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post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by dunkerofbunker View Post
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..


I remember 40 years ago--people were saying the same thing about Wagoneers
post #17 of 29
I imagine it could do well provided it doesn't go in the deep ruts if it can avoid them
post #18 of 29
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Originally Posted by Silver5 View Post
I am looking to buy something for the beach, but it will also be a daily commuter. I am looking at some of the suvs (xterra, pathfinder 4runner), but their gas mileage is the pits. I thought of the outback since it has 4 cylinder and decent gas mileage. The ground clearance is not great, but not bad at over 7 inches. Does anybody have any experience with them on the beach? I would be using it on the NJ beaches. Thanks


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.
post #19 of 29
Here's mine, driven well over quater of a mile on this beach:


...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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post #20 of 29
We have a couple of Subies {as well as a Landcruiser}. The 2003 Outback with the H6 is pretty adequate in anything but deep, soft sand. I think you'll find any Subie to be fairly useless then. I've found that our automatic trans car is better than the manual{probably the driver!}, and I air down to about 20 PSI. I've even done this once with my snow tires, which have an aggressive lug, and pretty soft sidewalls and had a great day. On harder sand, they are awesome wagons. And they use a lot less gas than the LC!
post #21 of 29
I have an 03 Subaru Forester that I've been taking to the Outer Banks since 02. I have had it from the Virginia line north of Corova to Ocracoke. I haven't been stuck YET. Now I may hear " The sand at OBX aint as deep and soft as where I drive!" and that may be true but it's deep and soft enough to have bogged down plenty of the big 4x4's thru the years , I've seen them. Anyone can get anything stuck given the right ( OR WRONG ) circumstances. Proper tire pressure and common sense can get you a long way.
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post #22 of 29
I think you'd have clearance issues getting up the beach access roads @ ibsp -- especially when you get out onto the beach - its tpically deeply rutted and very soft. Once on the tracks you'll probably be fine. I had a 1980 DL wagon years ago and wheeled the pine barrens all the time, I got it stuck a few times but it really did impress me with what it would make it through, keep the wheel spin down and it floated over most sand. I'd be interested to really see how an outback does there.
post #23 of 29
These pictures don't show what it goes thru. The access roads and ramps on and especially OFF the beaches can be the challenge. Thats typically dry, soft and very rutted Plus you are going up a grade. I hope to go down again this fall if the DOW lets the park service open OUR BEACHES to us. I will try and get pictures to show what it will do NOT just where it went. If I get stuck doing this I'll show that too. If you wonder what a Subie will do in the sand check out some of the Aussie web sites for off road Subaru's and see what they do with them.
post #24 of 29
May be late on this thread but FYI for those who are reading; just did some research and the 2009 Forester has 8.9" clearance, more than most SUV's
post #25 of 29
Yup, it's a big mother.........








post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by Silver5 View Post
I am looking to buy something for the beach, but it will also be a daily commuter. I am looking at some of the suvs (xterra, pathfinder 4runner), but their gas mileage is the pits. I thought of the outback since it has 4 cylinder and decent gas mileage. The ground clearance is not great, but not bad at over 7 inches. Does anybody have any experience with them on the beach? I would be using it on the NJ beaches. Thanks



Go to a subaru outback org web site and ask the question.
post #27 of 29
This is from a guy on another web site.



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
post #28 of 29
Another poster's post from another web site.





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!
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post #29 of 29
Is that a,,,,,,, snorkel,,,,,,, on the side of that Subaru?
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