DOC, I HAVE ALL THE RECEIPTS. This isn't about "perfection". Such a thing does not exist in the car manufacturing world. Please see my very recent reply to LinuxNerd. I hope you will understand there are some serious engineering & build quality issues with the Ascent. I love Subaru in general & over the years they have treated me very well. My Outback was one of the best cars I ever owned. The same cannot be said for the Ascent. 3 build years of problems. Please read CONSUMER REPORTS ratings for all 3 model years.Any normal person could get severely depressed reading these boards (or any other auto brand message board). Robert is right that gripes far outweigh kudos. That is not to say these gripes are not sincere. A major dollar purchase like a new automobile comes with high expectations on the part of the buyer. What cannot be easily judged is whether those high expectations were reasonable. Some people expect perfection. If they don't get perfection, they may express their dissatisfaction publicly. I think the Ascent is likely to be a fine choice for most buyers. For others, like us, it simply didn't end up being a good fit for either of us. I dearly hope it ends up being a better fit for the folks who bought it.