4700 miles last year?”
The car fits me, and it has an enormous area in the back for hauling stuff and I can fit both dog crates in it, the interior is just gorgeous and super comfortable leather, and who the fuck am I fooling? This car is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It has more horsepower than both my previous cars combined, brakes in half the distance, and just handles curves like a glove. It seriously drives like an Audi RS4. I had my phone on the dashboard and was banging 25 mile an hour curves on the back roads at 60 and on the inside it felt like we were glued to the road and the center of gravity of the car is so nice that the phone on the dash didn’t even move. Also, the acceleration from 30-75 is just amazing. I feel so much safer having extra power to drive out of a situation, where before in the old Subie, I would have been fucked. It really handles like a European sports sedan.
It’s got great lines, beautiful leather seats, moon roof, great stereo, and not a spot on the exterior or interior- if you didn’t know it was a 2006 and the models had changed, you would think it was brand new. The other nice thing is that with 250 hp and 219 lb/ft of torque, I can put a tow package on it and use my neighbor’s little trailer to haul mulch and dirt and not have to crap up my interior.
It’s also the nicest car I will have ever owned, so I am kind of excited. So that is done.