Kancamagus Subaru

During the past year I’ve spent a great deal of time investigating, researching and considering purchasing a new car.

It was quite a process.

My previous car, a 1999 VW Jetta with 203,000 miles on it and it had numerous issues including a broken windshield, questionable brakes and a badly burned out wheel bearing. So somehow a decision had to be made.  Actually, it had to be made!  After visiting at least four VW dealerships in New Hampshire and Vermont I decided to scrap the idea of purchasing another Volkswagen. These cars are just too expensive for what is being offered and their whole attitude seemed to exude “it has to be a Jetta.”  Think Deutschland Uber Allies!

So my next question became:  what vehicle to consider next. And I considered them all. Companies, websites, ads, sign & drive and zero A.P.R. the cash for clunkers made its appearance towards the end of my shopping. I’ll stop short of calling my Jetta a clunker but it didn’t qualify for the program anyway. And in July I made my decision, the 2009 Subaru Legacy SE. My decision was sealed through the fact that the Legacy is all wheel drive, my insurance stayed the same and the vehicle is really good to drive! I’ve had the vehicle about three months, I’m confident this is a good purchase and use of capital.

So what does all of this have to do with New Hampshire? Recently, I received a copy of the Subaru driver’s magazine, it’s called Drive.Initially, I thought this would be a corporate piece enticing the reader to enter the sales process for a Subaru vehicle. My sense is that Drive isn’t this at all instead it explains what Subaru is all about and is a story of the Subaru culture and what it means to be a Subaru driver. One of the articles was about the 2010 Subaru Legacy GT by Ric Hawthorne who picked an interesting location for the review of this car. The Kancamagus Highway.  The article was a review of the vehicle itself which I thought was fairly standard, this included the dual mode transmission which in addition to the automatic has the sport mode which in the 2010 model has a six speed for shifting without the clutch. My 2009 model has a four speed in addition to the standard automatic.

“Driving through the mountains of New Hampshire’s Presidential Range the second day of our trip finally cured me of awkward sixth gear shifting.” My translation:  come to New Hampshire to learn how to drive. Actually, if you really want to learn how to drive go to the Tim O’Neil Driving School in Dalton, New Hampshire! The article in Drive talked about the performance and handling of the 2010 Legacy which is quality. “The turbo reacts with little lag. This fifth generation Subaru sports sedan clearly reflects its performance heritage.” Performance indeed.

I thought this is a good article I think it gives the reader the ability to experience the 2010 Subaru Legacy. My question is could I do a better automotive review with my 2009 Subaru Legacy.

I can. And I did.  

Though it’s still in the draft stages, especially the technical aspects including, the tactical use of the 2.5 liter 170 horsepower Boxer engine and the role of the multi use transmission. My starting place for this review is in Derby Line, Vermont and crossing over the border into Canada. I’m on route 55 nord headed to 10 west and the new Texas Holdem tables at the Pavilion in the Montreal casino. I’m exiting the Canadian port of entry and are quickly passed by a BMW 325 i and a tripped out Toyota Celica whose occupants are obviously trying to be bad ass African Americans. ( The hats-hoodies give them away).  No campaign stickers on the car though. I'm rocking to the tunes of Massiv in Mensch-Endorph-Fusion vs. Reiner's Festung. My life is really good!

It’s clear that the flow of traffic is increasing as I’m heading west across the Canadian plains and rich farmland toward Montreal.

To be continued….  


Source: Massiv in Mensch-Endorph-Fusion vs. Reiner's Festung