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Clever fellow sends text messages to start his Subaru Outback – Mid Hudson Subaru



DEC 29, 2011 12:30 PM11,884  30



Clever fellow sends text messages to start his car

Our pals over at Make posted this articleabout Will O’Brien, and how he took an old iPhone, an Arduino, and a handful of electronic crap and made a remote starter for his Subaru Outback that lets him start his car with a text message. The link to his site gives a full schematic of how it was done, and he’s made the software source code available to whomever wants it as well.

This is exactly the kind of thing I love to see, as it’s a great reminder of what an incredible age we’re living in, car tinkering-wise. Just look at Will here, for example: he had, laying around, an unused, pocket-sized, battery-powered computer that can communicate wirelessly with no trouble at all. A huge number of us have exactly the same thing, forgotten previous iPhone or Android phone models, languishing in drawers. We take for granted how powerful these little machines really are, and how car experimenters a decade or so ago would have happily parted with kidneys for something like them.

The Arduino’s an amazing thing, too — for those not in the know, an Arduino is, essentially, a great, customizable interface between electronics and the real world. Starting one’s car with a text message is a great example of what’s possible.

Now, I’m not exactly sure how useful it really is, but who cares? Any remote starting application is really more about fun or scaring the piss out of people than anything else, so a start via SMS seems like a fine advancement of the art to me. Good job, Will.

Kelley Blue Book 2012 KBB Best Resale Value Awards: Wagon – 2012 Subaru Outback – Mid Hudson Subaru

Best Resale Wagon

Best Wagon:
2012 Subaru Outback

An ideal midsize alternative to a conventional SUV, the 2012 Subaru Outback matches a refined driving feel with room for five and the security of standard all-wheel drive. Now in its fourth and by far roomiest generation, this rugged, go-almost-anywhere wonder wagon continues to win new fans for Subaru on the strength of its well-rounded personality and impressive fuel economy. There still aren’t a whole lot of wagons to choose from the U.S., and the Subaru Outback stands out as the best wagon in terms of resale value.

Motivation for the 2012 Outback comes from two well-proven engines, both featuring Subaru’s signature horizontally-opposed design that lowers the center of gravity to help improve handling. Outback 2.5i models are fitted with a 170-horsepower/2.5-liter four-cylinder that returns 29 mpg on the highway when fitted with the available continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). For those needing a bit more muscle, the 3.6-liter flat-six in the Outback 3.6R delivers its 256 horses though a five-speed automatic and still delivers 25 mpg out on the open road.

Even in base form, the Outback’s spacious, well-appointed cabin welcomes all with its user-friendly design and comfortable, supportive seats. While Premium and Limited trims add more luxury and convenience touches to the mix, all versions of this versatile Subaru hauler boast an extensive suite of safety features and the ability to carry 71.3 cu ft of cargo with the rear seat folded.

Complementing its exceptional real-world utility with equally notable affordability, the 2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i starts at just over $24,000 with the 2012 Outback 3.6R opening slightly above $29,000. Those figures are thousands below the price of entry for the Audi A4 2.0T Avant and BMW 3 Series Wagon, the Outback’s prime rivals in this residual-value arena.

10 CARS THAT REFUSE TO DIE – Mid Hudson Subaru

Subaru Wagons
(All of Them)



If all of these failed to start tomorrow, thousands of college professors in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest would have to walk to class. Fortunately for higher education, due to these cars’ truck-like fortitude (note that Subaru’s parent company is Fuji Heavy Industries), that’s not likely.

The standard all-wheel drive on all models also means they’ll get their owners (often automotive know-nothings) through nasty weather. It also makes them something of a regional taste. Think of places with lots of rain, or cold, snowy winters. You can tell which region they’re from by the inevitable school and/or bumper stickers.

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Subaru wins 3rd straight automotive retained value award – Outback and Legacy win segments – Mid Hudson Subaru

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It’s a well known fact that simply driving a new car away from the dealership is one of the most horrifically expensive things you’ll ever do. ALG measures automotive residual values in the American marketplace – that is, the value of a car when you sell it, three years after purchase.

Depreciation of the value of a car is often the largest part of the cost of ownership, and hence a good performance in ALG’s Annual Residual Value Awards is a strong indication of how much that brand will cost to drive, and for the average man in the street, the current retained-value king is Subaru.

Fuji Heavy Industries Subaru brand has now won the award three years running, with Lexus regaining top spot amongst luxury brands. The report suggests that German and American manufacturers are a long way behind Japanese (11 of the 21 awards) manufacturers in this critical but often overlooked aspect of real car ownership costs.

Indeed, the deeper you look into the latest ALG figures, the more Japanese brands appear to have created an unassailable lead in vehicle ownership costs.

ALG’s Residual Value Awards honor the vehicles in each segment that are predicted to retain the highest percentage of their MSRP after a three‐year period.

In ranking the overall Mainstream Brand Residual Values for 2012 models, Japanese brands account for five of the top six brands and only one German brand (Volkswagen) is above the industry average.

Two Subaru models also won individual segment awards: the Legacy (Midsize Car) and the Outback (Midsize Utility Vehicle).

  • 1 Subaru
  • 2 Honda
  • 3 Hyundai
  • 4 Mazda
  • 5 Toyota
  • 6 Nissan
  • 7 Kia
  • 8 Volkswagen

All other brands were below the industry average.

This year’s awards are based on 2012 model year vehicles, and winners were chosen after assessing historical retained value performance and industry trends. Many factors a car’s ability to retain its value over a three year period, with cars which are often subject to discounting and buying incentives performing poorly, a higher percentage of fleet sales tending to depress used values, and perceived quality being the key factors.


  • Sub Compact – Honda Fit
  • Compact – Hyundai Elantra
  • Midsize – Subaru Legacy
  • Fullsize – Nissan Maxima
  • Sportscar – Mazda MazdaSpeed3
  • Alt-Fuel – Volkswagen Golf TDI
  • MPV – Honda Odyssey
  • Compact Utility – Jeep Wrangler
  • Midsize Utility – Subaru Outback
  • Fullsize Utility – GMC Acadia


2012 Subaru Outback, 2012 Subaru impreza – Kiplinger’s 10 Best All-Wheel Drive Car Values

When you have to drive on the white stuff, you want to feel confident in your ability to get where you’re going.
All-wheel drive can give you that assurance. By powering all four wheels at the same time, all-wheel-drive systems provide better traction than two-wheel-drive ones. Plus, all-wheel drive is always on and adjusts automatically to changing road conditions — unlike four-wheel-drive systems typically found in trucks, which require you to make a selection for the conditions or type of terrain.

In preparation for colder weather, we recommend ten 2012 vehicles that offer a shovelful of value — as measured by our annual rankings — as well as all-wheel drive. Our rankings reflect resale value, fuel economy, safety and more, so these vehicles are well rounded. Eight of the ten were awarded Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium hatchback


Courtesy of Subaru

Sticker price: $20,045

Invoice price: $19,150

MPG: 27 city, 36 highway

Heated front seats: Included in $500 All-Weather option package

The Impreza is one of the least expensive all-wheel-drive vehicles on the market. Redesigned for 2012 to be edgier inside and out, it gets 30% better fuel economy — and it’s an IIHS Top Safety Pick. The Impreza employs two versions of Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive: Manual-transmission models get “Continuous AWD” that initially splits power 50-50 between front and rear wheels, and automatics (which cost an extra $1,000) get “Active AWD,” which sends power to the wheels based on acceleration, deceleration and available traction.

Both systems will transfer power to the wheels with the best grip. The All-Weather package includes heated seats and exterior mirrors, as well as a windshield wiper de-icer.


Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited


Courtesy of Subaru

Sticker price: $29,470

Invoice price: $27,688

MPG: 19 city, 27 highway

Heated front seats: Standard

Kiplinger’s named the Outback Best in Class last year, based on its fuel economy, stellar resale values and bragging rights as an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes in three different versions (all standard) on Outback models, depending on the transmission and engine — the 2.5i automatic uses “Active Torque Split AWD,” which distributes power to the wheels depending on acceleration, deceleration and available traction. The Outback also includes as standard equipment a windshield wiper de-icer; remote start costs $424.

Subaru Outback a Shoppers Choice finalist – Mid Hudson Subaru

Shopperschoicebanner’s annual popularity award is back. We have found the 10 most popular new-car models that shoppers are not only searching for on but are contacting dealers about. These models also receive positive consumer reviews.

This fervent interaction delivers a top 10 that might surprise some enthusiasts, but probably not the people who buy and sell cars.

Voting for this year’s Shoppers’ Choice awards will be conducted entirely on Facebook, so go voteshare it with your network and get your favorite car the shiny trophy when it’s announced Jan. 10 on the eve of the Detroit auto show.

Shoppers’ Choice finalists (in alphabetical order):

  • Audi Q5
  • Dodge Challenger
  • GMC Terrain
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Pilot
  • Kia Soul
  • Ram 1500
  • Subaru Outback
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Toyota Sienna

Thursday 10/27 Subaru on the Science Channel – Mid Hudson Subaru

Cable Channel to Feature SIA

Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. in Lafayette will be featured this week on the cable channel SCIENCE. Thursday’s episode of “How Do They Do It” will show viewers how a Subaru is built from beginning to end. Last month, a production crew, sent by Discovery Communications Inc. spent two days shooting video footage at SIA.

Have you ever wondered how a car goes from a coil of steel to a finished vehicle all under one roof? Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA) will be featured in this week’s episode of “How Do They Do It” which airs Thursday, October 27 at 10:00 PM (EST) on SCIENCE. Viewers will get a glimpse at some of the processes and people that help SIA build approximately 250,000 vehicles every

Last month, a production crew sent by Discovery Communications spent two days shooting video footage of the production process at SIA. The result is a comprehensive look at how a Subaru is built beginning
with coils of steel and ending with a new Legacy, Outback or Tribeca being driven off the line. Viewers will also see some of the rigorous testing procedures that every Subaru undergoes before being sent to
dealerships across the U.S. “How Do They Do It” is a documentary-style program that goes behind the scenes to discover how to do
the things, and make the things that form the modern world. The “How Do They Do It” episode featuring SIA can be viewed this Thursday at 10:00 PM (EST) on SCIENCE.