06 Apr 2015

Toyota 86 review long-term – update 4

if you’re going to enjoy any car you need to trust it.   You need to be able to rely on the car to be there when you need it.  Otherwise, plans go awry, people get let down, things don’t get done. Reliability first, fun second.   As my Toyota

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Subaru XV farewell
23 Jan 2015

Subaru XV 2.0i-S farewell

We say goodbye to our long-term Subaru XV 2.0i-S, an SUV big enough for the family yet small enough that you won’t feel like you’re driving a tank.

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Subaru XV long-termer update reveals fit and finish miss
16 Jan 2015

2014 Subaru XV 2.0i-S – long-term update

Out of sight, out of mind… Fitting an ISOFIX childseat to the Subaru XV revealed a small fit and finish miss. Am I being too picky?

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2014 Subaru XV 2.0i-S driving in the rain
09 Jan 2015

2014 Subaru XV 2.0i-S – long-term – Week 16

It absolutely bucketed down last weekend and it gave me a great opportunity to reflect on what all-wheel drive really means. Welcome to Week 16.

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Subaru XV long-termer update - plastics
02 Jan 2015

Subaru XV 2.0i-S – long-term – Week 15

It’s the little things… this week I look at the Subaru XV’s plastics and bemoan the lack of rear seat air-conditioning vents. Welcome to Week 15.

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Mum and Dad borrowed the Subaru XV long-termer
19 Dec 2014

Subaru XV 2.0i-S – long-term – Week 14

Meet the parents. Yep, I lent the Subaru XV to my parents for a week or so as they’re looking at trading in their 1998 Outback… what did they think?

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Subaru long-termer boot
05 Dec 2014

2014 Subaru XV 2.0i-S – long-term – Week 13

It’s been a few weeks of frustration with the Subaru XV… not a week has gone by in the last three where it hasn’t picked up something in the brakes. #Frustrating as the kids would say.

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Subaru Xv 2.0i-S long-termer
14 Nov 2014

2014 Subaru XV 2.0i-S – Long-Term – Week 12

The Subaru XV 2.0i-S has had a week of schelpping up and down the highway between home and the office, and it loved it. Welcome to Week 12.

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Subaru XV 2.0i-s long-termer
31 Oct 2014

Subaru XV 2.0i-S – long-term – Week 11

The Subaru XV 2.0i-S is back on the road and none the worse for its forced lay-off due to injury. Welcome to Week 11.

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toyota 86 damage
17 Oct 2014

Toyota 86 review long-term – update 3

Tragedy – the 86 has been damaged, twice. Once my fault, and once my wife’s. Except mine was forgivable, of course…

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2014 Subaru XV 2.0i-S long-term
10 Oct 2014

2014 Subaru XV 2.0i-S – long-term – week 10

Our Subaru XV 2.0i-S long-termer has been laid up for the last week or so while I get around to sorting out a squeaking wheel.

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Armor All Custom Shield Coating on Subaru XV long-termer
19 Sep 2014

Subaru XV 2.0i-S – long-term – Week 9

I finally got the Armor All Custom Shield Coating applied to the side of the Subaru XV 2.0i-S long-termer. Well, I got a little bit of it done…

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Subaru XV 2.0i-S long term review
09 Sep 2014

Subaru XV 2.0i-S – Long-Term – Week 8

Okay, so the Subaru XV has a reversing camera but no reversing sensors and thus, no audible warning for when you’re about to bump the car behind. Bugger. Welcome to Week 8.

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Toyota 86 long-term
03 Sep 2014

Toyota 86 review long-term – update 2

My 2012 Toyota 86 has just rolled past 40,000 glorious kilometers so it’s time for a bit of an update, and that starts with the maintenance…

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Subaru XV long-termer : interior
29 Aug 2014

Subaru XV 2.0i-S – Long-Term – Week 7

This week I discovered the XV offers a two-speed rear windscreen wiper. Wow. And have been left wondering if the leather interior is tough enough.

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