Spring 2010 Forward to a Friend

Your Turn Letters from our Readers

Our Best Feedback Comes from Subaru Drivers!

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Hot Time in California

In October of 2007, the wildfires hit San Diego, California, so hard we had to get out of town. While most were panicking, my boyfriend and I decided to road trip it up the coast of California.

We stopped for a night of camping in Pismo Beach and Big Sur before meeting friends in San Francisco. Our friends in San Diego complained of the smoky air and jealousy of our get-up-and-go attitudes. But that’s why you own a Subaru in the first place – so you can pack up the car and go wherever you want, whenever you want.

– Sarah Robinson, San Diego, CA

Crazy Yorkie

One Saturday morning, while running errands after taking my wife to work, I stopped at my dry cleaner’s shop. I normally make a habit of turning off and locking my Subaru Forester at every errand stop. This time, I didn’t.

When I completed my drop-off and pickup, I walked back out to my Forester, discovering my five-year-old Yorkshire terrier had stepped on the central lock button, trapping herself inside the running Forester (with emergency brake set, of course).

I decided to call the Subaru Roadside Assistance (SRA) number on one of my Forester’s windows. After a few minutes (being asked a few safety-related questions and being connected to someone who could send help), my crazy Yorkie stepped on one of the window buttons, opening a back window.

I couldn’t help but share this story with my fellow Subaru drivers.

– Alan Gustafson (Subaru driver since 1994), Moline, IL

Neighborhood Subarubies

A friend and I recently purchased (two) 2010 Subaru vehicles after I spent one month test-driving almost every make of SUV in my area. I fell in love with the Outback, and, after purchasing it, I gathered several neighborhood Subaru owners together for a photo. They are all science teachers or professors (except me) who really believe in your product because of your green efficiency in making a Subaru.

We call the photo “Neighborhood Subarubies.”

– Patie Ball, Maumee, OH

Pack the Car

We started a grassroots event that offers friends, family, and neighbors a convenient location to drop off food and clothing for our local community organization, CARE FOR REAL. The first event (1/9/10) was hugely successful because of the enthusiasm of our local community. Thanks to the Subaru Impreza, we had enough room to pack the car, filling up nearly half of the CARE FOR REAL’s receiving room. Check out our page at www.packthecar.com.

– Steven Pryor, Chicago, IL

First Subaru

Here is a picture of me with my first Subaru in 1978. Of course, this model was a little bit hard to find.

Years later, I’m a proud owner of two Outbacks and looking to add another!

I still wish I had that BRAT, though!

– Reid Jutras, Rockford, IL

Cabbage, Beets, and Kale

Last November, my mom and I delivered a carload of organic produce from our friend, farmer Dave, to our local food shelf: 305 pounds of cabbage, approximately 25 pounds of beets, and approximately 10 pounds of mixed kale. They were elated!

It was no trouble at all in our 2007 “multipurpose” Suby.

– Espen Hunt, Nisswa, MN

Wader Ready

I am an outdoor writer for newspapers and magazines and write about my fishing exploits. My Subaru Outback plays an important role during my research for these articles.

These adventures take me through the White Mountains and the great north woods of New Hampshire. The all-wheel drive and high clearance fit my needs as I drive the back roads and abandoned lumber roads to some of the remote ponds and trailheads.

The Outback easily holds all my rods, waders, and fishing gear, including a fully inflated float tube.

– Raymond Kucharski, Waterville Valley, NH

Greetings from Cinnamon Pass

Here’s pictorial proof of what a 2006 B9 Tribeca can do – driving west from Lake City, Colorado, over Cinnamon Pass (12,640 feet above sea level) to Animas Forks. My wife, Susan, and I suggest you might think twice about this, as did a half dozen 4WD people who waited at the top to see if it were possible for an SUV.

– John and Susan Horn, Lincoln, NE


We’ve noticed a resurgence of bumper stickers, and we’d like to know if your Subaru vehicle wears one (or more). Send us a photo of your stickered Subaru – it might be shown in the next issue or online. Send e-mail via: drivemag@subaru.com or mail to Bumper Stickers, Subaru Drive Headquarters, PO Box 514025, Milwaukee, WI 53203-3425.

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Family of Five

Family of Five

This is our family of five Subaru vehicles: 1983 GL Wagon with 369,000 original miles, 1995 Legacy, 1999 Forester, 2006 Legacy, and 2008 Outback.

Since our first Subaru, we were sold. Subaru is the only brand of car we will buy if we ever need another car.

– Doug Morse, Great Falls, MT

The Twins


When my car of 18 years finally died, I knew what I wanted. But my husband’s truck of 12 years was close to its end, and he wanted the same.

No problem: We love having TWO Subaru Foresters. They are both 2007 models and happen to be the same color. We call them “The Twins.”

They look and handle great, and we are impressed with the engineering and safety ratings. Friends all say the back seat is comfortable, and our German shepherds love the Compartment Separator/Dog Guard for safety and comfort. We have bought many of the other great accessories that just sweeten the journey.

I’d say that we are groupies for life. As someone said of Subaru: “It’s a following.”

– Helen and John Bowser, Virginia Beach, VA


Green Forester

I purchased my 1998 green Subaru Forester new October 15 of 1998. It was my first new vehicle. It is now 11 years old and has 262,000 miles on it. I love my car. It makes a great conversation piece, as my name is Heather Green and my profession is a village forester. To have the last name of Green in my profession is fun. To drive a “green Forester” adds icing to the cake.

My car has been very dependable, provided much security, and has been fun. It has been a very good investment. Thank you to Subaru for making my car-owning experience a pleasure!

I joined your Guinness World Record parade event in Itasca last summer. I did not see a Subaru Forester of this age, but I did see some other older Subaru vehicles. That was nice to be a part of this event as well.

Keep up the great work Subaru!

– Heather Green, Lockport, IL

Five Subaru Vehicles = >500,000 Miles

Five Subaru Vehicles

I have now driven for more than half a million miles in 27 years with my five Subaru vehicles: 1983 GL, 1992 Justy, 1993 Impreza LX, 2002 Impreza Sport, 2004 Outback.

I have never been let down (car not starting or major breakdown) even once during that half million miles!

My new goal is now 1 million miles!

– André Tremblay, Pittsburgh, PA

1998 Outback Wagon

Life with a 1998 Outback Wagon

I have just passed 503,500 miles in my 1998 Outback. I cannot begin to tell you how much I love my car.

Here are some short tidbits from her life. I live out in the country in New Hampshire but work in the Boston area, so I get caught in snowstorms a lot. During one storm in the winter of 2001, I ended up going up my driveway (that’s a short but steep hill) before the snowplow cleaned the 14 inches of snow off it.

I have transported beagles from Maine to Connecticut (I volunteer for a beagle rescue) and back, getting them into foster homes or their final adopting home.

The best is that my car safely got me back and forth from New Hampshire to Connecticut to visit my mom multiple times a week when she was dying of cancer.

My Subaru is the best car I have ever owned!

– Sharon Vartanian, New Boston, NH