Winter 2011 Forward to a Friend

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A Flap Over Outback

I’ve owned five Subaru vehicles during the past 30 years, and each one has been ideal for driving from Delaware to upstate New York and Canada annually for cross-country ski trips.

This photo was taken last winter in Canada. The Outback logo is perfectly legible in the snow that fell off the mud flap one morning.

Most of our ski group buddies drive Subaru Outbacks or Foresters. It looks like a Subaru convention when we show up!

– Anne Langsdorf, Middletown, DE

Boy Scouts

Two Tales About Subaru Safety

Two days before I left for the Boy Scouts of America® Centennial National Jamboree® at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, I picked up my 2010 Forester. I was in charge of a group of volunteers teaching Traffic Safety Merit Badge® at the jamboree. I couldn’t think of a better car to use to teach Scouts the requirements about vehicle safety features and basic maintenance than my Subaru.

When we closed down our booth after nine days, nearly 800 Scouts had learned how to be safer drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists. They had also learned how safe a Subaru is!

– Steven Gayle, Gilbertsville, NY

I am not a Subaru owner, but, after this, I think I may be one. My uncle left his Subaru Impreza outside my house while he is away to Greece. I live in New York, and yesterday we had a tornado hit us. One full-size tree came down on top of the car, and it’s amazing how a huge tree like that falling on the car did so little damage. Everyone in the neighborhood is impressed how a ton (at least) of weight is sitting on the car, and it is handling it like it were a feather.

– John Karantonis, NY

An A-Maize-ing Subaru

I transformed my second white Subaru station wagon into “Maize” when I purchased a white ’96 Legacy Outback. I have a costume that matches my car. I drive her daily and am always prepared to engage in conversations about the crisis of genetically modified foods. I carry organic corn seeds and a non-genetically modified organics (GMO) shopping guide to give to those who are interested.

– Judith Dierkes, Memphis, TN

Editor’s note: We recommend that you do not paint the windows of your vehicle.

More on Backpacks Against Hunger

An owner (Thomas Carrigan) called and stated that when he was at his dealership, Subaru of Loveland, he picked up a copy of Fall 2010 Drive magazine. On page 30 there was an article about Backpacks Against Hunger. Mr. Carrigan told me that he is the co-chair of the Backpacks Against Hunger Program in Loveland, Colorado. He just purchased a 2011 Outback and fills his vehicle with the food to assist in this cause.

– Jeremy Samuelson, Customer/Dealer Services, Subaru of America

End of the Rainbow

End of the Rainbow

I moved my daughter across the country to her first teaching job in my Subaru. Anna, my daughter, took this photo after a storm in western South Dakota.

My Subaru might witness a few tears while I drive back to Wisconsin by myself tomorrow and leave my only daughter in Utah.

I love my Subaru … it takes me to the end of the rainbow.

– Kristin Henke, Berlin, WI

The Greening of Subaru

I purchased my 1998 green Subaru Forester new October 15, 1998. It was my first new vehicle. It makes a great conversation piece as my name is Heather Green and my profession is a village forester. To have the last name of Green in my profession is fun. To drive a green Forester adds icing to the cake.

– Heather Green, Lockport, IL

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Editor’s note: We recently received an unusual number of dog stories from Subaru owners, so we’ve collected them here … along with one about parrots!

Maggie, the Subaru Lover

This is our third Subaru, and it has 203,000 miles on it. Yes, we bought it new!

We love our Subaru, but so does our dog Maggie! Maggie is a Great Pyrenees and is still just a puppy. She weighs about 105 pounds.

She insists on sleeping on the car! She even brings along a bone or two to keep her company!

Do you think you could make a scratch-resistant Subaru for Maggie?

– Debbie Dehoney, Eden, ID

Subaru Dogs

All is quiet, very quiet. But anticipation hangs heavy in the air. They know they are going for a ride, but they are oh, so quiet until they hear, “Let’s load up!” Then it is all howling and whimpering as they scramble to get to the Subaru – the dog-mobile, the pack-wagon, roving doghouse … the fur mobile. Most often it is only to the post office, but they are excited to stick their furry heads out the window to see and be seen.

We rarely go on vacation without our three dogs, and when they see the Thule go on top of the Subaru, their excitement goes into overdrive. We frequent a dog-friendly place on the Washington coast called Iron Springs Resort. Noses out the window, they know where we are going, and when we will get there. No need for dogs to ask, “Are we there yet?”

Our oldest dog can’t do the long beach walks anymore, so the first time that she doubled back for the cabin, we worried and went back to find her. She was not at the cabin. She was underneath the Subaru – her sanctuary, her comfort zone.

With great sorrow we gave up the old dog-mobile to our daughter and had to search for a new vehicle. Easy – new Outback!

The new leather smell is now the smell of pure dog joy! Our dogs know not of money matters or car payments, only that the Subaru is theirs!

– Lindsey Babich

Cider Rules

One of the rare times when Cider, our 4-year-old yellow Lab, lets go of his red ball is to stick his head out the window of our Subaroooo! He’s a road trip champion!

Cider can’t decide if he likes the Legacy or Outback better, so he made sure to slobber up the windows in both!

Here’s a photo of a road trip through the Rockies and into the desert.

– Erica Stevens, Colorado Springs, CO


No matter where I go or what I am doing in my 2008 Subaru Outback, the sunbeams always seem to find me. Pictured here with me are my dog Clarence and my Outback in the north woods of Michigan, Old Mission Peninsula.

– Ashley Greene, Chicago, IL

Two Good Reasons

We had two good reasons for buying our Subaru Forester: our 12-year-old pups, Roxy and Molly.

When we rescued Roxy from a shelter two years ago – all 105 pounds of her – she barely fit in the back seat of our sedan, especially when she had to share it with a 70-pound Labrador.

We went out and bought a 2008 Forester three weeks later.

Now we have no problem taking them on vacation to Cape Cod (as we did here) or just going on a drive to the local dog park. We also do animal rescue, and when we have a foster dog visiting, it gets to come, too.

And of course we make sure everyone is safely buckled in!

– Lynn Smith, Mount Vernon, NY

Parrot Pickup

I purchased my 2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport in 2003 from a dealer in Waterloo, Iowa. It has moved with me through four states and more than 100,000 miles.

I am the director/founder of Miss Vicki’s Parrot Village, Inc., a nonprofit parrot rescue near Atlanta, Georgia. I get calls at all hours from people needing help with their parrots or, worse, people finding parrots flying free outside. I have traveled all across the state and then some either to pick up or deliver these exotic and beautiful creatures. There is always an emergency cage in the back of my Subaru, and a bird’s life depends on me getting there and back with no trouble, regardless of road conditions, if there is even a road to speak of.

The birds and I thank you, Subaru!

– Vickie LeClaire, Fayetteville, GA