Originally Posted by drob23
Those Subie powertrains are absolute dogsh*t, I drove a crosstek and it was laughable how slow it felt with the CVT. The interior quality was also pretty low. I'd lean towards a wagon over an SUV, not a fan of all that body roll. Personally, I'd be looking at an allroad or 3 series xdrive wagon if I was in your shoes.
I faced the same story with our first. I had a modified E36 325i, and my wife drove a 4 dr E36M (long story). We found an Allroad that was in factory warranty with a CPO warranty as a hedge, sold my 325, and I took over the M.
After 8 months, we took the Allroad in for service...still in its factory period. We were charged for a new turbo and replacement CV joints. apparently those were considered "wear items" and excluded from the warranty...$2,500.
We sold the AR and bought an Odyssey minivan. I'm not going to start Minivan wars, but my wife loves her van with two young kids, and I appreciate the ability to walk to the back seat on longer drives to dole out meals, etc.
I keep offering to move her to something practical, like a 535xit (My top choice for a family hauler), but she insists on staying with the van.