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1/6/2016 2015 ends with a
surge in sales and the best month ever with a new record of 56,274 cars
sold, an increase of 6,351 13% over the previous best of 53,070
For the record.... Subaru sold 48,928 cars in 1976, 183,242 in 1986, sales dropped in the early 1990s but recovered to 120,748 cars in 1996, they sold 200,703 in 2006, and now they're poised to break 600,000 in 2016
December sales by model
#1 Forester- 16,797 Dec 2015 compared to 15,163 12/14.
#2 Outback- 16,067 Dec 2015 compared to 14,772 12/14
#3 Crosstrek- 8,090 Dec 2015 compared to 5,482 12/14
#4 Impreza- 6,059 Dec 2015 compared to 5,808 12/14
#5 Legacy- 5,759 Dec 2015 compared to 5,457 12/14
#6 WRX/STI- 3,089 Dec 2015 compared to 2,812 12/14
#7 BRZ- 412 Dec 2015 compared to 416 12/14
2015 total sales 582,675. Thats an increase of 68,982 or 13% over 2014 total sales 513,693
It was a great year to be Subaru. Subaru's share of the total U.S market is now around 3.3%
Sales of all models is up up up except the rear wheel drive Scion FRS/Subaru BRZ clone.
60% of sales are to buyers new to Subaru!
Marketing love love love and dogs dogs dogs works. And all the positive
reviews... some days it seems Subaru can do no wrong.
Now Subaru has to keep these new buyers from drifting to yet another brand when it again comes time for a new car.
Subaru can help create loyalty
> the first two oil changes and one tire rotation and 1 new cabin air filter should be included free with every purchase.
> Subarus come with a 3 year/36,000 mile
roadside warranty, and that service should be extended to cover any
other Subarus in the owner's name.
> Subaru GTP guaranteed trade program is
offered on cars up to 6 years from date of sale, and they could extend
that to 8 years to keep older car owners from trying another brand
> loyalty incentives to repeat buyers
that can be as simple as a Subaru jacket or something similar, a free 2
year maintenance/oil change program, perhaps a small price or interest
Crosstreks continue to be the hard to
find, an overnight success 3 years after its 2013 model introduction.
The new 2016 model's 7" upgraded audio and blind spot detection has of
course been getting people to take a 2nd look. The base 2.0i and Premium
model 6.2" audio system is disappointing.
The top selling 2016 Forester's upgraded 7" audio system on all except 2.5i base model, has helped the Forester compete
with the #2 selling 2016 Outback's blind spot detection.
The Forester retains the classic straight-forward utility, functionality
and safety of the Subarus that helped establish the company's current
reputation. It may be square but it works!
Outback with current safety technology (seat cushion airbags, upgraded
eyesight, blind spot detection) and a comfortable, quiet ride is now a
car people aspire to.
The 2016 WRX and STI are, as always, strong cult favorites, despite
missing a 5 door hatchback version since the 2014 model. The WRX CVT is a
good compromise for the performance buyer who doesn't want to shift.
While the paddle shifters work, they should be made a little more
responsive, with a crisper shift response.
The Impreza, first offered in 1993, still does well even with
competition from its higher sitting Impreza Crosstrek sibling ... or
perhaps its because of the Crosstrek. Can we say that those early
Impreza hatchbacks were the first mini-utes?
The BRZ is a beautiful car, especially the Premium model which has
clean, classic lines without the fussy rear spoiler on the Limited. But
it's a rear wheel drive car in an all-wheel-drive world and sales
continue to drop year after year from the high of 8587 cars sold its
first full year (2013 model). I wonder how long Subaru will continue to
make it (the answer is.. as long as Toyota wants to buy and market them
as Scion FRSs)
2015 total sales by model
#1 Forester 175,192 for the year, which is an increase of 15,293 or 10% over 2014 159.953
#2 Outback 152,294 for the year, which is an increase of 13,504 or 10% over2014 138,790
#3 Crosstrek 88,927 for the year, which is an increase of 17,971 or 25% over 2014 70,956
#4 Impreza 66,785 for the year, which is an increase of 8789 or 15% over 2014 57, 996
#5 Legacy 60,447 for the year, which is an increase of 8177 or 16% 2014 52,270
#6 WRX/STI 33,734 for the year, which is an increase of 8242 or 32% over 2014 25,492
#7 BRZ 5,296 for the year, which is a decrease of 2208 or -29% from 2014 7504
12/14 Subaru Ambassador Program grows
Subaru supports enthusiasts with the Subaru Ambassador Program begun early this year.
Ambassadors are expected to spread the word at their local events, clubs, meetings, forums etc.
Ambassadors will get a variety of Subaru gifts to hand out at these events, including discount coupons.
Get more information here https://www.subaruambassador.com/
12/1 November 2015 Sales totals
YTD November 2015 sales is 526,401, compared to YTD November 2014 which was 463,770.
With more than a month to go, Subaru has already passed the entire 2014 year total of 513,693!
November 2015 is the 48th month of increased sales and the 21st month of
sales over 40,000. The 4 month run of monthly total over 50,000 was
Crosstreks are currently in very short supply. Hyperblue STI is almost sold out. Imprezas are just starting to arrive.
November 2015 sales by model
Outback 13,079, which is 1049 cars, or 7%, less than 14128 sold 11/14
Forester 13,655, which is 224 cars, or 2%, less than 13,879 sold 11/14
Crosstrek 6,786, which is 987 cars, or 17%, more than 5,799 sold 11/14
Legacy 4,769 which is 964 cars, or 17%, less than the 5,733 sold 11/14
WRX, STI 2,481 which is 226 cars, or 8%, less than the 2,702 sold 11/14
Impreza 4,924 which is 2335 cars, or 90%, more than the 2,589 sold 11/14
BRZ 367, which is 32 cars, or 8%, less than the 408 sold 11/14
11/22 Subaru to start monitoring sales made outside a 200 mile radius from a dealer's location.
First announced late last month (October)
Subaru will monitor out of market sales, ie sales made more than 200
miles from a dealership. More details will be released on how this will
work, but the goal seems to be to protect dealers from aggressive
regional and national lowball pricing that is so simple to do with the
ever increasing marketing use of the internet.
Where the internet was once a tool for
research and gathering information, it is now another marketing tool and
this is Subaru's attempt to control the damage a few dealers can do to
Part of the problem is how do you stop
people from shopping dealers everywhere for a price? Subaru itself
encourages wide spread shopping with its unrestricted 'get a quote'
shopping/price tool that allows the customer to request prices from any
dealer simply by putting in a zip code (subaru.com > shopping tools
> request a quote) and saying "Don’t worry. This isn’t committing to
anything. We simply want to get you the most precise cost."
The dealer getting the quote request has no
way of knowing if the person is really local to them or not, and is
supposed to respond within a reasonable amount of time (Subaru also
monitors dealer response times). Most dealers will send a price.
So if the customer then responds to a
dealers quote, is the dealer now obligated to turn the customer down
because they're outside the 200 mile zone?
I am completely in favor of buying locally
and when contacted by out of state buyers will always help with model
and price selection and the names or their local dealers.
More details will be announced.
11/18 Share the Love v. 8
from November 19, 2015 - January 2, 2016 Subaru will donate $250 for
each car purchased to the buyer's choice of charities. There are 5
charities to choose from: this year the choices are ASPCA, National
Parks Foundation, Meals On Wheels, Make-a-Wish, and the 5th charity will
be a local organization chosen by the dealership.
Up to $15,000,000 will be donated. When a buyer doesn't select a
charity, the funds are distributed equally. Dealers will have fliers and
other handouts, and the charity can be selected at the dealer at time
of purchase, or later at home (the VIN will be needed).
11/3/15 October 2015 sales total 51,269, the 2nd highest monthly sales total, right behind #1 September 2015's 53,070
October 2014 was 43,012, so 2015 was a 20% increase over 2014.
YTD 480,331, a 15% increase over 2014 YTD 418,497.
Subaru will break 500,000 by mid-November.
October 2015- 4th month in a row over 50,000 cars, 47th month of increases.
Share the Love #8 runs 11/23/15-1/2/16, Subaru will donate 4250 for each car sold charity.
2016 Crosstreks and BRZs starting to arrive. The Limited production STI
and BRZ hyperblue models available but selling out quickly.
The 2016 Impreza is now starting to arrive so all 16s are now available, as are all 2016 model brochures
October 2015 sales
Forester and Outback are both up 17% from October 2014. They are clearly
what the public thinks about when considering a Subaru. The Crosstrek
is doing very well, and the 2016 model upgrades (quieter ride, blind
spot detection) will certainly help volume. The Crosstrek still lacks a
power driver's seat, and that does hold back sales, because as Crosstrek
prices approach and pass the $30,000 mark, a power driver's seat is
The Legacy is holding on to decent sales volume but its still doesn't
get the attention it deserves. Perhaps its time for Subaru to give in
and to advertise an actual customer rebate. Subaru relies on
Subaru's overall rising tide of popularity to increase sales on all
models, with a dealer incentive here and there on leases to motivate
sales. And for the most part this "we don't need rebates or 0%"
marketing strategy has worked, but perhaps an customer rebate would get
some cost conscious sedan shoppers to consider the Legacy.
And if it wasn't for the Series.HyperBlue BRZ, no one would be talking about the BRZ this year, not until it gets an engine.
October 14,729, which is 2105 cars, or a 17% increase over 12,624 sold 10/14
Forester 15,172, which is 2201 cars, or a 17% increase over 12,971 sold 10/14
Crosstrek 7,313, which is 1941, or a 36% increase over 5372 sold 10/14
Impreza 5,340, which is 2186, or a 69% increase over 3154 sold 10/14
Legacy 5,688, which is 674 car less, or a 11% drop, from the 6362 sold 10/14
WRX, STI 3013, with is 928 cars, or a 45% increase, over 2085 sold 10/14
BRZ 374, which is 61 car, or a 14% drop, from the 435 sold 10/14
10/2 Seattle Auto Show is next week
Thursday October 8 - Sunday October 11 at CenturyLink Field.
Visit the Subaru booth and enter your information in a kiosk and you get
a coupon for $250 off your next new Subaru (the coupon does
have an 90 day expiration date)
Update Oct 6- - the $250 is NOT available on Outbacks! Doesn't make sense, but If you're getting an Outback, the coupon doesn't count!
10/1 September 2015 sales totals 53,070, breaking new ground and another record setting month.
August 2104 was 41,517 (including 13 Tribecas).
The previous best month before September 15 was August '15 with 52,697, and before that it was August '14 with 50,246.
Its the 3rd month in a row with over 50,000 cars, and 46 months of consecutive sales increases.
September 2015 Sales totals by model
The volume leader is Forester, barely edging the Outback. Combined,
Outback and Forester Sept '15 volume is over 30,000 cars. Outback has
only been held back by production capability, but the 2016 Forester with
it's new, long needed audio systems with current features and
technology will keep the forester's volume high.
Crosstrek is #3 in volume, and the coming upgraded 2016 model with new blind spot detection will increase volume.
Forester 15,364 9/15, 2,780 cars more than 12584 sold 9/14
Outback 15,126 9/15, 3811 cars more than 11,315 sold 9/14
Crosstrek 7,414 9/15, 1,723 cars more than 5691 sold 9/14
Impreza 5,555 9/15, of 1,515 cars more than 4040 sold 9/14
Legacy 6,277 9/15, which is 79 cars more than 6198 sold 9/14
WRX, STI 3,033 9/15, 1863 car more than 1170 9/14
BRZ 301 9/15, which is 205 cars less than 506 9/14
9/28/15 Subaru Love Strikes Twice CPO Certified Pre-Owned Event, October 1-Nov 2 2015 with special finance rates
9/26 BRZ Series.HyperBlue arriving on lots
9/16 2016 Crosstrek and Impreza orders are now available
Cars expected November
Crosstrek page. Impreza page coming soon
9/1/15 August highest one month sales yet with 52,697 total!
Thats 2180 cars better the the previous best month which was last July's 50,517
Not too long ago, 40,000 cars a month was considered good.
YTD 2015 375,632, 41,664 more than YTD 2014 333,968
Outback YTD 93,293
Forester YTD 114,204
Crosstrek YTD 59,324
Legacy YTD 37,954
Impreza YTD 44,907
WRX, STI 22,118
August 2015 totals
Outback 11,113, down 3% or 315 cars from 11,428 sold 8/14
Forester 17,565, a 7% increase of 1133 cars more than 16,432 sold 8/14
Crosstrek 8,799, a 7% increase or 555 cars more than 8244 sold 8/14
Impreza 7074, a strong 19% increase or 1136 cars more than the 5938 sold 8/14
Legacy 4281, down 28% or 1706 cars less than the 5987 sold 8/14
WRX, STI 3367, a whopping 128% increase of 1893 cars more than 1474 sold 8/14
BRZ 498, down 31%, or 222 cars, from the 720 sold 8/14
8/27/15 STI Series.HyperBlue and BRZ prices and specs released.
Only 700 will be made. order your now. Delivery in October.
The STI HyperBlue package is $4300 retail for a total MSRP $39790 including the $795 destination,
The STI Series.HyperBlue package Includes
Black Alcantara seating
surfaces with leather bolsters and hyperblue stitching,
Leather wrapped steering wheel and
shift boot with hyperblue stitching.
18" Black BBS alloy wheels,
black badges with red STI lettering,
7" audio system with 9 Harman/Kardon speakers
with HK 440w equivalent amp and Navigation/GPS,
Pushbutton start/keyless access with new oval keyfob, and pin Code Access.
8/25/15 2015 Crosstrek and Impreza factory orders end Thursday 8/27/15 12 noon EST
If you want a 2015 model, order it now!
No 2016 model changes/upgrades or prices have been announced yet.
2016 orders will be available mid September with delivery in November
Prices and specs will be released in the next week or so, prior to orders being available
Model lineup and Option Packages for both Crosstrek and Impreza seem to remain the same but details haven't been announced yet
2016 Crosstrek models
2.0i manual transmission, model code GRA Package #01
2.0i Premium manual transmission, model code GRB, Package #11
2.0i Premium CVT, model code GRC Package #12
2.0i Premium CVT with Moonroof, model code GRC Package #13
2.0i Premium CVT with EyeSight, Starlink 7.0" Multimedia Plus, model code GRC Package #14
2.0i Limited CVT, model code GRD Package #21
2.0i Limited CVT with Moonroof, Navigation System , Keyless Access
with Push-Button Start, model code GRD Package #22
2.0i Limited CVT with Moonroof + Navigation System + Keyless Access
with Push-Button Start, EyeSight, model code GRD Package #23
Hybrid CVT, model code GRH Package #01
Hybrid Touring CVT, model code GRI Package #31
2016 Crosstrek colors
There's no Tangerine orange, or Sunrise yellow
2.0 models: Hyper Blue replaces Tangerine Orange. Other colors are
Crystal Black, Dark Gray, Khaki, Ice Silver, Quartz Blu, Ventian red,
and Crystal white remain
Crosstrek Hybrid models: Jasmine green replaces Plasma green, and
Venetian red is dropped for the Hybrid. Other colors are: Venetian red,
Crystal Black, Quartz Blue, Ice silver
2016 Impreza models
2.0i 4 door sedan manual transmission, model code GJA, Package #01
2.0i 4 door sedan CVT, model code GJB, Package #01
2.0i 4 door sedan Premium CVT, model code GJF, Package #11
2.0i 4 door sedan Premium CVT, model code GJF, Package #12 with
Moonroof, and 17" Alloy Wheel Package including fog lights, leather
wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
2.0i 4 door sedan Limited CVT, model code GJG, Package #21
2.0i 4 door sedan Limited CVT, model code GJG, Package #22 with Moonroof, Keyless Access Push-Button Start
2.0i 4 door sedan Limited CVT, model code GJG, Package #23 with Moonroof, Keyless Access Push-Button Start, Navigation Eyesight
2.0i 5 door hatchback, manual transmission, model code GLA, Package #01
2.0i 5 door hatchback, CVT, model code GLB, Package #01
2.0i 5 door hatchback Premium - CVT, model code GLF, Package #11
2.0i 5 door hatchback Limited - CVT, model code GLG, Package #21
2.0i 5 door hatchback Sport Premium manual transmission, model code GLH, Package #11
2.0i 5 door hatchback Sport Premium CVT, model code GLI, Package #11
2.0i 5 door hatchback Sport Premium CVT , model code GLI, Package #14 with Moonroof
2.0i 5 door hatchback Sport Premium CVT, model code GLI-, Package #6
with Moonroof, EyeSight, Starlink 7.0" Multimedia Plus Audio
2.0i 5 door hatchback Sport Limited CVT, model code GLJ, Package #21
2.0i 5 door hatchback Sport Limited CVT, model code GLJ, Package #22 with Moonroof, Keyless Access Push-Button Start
2.0i 5 door hatchback Sport Limited CVT, model code GLJ, Package #23
with Moonroof, Keyless Access Push-Button Start, Navigation, Eyesight
2016 Impreza colors are
Dark blue metallic replaces Deep sea blue
Other colors are Crystal Black Silica, Dark Gray Metallic, Ice Silver
Metallic, Jasmine Green Metallic, Quartz Blue Pearl, Venetian Red Pearl,
Crystal White Pearl
8/12 2016 Outback and Legacy brochures now available at dealer
8/10 2016 Outback and Legacy arriving on lots, but can't be delivered due to the Stop Sale recall. See below.
8/7 recall on the last 2015 and first 2016 Outbacks and Legacys built, produced in July
2015 and 2016 Outback built July 3-25, 2015
2015 and 2016 Legacy built July 3-27, 2015
Due to a production problem on some (not all) Outbacks and Legacys
made in July, those vehicles cannot be delivered to owners. Its a Stop
Sale recall which means affected cars cannot be sold. It was a
short three week period that these were made, but it means thats if you
have a 2016 on order, it might have arrived but is sitting at the lot
because it can't be delivered until the recall is performed.
Or it means that the ETA delivery date of the new car will be delayed and pushed back.
Please be patient. Subaru will get replacement parts out as
quickly as they can, and its better they fix them first before owners
"During the manufacturing process of the propeller shaft that connects
to the vehicle's transmission, the seal cap and seal located inside the
propeller shaft yoke may have been deformed. As a result, the seal may
leak transmission fluid. If the transmission fluid leaks onto an exhaust
pipe, there is a possible risk of fire. The propeller shaft will be
Parts will start to be distributed in mid August but initial supply will be limited..."
Cars already purchased, on the road and being driven will recieve parts first.
8/4 August interest rates , August 4-31
all August rates remains the same as July. The push is on to move the 2015 Foresters and remaining 2015 WRX, STIs
> 2016 Finance rates, NW area, on approval of credit
Forester 1.90% 24-36-48 mos, 2.90%x 60-63-72 months
Outback 1.90% 24-36-48 mos, 2.90%x 60-63-72 months
Legacy 1.90% 24-36-48 mos, 2.90%x 60-63-72 months
WRX, STI 2.90%x 24-36-48-60 months
2015 Finance rates, NW area, on approval of credit
Outback 1.49% 24-36-48 mos, 1.90% 60-63-72 months
Legacy 1.49% x 24-36-48 mos, 1.90% x 60-63-72 months
Forester .0% 24-36-48 mos, .90% x60-63-72 months
Crosstrek 1.49% 24-36-48 mos, 1.90% 60-63-72 months
Crosstrek Hybrid 0%x36 mos1.49% 24-36-48 mos, 1.90% 60-63-72 months
Impreza 1.49% 24-36-48 mos, 1.90% 60-63-72 months
WRX, STI 2.90% x24-36-48-60-63 months
BRZ .90% 24-36-48mos, 1.90% 60-63-72 months
8/3 July 2015 sales, its a new sales record
Another record setting month with a total of 50,517 cars sold. That is
Subaru's highest total ever for a single month by 246 cars. The previous
record was 50,246 in August 2014
For July 2015
Total 50517 for July 15, which is 4803 cars over 45714 cars July 2014,
and 246 cars over the previous all time record of 50,246 set last August
Subaru is on a roll, and a rising tide floats all boats. 44th month of
increased sales, and 17th month in a row with sales over 40,000.
Outback 10,863 July 15, down 905 from 11768 July 14. the 2016 Outbacks
havent starting arriving yet and the supply of 15s is tight, and that
holds back sales. The 16s should be arriving soon.
Forester 15,811 July 15, up 1287 over 145624 July 14. The 0% financing
combined with low closeout prices on the 15s helped sales.
The upgraded 16s are arriving now with the new audio systems. Still,
its disappointing the 16s didn't get a height adjustable front passenger
seat or CVT paddle shifters.
Crosstrek 8575 for July 15, up 1972 over 6603 July 14. The Crosstrek has
'arrived', after 3 years it's an overnight success. Hopefully the 16s
due later this year will get the much needed power seat and blind spot
Impreza 6527 for July 15, up 1159 from 5368 July 14.
Legacy 4500 for July 15, down 179 from 4679 July 14. The 2016s are expected this month
WRX, STI 3716 for July 15, up 1711 from 2005 July 14. The 16s are
arriving and the upgraded audio systems are a huge improvement,
especially the 7" navigation system. While subaru's technology features
have never been state of the art, the systems in the 16s WRX and STI and
a massive improvement over the 14s. The Hyper Blue STI is due in October.
BRZ 525 for July 15, down 199 from July 14. Reportedly the 2017 or a
mid-year 2016.5 BRZ will get a new motor, or if not a new motor, a
farewell party. In the meantime, the Hyper Blue 2016 BRZ is expected in
7/3015 new accessories
2016 Outback- Footwell Lighting $198. A pale blue LED for the driver and
passenger front footwells. This has been been available before, but not
on the 15s.
2016 Legacy- Footwell Lighting $198, and Trunk Cargo Hooks. The cargo
hooks are all new, Two double-sided hooks are attached to the top of the
inside of the trunk and are convenient to hang grocery bags from. The
hooks fold up when not in use. Available only with the rear cargo net
2016 Forester- body colored door edge guards. $139
7/24 2016 Foresters arriving at dealers.
the new 6.2" and 7" audio systems are significant upgrades. Premium and
above models get new Starlink connectivity, with an introductory free
year of the basic Safety Plus package
7/20 BRZ runs short of power. ie yes its very pretty, it even
handles well, but it needs a motor upgrade. Or make it all wheel drive
(that's a fantasy we'll never see).
from autoguide.com "Even the president of Subaru admits the BRZ needs a little more power.
Speaking to Autoline TV, president and COO Subaru of
America, Tom Doll, shared his thoughts on the Subaru BRZ sports car and
what may lie in its future.
“There’s a place for the BRZ in our product lineup,” said Doll. “We
may have to do some things to it to enhance the driving performance a
little more; take it up a little bit. Because I think that’s one of the
learnings we’ve seen out of that vehicle, if it had a little bit more
performance to it, it could really take up the sales level even
more.” Doll admits that the future of the BRZ and a second generation of
the car depends on Subaru’s relationship with Toyota. The bigger question is what the Japanese automaker defines
as “performance,” whether that’s horsepower under the hood of the car,
or suspension enhancements that further improve the handling of the
Subaru BRZ. If it’s the latter, enthusiasts might be disappointed to see
the Subaru BRZ STI come to U.S., as it packs plenty of STI products,
none of which improve engine performance." the original article
Note: In April, 2015 it was reported on Automotive News that Subaru U.S. spokesman Michael
McHale said that an STI version of the BRZ is coming to the States in “a
couple years.” The car may not be billed as a standard STI model
according to McHale, who says it might be a “tuned by STI” edition.
7/19 oil consumption class-action lawsuit
"A class action lawsuit claims that certain Subaru
Forester, Legacy, Outback, Impreza and Crosstek vehicles made since
2011 have defective piston rings which cause the cars to burn oil,
possibly causing engine failure.
design defect may be denied warranty coverage by the manufacturer and
result in some owners having to pay for costly repairs to the engine,"
said the Haverford, Pa., law firm Chimicles & Tikellis, in a
prepared statement. "Subaru may even relay to customers that the
excessive oil consumption is considered normal."
This might sound familiar to Robert of Laramie, Wyo., who told ConsumerAffairs he can't wait to become a former Subaru owner.
I will be rid of this 2012 Subaru Forester and will never buy a Subaru
again. The oil consumption has been a quart per 1,000 miles. The manual
said that this is normal," Robert said in a recent review. "The
dealerships have been unconcerned and unwilling to try to stop the
consumption 'as it is normal.'"
There's nothing normal about that kind of oil consumption, Robert said.
car has 26,000 miles and 26 quarts of synthetic oil have been poured in
it between the recommended oil changes. ... I have owned very many
other models of cars and trucks (probably over 50) and never had one
that consistently used over a quart between changes even though some had
over 200,000 miles on them. This poorly designed and supported car is
unacceptable. Subaru got me once never again!"
aye of Big Canoe, Ga., also finds herself buying a lot of oil.
purchased my 2013 Subaru Outback February 2013. I have servicing done
regularly. However, from the very start, my oil light comes on between
2500 to 3000 miles after an oil change. I was told by the dealership
that this is normal for these cars because they do not have as much oil
as other cars."
Like others we've heard form, Faye finds that explanation unacceptable.
had a Toyota Highlander for ten years, 210,000 miles on it and never
had any problem like this. Unfortunately, it was totaled by a falling
tree, and everyone encouraged me to get a Subaru. Nice car, but not
The models named in the suit are:
2011-2014 Subaru Forester 2.5L, 2013 Legacy 2.5L, 2013 Outback 2.5L, 2012-2013 Impreza 2.0L, 2013 XV Crosstek 2.0L
ConsumerAffairs readers have had similar problems with models not covered by the lawsuit.
2010 Outback failed on a road trip in a cloud of smoke a few days and
less than 1,000 miles after an oil change and 23-pt. inspection at the
selling dealership. We're told the engine block would need replacement
-- $5.200 -- and a $1,300 teardown to see what other engine parts would
need replacement," said Kames of Milwaukee. "The Outback used immense
quantities of oil; we began changing every 1,500-2000 miles and always
carried oil because the light went on frequently. Dealers that checked
said no biggie." the original article
7/13 Subaru is here to stay ... plans to open new West Coast parts warehouse in Gresham, Oregon
This will be the first stop for all Japan sourced parts. Scheduled for
fall 2016 (next year), it will be 600,000sf, with an additional
235,000sf available if needed.
7/4 2016 WRXs and STI arriving at dealers. The upgraded 6.2' and 7" audio is worth getting
specs and photos
7/1/15 Subaru to Offer Limited Edition Series.HyperBlue BRZ and WRX STI Models
Limited to 700 WRX STI & 500 BRZ
BRZ receives upgraded SUBARU STARLINK® Multimedia
Rear Vision Camera now standard on BRZ
Exclusive Hyper Blue exterior paint and interior trims
Cherry Hill, N.J. -
Subaru of America, Inc. has announced the 2016 Series.HyperBlue
limited edition available exclusively on BRZ and WRX STI models. As a
follow up to the 2015 Series.Blue BRZ, the 2016 Series.HyperBlue cars
feature exterior paint in Subaru’s exclusive Hyper Blue with matching
interior trim. Production will be limited to 700 WRX STI and 500 BRZ
cars for the United States. Vehicles will go on sale this Fall.
Series.Hyper.Blue WRX STI
Powered by the legendary 305-horsepower 2.5-liter
turbocharged/intercooled BOXER engine, the WRX STI helped to pioneer the
sport compact segment with a rally-bred drivetrain and Multi-Mode
Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel
Drive. Standard handling technologies include Active Torque Vectoring,
Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control and a Brembo® Performance Brake
System with Super Sport ABS.
The Series.HyperBlue trim brings exclusive blue stitching to the
standard Alcantara® seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, manual
transmission shifter boot, console as well as carpeted floor mats with
the traditional Cherry Red STI logo. Series.HyperBlue WRX STI wears
18-inch BBS® Black Alloy wheels and black badging with black painted
exterior mirrors. SUBARU STARLINK 7.0” Multimedia Navigation System
comes standard on this trim with 9 Harman/Kardon® speakers and 440-watt
The WRX STI is equipped exclusively with a specially reinforced 6-speed
manual transmission. A flat-bottom, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping
steering wheel integrates switches for audio and Bluetooth. The STI
Design electroluminescent gauge panel integrates a 3.5-in. central LCD
screen that displays various functions such as windshield washer fluid
and the selected gear.
The Series.HyperBlue models come standard with Keyless Access with
Push-Button Start and PIN Code Access. Standard Welcome Lighting
automatically turns on interior illumination and exterior lights as the
driver approaches or departs the car.
The Subaru BRZ marked a return to the fundamentals of sports car design,
emphasizing low vehicle weight, an ultra-low center of gravity and
precision steering. A 200-horsepower 2.0-liter BOXER engine powers all
For 2016, the BRZ receives the STARLINK 6.2” Multimedia System with a
6.2-in. single-touch gesture display, AM/FM stereo with HD Radio®,
SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Radio Data Broadcast System, single-disc CD
player, Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming,
iPod® control, iTunes® Tagging, a USB port and an auxiliary input jack.
Smartphone integration features Aha™ and Pandora®, along with STARLINK
cloud applications iHeartRadio®, Stitcher, Calendar, Music Player, News
and Weather. New for 2016, the BRZ receives standard rear vision camera.
The Series.HyperBlue BRZ cabin features an exclusive design scheme. The
leather and Alcantara upholstery includes Hyper blue leather seat
bolsters and head restraints. Blue stitching accents the seats and the
blue and black leather-wrapped steering wheel, as well as the shift
lever boot and leather-wrapped parking brake handle. The blue motif
carries to the center console kneepads and door trim, accented by an
embroidered silver BRZ logo on the front seatbacks. Carpeted floor mats
also pick up the BRZ logo and blue stitching.
The exterior continues the Series.HyperBlue theme with 17-inch black
alloy wheels, black glossy badging and painted black finish exterior
mirrors. A frameless day/night rear-view mirror and simulated carbon
fiber center dash panel add a high-tech look, and the finishing touch is
an illuminated engine start / stop button.
Pricing on these models will be announced this Fall.
7/1/5 interest rates for July
2015 Subaru Forester gets 0% 24, 36, 48mos, .90%60, 63, 72 months, on approval of credit.
More Rate webpage
June sales total 44,335, a 7.2% increase over 4136 June 2015
Dealers started the month with 31,000 cars, and with 44,355 being sold,
that means many cars were sold before they arrived at dealers.
Forester continues as the top seller with 14,058. The new,
long-needed infotainment upgrades coming on the 2016s next month will
increase sales. And for those that don't mind the 2015's dated audio,
bluetooth, and small back-up camera screen, 0% financing will help move
the 2015s. So the 2015 Forester should have a strong July.
#2 volume Outback has serious supply issues, and is selling out with
almost no availability on the ground. 10,912 were sold in June, down 5%
from June 14.
Crosstrek is rapidly climbing the sales ladder, with a 7057 for the
month, a 30% increase over last June. The success of the Crosstrek,
first introduced in 2012 and generally unacknowledged to be a variant of
the Impreza 5 door (first introduced in 1993), shows that Subaru
buyers prefer high-sitting hatchback wagons and crossovers like the
Forester, Outback and Crosstrek. The first Outback with a raised
suspension was a version of the 1996 Legacy wagon and a run-away success
that basically saved Subaru. The first Crosstrek was a 2012 Impreza
with raised suspension and its easily out-performing Legacy and Impreza.
The big gainer for the month is Legacy with 4526 sold, a 45% increase
over June 2014. Maybe if they offered a raised suspension, high sitting
Legacy sedan, we'd see more volume. Oh wait.... Subaru already did that.
They offered an Outback sedan (aka SUS), which was a raised suspension
Legacy sedan, from the 1997 though 2007 model years. It wasn't a big
seller, it never foiund a stable market, but has its fans. Expect
bloggers to start writing about it as another forgotten curiosity from
the back of the Subaru closet like they do with the SVX, XT6, Brat, Baja
Subaru's month to month sales have increased for 43 months in row, with the last 16 months over 40,000.
YTD, half-way through the year, the total is 272,428, a 14.5% increase
over 238,000 YTD 2014, with the busy fall and cold weather season
Forester 14,058, 741 cars or 6% over 13317 June 2014
Outback 10,912, 613 cars or 5% lower than 11,525 June 2014
Crosstrek 7057, 1623 cars or 30% over 5434 June 2014
Impreza 5066, 211 or 4% less than 5277 June 2014
Legacy 4526, 1395 or 45% more than 3131 June 2014
WRX/STI 2166, 101 cars or 5% more than 2065 June 2014
BRZ 550, 7 cars or 1% drop from 557 June 2014
7/1/15 Oil consumption issues take front and center stage with Consumer Reports reporting on the problem.
Manufacturers mentioned in the article include Audi, Subaru, Honda, Toyota, Volvo, Porsche Mercedes, Chevy
Here's the first paragraph of the article from Consumer Reports. To read
the full article buy the CR August 2015 issue at newstands or read the complete article online.
"Cars under warranty shouldn’t burn oil. And most don’t.
But Consumer Reports’ 2014 Annual Auto Survey found that
several auto manufacturers are building engines—available in a number of
widely sold models—that require frequently topping off the oil
reservoir between recommended oil changes. That’s a worry and cost that a
new-car owner shouldn’t have.
The oil-change industry has long prescribed changing your
oil every 3,000 miles. In recent years, most automakers have stretched
that to 7,500 or even 10,000 miles because refinements in engine
manufacturing and oil technology purportedly allow engine oil to last
For some automakers, though, that appears to be an
optimistic claim. In our survey of owners of about 1 million vehicles
stretching back 10 years, we found that for certain models, significant
numbers of consumers have to add a quart of oil to their engines as
frequently as every month.
It’s normal for cars to burn a little oil as they age
toward 100,000 miles and beyond. But Consumer Reports believes that for
an almost new car to burn that excessive amount of oil is unacceptable...."
The article continues on and includes Consumer Reports list of the "The thirsty 30"
Other reviews in the August issue include an assortment -
smartwatches, refrigerators, dishwashers, kitchen countertops, the use
and overuse of antibiotics, the Ford F150 and Chevy Colorado trucks,
Mustang and Challenger muscle cars etc. Buy the CR August 2015 issue at newstands or read the full article online.
Subaru responds to customer concerns "....The
Subaru owner's manual includes a normal consumption example of 1 qt per
1,200 miles, and most owners will experience consumption at lower rates
with normal driving. However, if an owner feels they are using more oil
than they should be, retailers will assess the situation on a
case-by-case basis and can perform a consumption test to determine what
actions should be taken. Different drivers in the same car may
experience different results. However, Subaru will continue to offer
assistance to customers who feel they are experiencing above-expectation
And few brief comments from me. For a long time Subaru had head gasket issues. The solution was to
replace the gaskets, try to let the engine warm up and cool down a bit,
and mostly hope it doesn't ever happen again during the car's life. And
except for that the cars mostly ran and ran and ran. Of course some potential
buyers were scared off, but not many. And whatever car they did buy also
had issues, just different ones.
Now with this oil consumption, it can be
very annoying- its not just one time during a car's life, its every
1000-1500 miles, and that's annoying. Consumer Reports is right, cars
normally use oil but not this much. I'm told (and I am not a mechanic, and this isn't the final answer) that this
disappearing oil is related to improving fuel economy via low friction engines, smaller piston rings, and
the use of thin 0w-20 synthetic oil instead of the old heavier 5w-30
conventional oil. For now the answer is to watch the oil- open the hood and check the
dipstick, carry and stay in touch with the service people at
your local dealer.
This is from automotivenews.com
"Newer models from Audi, BMW and Subaru are burning a lot of oil between
routine oil changes, according to a consumer survey from Consumer
The magazine’s 2014 Annual Auto Survey found that a significant
number of consumers with vehicles from the 2010 to 2014 model years have
to add a quart of oil to their engines as frequently as every month.
The worst offenders:
• Audi’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and 3.0-liter V-6.
• BMW’s 4.8-liter V-8 and twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8.
• Subaru’s 3.6-liter six-cylinder and 2.0- and 2.5-liter four-cylinders.
Some of the models with these engines include Audi’s A3, A4, A5, A6
and Q5; BMW’s 5, 6 and 7 series and X5; and Subaru’s Outback, Legacy,
Forester and Impreza.
While the magazine said it didn’t find a direct connection between
increased oil consumption and other engine problems, it found that
excessive oil burning early in a vehicle’s life leads to increased oil
consumption over time.
The real issue: Cost
The real issue for consumers with oil-guzzling engines is cost.
Consumer Reports cites increased requirement for synthetic oil, which
can cost up to $9 per quart, and more frequent routine oil changes as
expenses of excessive oil consumption.
Owners of BMW 5-series cars equipped with V-8 engines were 27 times
as likely to have excessive oil consumption as owners of an average
vehicle in the survey.
BMW attributes oil top-up frequency to the luxury vehicles’ long
intervals between oil changes -- 10,000 miles -- and BMW engines may
consume up to 1 quart of engine oil per 750 miles under certain driving
The traditional oil-change frequency recommendation is every 3,000
miles, but fine-tuning in engine manufacturing and oil technology has
led some automakers to extend that to 7,500-10,000 miles.
“Oil consumption is normal on all engines as it is necessary to
properly lubricate the cylinder walls, pistons, piston rings, valves and
turbochargers,” BMW spokesman Hector Arellano-Belloc wrote in an email.
Subaru spokesman Michael McHale said the automaker’s internal data
show that “much less than 1 percent” of its vehicles are criticized by
customers for excessive oil consumption, but the automaker is in the
midst of a class-action lawsuit regarding the issue.
The class-action alleges that Subaru models equipped with the 2.0-
and 2.5-liter engines may contain defective piston rings in the engine,
which causes excessive oil consumption.
“Different drivers in the same car may experience different driving
results,” McHale said. “Oil consumption is an inherent feature of all
internal combustion engines and the rate of consumption can be affected
by such factors as transmission type, driving style, terrain and
He said the Subaru owner’s manual indicates a normal consumption example of 1 quart per 1,200 miles.
Another class-action lawsuit filed by consumers alleged that Audi’s
2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines contained a defect that
caused them to consume excessive amounts of oil. A settlement was
reached last month.
Audi was not required to admit liability or wrongdoing in the
settlement, but the automaker will have to extend warranties on affected
vehicles to 80,000 miles. Affected vehicles are eligible for engine
adjustments to control oil consumption under the settlement, and Audi is
expected to reimburse the plaintiffs for service adjustments performed
on the affected vehicles before the settlement.
“We believe many of the Audi complaints stem from the cars included
under the Oil Consumption Class Action settlement,” Audi spokesman Brad
Stertz wrote in an email. “For other models listed by Consumer Reports,
our internal information isn’t indicating any increase in customer
6/21 Happy Father's Day and Summer Solstice- summer starts at 9:39am
6/17/15 2016 Foresters can be ordered starting tomorrow, Thursday 6/18/15, 11am east coast time
The new audio systems and their high resolution LCD touchscreens, the
6.2" on the 2.5i, and especially the 7" on all the other models,
are a huge improvement over previous radios. The rear view backup camera
display will much more effective in all kinds of light, the cell
bluetooth will download phonebooks and read text messages (based on
phone compatability - android, iphone), the navigation system will be
finally worth getting with its easy to see 7" screen, and the Starlink
connected services will appeal to some.
016 Forester webpage with specs, details, options
6/16/215 2016 WRXs arriving, but only a few.
Most 16s have an ETA in July and are still a VON (vehicle order number), no VIN yet
June 16, 2015- 2016 Forester model specs, features and prices announced.
The model line-up and Option Packages all remain the same.
2016 orders not accepted yet.
2016 Forester webpage with specs, details, options, prices
Prices raised $200 on the 2.5i models and $700 on all other models
MSRP including destination
2.5i manual + $200 to $23,245
2.5i CVT +$200 to $24,245
2.5i Premium, manual + $700 to $26,145
2.5i Premium CVT + $700 to $26,645
2.5i Limited CVT + $700 to $29,645
2.5i Touring CVT + $700 to $31,645
2.0XT Premium + $700 to $30,045
2.0XT Touring + $700 to $34,645
Some Option Package prices were reduced $500 which will offsets the
price increases and makes the new Forester an even better deal!
Premium Package #13 all weather package $500, same as the 2015 model
Premium Package #14 all weather package and Eyesight, $1295, same as 2015 model
Premium Package #15 all weather package, navigation, Eyesight now $1895, ($500 less than $2395 2015 model)
Limited Package #22 Navigation, Harman/Kardon audio $1350 ($500 less than $1850 2015 model)
Limited Package $23 Navigation, Harman/Kardon audio, Eyesight $2145 ($500 less than $2645 2015 model)
2.5 Touring and 2.0XT Touring Package #2 Eyesight, Navigation $1395, ($500 less than the $1895 on the 2015 model)
As expected, the big change is the Audio systems
All models get an upgraded audio with LCD screen, improved cell phone features including phonebook download
2.5i 6.2" system with Starlink cloud apps
2.5 Premium, Limited, Touring, 2.0XT Premium, XT Touring all get the
7"audio with Starlink cloud apps, plus the new Starlink Safety and Security connectivity
Color- Crystal white replaces Satin White
more 2016 Forester info and specs
6/13/15 a well written, thorough article about Subaru's history -
where is Subaru today, how did yesterday turn into today. and where will
they be tomorrow.
Subaru is on a roll. They're
selling more cars than ever, giving proof to old fable that the race
isn't always won by the fleet, that the turtle can win.
Supply of some models is very tight - Outback, Limited, Crosstrek and
WRX/STI - and many are sold before they are delivered. People order and
wait for their car.
As Subaru owners know, and the article below discusses, Subaru moves
slowly. They went years without bluetooth or USB ports, model redesigns
were more evolutionary upgrades than new models. When they did come out
with all new models- recently the Baja and Tribeca - sales were slow and
production faded. The newest member of the family, the BRZ, completely
bucks Subaru's all-wheel-drive heritage, but it was co-developed with
Toyota and is mostly sold as a Scion anyway.
Some 2015s got new quieter rides (not something Subaru is known for),
audio screens got usable rear view camera screens and cell phone
bluetooth that downloads phonebooks. 2016 models are getting Subaru new
Starlink telematics (think Onstar). But that's not the whole story-
Subaru plays to its fans by focusing on safety, solid structure,
usability, and dependability. Decent fuel economy, reasonable pricing,
adjustable seats... family practical cars are what Subaru buyers want.
Sure there's room for change and improvement, there always is, but ask
someone who has a Subaru what they'd change and it would mostly all be
minor. And yes they'd buy it again, and again.
Subaru's recent growth is bringing in all new owners. Subarus are new to
these buyers, they're not buying the same brand of car they had before,
and the trick will be keeping them happy through their ownership
period (read; how do they like the service dept) while creating
brand loyalty, and then having something for them to buy next time they
need a new car. Since these new owners were willing to try a new brand
this time, what's to stop them from trying a new brand next time... will
they ride the turtle.
Read the article from Bloomberg.com-
"Will fast-growing Subaru decide to stay small"
"The tornado tore through Lafayette, Ind., at 3 p.m. on Nov. 17, 2013, a Sunday.
of the 4,000 workers at the local Subaru factory—the only such facility
outside Japan—were between shifts when the twister slammed into the
building at almost 140 miles per hour. It tore off a section of roof,
flung a three-ton air-conditioning unit like an empty beer can, and
toppled a concrete wall onto the assembly line.
“Monday was a day
off. Tuesday morning, we were open at 6 a.m.” says Tom Easterday, the
executive vice president who runs the factory. The roof was a patchwork
of temporary panels, the floor was covered in a few inches of rainwater,
and the plant was cold. But shutting down production wasn’t an option.
Subaru had enough inventory in the U.S. to last about 11 days, an
impossibly slim buffer in an industry famous for revving supply far
beyond demand. The 2014 Outback that wound up under the concrete wall
was driven off the line, retouched, and sold.
<snip> read the entire article at Bloomberg.com
late 2006, Doll hired a new creative agency, Minneapolis-based
Carmichael Lynch, a unit of Interpublic Group. The first change was
simple: The tag line—"It's what makes a Subaru, a Subaru"—was prefaced
by "Love." A slate
of emotionally charged ads followed. Kids and dogs were everywhere. The
only features the company lingered on were safety-related. Instead of
buying a Super Bowl slot, the company sponsored Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl. "Before
2008, you kind of knew about Subaru or you didn't," says marketing
chief Alan Bethke. "That all changed with the 'Love' campaign."
Volume, however, has its drawbacks. If a company outruns
demand, a string of reactions unfolds that ends in a very dented
reputation among consumers. First, profit gets pinched, as prices are
cut and incentives are added to move the excess metal. Friction builds
between dealers and the manufacturer over whose margin should be
sacrificed. Meanwhile, the discounting weighs on resale values, which
can turn off prospective buyers.
.... Last year, Subaru made a profit of nine
cents on every dollar of sales, some $2.4 billion in net income. That’s
nine cents free and clear—after all of the workers had been paid and the
fancy crash-avoidance technology had been tested and the checks had
gone out to charities. No other automaker hit that threshold—not Toyota
(8 percent), not BMW (7.2 percent), and certainly not Ford (2.2
After that kind of result, most executives would take a
victory lap—bankroll a reckless race car or at least splurge on a famous
headliner to make an appearance at one of the auto shows. Doll,
however, is hunkered down near a hotel Starbucks, carefully making
last-minute edits to his annual address to dealers. When asked about his
remarkable success of late, he shrugs, cracks a wry grin, and offers
the koan of a car guy who has seen both boom and bust: “Profit in this
business is all temporary; eventually it just has to be redeployed.”
> read the entire article at Bloomberg.com-
6/12/15 Love is Worth Waiting For... 2016 Outback and Legacy factory orders.
The 2015s are in short supply, 2016s will continue to sell well once
they start arriving and will be hard to get, so if you want one, order
it now ...
Love is Worth Waiting For.
due to complaints about it not being a national program, it is no longer posted here
6/10 2016 Foresters- scant info today, more expected soon.
We're all still waiting on specs and details, but I understand the only
changes are the upgraded 6.2" and 7' audio infotainment systems.
Eyesight remains v2, there's no Blind Spot or Rear crosstraffic alert offered, and the ride and noise isn't improved.
Of course, the better audio systems will help with phone functions, and
the bigger LCD screens with certainly help the rear view back-up camera
But there's no height adjustable front passenger seat, the 2.5s still
have a generic low mode instead of paddle shifters, the Touring
doesn't get memory seats....
Yes the top models will get Subaru Starlink Safety Plus and Security Plus safety and convenience connectivity.
There are two Starlink packages
#1 Safety Plus Package with SOS emergency accident assistance, enhanced
roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, maintenance
nofiication, and diagnostic alerts- 1 year free, 2 years
$99, 3 years $149
#2 Safety Plus and Security plus add stolen vehicle recovery, alarm
notifications, remote lock/unlock, remote horn/lights function, remote
vehicle finder- 1 year $49, 2 years $149, 3 years $249
more 2016 Forester info soon.
6/8 Takata passenger airbag recall
The recall is only on Subaru 2004 and 2005 Impreza, WRX and STI made January 2003 to May 2005. Owners will be notified by mail.
6/6 Thieves can extend the range of a car's keyless access search system to unlock the car.
The keyless access system on cars works
when the key fob is close to the car, within a few feet, in your pocket
or purse. The car's search function only looks a few feet and won't find
a key fob further away, in your house for example.
But crooks have found a way to hack the system... of course.
This isn't your typical smash-and-grab, the thief needs to have an
'amplifying device' that extends the range of a car's search function,
allowing it to find a key that is normally way too far away to work,
like in your house for example.
When it finds the key, the doors can be opened. Remember, this is only
cars with keyless access and pushbutton start. Car companies are working
to have the car recognize the distance of the key, so it will only find
the key and only work if the key is very close by.
The solution is Subaru needs to put an 'off' button on the key. Not only
will this eliminate this new (but unlikely) theft risk, but with an
'off' button, the key can also be locked in the car when you're swimming
or hiking etc and don't want to carry a key.
While I don't think this is a widespread problem at alll, or even
anything to worry about, if you have keyless entry and are concerned,
the quick fix-it-now solution is to get a metal thermos, or a
small cardboard box lined with foil, and drop your keys in it when you
That way you'll also know where to find the keys in the morning.
Here's the article from Q13 Fox news, Seattle
"Experts are issuing a warning to drivers who have cars with keyless
entry system. They say you may want to change where you keep your
electronic fobs, so thieves don’t use the technology against you.
Jasmine Vandelac has watched her surveillance video several times,
but she still doesn’t understand how thieves were able to get into the
cars on her driveway in just seconds.
“We know we locked the doors. We didn`t see them using any kind of
device to open it through the window,” she says. “Just boom, they opened
She’s glad the thieves didn’t break her windows, but she still wants
to know how they broke in. The answer could be her electronic key fob.
“What we’re finding is that the key fobs we have for our cars send
off a radio signal,” says AAA spokeswoman Jennifer Cook. “Thieves have
found a way to extend that radio signal that goes between your key fob
and your car.”
So even if your fob was inside your house, an extender or amplifier
would make your car think it was close by. The doors would unlock.
“You used to have a wire, you slid down the window when it was
mechanical,” says car prowl victim Tom Dahl. “Now it`s electronic.”
“If this technology becomes easily available to criminals you’re
going to see it spread,” says Lars Carlson, another victim. “At this
point, there’s not a whole lot we can do to protect ourselves.”
But experts say you can protect yourself by changing where you keep your
keys. “When you’re storing your key fob at home, put it into a metal
says Cook. “Don’t put it in the freezer or the microwave where it can be
ruined, but some type of metal box. That way it will stop the signal
from being extended.” the original article
6/4/15 2016 Outback and 2016 Legacy orders now available
6/4/15 2016 WRX, STI, Outback and Legacy finance rates announced
This early rates announcement means that Subaru doesn't expect any (or
many) left-over 2015 models to be available when the 16s are here,
so Subaru is encouraging 16 orders. There wont be any year end
clearance on these models. 2016 Forester information is still expected
Outback 1.90% 24-36-48 mos, 2.90%x 60-63-72 months
Legacy 1.90% 24-36-48 mos, 2.90%x 60-63-72 months
WRX, STI 2.90%x 24-36-48-60 months
check all finance rates
6/3/15 2016 WRX and STI brochures arriving at dealers.
15 pages, with one fold out. Order your WRX or STI now. The 16s have the
6.2" audio/infotainment which is a big improvement over the 2015 and prior
systems, or upgrade to the much better 7" audio/infotainment/navigation. The
STI Limited comes standard with the 7" system.
6/2/15 June interest rates announced thought June 30
2015 model rates all remain the same as May.
There are some good lease programs on Outback, Legacy and Impreza, and especially on the 2015 Foresters.
Subaru has said they will announce 2016 Outback, Legacy and WRX/STI
interest rates on June 4th even though the cars aren't expected this
month, so its very early. Subaru wants to encourage factory orders.
WRX/STI can be ordered now, and Outback/Legacy orders can be placed on
WRX STI should be here in July, Outback/Legacy in August
6/2/15 May sales total 49, 651, which is 5391 or 12% over 44170 May 2014
This is the 3rd best month in Subaru's history.
The amazing part is that dealers sold 49651 cars but started the month
with only 35000 cars in inventory. This means cars were sold before they
arrived, it means they were delivered to the dealer, PDI'd by the
service department, and picked up by the new owner within days. This is a
very fast inventory turn, and means there is still little inventory on
lots, especially of the desirable 2015 Outback, Legacy, and Crosstrek
models. Dealers do have a decent supply of Foresters.
YTD the total is 228,083 cars, 16% or 31441 more cars than 196,642 cars YTD 2014
May sales by model
All models were up for the month except for the WRX/STI which was only
down 62 cars from May 2014, and the low demand BRZ which is more of a
The volume leader continues to be the Forester with 15157 cars. May was
the Forester's best month ever as production meets demand.
The Crosstrek total was 7876, the best month yet for the 3 year old
model. The Crosstrek will continue to outsell its Impreza siblings.
Outback 12,384 May 2015, which is 743 cars or 6% more than 11641 May 2014
Forester 15,157 May 2015, which is 1011 cars or 7% over 214146 May 2014
Crosstrek 7876 May 2015, which is 2098 or 36% more than 5778 May 2014
Legacy 5,000 May 2015, which is 1947 or 64% over 3053 May 2014
Impreza 5,643 May 2015, which is 16 cars less that 5659 May 2014
WRX, STI 2,895 May 2015, which is 62 cars or 2% less than 2957 May 2014
BRZ 606 May 2015, which is 246 cars or 29% less than 852 May 2014
6/1/15 2016 Outback and Legacy specs, features, options and prices announced!
Subaru said to expect this mid-June but its early.
Orders will be available starting June 4 for August/September delivery.
Models and Option Packages remain the same except the 3.6L Limited
models only are available the standard Pkg #21 or Option Package #23
with eyesight/moonroof/pushbutton start/navigation (so no Option Package #22 on 2016 3.6 Limiteds)
2016 Legacy price increase
2.5i model +$50
2.5i Premium +$350
2.5i Limited +$350
3.6 Limited +$350
2016 Outback price increase
2.5i Premium +$400
2.5i Limited +$400
3.6 Limited +$400
New features include
> Navigation gets three years of free map updates, free XM Nav traffic, and Travel Link
> Whenever the front wipers are used, the front headlights turn on with the auto on/off setting
> Eyesight gets upgraded to include Lane Keep Assist which uses the
electric steering to help keep the car in its lane and highway speed
> Subaru Starlink Telematics emergency services is standard on all Premium and Limited models, and its free for 1 year.
There are two Starlink packages
#1 Safety Plus Package with SOS emergency accident assistance, enhanced
roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, maintenance
nofiication, and diagnostic alerts- 1 year free, 2 years
$99, 3 years $149
#2 Safety Plus and Security plus add stolen vehicle recovery, alarm
notifications, remote lock/unlock, remote horn/lights function, remote
vehicle finder- 1 year $49, 2 years $149, 3 years $249
MORE 2016 INFO SOON.....
5/29 Subaru renews lease at their facility at the Port of Vancouver Wa
Subaru renewed its lease for app 40 acres at the Port of Vancouver
through August 31, 2030, with two 5 year optional extensions.
Around 150 people work at the facility and in 2014 Subaru moved 81,718
cars though it. Outback and Legacy for NW dealers arrive by rail from
Lafayette, Indiana, but most of the cars arrive by ship from Japan.
5/28/15 Takata airbag recall- 2004 and 2005 Impreza, WRX, and STI
This new recall, #WQR-53
expands previous recall WQP-51 which recalled the Takata made passenger
airbag inflators in cars used in high humidity areas only.
This recall now includes all 2004/2005 Imprezas, WRXs and STIs
regardless of location. Owner notification will begin in 60 days. Owners
should make sure Subaru has their current contact information.
5/24 Its hard to make a great car better, but here's my 2016 Outback and Legacy wish list
Hopefully the 2016 Outback and Legacy will have
Rain sensing front wipers
Eyesight standard on all Limiteds
Passenger seat needs a height adjustment
Limited model rear seat fan should have a fan speed adjustment
5 or 6 speed front wiper intermittent speeds- currently only 4 speeds.
Electric parking hill holder function should also set the parking brake when the car is put in park
Blind spot and rear cross traffic alert should be standard on all Premiums. Currently standard on Limiteds.
Climate control should have easier to read buttons and especially larger clock and outside temperature numbers
All models should have a lock/unlock Beep with on/off control. Currently only the Limited beeps when un/locked
The 3 year/36,000 mile warranty includes Roadside Assistance program which should include any Subaru the new owner has!
Easier to set power gate height control on the Outback. It needs a knob or dial with
low, medium, medium high, and high gate height settings. Plus add a
manual open/close mode.
Drop the 6.2" radio completely, and make the 7" system standard on all
models. Either that, or really improve the 6.2' audio system. The 7" system is significantly better than the 6.2"
More small accessories are needed to personalize a car: bring back
optional under-car puddle
lights, interior ambient, cupholder, and dash lights, factory front and rear bumper
corner anti-scuff moldings, front hood protector etc etc
Keyless access fobs should each be a different
color to help owners identify their key, and the key fobs need a simple Off/disable
setting to lock it in a car when swimming etc instead of wrapping it in
tin foil, or the awkward pin code access system.
5/21 2015 Outback, Legacy and Forester orders close Tuesday May 26 at 2pm EST
At last, some news has been released, just as the national Subaru dealer meeting is ending.
No details or specs yet, but at least we know when the new 2016 models will be coming.
2016 model Outback, Legacy and Forester changes and prices will finally
be announced in June, and 2016 orders will be available at that time
with estimated delivery starting in August.
Stay tuned for more details to trickle out....
5/15 Subaru Starlink app now includes Stitcher.
Starlink is Subaru's free app Android and iPhone.Its on all 2015, and some 2013 and 2014 models with navigation
Starting May 14, Subaru Starlink now includes
Stitcher with news, podcasts and articles on current
events, science, technology, sports, culture, music etc.
Starlink will automatically update onto your Starlink app if its on your
phone already, or when you next use the app in your car.
To use Stitcher and select the programs you want to listen to, you need
to go the stitcher.com website and log in with your facebook or google
account or create an email account, and then choose your programs.
Starlink uses your phone's data plan, and includes:
Weather reports, The location for the
weather is selected and changed on the smart phone (starlink > weather > config)
with up to six cities selected.
selected from a international list that includes CNN, USA Today, MSNBC,
Yahoo news, Le Monde, El Mundo etc
Calendar, syncs with Google
Stitcher- new May 2015
Other apps are Aha and Pandora radio.
5/2/15 Subaru powered pressure washer is on sale at Costco, May 2015
click for a few more photos on the forum
5/1/15 April sales total is 47,241 cars, an 18% increase, or 7,158 cars, over the 40,083 sold April 2014
This is the 14th month of sales
over 40,000. What was once amazing is now expected. 145 dealers (23% of
the total) sold more than 100 cars for the month.
April 2015 YTD is 178,522, up 26% or 26,051 cars more than April 2014 YTD 152,471.
Forester is the volume leader for the month, closely followed by
Outback. If the supply of Outbacks was better, the numbers would be
reversed, with Outback the volume leader. Crosstrek continues to outsell
all the Impreza sedan and hatchback models combined. Maybe Subaru will
cut back on the confusing and production restrictive number of Impreza
April sales by model
Outback 12,534 for the month, 18% or 1871 more than 10,663 April 2014
Forester 13,997 for the month, 21% or 2430 more than 11,547 April 2014
Legacy 5,276 for the month, 69% or 2,150 more than 3,126 April 2014
Crosstrek 6,936 for the month, 22% or 1,258 more than 5,678 April 2014
WRX, STI 2,713 for the month, up 1%, or 15 cars, more than 2698 April 2014
Impreza 5,311, or down 2%, or 133 cars, less than 5,444 April 2014
BRZ 494 for the month, down 40%, or 326 cars, from 820 sold April 2014
4/28 2016 WRX and STI specs and options webpage now up
4/24/15 2016 WRX and STI models available for order
prices were just announced yesterday.
note: when a new 2016 model order is placed, the price and invoice
that show in the pipeline are incorrect. This is a glitch and will be
fixed, but the car has been ordered and is in the system
4/23/15 2016 WRX info and prices released
New 6.2" or 7" audio infotainment bluetooth and rear view camera display systems on all models.
New WRX base model gets a low rear spoiler
Blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert available on now available on WRX Limiteds.
Eyesight with steering responsive fog lights available on WRX Limited CVT
STI Limited available either with or without the rear spoiler, at the same price.
New colors- Lapis Blue replaces Galaxy Blue and Pure Red replaces
Lightning Red. Other colors remain the same- Ice silver, dark
Gray, WR Blue, Crystal Black, Crystal white
MSRP Prices including the $795 destination
WRX Premium $29,690
WRX Premium CVT $30,890
WRX Limited $31,190
WRX Limited with nav, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, Harman/kardon audio $34,290
WRX Limited CVT $32,390
WRX Limited CVT with Eyesight, nav, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, Harman/kardon audio $36,485
STI with nav, Harman/kardon audio, keyless access/pushbutton start $38,090
STI Limited without tall rear spoiler $40,790
STI Limited with low profile rear spoiler $40,790
4/14 2015 WRX and STI order deadline is 4/22
No 2015 model WRX or STI orders will be accepted by Subaru after April 22nd.
That means details and specs on the upgraded 16s models with new audio/infotainment systems can't be too far behind.
If you want a 2015, check your dealers supply, on the ground or coming in, or factory order one.
Here are the 2015s that can still be ordered until the April 22nd
deadline- subject to change depending on end of model
WRX base, model code FUN, Package 01, all colors
WRX Premium, model code FUO, Package 11, all colors
WRX Premium CVT, model code FUP, Package 11, all colors
WRX Limited, model code FUQ, Package 21, all colors
WRX Limited CVT, model code FUR, Package 21, lightning red color only
STI, model code FUS, package 02, all colors. Package 03 WR blue and Black colors only
STI Limited, model code FUU, Package 23
4/6 2015 New York Auto Show, April 3-12. autoshowny.com
Subaru showed off the coming
Starlink app upgrade that includes an airbag deployment/collision
notification, roadside assistance, remote lock/unlock,
stolen vehicle recovery, lost gps assistance. This is similar to GMs
Onstar that was available on early 3.0L Outback LL Bean and VDC in the
early 2000s, back when GM owned a piece of Subaru (since sold to
Toyota). The upgraded Starlink app will be on a 2016
Forester, Legacy and Outback, probably top of the line models. It will
be another good safety feature, depending on price and monthly
STI BRZ- a performance modified BRZ concept is at the auto show. Its a
concept only, designed to create buzz and to stir the rumor mill, and
while Subaru says there's no STI or turbo BRZ coming to the US,
this will bring much needed attention to Subaru's rear wheel drive BRZ.
Not sure it will do much for actual sales but at least people will be
talking about the BRZ, which is definitely Subarus prettiest car -
everyone looks good in a BRZ. But for those hoping for an all wheel
drive version, or more power, it doesnt seem to be coming, so
check out the new 2015 all wheel drive Lexus RC coupe. Though it's
larger, almost twice the price, and clearly isn't a BRZ, it is an
awd coupe, and since Lexus and Scion are both Toyota off-spring, and the
FRS and Subaru BRZ are siblings, its a few degrees of separation
but.... oh never mind.
Also at the NY auto show... the new Rallycross STI by Vermont sportscar.
Named VT15x, its the 3rd rallycross racer by Vermont Sportscar. Its a 4
door with 580hp that rockets 0-60 in 2 seconds. It will flying at the
Rallycross in Ft Lauderdale May 31st, and the XGames in Austin June 5th.
It should be a winner.
And we're still waiting for news on the 2016 Forester.
4/3 new event- Subaru Loves the Earth E-Waste Recycling Event
April 1-30, most western US Subaru dealers are accepting electronics for recycling.
Its FREE! Drop off your old electronics for free- monitors, cell phones, tube TVs
up to 32", computers, laptops, tablets, fax machines, video game
consoles, printers, cord/cables, routers etc. Dealers will have a
collection box near the service drive.
What isn't accepted- light bulbs, fluorescent and neon tubes, lighting ballasts, kitchen appliances, batteries
In the Seattle area, Carter Subaru Shoreline, 17225 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, 98133 is a participating dealer and has 2 big collection boxes
4/2/15 March sales total is 49,111 cars. Thats a new single month record and pushing the magic 50,000 barrier.
It wasn't long ago that Subaru only delivered
100,000 cars in an entire year, so 50,000 in a month... well, that's
like Chuck Yeager in the X-1 breaking the Mach 1 sound barrier in 1947.
Idea... maybe when Subaru does achieve that 50,000 car month- they're
only 889 cars away, it could be this month - they let the 50,000th
buyer to choose a charity for Subaru to donate a car to?
YTD total is 131,281, a 17% increase over 112,388 YTD 2014. According to
Subaru, at this pace, if they can get enough cars, they could be close
to the 600,000 car mark for the year.
The total for March 2015 is 49,111, which is 4,632 more than the 44,479 sold March 2014
All models are up, except for Impreza down 9%, and BRZ down 42%.
The Forester is sales leader for the month, even as Subaru slowly starts
to release news about the changes on the coming 2016s at the NY Auto
Outback continues to be in short supply or its numbers would be higher
Crosstrek is up 9% for the month to 7162, while its sibling Impreza's sales are down 9% to 5364.
WRX and STI continue their steady numbers. The WRX and STI is the first Subaru many young people aspire to own.
Some 2016 Foresters, and probably Outback and Legacy, all top of the
line models, will get Subaru Starlink app's new stolen vehicle recovery,
collision/airbag deployment response, remote lock/unlock services etc.
It is expected that all 2016 Forester and WRX/STI will get the new
infotainment systems with upgraded audio, bluetooth, and back-up camera,
and the optional navigation that are on all new 2015 Outback Legacy,
Crosstrek and Impreza.
BRZ numbers are similar to the Tribeca's in the years prior to its
demise. Even as Subaru showcases a STI modified BRZ at the NY auto show,
without something to generate more interest in the BRZ currently on
lots, sales seem on a downward slope.
Outback 12,504, which is 775 or 7% more than 11729 March 14
Forester 14,967, which is 1121 or 8% more than 13846 March 14
Crosstrek 7,162, which is 577 or 9% more than 6585 March 14
Legacy 6,148, which is 2914 or 90% more than 3234 March 14
Impreza 5,364, which is 544 or 9% less than 5908 March 14
WRX, STI 2,471, which is 290 or13% more than 2181 March 14
BRZ 495, which is 362 or 42% less than 857 March 14
4/1-30 Love Strikes Twice Pre-Owned Sales Event
Subaru is promoting their Certified used car program from April 1-30
with low finance rates starting at .99% for up to 48 months, on approval
of credit (top credit required). Its available on Certified
2015-2014-2013-2012s. Other terms and rates are available, see your local dealer. Arizona-Montana, Nebraska-Wyoming
Certified Subarus are clean, accident-free and inspected, and have the
balance of the original 3 year or 36,000 mile powertrain warranty plus
the balance of a 7 year or 100,000 powertrain warranty.
4/1/15 April finance and lease programs, NW area
no changes to the NW area interest rates.
Subaru is pushing Forester, Legacy and Impreza leases. Some price quotes could be a lease.
Crosstrek Hybrid- 0% continues on 2015s to 36 months, and on remaining 2014s for 72 months.
3/30 Subaru responds to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act which will permit, even encourage, anti-gay discrimination.
Subaru's Outback and Legacy - and some
Toyota Camrys - are built in the Subaru Indiana Automotive factory
(www.subaru-sia.com) in Lafayette. SIA employs over 3900 people, and
plans to expand the factory are in place. That means Subaru has a large,
powerful presence in Indiana, and a strong interest in stopping
Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act
issued a statement against the bill, and hopefully they join other
organizations taking a clear, active stand against
Here's Subarus corporate statement, and I'll bet we hear more, and more strongly worded, from Subaru as this continues.
news coverage of Subaru’s position on Indiana State Bill 101, SOA has
made the following statement: While we recognize that the voters in
each State elect their own legislature to decide that State's laws, we
at Subaru do not agree with any legislation that allows for
discrimination, or any behavior or act that promotes any form of
discrimination. Furthermore, we do not allow discrimination in our own
operations, including our operations in the state of Indiana. We will
certainly continue to take the issue of non-discrimination into
consideration as part of our decision-making processes."
3/18/15 More 15 WRX and STI order cut-offs with optional Navigation or CVT announced as the 2016s get closer
- WRX (code FUN) still fully orderable.
- WRX Premium (code FUO)
standard pkg #11 is still fully available
#12 navigation and H/k audio. Completely closed.
- WRX Premium CVT transmission (code FUP) - all colors orderable
- WRX Limited (code FUQ)
standard pkg #21 is still fully available
Optional Package #22
w/ Navigation, GH/K audio, Keyless access. Not orderable: Dark Gray, Black, Red, or
Ice Silver. Orderable: WR Blue, Black
- WRX Limited CVT transmission (model code FUR)
standard Pkg #21. Not orderable: dark
gray, galaxy blue and white. Orderable: Ice silver, WR Blue and Lightning
optional Pkg #22 with Nav/GPS, HK audio, Keyless access/Pushbutton
start. Not orderable: Black, Dark Gray, Galaxy Blue, Lightning Red,
White. Orderable: ice silver
- STI (model code FUS)
standard pkg #02- all colors orderable
optional Pkg #03 Nav/GPS, HK audio, Keyless access/Pushbutton start.
Not orderable: dark gray, galaxy blue, ice silver, lightning red, white.
Orderable: WR Blue or black.
- STI Limited (model code FUU)
standard pkg ##23 is still fully available.
optional Pkg #24 Nav/GPS, Keyless
access/Pushbutton start. Dark Gray, Galaxy Blue, White, are closed. WR
Blue, Black, Ice Silver and Lightning Red are still orderable.
3/8/15 2015 Crosstrek Premium Special Editions arriving on lots.
Only 1000 will be made, all Sunrise Yellow, with black cloth, CVT transmission, pushbutton start, upgraded 7" audio system, black inner headlight surround, outside mirrors with integrated turn
signals, power moonroof with sunshade, leather wrapped steering and
2015 Sunrise Yellow Crosstrek Premium Special Edition photo page.
3/6 advertising- 2014 Share the Love Event #7 donation totals announced 2/24/15
There were 5 charities for the 2014 Share The Love Event.
For each new Subaru purchased from 11/20/14 to 1/2/15 Subaru donated $250 to the
buyer's choice from a group of 5 charities, 4 chosen by Subaru and 1
charity chosen by the individual local dealer.
The 4 charities selected by Subaru were ASPCA, Make-A-Wish Foundation,
Meals On Wheels and the National Park Foundation. These groups were also
in last year's Share the Love #6.
The total amount donated by Subaru for the 2014 Share the Love Event #7
is $15million, and the largest recipient were the dealer chosen
charities as a group. Subaru didn't provide a list of the local
charities selected by delaers or the amounts donated, but as a group,
their total was $8,075,643.00. These were the ones selected and promoted
by the individual dealers.
Meals on Wheels $1,471,883.16
National Park Foundation $1,317,112.64
3/4/15 February sales total 41,358 another record.
41,358 is the best February ever, and 39th consecutive month of increased sales compared to the same month the previous year.
Outback is the top seller for the month, despite ongoing inventory
shortages. The Forester is right behind, and the updates expected on the
2016 Forester will help that model's sales. Crosstrek and Impreza both
continue to do quite well, especially the Crosstrek. The 1000 Sunrise
Yellow Crosstrek Premium Special Editions due soon will bring more
attention to the model. WRX and STI would sell more if there was a 5door
available. BRZ is the only model
down for the month which isn't a surprise considering its a
rear-wheel-drive car in an all-wheel-drive world, and its winter! The
BRZ is a very pretty car (everyone looks good in it) but with only 334
sold in February and 330 in January, one wonders why Subaru doesn't
either just give them all to Scion, or give it some more power (its
lacking), or make it a real Subaru family member by ading all wheel
drive, which is what it always should have been in the first place- a
rear wheel drive Scion and all wheel drive Subaru..
once again there were no Tribecas sold and none available.
February 2015 Total 41,358 cars,which is 6499 cars or 18% over February 2914
YTD 82,170 cars, which is 14,261 cars or 21% over 2014's YTD 67,909
Outback 11,632 cars, 2,665 cars or 30% over February 2014
Forester 11,459 cars, 686 cars or 6% over 2/2014
Crosstrek 6,406 cars, 917 cars or 17% over 5,489 2/2014
Impreza 4,826 cars, 267 cars or 6% over 4,559 2/2014
Legacy 4,342 cars, 2575 cars or 69% over 1,767 2/2014
WRX STI 2,359 cars, 558 or 31% over 1,801 2/2014
BRZ 334, down 283 cars or 46% from 617 2/15
2/2815 Consumer Reports annual April auto issue is now available
If you're looking for a car, whether new or used, and want only one simple, comprehensive guide, this is the one to have.
There are other good resources, but the CR April auto issue is known for
covering most topics of concern to a car shopper or researcher.
There are multiple tests and scores, from Top Picks to Most Loved and
Unloved Car, Most and Least Reliable, Best and Worst Emergency Handling,
Most and Least Expensive to Own, Best and Worst Fuel Economy, Safest
Cars, Best Tires etc etc.
Topics covered include safety technologies worth having, recalls,
infotainment systems, what used cars to look for and what cars to avoid.
Consumer Reports is best know for its ratings tables and the April issue
them all, from a written model description, to the Rating table and of
course the all important Reliability table with the famous red (good) or
black (not good) colored circles.
Subaru Outback, Forester, Crosstrek, Impreza, and Legacy do well in
their respective categories though they're not always #1, and the BRZ
and WRX STI don't do too well.
Best and Worst Car Brands are #1 Lexus, #2 Mazda, #3 Toyota, #4 Audi, #5
Subaru, #6 Porsche, #7 Buick, #8 Honda, #9 Kia, #10 BMW, ... to #28
Top Pick models- Best Overall Tesla S, Green Car Toyota Prius,
Small SUV Subaru Forester, Midsized SUV Toyota Highlander, Large
Car Chevy Impala, Compact Car Subaru Impreza, Luxury Car Audi A6, Sport
Sedan Buick Regal, Minivan Honda Odyssey.
CR does promote their own car buying service. Its one of a number of
similar car buying services car dealers pay to participate in.
The magazine is available at bookstores and newstands and the paper
issue is easy to carry with you. Its also online at ConsumerReports.org
2/26/15 Subaru comes in #20 on the new JD Power 2015 Vehicle
Dependability Study of 2012 models released yesterday February 25th.
JD Powers is a company that specializes in
surveys. For this 2015 study, within the past 12 months (ie done in
calendar year 2014) they surveyed over 34,000 owners of 2012 models.
Subaru came in at #20 overall in this study, just under the industry average.
What JD Powers found was that technology (audio, bluetooth, navigation)
systems were a source of owner frustration. This is really
understandable. With technology changing so quickly, keeping all systems
connected and working together is a major issue for everyone. For
example, new 2014 phones/tablets with all new features that don't sync
well with the older audio systems found in 2012 model cars.
And car companies are paying a lot of attention
to 'infotainment' systems - infotainment is now the name for audio,
bluetooth, navigation systems- because people use it constantly, every
time they get in the car they use the radio, phone, or navigation and
when it doesn't work people are frustrated, even when the problem is
caused by a new device. The typical story is that some years ago, you
could buy an optional iPod wired connection in a car. Then Apple
brought out the new Nano model with a new plug design that didn't work
with the iPod connector and people who had purchased the wired iPod
connection were unhappy and called their car dealer.
With Subaru, new 2015 and 2016 models are now rolling out with
considerably improved infotainment systems, and connectivity is
significantly easier than it was. The 7" LCD screen infotainment used in
some mid range and all higher end models is the best system Subaru has
had in years. Hopefully Subaru will soon improve the more basic 6.2"
system used lower or mid range models.
According to JD Power, here are the top models in this 2015 study.
Again, the survey was done in 2014 on 2012 model cars and scored as
PP100 - problems per 100 cars.
The study says that nearly 30% of the problems were related to automatic
transmission hesitation and rough shifting, but doesn't measure the
severity of the technology problems- whether the perceived problem was
fixed by simply pairing or repairing a phone to a car's bluetooth for
Subaru ranks #20 with 157pp1100, or 1.57 problems per new car. The industry average was 147pp100.
#1 Lexus, with 89pp100 (89 problems per 100 cars)
#2 Buck with 110pp100
#3 Toyota 111pp100
#4 Cadillac 114pp100
#5 Honda 116pp100
#6 Porsche 116pp100, #7 Lincoln 118pp100, #8 Mercedes 119pp100, #9
Scion121pp100, #10 Chevy 123pp100, #11 GMC 123pp100, #12 Acura 124pp100,
#13 Nissan 128pp100, #14 Ram truck 134pp100, #15 Audi 138pp100, #16
Mazda 140pp100, #17 Mitsubishi 140pp100, #18 Infinity 144pp100, #19 BMW
146pp100, #20 Subaru 157/pp100, #21 Kia 158pp100, #22 VW 165pp100, #23
Chrysler 173pp100, #24 Volvo 174pp100, #25 Ford 188pp100, #26 Hyundai
188pp100, #27 Dodge 192pp100, #28 Mini 193pp100, #29 Jeep 197pp100, #30
Land rover 258pp100, #31 Fiat 273pp100. Heres a link JDPower.com
2/24/15 2015 Crosstrek Special Editions are scheduled for delivery starting mid March.
Only 1000 will be made, all are Sunrise
Yellow with black cloth, CVT, with the upgraded 7" audio system,
moonroof, body colored exterior mirrors with turn signals, keyless
access with pushbutton start, black headlight inner surrounds, and
leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
MSRP is $26,140 including destination. Add for a normal variety of
individual accessories such as the auto dimming rear view mirror, rubber
floor mats, rear seatback protector, rear bumper cover, splash guards
etc that could be on the cars.
Click for my 2015 Crosstrek webpage and If interested in one in the Seattle area, please contact me
2/19/15 2015 WRX and STI end of model year cutoff starts
This is the start of the end for the 2015 WRX and STIs. Effective today Feb 19, with no advance warning, Subaru announced they
are no longer accepting factory orders for the following WRX and STI models and colors. This is the start of the cut-offs
The discontinued models all have navigation, and it is hoped that the
2016 models will get the new upgraded 6.2" and 7" LCD audio
'infotainment' systems being rolled out on all the other Subarus as the
new models are released.
not on this list can still be ordered at this time though that is
subject to availability so if you want one, now is the time to order
one. Details on the 16s are expected soon.
WRX Premium manual transmission, model code FUO with Option Package #12 navigation and H/k audio
WRX Limited manual transmission, model code FUQ, with Option Package #22
Navigation, GH/K audio, Keyless access, in colors Dark Gray, Black, or
WRX Limited CVT transmission, model code FUR, with Option Package #22 in color Galaxy Blue Pearl
STI Limited, model code FUU, with Option Package #24 Navigation, GH/K audio, Keyless access, in color WR Blue
As of Monday Feb 23, 4pm EST, orders will stop for
WRX Limited manual transmission, model code FUQ, with Option Package #22 Navigation, GH/K audio, Keyless access, in any color
WRX Limited CVT transmission, model code FUR, with Option Package #22 in any color
Other models will continue to be orderable but as supplies drop,
the sold orders might not go through, the sold process won't complete
and you'll know its too late.
2/13/15 Koenig Subaru/Chevrolet in Pt. Angeles, Wa. drops Chevy and will only carry Subarus.
Subaru, you've come a long way!
Its hard to imagine this happening even 5 years ago.
Subarus are very popular in the Pacific Northwest and starting January
30, 2015 Koenig has dropped new Chevys and will only carry new Subarus!
That's a huge statement for a dealership to make, it speaks to the dealer's
absolute confidence in the Subaru line that they will stop selling
new Chevy cars and trucks- yes, they will continue to carry pre-owned
Koeing, a local family owned
dealership, has carried Chevys since 1975 and Subarus since 1979 in Pt.
Angeles, Washington State, on the Olympic Peninsula around 80 miles from
the Kingston-Edmonds Seattle ferry.
2/11/15 NW Flower and Garden Show, February 11-15, Seattle
Subaru sponsors the yearly NW Flower and Garden held at the downtown
Seattle Convention Center. Its a major event, worth going to,
always with beautiful showplace gardens, and many plants, gardening
tools, supplies,and yard-art to buy. This year Subaru had a Forester and
Outback on display.
This year they had Subaru/Love heart shaped keychains. February 11-15, 2015. gardenshow.com
2/10/15 Surveys are very important to Subaru and thus to dealers.
A Southern California dealer was
recently caught using bad customer
email addresses so the buyer's survey went back to the dealer where
employees filled it in, gave themselves top scores, and sent it on to
as if the customer had done it.
Subaru, like many companies, places a lot of importance on surveys for marketing, research dealer processes control, and
CSI scores. CSI is customer satisfaction index, and dealership
sales and service individual personnel and overall departments need to
have good survey scores to meet goals and receive certain
benefits or bonuses.
Talking about surveys ... we are all totally over-surveyed these
days.... online websites where you don't even have to buy anything
to get a survey request, to big box hardware stores, department stores,
grocery stores, the pet food store, cable companies ... every business
wants you to fill in a survey. Just call a business on the phone and
they want a survey afterwards. Visit a website and there's pop-up asking
if you want to fill in a quick survey. Or the cashier circles a website
URL on the receipt and mentions how important it is or that you get
entered in a contest. And it is important to them- meeting goals and
getting paid bonuses can be partly based on survey responses.
And after a major purchase there are companies whose only job is to
contact you hoping to get get surveys.
But how reliable are
Satisfied buyers sometimes think "Oh, all is fine, I have nothing to say
or add so won't take the 10-15 minutes to fill this in". But happy
people are the very ones businesses hope will fill it in. There
are even form letters that car shoppers use when looking for a deal- the letter
promises a good happy survey in exchange for a low price.
Confession- I don't always do the survey when I buy something, on eBay or Amazon for example.
But people who are unhappy or want to make a statement about something
will take advantage
of a survey and send it in with low scores. But even average scores
like a 3 on the 1-5 scale or a 7 or 8 on a 1-10 scale are considered bad
and flagged by some companies. I know from recent experience that
Comcast is 1-5 and Subaru's service department survey is on a 1-10
scale, with highest numbers the best and everyone's goal.
Sales people won't get paid bonuses if their overall scores fall below
an 8 or 9 out of 10 at some dealerships, but are penalized if they
outright ask for top scores. One might think an 8 on a 1-10 scale is a
good score but its not, 8 is a fail.
This particular dealer's scores were apparently so low that they
had employees at a another dealership they owned send in
enough faked responses that Subaru actually caught them at it. Yikes!
Car companies can penalize dealers who blatantly or openly even ask for
top scores. But getting caught doing fake surveys? Yikes yikes yikes!
will create a lot more problems for the dealer, but at least we're all
talking about surveys.
here's the full story, from Automotive News
"Subaru of America filed a federal lawsuit against one of its
California dealerships and its employees, accusing them of forging more
than 200 customer satisfaction surveys to improve the dealership’s
reputation and avoid termination.
A September investigation of South Coast Subaru in Costa Mesa,
Calif., showed that 224 dealership customer service evaluations from
2014 had been generated from an IP address at South Coast Acura, another
dealership owned by South Coast, website Law360 reported Monday.
Managers instructed employees to fill out surveys, the suit contends.
They were completed every few minutes throughout employees’ lunch
hours, according to court documents.
Subaru’s suit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana,
Calif., accused the dealership, sales managers Tuan Pham and Gordon Min
and 10 unidentified employees of breaching the dealer agreement
The dealer agreement orders that dealership employees refrain from
all conduct that could harm Subaru’s product reputations or the
marketing of Subaru’s products. It mandates that dealerships do not
engage in any unfair, deceptive, misleading, unethical, discriminatory,
fraudulent, illegal or otherwise prohibited practice, court documents
The dealership is expected to collect valid email addresses from
customers at the time a Subaru vehicle is purchased. Dealerships are
then supposed to share customer email addresses with Subaru for
additional customer surveys after a vehicle purchase and completions of
vehicle service. Subaru also uses these email addresses to send service
reminders and information about other service-related issues.
'Sham email' The investigation revealed that customer orders and deal jackets that
matched with false surveys did not originally contain an email address
for the buyer or contained an email address that was incorrect. South
Coast reported sales of those vehicles with “sham email addresses,” and
the surveys were sent to email inboxes controlled by South Coast, Subaru
accused in the complaint.
“Defendants prevented Subaru from discovering the actual customer
satisfaction level of Subaru retail customers at South Coast Subaru by
providing sham customer surveys to [Subaru],” the complaint said.
Subaru “did not, does not and will likely never know the actual
customer satisfaction levels of Subaru retail customers at South Coast
Subaru has suffered monetary damage and injury to its business,
reputation and goodwill and will sustain loss of revenues and profits,
court documents said.
Customer satisfaction In November 2012, South Coast Subaru had not met its contractual
obligation to provide a high enough level of customer satisfaction for
an extended period, and Subaru took action -- called a “notice of
requirement to cure” -- that could have resulted in a termination of its
agreement with the dealership.
During 2013, South Coast’s customer satisfaction performance
improved, and the dealership broke free from the cure program, according
to court documents.
Because of the survey meddling, South Coast failed to advance the
goals of customer satisfaction, update Subaru with customer complaints
and resolve customer satisfaction issues, the documents said.
Subaru’s attorneys and South Coast’s staff have not returned phone
calls or emails from Automotive News so far this week. Subaru declined
to comment on the case.
Subaru has posted seven years of consecutive U.S. sales growth and
significantly outpaced the market last year with record sales of 513,693
vehicles. Dealers were told at this year’s National Automobile Dealers
Association convention in San Francisco that 97 percent of Subaru's 617
U.S. dealers are profitable -- a record for the Japanese brand.
2/7/15 February 2015 Subaru True Love Event with free round flashing True Love belt clip lights, at Subaru dealers while while supplies last
2/5/15 new package available on the 2015 Impreza Sport Premium with CVT
Package #16 includes Moonroof, Eyesight, and the 7" audio upgrade. MSRP $2295. Its worth it...
2/3/15 January 2015 sales 40,812 total, and so the sales boom continues into a whole new year..
Thats the biggest January Subaru has ever had, and puts the company on
track for 600,000 + for the year if sales continue at this pace.
Subaru's stated 2015 sales goal is a quite do-able 540,000.
Of note, this is the 11th month with 40,000 sales, and that kind of number seems to be the new norm.
January's 40,812 is 7812, or 24%, over last January, 2014...
The January 2015 sales leader is the Outback. It continues to bring many
first time buyers to Subaru. The Forester needs the quieter ride, new
features, and improved audio and back-up camera presumably coming
soon on the 2016 models.
The Crosstrek is selling more month after month, and after only 3 model
years has become Subaru's third largest seller. The updated 2015
Crosstrek is quieter riding, and has better audio/bluetooth/back-up
camera features. The new Sunrise Yellow Special Edition due this spring
already is generating interest, but there are only 1000 available.
Crosstrek's future is bright. The Hybrid is struggling given the current
low gas prices and Subaru is offering 0% financing (currently for 36
Legacy sales are up a comfortable amount, and Subaru hopes to grow in
the 4 door market, so expect low lease payment programs and low interest
rates to help motivate sales.
WRX and STI consistently do well spring, summer and fall, with winter
being the slow time. It might help of course, if they came with
all-season instead of summer tires so buyers didn't have to immediately
shell out for all-seasons just to safely drive it.
WRX and STI continues to do well. I frequently get requests for a 2014 5
door (long sold out), or when a new wagon will be available.
BRZ is struggling, but then winter isn't the time the rear wheel drive BRZ is expected to sell.
And January 2015 is the first month with 0, zero, none, not one single
Tribeca being sold. 9 were delivered last month, December 2014.
And that's it, thats the end, there were none in January 2015. A look at
the online inventory shows none still listed for sale anyplace. So this
is the end of the line for Subaru's first so-called 7 passenger which
really should have been marketed as a 5 +2. There will be another coming
along soon enough, but its won't be called a Tribeca.
January 2015 sales by model
Outback 11,351 Jan 15, is 3121 or 38% over 8230 Jan 2013
Forester 11,210 Jan 15,which is 439 or 4% over 10771 Jan 2013
Crosstrek 6,513 Jan 15, which is 1712 or 36% over 4801 Jan 2014
Impreza 5,096 Jan 15, which is 844 or 20% over Jan 14
Legacy 3,881, which is 1146 or 42% over 2735 Jan 14
WRX, STI 2,431 Jan 15, which is 898 or 59% over 1,533 Jan 14
BRZ 330, which is down 262 or 44% from Jan 14
Tribeca- blank, no sales for January 2015. They are now sold out...
1/22 2015 Crosstrek brochures now available
20 pages, full color
1/21 2014 Crosstrek Hybrid 0% interest rate extended to 72 months, oac.
With gas prices near $2.00 gallon, hybrid sales are slow
1/15 2015 WRX Sport Accessory Package code IZG currently not available on new orders.
It will be available again late March. The package, code IZG, includes
STI brand black alloy wheels, short shifter, performance exhaust, and
the leather/aluminum shift knob. MSRP is $3403.
1/9 Subaru plans to update their Starlink app in some coming 2016 models.
Details, including models, pricing, and specific functions, to be announced.
Current 2015 Outback, Legacy,
Impreza and Crosstrek models - except 2015 Forester and BRZ, and
hopefully they will get the upgrades soon - have updated
audio/infotainment systems with generous 6.2" to 7" LCD screens, and already
include Subaru's Starlink news, weather, and music Android and iPhone
Subaru has announced plans for an expansion of the Starlink app to
include AT&T connectivity and "stolen vehicle recovery, automatic
notification, remote vehicle services such as lock/unlock via a
smartphone device and monthly vehicle health reports".