2 new subaru's - completely different...

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Napalm, Nov 27, 2003.

  1. Napalm

    Napalm Guest

    I have purchased a 2003 Legacy Wagon SE and a 2003 Legacy Sedan GT. Both
    are listed at about the same curb weight, have the same engine and tranny,
    and are rated identically for fuel efficiency. Problem is that the Wagon
    feels incredibly sluggish, especially in 4th and 5th, drives a bit rough,
    and gets about 450-475km to each tank of gas. The Sedan is super peppy, has
    plenty of pull in 4th and 5th up to 140km (still breaking it in...), drives
    smoothly, and gets about 550+km to each tank of gas.

    Is this normal for there to be such variability between virtually identical
    Napalm, Nov 27, 2003
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  2. Napalm

    GC Guest

    Probably geared different
    GC, Nov 27, 2003
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  3. Isn't the Sedan a turbo?

    Andrew Morris, Nov 28, 2003
  4. Are these American spec vehicles with the 165HP engine. This is an
    international NG and there are variations worldwide so it pays to be
    specific and to identify the nation you are from.

    Rockin Ronnie, Nov 28, 2003
  5. Napalm

    TW-Ohio Guest

    2 new subaru's - completely different...
    As one post noted - they might be geared differently; and IIRC, this is true.
    The GT is geared more closely and shorter than the L and SE. (I wish my GT had
    a 6spd!, and a 3.0L, and a twin-turbo, - but that's another matter for a
    different thread!)
    But I agree, 450k vs 550k seems like a big difference for such similar cars.
    My GT wagon was terrible for the first yr+, but has improved slightly. My Mrs'
    SE gets better mpg but she is also not one to push the fun-pedal
    (testosterone-pedal, go-pedal..) as forcefully as I!
    Have you driven each one for two or three, or more tankfuls for the same
    weekly routine? I know I will get~23 in my usual routine, bit if I am out on
    highways for 1/2 tankful or more, I get ~26mpg (28.4best ever).
    IIRC, the wagon weighs a bit more, no?
    Same use of AC/Heater/Fan? Same point of purchase for fuel? Same tire
    Terry - '02 Regatta-Red GT wagon 5spd - 25,000 miles
    '03 Silver Legacy SE auto-sedan - 2450 miles
    Yakima / TandeMover / Rockymount rack
    To reply, get rid of the "nonsense"
    TW-Ohio, Nov 29, 2003

  6. Since he is talking about km instead of miles I'm going to guess it
    isn't American spec although I could be wrong.

    Jason Kavanaugh, Nov 29, 2003
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