Zack.’s Subaru Crosstrek

Zack.

Has been dubbed Arnold
Supporting Member
Location
Livermore, CA
Username: Zack.
Make: Subaru
Year: 2022
Model: Crosstrek (cross = x, so close?)
Trim: Premium
Color: Cool Grey Khaki
Code Name: tbd
Drivetrain: 6MT awd


Legend
Current
Future
Removed

Mods:
-AEM Dryflow drop in filter
-Philips Ultinon LED bulbs

-Takeoff LED projector headlight assemblies from Limited trim, when I can find a set
-Ironman4x4 2” lift struts (pending wife sign off)




Since the X is rwd, I wanted to get something with 4x4 or AWD. With the crazy used market it made more sense to go new. I landed on the Crosstrek since it comes in a manual trans. Haven’t owned Subaru before, but have family members who have had them for years. Bonus, better mpg, and uses the cheap(er) gas. Not getting rid of the X (ever if I can manage), but have been enjoying switching off for the last month and a half or so. Also will be good not to have to rely on borrowing the wife’s car anytime I have the X torn down for repairs or upgrades.



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Zack.

Has been dubbed Arnold
Supporting Member
Location
Livermore, CA
I will tell you (or you may already know), there are no car forums like Nissan forums. Okay, maybe Toyota, but even some of those I’ve looked at seem to have only maybe 2 posts a week. FB Subaru groups seem to be more active than the forums, but way less organized. Really been spoiled the past couple decades only owning Nissans.
 

outback97

First Fill-Up (of many)
Supporting Member
Location
SLC, Utah
Nice choice... I'm a bit biased since we own 2 Subarus and 2 Xterras. I had a 2017 Crosstrek as a dealer loaner for a few weeks, back when our '08 Outback was getting the head gaskets replaced. Not sure how much they've changed in the past 5 years, but I really liked it and would definitely consider buying one.

FB sucks as a platform for "forums" IMO. There's no deep reservoir of knowledge, it's just a shallow quickly passing stream. For Imprezas, NASIOC used to be a great resource, and subaruoutback.org was pretty good for Outbacks, but I honestly don't visit them much unless I need to look up something.

ETA: It looks like there's a pretty active Crosstrek forum here, unfortunately it's yet another VerticalScope thing:

The Xterra world is more niche and definitely has devoted enthusiasts. Subaru used to be more that way 20 years ago, but their increasing market share has diluted that IMO.
 
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Zack.

Has been dubbed Arnold
Supporting Member
Location
Livermore, CA
Didn’t like how long it was taking to fire up, so I took a look at the OE battery. Turns out it is rated for something silly like 380 CCAs. So that won’t do. I stopped by Costco and picked up a group 35 AGM to remedy the situation. Was going to try shoehorn in a 24f but figured 650 CCAs should be good enough.
 

outback97

First Fill-Up (of many)
Supporting Member
Location
SLC, Utah
Mine aren't AGM's but both of our Subarus have Group 35's from Costco. Hard to beat their pricing and warranty.
 

Zack.

Has been dubbed Arnold
Supporting Member
Location
Livermore, CA
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Decided to add a couple sticks of strut channel that (I think) are extra from my rack in progress on the X.

‘But what about the X?’ you might ask. I promise I still love it, and have projects upcoming. I just deferred a couple of them so long that I now have added projects with overlapping things to tear apart, which I am waiting on parts for.

While the Subaru feels that it drives sportier the X has more raw power, due to twice the engine displacement.
 
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