I've had my Outback wagon since, oh, I don't know - 2002? Yeah, that's about right - it was 3 years old or so when I bought it, and it's a 1999 model.
It's my 2nd Subaru. My first, a 1991 Legacy sedan, is now living in Colorado with my brother, who keeps it puttering along as a drive-to-work car. 200,000+ miles, and still runs fine.
Still... I've been thinking that it might be good to replace it before winter hits again. Updated safety features would be nice for the kids (and me, I suppose).
I love having a wagon, and I'd like another one. For day-to-day kid hauling and commuting, a wagon works great. Minivans are nice for road trips and people-hauling, but neither Jon nor I get excited about them as daily drivers. Otto, on the other hand, thinks minivans are wonderful. And Jon's a sedan guy - the only wagon cool enough for Daddo would be the Magnum.
We have a list of potential Subaru replacements. It might go nowhere, and maybe someone will come up with something else we like. But right now we're thinking...
Seats 6 without being as big as a regular minivan. Inexpensive. Fuel efficient. Has a 5-speed option that might be fun to drive. Otto's pick.
TDI = high gas mileage diesel engine. Cute, safe, affordable. Friends and family have loved their assorted VWs and Audis. Nice dealer.
3) 2010 Outback
The new, redesigned Subie is huge! CVT transmission option gets better gas mileage. Has AWD for snow. Like my dealer. Love my Subarus.
So many things to think about!
True story: I bought my current Subie over the phone, sight unseen, from a dealer in Kansas. We were living in Wisconsin at the time, where used Subarus get snapped up like chocolate-covered potato chips. I knew what I wanted and was having trouble finding it. So when my car showed up on a lot back home, mom had me call the salesman, who told me all about it. "I'll take it," I said, and I did. Flew down to pick it up, drove it home the next day.
150,000 miles later, I would do it again. And owning 2 Subarus in 15 years... yeah. No offense, but Mazda and VW have their work cut out for them!