Originally Posted by dunkerofbunker
i'd advise against it... lets face it, you're asking if a station wagon, can do what a truck does (and often can get stuck doing) sort of like bringing a knife to a gunfight..
Subaru Outback on the beach?
Posted May 12 2008 - 11:47 AM
I remember 40 years ago--people were saying the same thing about Wagoneers
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Posted May 12 2008 - 7:31 PM
I'm not sure about subarus in soft sand but I can tell you my impreza wagon is better in the snow than my Jeep YJ ever was. Sure it doesn't have as much ground clearance but the AWD system is the nuts.
Posted May 13 2008 - 6:23 AM
...of course this is nothing like NJ beaches/etc, but with enough clearance (which the Outback claims to have) a Suby will go anywhere.
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Posted July 30 2008 - 1:27 PM
Go to a subaru outback org web site and ask the question.
Posted July 30 2008 - 1:35 PM
I would list it but I may get slapped.
Outback in OBX
I have been traveling to the 4x4 area of the Outer Banks north of Corolla for years. In the past I have made the trip to our beach house 6.5 miles up the beach in a Grand Cherokee and an Avalanche. I recently downsized from the Avalanche to the Outback and I was worried about my beach trip. Well, I made it without any problems. The entrance to the beach is a little tricky, but it gets much worse up the beach if it is high tide and you can't drive on the packed sand down by the water. I saw many vehicles stuck on my trip including Jeep Wranglers, Expeditions, pick-ups, and some other vehicles that should have not been on the beach at all such as a BMW X3 and a CRV. I actually made the trip up and down the beach several times during my stay. I got a little nervous at times, but as long as you keep your momentum through the thick sand, you will not have a problem. I did lower my tire pressures to about 25 psi during the week. Other vehicles in my party were a Suburban, Jeep Cherokee, and an Explorer. At some point during the week, I drove each and did not feel they were any more capable than my Outback. One more note, I had my Outback loaded to the roof (and above using a rooftop cargo carrier) with stuff including my wife, two children, myself and all of our stuff. If you are hesitant to take your Outback on the beach, hopefully my experience will give you some confidence
Posted July 30 2008 - 1:41 PM
Turns out my 215/65/16 Geolandar AT-S' are permissible at CCNS. I just had to sign a waiver that absolved them of any liability should I get stuck with one size under their recommended minimum size.
That signed, an inspection to insure I had the requisite safety equipment, a short video presentation later and voila!
Here are a couple of other shots from the outing. No real issues, though it is very soft sand. Aired down to 10 psi and never came close to being stuck. And, the kids had a blast as usual!
Posted July 30 2008 - 4:28 PM