I bought (financed) a Subaru Outback the end of December of last year. After about 1000 miles, I’m not satisfied with the vehicle. I have owned 4 Subarus in a row, and I guess I was expecting this one, with the upgraded engine, to be the difference. Instead, I am disappointed and I am regretting my decision. I am getting around 15 mpg fuel economy thanks to winter and city driving. I understand this isn’t an EV or hybrid, but I was expecting closer to the combined 26 (23/30) that was suggested.
For me, the Outback was more about utility space. After the purchase, my wife mentioned she was not happy being the primary driver of her Honda Pilot, which seats up to 8, and has enough room for us to use during summer vacation trips and such. We’re a family of 4. Was considering the Y because it’s big enough in the event I have both kiddos in the back, or a 3 and making it a true “commuter” for myself.
So, I’m torn. My Outback isn’t big enough compared to the Pilot. It was meant to me my commuter car/kid hauler/sport hauler. But part of the reason I bought it was to take pressure off her car so we don’t overuse it and wear it out quickly.
So, now I need to figure a way out. I’m sure that the sales tax is now fully sunk, and the destination fee of the vehicle is sunk. I can cancel the Subaru Warranty extension that was $1600 for 10y/100k miles, and get that cash back minus a $50 processing fee.
What’s the best thing to do here? Tesla Trade in is offering me -9500 in trade in, which does include that $1600… So it’s realistically around $-8000.
Carvana and Vroom won’t appraise me because it’s too new and want it to be at least 6 months old.
I’m wondering if there’s anything else. I really don’t want to be “bitter” about it every time I get in the car for the next 5-10 years…