Hello from Fort Collins! '15 LX (1 Viewer)

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Just replaced my lifted '08 Forester XT that died in a road trip with a shiny new (to me) '15 LX with only 42k miles. I'm excited to be a part of the MUD community!

First thing: replace the 22" wheels with stock 20"s. It was definitely a pavement-only car up to this point.

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Sandroad

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Welcome! Great first thing to do, for sure. Any particular plans for it? Coming from an "08 Forester (even a turbo'd one), the LX must seem like a supercar!
 
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Thanks, Sandroad! The lb/HP ratios are pretty similar, with the FXT @ 14.8 lb/HP and the LX @ 15.9 lb/HP. The FXT was definitely a fun, nimble wagon (3320 lb curb) and it got us through lots of forest service roads and fire roads with aplomb. A mild strut lift and upgraded struts and springs greatly increased the wagon's capability, but it was still noisy and rough. Wind noise, tire noise, limited interior space, and a unrefined ride made roadtrips exhausting. It had limited tech ('08 Subaru, after all) but I kind of liked it that way - fewer doodads to break and fewer distractions. I'm grateful for the FXT and the places it took us to and was sad to see it go.

The LX is like a spaceship in comparison! Smooth, plenty of space, and QUIET. On the drive back from Houston, TX (fly, buy, and drive), the miles rolled by so easily! Instead of being worn out from driving, I was relaxed and ready to keep going. The ML audio system is worlds better than the FXT, and the chiller compartment (which I initially rolled my eyes at) was nice for keeping my water fresh. I'm still on the fence about the chiller, but we'll probably get good use out of it for longer trips.

No particular plans at the moment, maybe some Tundra 18"s with larger tires, but we'll roll stock for a while to let the bank account recover a bit.
 

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Totally agree on the Subaru thing. I love the idea of having a station wagon and the AWD platforms are great for any light duty bad weather and off road. But man, they suck on the highway. In the rain, i always thought the puddles were going to come up through the floor board they were so thin. I had a 2006 Saaburu 9-2x (WRX in disguise), and while it was super fun to drive on short trips it was terrible for anything else. I ended up trading it in on GTI after only 8 months. Luckily I bought it after GM had already given up on it, so paid 4k less than the Subaru version. I didn't take too much of a beating trading in a 8 month old car with 10k miles. I drove the GTI for 6 yrs after that. It was great for what it was.
 

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