I had to take my 2010 Forrester in for a check engine light issue, and got a loaner: a brand new Crosstrek with under 1000 miles on it. Very snappy to drive. Subaru technology has been upgraded a lot in the last 8+ years. The car sells for the mid-20’s, and my car is a primo trade-in: 33,000 miles, and I’ve kept it in mint condition. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with my car except that I’ve had it for going on 9 years and I feel like something new. My hesitation is that I put so little mileage on a car, it hardly seems worth the purchase when my current car gets me around just fine.
I have to say, though, that giving service customers a brand new car to drive is a pretty smart advert for a new car. Stay tuned. 🙂
P.S. The check engine light issue turned out to be a low tire pressure light issue instead — solved with a little air in the tires. I had Googled “what does check engine light mean?” when the light went on. Instead should have Googled “what does check engine light look like?” Then I might have been pointed in the other direction, to the tire inflation. All good. But the car was due for a major routine service, so I had them do that and the service visit wasn’t wasted.
I’m interested that I now go right to Google on my phone, instead of taking the print manual out of the glove compartment and looking up what the various dashboard lights mean.
On pickup, the service guy said the car is in impeccable shape for a vehicle in its 9th season, and that I’d be crazy to trade it in.
I like the look of those very cool wheels, though. 🙂 Haven’t entirely given up the thought.