Summer 2007 Forward to a Friend

Your Turn Letters from our Readers


SIA Stacks
We love our Subaru – have had three.

We wish the company would have explained what so many smoke stacks are needed for. Various exhaust for different departments?

The number of stacks is overwhelming! Perhaps you could tell your customers what is involved here.
- Patricia Kirkbride, San Mateo, CA

In the picture showing SIA’s Paint Shop in the background, the majority of the “stacks” are ventilation pipes for our air handling system and not emission points. SIA has fewer emissions points and lower per unit emissions than most auto manufacturing facilities. In fact, over the last 10 years, SIA has substantially reduced its air emissions. Due primarily to technological advancements and kaizen improvements, SIA’s air emissions per unit are only about one-half of their 1996 level. Also, in 2002 SIA became the first auto assembly plant in the U.S. with an on-site solvent recovery system that produces dry still bottoms. This eliminated the risk of emissions or spills during the transportation process and allows for easier recycling of the solvent. SIA celebrated its third anniversary of being zero-landfill in May.

We encourage everyone to check out the new Subaru environmental Web site at or come for a tour of our plant to see our industry-leading environmental stewardship in action.

- Tom Easterday, Senior Vice President, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.


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Yakima, Washington

Photo Subject
I just wanted to say that I enjoyed my first issue of your magazine!

With all the travel I do, I’ve rented many cars and this past year tried out a Subaru Outback for the first time. I really, really liked it, and so my wife and I rented one for a weekend here in Washington and took it through its paces on a snowboard trip.

I was extremely impressed on how it handled in the snow, and so we started asking people we knew that owned Subaru vehicles what they thought about theirs. Without exception, everybody was crazy about them, and so we decided it was time for one of our own.

We couldn’t be happier so far! I take photos of it whenever we get a new accessory or whenever I get a chance, really, which is a little odd, I suppose, but we both just really love it.

I took this shot when I was waiting for a couple of clients to show up (it was a surprise proposal, and she said yes) at a small winery out near Yakima, Washington.
- Derek Pearson, Olympia, WA

Releaf article

Offsetting Footprints
In the Winter 2007 edition, you had an article on offsetting carbon emissions with Global ReLeaf. I went to the American Forests Web site and found out my carbon footprint and have made it a priority to contribute to the cause and offset my own footprint each year.

Just think of the impact readers of Drive magazine and all Subaru owners could make by supporting such a great cause! It’s great to be part of the Subaru family and share in the common concern of protecting our environment.
- Teresa Cantwell, Las Vegas, NV

Shifty Subaru
You missed a key driving habit to improve fuel economy (Drive Spring 2007): Reduce shifting speeds (in Subaru vehicles equipped with manual transmissions).

No vehicle with an automatic transmission can match the fuel economy attainable with a nicely-shifted manual transmission. I have been driving for over 50 years, and the Subaru 5-speed manual is the best I have ever used.
- Robert Shafer, Los Alamos, NM

“I’ve had many different vehicles over the years, but this is my first Subaru. My Outback gets me from the coast to the mountains and back again, no matter the weather or road conditions.”
Magic and Scout

Magic and Scout Return
Back in 2002, we sent a photo of our friends, Magic and Scout, in the back of my new Outback L.L.Bean®. The car has over 93,000 miles at this point, and the girls have ridden along for many of them. The regional parks are among their favorite destinations for a run or a swim. My wife and family appreciate the security and stability of the all-wheel drive during the snowy Pittsburgh winters.
- Tom and Diane Forrest, Ben Avon, PA

row row row

Row, Row, Row
The photo is of my 2005 Subaru Outback with my 18' rowing shell on top. The photo was taken at a favorite rowing spot in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

With my Subaru, I can drive right down to the beach, off-load my shell, and row, row, row. Loading the shell again is easy, as the Outback is at just the right height for those of us under 5 feet, 6 inches tall. :-)

I’ve had many different vehicles over the years, but this is my first Subaru. My Outback gets me from the coast to the mountains and back again, no matter the weather or road conditions. From now on, I can pass all those other car dealerships by and head straight for the one with the Subaru sign out front!

Thanks for a great vehicle that makes driving, and rowing, even more fun.
- Dawn Howe, Richlands, NC