Subbie 2.0

February 23, 2008

I own a Subaru Forester. It is the best car I have ever owned. Its small and fast. Yet it can swallow up anything I try to put in it. Great for a weekend getaway with my wife or a trip to the beach or camping. Like most Subaru owners I love this car. I proselytize this car to other people thinking of buying a new car.
That being said, Subaru needs to change a few things when the sad day comes and i need to let go of Subie.
1.Interior
The interior seats need an upgrade for longer rides. My wife and I are tall and we cant find a comfortable position in the front seats. Keep the heated seats. I love me some heated seats.
The cup-holders need to be moved to the floor. I have spilled too much coffee on my center console on these pull out cup holders than I have drank. Thankfully this is already done in newer models. Move the radio up on the Center console. Make the A/C heating controls auto and dual climate. Like my mom says, “Nothing saves a marriage like dual climate control”.
Make the radio an HD radio and one CD input. include an ipod audio. power/controls jack and a place to stash the ipod.
I have an auto dimming rearview mirror with a compass in it. Ditch the compass because it doesn’t work and I’ll have a GPS receiver by then anyway. Include a place to plug in the GPS receiver.
Heads up display of speed and fuel and RPM would be perfect.
The engine needs to be hybrid. I know Subaru talk a big game about Subaru loving the environment and your low impact factory, but $50 dollars to fill up my 4 cylinder car is hurting big time and Toyota and Honda have options for small box wagons too. Its a 2001 car, I should not be getting 20mpg. I suggest you go all electronic on the “Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System”. If you put 4 electric motors at the wheels you save space in the center drive train as well as weight for two differentials. Plus the weight is moved out to the wheels which make this car even more balanced. Some guys in England did this to a Mini, you can do it to Subie.
Exterior. I own a Subaru. I don’t care about the exterior. But please use a wind tunnel to reduce drag. Sometimes I feel like most of the gas goes to fighting the drag my brick on wheels creates.
If you could put two more seats in the trunk without increasing the length of the car then go for it.
The back door needs a redo. When I have my surfboard on the rack. I cannot open the trunk.
This needs to change. I suggest that you make the rear window a retractable one into the rear door like Toyota does with the Land Cruiser