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Hi we are in UK and have just bought a used 2016 2.0i SE in ice silver.( I didn't want the keyless entry one) One previous owner and 14000 miles with Subaru Service history. We traded a 2003 Forester with 165000 miles. Had it 14 trouble free years apart from normal servicing and wear and tear items. Car was a legend to us and always will be. Just thought it was time to change due to rust beginning under rear wheel arches.

Looking forward to getting to know our newbie and hoping for many more trouble free years. Didn't go for the bigger Forester as our garage height isn't tall enough to accommodate it and we don't really need a large car.
We will be towing a very small caravan ( 1000kg fully loaded) a few times a year so shouldn't really tax it too much.

If it's half as good a car as our old scooby we'll be happy.
This looks to be a very friendly site and hopefully we can share our experiences and get some useful information and advice along the way.

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Welcome Ann, enjoy the new ride. AstroKat is in the UK visiting his Mum and is having trouble seeing Subarus of any kind!

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Hello and welcome, Ann!

I had my eye on the Fozzie for quite some time. Not only is it much larger than I actually need my car to be, it was a few inches too long to fit in my garage (unless I removed my tools, tyres and other equipment).


We have a number of older Subarus in my area and they still look great but it's always nice to hear stories of a long and happy life.
One thing I've noticed about my Stamford is that there doesn't seem to be anything that I can't access and repair/replace in my own garage.
With that in mind, I hope we'll have a long and happy relationship and that you will as well.
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome folks. Your right Artisan Subaru is a bit of a niche market in the UK. Not that many dealerships to be honest and we seem to pay more probably due to transportation costs and high taxation. I have seen the UK is only importing CVT models now which is a bit of a shame.
We will be taking car and caravan soon to Cornwall on holiday soon just need to get a tow bar fitted. Will post some pics if I get the chance.
Decided not to buy one with an existing tow bar as you never know what the previous owner towed.

My hubby used to like maintaing our previous cars but with all the electronics now don't know how much of that will be possible. Our old Scooby never went wrong anyway.
The only gripe if I can call that is the 6 speed MT box. Changes gear fine but feels slightly notchy but will get used to it I'm sure.
 

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Yep, so far I've seen exactly two, a Forester and an Impreza. No Crosstrek.

Where abouts are you? I expect there are more in the London area.

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We live in Northamptonshire which is in the Midlands but we tend to see more of them in rural areas where the dealerships tend to be. The Scoobies of old were very popular amongst the farming communities and were a farmer's wife's favourite. I sometimes wonder if Subaru will actually pull out of the UK at some point as they don't seem to be selling very many at all now. There seems to be a lot of "fake" SUV' s now that are cheaper to buy.

We will always stay loyal to the brand though as long as we can.
 

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We live in Northamptonshire which is in the Midlands but we tend to see more of them in rural areas where the dealerships tend to be. The Scoobies of old were very popular amongst the farming communities and were a farmer's wife's favourite. I sometimes wonder if Subaru will actually pull out of the UK at some point as they don't seem to be selling very many at all now. There seems to be a lot of "fake" SUV' s now that are cheaper to buy.

We will always stay loyal to the brand though as long as we can.
Interesting...

I'm originally from the Midlands. Down South in the rural areas (e.g. The New Forest) I'd mostly see Land Rovers.

Last year was here and rented a hatchback and got "upgraded" to a Dacia Duster, so I know what you mean!

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Hi and Welcome,

I am surprised to hear Subies are so scarce in the UK. When I lived there everyone was intent on loading more candlepower on the front of their Escorts, Astras, Kadettes and Golfs, the Impreza would've been a natural fit in that class of car.

I left in 93, about the time it started being about 205s, Fiestas and Novas, traditional rally cars giving way to hot hatches.
Since the Impreza is very much Escort sized, is it "too big"? That little Wrx that was also badged as a Saab must have been the perfect size!

I do know on my infrequent visits to the UK I hardly recognize any of the cars anymore. It's a bizarre mix of small hatches, MPVs and SUVs. The only British cars left seem to be Lotus, Morgan, Aston Martin, Maclaren and Noble (or are they Irish). Any Vauxhall seems to come from a larger GM family as with Ford. Jag and LandRover being sold off to other countries, and I'm not sure what happened to LDV, Dennis and Scammell.

Anyway, I hope you like your XV as much as I like my XV Crosstrek. Safe travels!
 

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Cheshire native here. The farms around us were mostly dairy, and so Land Rovers and Escorts Vanswere the way of things with a Ford D series cattle wagon.
Stray into N Wales where it was all shepherding you'd see trannies, Landies (often with a wire cage back) and Escort vans for the farms.

Farmers wives would have Escorts, Pugs, old Cortinas.

I have noticed a lot of the "SUV"s in the UK, last trip I had a choice of rental car, Vauxhall Mokka (Buik Encode, Opel Mokka) or a Dacia Duster.
 

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Cheshire native here. The farms around us were mostly dairy, and so Land Rovers and Escorts Vanswere the way of things with a Ford D series cattle wagon.
Stray into N Wales where it was all shepherding you'd see trannies, Landies (often with a wire cage back) and Escort vans for the farms.

Farmers wives would have Escorts, Pugs, old Cortinas.

I have noticed a lot of the "SUV"s in the UK, last trip I had a choice of rental car, Vauxhall Mokka (Buik Encode, Opel Mokka) or a Dacia Duster.
The Mokka is why we ended up with a Crosstrek! We had one for a rental two years ago here in the UK and liked it, then began researching them in the US. It's actually a Buick Encore.

We preferred the Crosstrek, in the same category...
 

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The Encore was on my short list with the Crosstrek, the Mazda CX-3, and CX-5. It is Buick's best selling model.
 

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The Encore was on my short list with the Crosstrek, the Mazda CX-3, and CX-5. It is Buick's best selling model.
OAK was laser focused on the reliability, LOL. And it's her car.

I've had several British Leyland cars... :D
 

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OAK was laser focused on the reliability, LOL. And it's her car.

I've had several British Leyland cars... :D
My uncle was like that, one for driving and two for spare parts.

So, if you were driving Leyland, you'll be of an age to remember the Matra Rancho.



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My uncle was like that, one for driving and two for spare parts.

So, if you were driving Leyland, you'll be of an age to remember the Matra Rancho.
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I don't think I ever saw one in the wild...
 

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I remember the Matro Rancho many many years ago. I thought they were made by Talbot? One's I saw were mostly orange. Looked a bit like the old Forester but I bet weren't a patch on it for build quality and reliability.
 

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I remember the Matro Rancho many many years ago. I thought they were made by Talbot? One's I saw were mostly orange. Looked a bit like the old Forester but I bet weren't a patch on it for build quality and reliability.
They were in the Talbot dealership. I think at the time the group comprised of Talbot, Chrysler, Simca, Commer, Dodge, and was just before Renault, AMC/Jeep and Eagle merged in. They were badged differently over their few years and geographic locations.

I think Siku had the better casting than Corgi when it was made as a toy.

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I saw an older Forester today!!

By the time I whipped out my phone to take a pic, it was gone. It's only the third Subaru I've seen and I've been here since March.
 

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I saw an older Forester today!!

By the time I whipped out my phone to take a pic, it was gone. It's only the third Subaru I've seen and I've been here since March.
I remember within a month of buying my XV I was one of 3 in our company parking lot, and 4 outbacks and 2 Foresters appeared about the same time. Okay, the were about 600 employees.

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Okay, I saw two Scoobies in the M1 today heading from Heathrow to Derby. One was an Outback, looked like the legacy wagon sized Outback, I also saw an Impreza, debadged, big tail wing.

That was two in a 30 mile stretch before narthampton services.
 
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