marcothio

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About marcothio

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    XV

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    XV Birthday Cake

    Awesome, including the lovely dog!
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    Clutch judder

    I had a burned out clutch with less than 50k with no towing. Shouldn’t have happened. I started to believe that the clutch might be a weak spot of an otherwise solid car...
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    90K Subaru XV

    Well, I passed the 90k mark this week and thought I’d share my experiences over the last 45K since Feb 2016. It started a bit rough with a burned out clutch, luckily replaced under warranty (around 49K). As it’s a manual, i started driving more clutch-wary, putting it in manual during stops etc. So far no problems. Other than the clutch, both brakes have been replaced (front around 60k, rear around 80k) and new tyres fitted (at 52k) and serviced at the dealer a bit ahead of the schedule. I am extremely pleased with this now nearly 6 year old car, both on the road and occasional off road. I drove a CRV the other day and, albeit newer and fancier, it just didn’t feel as planted as the XV. Mileage remains at 54 on highway, lower 40 on B roads. I usually drive my cars until up to high mileage (last car did 300K km), so let’s see how far the scoobie will go! Wishing all fellow XV’ers many happy miles!
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    What did you do to your XV today???

    Washed and decontaminated the paint with clay, looking really nice already. Replaced the air filter as well, amazing how fast these get dirty!
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    What did you do to your XV today???

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!
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    More Power?

    Diesel
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    More Power?

    No performance tune with me but I had the ecu revised to smoothen out variations in the bph/torque curve (at least that’s the best way I can explain it). Result is an engine that runs noticeably quieter yet with the same performance and slightly better mpg. All cars in the family (since 99) have had this treatment, essentially you’re optimising the software to run with the hardware (again, best way I can explain it) all with similar results. Another benefit is that the more efficient engine seems to produce lower emissions (judging from the last measurements) and puzzled looks from Dutch MOT mechanics in the past 😉. According to the company who did the work (and gets hired by F1 teams I was told), a more efficient running engine reduces wear and tear as well. cheers!
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    Odd noise during pulling away

    Hi, noticed something new today. When I pull away or stuck in a jam and drive really slow in 1st gear, I hear a somewhat pitching sound. It’s not the brakes, I checked and it disappears when increasing speed. Don’t hear it when in neutral either. Best guess is the transmission? Any thoughts? probably take it to the dealer tomorrow just to check before a holiday drive...
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    Daytime running lights replacement

    Just found your post indeed and it looks really good. Which LEDs did you purchase?
  10. Hi everybody, one of my ‘12 XVs daytime running lights just died and I thought before I replace them with stock bulbs, why not search for some more advanced ones. My stocks give a yellowish light and I was thinking about more white/blueish lights. Thoughts and ideas are welcome. Oh and did anybody ever replace his/hers already? Looks like a fairly simple job after looking into the manual. thx
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    Loving my new XV.

    Hi Norrie, congrats on your XV, glad you like it. Can't help you on the part though, but it would make sense as the XV is Impreza-based.
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    What did you do to your XV today???

    Maxed out speed in the German highway. Nice cars we drive..
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    BBC News Article

    Hehe, I got it. Those typical rear seat little windows...
  14. Just heard from my dealer that a 96k service would cost a whopping £700! Anybody know why this one is so expensive? I do prefer a dealer service but at this price... I just touched 80K so it’s still a while off...