Living in the mountains, you need a fowl-weather vehicle. Winter is coming (even though it may still be 80F) and we need to be ready. The gardens are still giving harvest, and some sections are ready to clean up. Wood is stacked in the woodshed, and I’d like to have another cord ready for late winter. But, the 2005 Subaru was ready to go to pasture. Last Friday, I thought I would take it for one more oil change, to get us through a Rhode Island trip in September, then purchase a new Subaru before winter. That was until the technician wanted to caution me about a few items…
There was the back suspension which a year ago they could not repair, least it fall off. That wore out the tires we bought a year ago, one being nearly bald on the inside track. Then there was the front ball joint about to dislodge, and the brushing that lacked a seal and grease. Oh, too many problems to put money into.
Time to chat with a sales representative. We had been doing our homework, as our decision was planned for two months hence. Thus, we knew that we wanted the Subaru Ascent with the trailer towing capacity. Retirement and the camper are not that far in the future, given than we put 14 years and 250,000 miles on the last Subaru (you can’t kill these things, as far as I can tell).
When we went from the 1991 Ford Range (which still runs) to the 2005 Subaru, we upgraded from crank windows (which still work) to electronic windows. The owner’s manual went from about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch. Well, with all the electronics in cars these days, we have 3 inches of owner’s manuals, guide books, GPS and Internet links (no, Sirus-X-M-radio does not work on about 1/4 mile of Old Rt 55 between the Baker Methodist Church and Danny’s Wagon Wheel bar). Thus we bought a computer on wheels.
And, the Subaru Ascent with 8 passenger seats does have 19 cup holders. I needed about 4 days of exploring to find the 18th and 19th cup holders. Road trip anyone?