THE MUSIC MADE HIM DO IT. While Subaru
safety and reliability features were great selling points in his quest for a new
vehicle, the Macintosh stereo system drove Tom Hagys 2002 Subaru Outback VDC
to the top of the pack.
Its a tremendous feature and really set this car apart from anything else I was considering, he says. To me the Outback is really a thumping sound system with all-wheel drive. Some of my drives just arent long enough.
Music plays a big part in Toms life. A drummer in a rock band, Tom fondly recalls the day when he loaded his Outback with his entire drum set and the bands P.A. system. That was the best, he says. My bass player cant even get his amp in his car.
Tom is also an avid mountain biker, so a bike rack and plenty of room for his wife and two daughters were mandatory.
When hes not banging on the drums or tearing up the terrain on his bike, Tom runs a business unit for LexisNexis, a legal research firm in Philadelphia.
I travel a lot so my Outback spends a lot of time in airport parking lots, Tom says. This winter, a storm buried my car under several feet of snow. Just for kicks, I climbed in through the hatch, started it up, threw it in reverse and banged it out. Two guys showed up with shovels looking for business, but I really couldnt give them any. I was on my way.
According to Tom, his Outback is the complete vehicle.
I got tired of the big SUV feel, he says. The Outback has all the same advantages but a much sportier drive. There isnt another car Id rather have right now at least until someone makes one that can fly. I was always a big George Jetson fan.
The price of the Outback is great too, he adds. I can afford a more expensive car, but why pay it?
Toms advice to other Subaru owners?
Be a kid whenever possible. And dont forget to bring a decent bunch of CDs.