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Old 02-27-2014, 04:10 PM   #1
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Subaru Outback manual discontinued in 2015

I'm corresponding with a local Subaru dealer about what they have available, and they noted that the Outbacks with manual transmission will be discontinued for 2015.

From my hunting around various infos about tow-capable not-huge cars, the Outback seemed like the last man standing in terms of having an available manual transmission, which I prefer because often after we park the Burro we're head off driving some slightly questionable off-road situations and I don't like auto for that context.

Well, apparently the market research says almost nobody wants these anyway since they seem to be so uncommon.

Just FYI for anybody considering those models.
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Old 02-27-2014, 04:24 PM   #2
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Jen, my first two Outbacks had manual transmissions but I reluctantly went with an automatic when I purchased my last one. Subaru has what they call a Sport Mode you can switch over to that allows you to shift the car using the centre gear shifter as you would a manual. Not as great as the manual shift but more or less does the same thing. I used it fairly often when towing and when running the car without the trailer on some pretty crazy rough roads - thus the reason I know what it costs to replace the tires air pressure valve as well as a heat shield, due to encounters with large rocks ;-)

The fact they are offering only an automatic in 2015 would not concern me as much as what type of transmission it is.... my automatic is not the CVT. I would check the Subaru forums to see what people have to say about the CVT and if anyone has been towing any amount of time with one. It appears though that many of the manufactures have made the switch to CVT so it may not be a biggie.....
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Old 02-27-2014, 05:18 PM   #3
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That sucks. I hope it stays available in the legacy. That's the reason I bought mine. If it's the cvt, I hope they improve it, because it was gutless in the '11s.
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Boo, hoo! I'm a great fan of my 2008 Subaru Legacy with manual transmission and it tows our 13' Scamp like a champ. I have been dreaming of getting an Outback next time, though. In 2008 the Honda dealer (we were shopping around at that time) said only one in 40 cars they sold were stick-shift. I'd like to know from our FGRV folks what tow vehicles along the line of Subarus with manual transmission would you recommend?
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Buy a 2014 Outback manual shift while you still can.

Glida there has been a discussion going on for a few days on that topic over at the thread New Tow Vehicle for Scamp 13 Standard: Your thoughts. Lots of different options/opinions put forward.
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Thanks for the referral to the thread regarding tow vehicles. I'm looking at it now.
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When I bought my 2012 Forester the salesman tried to convince me I did not want to tow with a manual. I said no, I did not want to tow with an automatic!
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I'm corresponding with a local Subaru dealer about what they have available, and they noted that the Outbacks with manual transmission will be discontinued for 2015.

From my hunting around various infos about tow-capable not-huge cars, the Outback seemed like the last man standing in terms of having an available manual transmission, which I prefer because often after we park the Burro we're head off driving some slightly questionable off-road situations and I don't like auto for that context.

Well, apparently the market research says almost nobody wants these anyway since they seem to be so uncommon.

Just FYI for anybody considering those models.
I feel your pain. Not because I think an automatic will not suffice in the application you refer. Modern automatics have many more capabilities than automatics of yesteryear. But, let's face it, manuals are just more fun. I think the auto industry is determined to remove the joy of driving from our lives. We even hear talk of automobiles with self driving ability. Dealers tell us it is because American's are too lazy or unskilled to drive manuals and they don't sell. My response is how can we buy a manual when we can't find one. Give me a manual transmission, and take away the power windows, automatic door locks, tire pressure sensors, ABS brakes, and God for sakes blue tooth to make me a happy camper!
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In 1964, when I learned to drive, my HS basketball coach, who was the instructor, claimed that manual transmissions were becoming obsolete, so he taught us on an automatic. I suppose he was just a man way beyond his time, since his prediction seems to be becoming true.
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If you spend an hour a day commuting in stop-and-go traffic, you will appreciate the automatic transmission.
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If you spend an hour a day commuting in stop-and-go traffic, you will appreciate the automatic transmission.
I do, and much more. I guess I'm just shifty.
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"Subaru Outback manual discontinued in 2015"

Oh, right - it's the manual transmission that you can't get from 2015. I thought Subaru were going to start saying "we have put all those fancy diagrams on all the switches, so you work out for yourself which one does what"....
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"Subaru Outback manual discontinued in 2015"

Oh, right - it's the manual transmission that you can't get from 2015. I thought Subaru were going to start saying "we have put all those fancy diagrams on all the switches, so you work out for yourself which one does what"....
you may be onto something Andrew. It would sure save a few trees if auto makers didn't bother to include a paper manual for their cars... it would seem few people bother to read them anyways!
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If you spend an hour a day commuting in stop-and-go traffic, you will appreciate the automatic transmission.

Nope. Denver, Minneapolis, still prefer a manual that isn't allowed to have a mind of its own.
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