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@Moose & @Merope thank you for taking the time to post those pictures. While I haven’t been able to get this wobble on video I’ve seen it in high winds. Next time I get a chance to pop the hood I’ll be taking a look at those spots.
 

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First thing I don't like on the Ascent( or any Subaru) is the horn.How wimpy can it get? What ever happened to that loud blasting horn from my dad's '68 LeSabre?
Next is the restricted view of the inside rear view mirror. With the middle seats up, the head rests cover the right and left side part of my view out the rear window. I know the rear camera prey much nullifies this gripe for getting out of parking spots and the blind spot sensors help on the road, but I'm still a bit old school and use the inside mirror.
Last thing is the tires. I was really hoping it would have the Yokohama Geolander G91 on it; the tire that my Forester came with. Very good in rain and it does a good job in snow.
 

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Last thing is the tires. I was really hoping it would have the Yokohama Geolander G91 on it; the tire that my Forester came with.
2020 Forester comes with the same tires as the Ascent, other than size of course.

Next is the restricted view of the inside rear view mirror. With the middle seats up, the head rests cover the right and left side part of my view out the rear window. I know the rear camera prey much nullifies this gripe for getting out of parking spots and the blind spot sensors help on the road, but I'm still a bit old school and use the inside mirror.
This problem is pretty much the same across many vehicles at this point. The Ascent Touring has the additional camera that provides a "normal rear view" in the mirror as a screen to eliminate disruption from interior seating and cargo. I run that 100% of the time at this point and like it.
 

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First thing I don't like on the Ascent( or any Subaru) is the horn.How wimpy can it get?
I agree with this. I previously owned a 2007 Toyota Corolla with a similar-sounding horn, and I added a second horn with a different note/tone. They would play together, and sounded more or less like a "real horn". I've considered during this on our Ascent, too. Frankly, I use the horn far less frequently now than I used to, and where I used to live, so I don't have a strong urgency to tear into things.
 

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Are the second row headrests removable in the Ascent? I had this situation in my VW and they were removable.
 

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For those with the hood flex issue, see this post and this post from @Robert.Mauro specifically.
My dealer is addressing the issue via the TSB repair currently. Hopefully this will be the end of it for my 2020 Touring.
 

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Are the second row headrests removable in the Ascent? I had this situation in my VW and they were removable.
All three rows are.
 

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For those with the hood flex issue, see this post and this post from @Robert.Mauro specifically.
My dealer is addressing the issue via the TSB repair currently. Hopefully this will be the end of it for my 2020 Touring.
Don’t expect the recent TSB will fix your hood shake. Not one engineer or anyone from Subaru has called me. They think the skin has come loose from the stiffner frames (spot welds broke loose). I am a retired Mechanical Engineer that bought a 2020 and the first day I experienced wind gust the back of the hood vibrated lifting the hood assembly 3/8” since last October. The increased air pressure flowing through the engine compartment and engine air inlet is pushing the back up. This could of been resolved with a traditional hood scoop to the heat exchanger reducing pressure to the hood... instead of channeling air under the hood for looks. Good luck as I am trading my Ascent, giving up on Subaru’s commitment to their customer. I have complained too many times to them. It’s sad as I have had their cars for 20 years....
 

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center stack-- make it like the 2019 forester --get rid of those chiclet buttons climate control on the bottom can't see

too many volume choices--ringtone is massively loud, but call volume low, radio high, cell phone low maps low and can only be adjusted when maps is giving directions way to confusing

LOVE NOT HAVING AUTO STOP START

more cubby storage i can see why 2020 highlander has a shelf along the full dash

MORE WHEEL OPTIONS like to have option on non low aspect tires more tire size options on the limited and touring--- low profile not as comfortable

More color options: i like the silver blue on OB

otherwise blows away my brothers 2020 bmw X3 and accord sport eyesight is so much better don't realize till you have to drive "the rest"
 

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I already listed these in my new member intro, but thought I'd elaborate here a bit.
1. The too small 3rd row windows. I don't know if anyone else has mentioned this or been bothered by these, but I definitely wish these were bigger for increased visibility. And I can't figure out why they aren't bigger, since it looks like there would be room for a much larger windows there. Is it a stying thing? I've noticed that the Outbacks, as well as other cars besides Subaru do the same thing, make those windows come to a point in the back instead of being as big as they could be. Or is it a safety or functionality thing? Perhaps there's something in that part of the rear of the car that needs to take up window space? Now that I've noticed and been bothered by this, I've been looking at Outbacks around town and seems like somewhere between my old '95 and the current ones, those back windows shrank considerably. Anyway, as someone who likes as much visibility as possible for blind spot checking and backing up, those windows just seem way too small for my liking.
2. The rear cargo light being so ridiculously pathetic. I've been lurking long enough to see that pretty much everyone agrees on that one, and thank you to those who gave links to LED replacement bulbs for that, going to order one soon. Would love an even better fix like those who put in a whole new light where it should've been in the first place, but am not up to doing that much work, I've got a toddler to chase around instead. :)
3. I know this has been mentioned quite a bit as well, but I hate the silly way the moonroof won't close all the way with 1 push of the button. I would imagine the number of people who are likely to have it wide open and then think to themselves "Gee, I think I want to have it just vent a little now" has got to be WAY less than the number of people who are just thinking "Okay, I want to close the moonroof now." Has anyone ever found a way to fix that, or are we just stuck with that being how it is forever? And as someone who had my last Subaru for 24 years, living with something "forever" can be quite a long time. :)

All that being said, though, I could probably make a list that went into triple digits of all the things I LOVE about this car, so overall I am still extremely happy with it and wouldn't trade it for any other car in the world!
 

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Is there a way to edit one's own posts? I just saw that I'd typed "lies as much visibility" instead of likes. Sigh...
 

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Is there a way to edit one's own posts? I just saw that I'd typed "lies as much visibility" instead of likes. Sigh...
Edited for you. Your account will soon be able to edit your posts.
 

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1. The too small 3rd row windows. I don't know if anyone else has mentioned this or been bothered by these, but I definitely wish these were bigger for increased visibility. And I can't figure out why they aren't bigger, since it looks like there would be room for a much larger windows there. Is it a stying thing?
Safety. The Ascent needs to be able to handle keeping occupants safe during rollovers. Also, one window is bigger than another, due to plumbing on one side. ;)

 

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Ouch! That was a heck of a rollover! And yeah, I was thinking the window thing was probably structural, at least to some degree. Of course, increased visibility also helps with safety, but I suppose with blind spot detection and the rear camera that is balanced out in that area. And re: the different windows, I had no idea their weren't identical until I read that on this site a couple of days ago and then went out and looked at my car. Subtle difference, but yeah, once you know about it then it's easy to see.
 

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1) My hood vibrates too much it looks like it will fly off. Speed limit here is 70.

2) Rear cargo light should of been on top not side blocked when full of cargo.

3) Radio volume display is a nuisance more than a help especially when using navigation.

3.5) Sorry had to squeeze this in, 19 cups holders but the one in the console I need the most should have an adjustable padding like Dodge Caravan so drinks stay put and not spell all over.
Hood issue- the skin has stretched away from the stiffner brace causing it to bounce when wind gust and speed... Subaru will use a 3M sealant to attach the skin to the brace... I was so upset I traded for a XT Outback giving up the tight 3rd row...
 

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Hood issue- the skin has stretched away from the stiffner brace causing it to bounce when wind gust and speed... Subaru will use a 3M sealant to attach the skin to the brace... I was so upset I traded for a XT Outback giving up the tight 3rd row...
Not quite the issue. And not the fix. Most auto manufacturers use automotive adhesive to bond panels like that. It's used in doors and such as well. When the Ascent is built, the hood layers are bonded after they're stamped out and assembled. The hood and doors are painted on the car, and removed until the end of the assembly process. They get shuttled around the plant to meet back with their exact car near the end. At some point, the bond didn't stick, so, they're simply being re-bonded. Mine were not bonded when I picked up my car, and had separated before I drove it off the lot at 7 miles on the odometer.

I still haven't had mine re-bonded (maybe next month). Still happy, after over 68,300 miles.

Regardless, I'd be in an Outback XT right now, if I didn't need the space... very fond of the OB, and love what the OBXT can do.
 

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1) red lighting on the compass (in the mirror) Red is for a critical thing. Green LED would have been a better choice

2) Front passenger airbag indicator. OK, so it's ON or OFF.
I can't change it, so what good is it ? ( or can I change it ? )

3) front ( A ) pillar width. I know the airbags are in there. I've had pedestrians & shopping cart hidden behind it.

+ ) for the AirCond button - blue led would be more intuitive. Add some texture to the different HVAC buttons, they are just a monolithic row, hard to tell apart without taking eyes off road. I've added clear cabinet bumper dots to a couple buttons to be able to find by feel. The max defrost button should be farthest away from the driver

++) Hood support prop stick. No lift springs ?

+++) I didn't want/need the electric hatch lift, and would like to disable it
 

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Not quite the issue. And not the fix. Most auto manufacturers use automotive adhesive to bond panels like that. It's used in doors and such as well. When the Ascent is built, the hood layers are bonded after they're stamped out and assembled. The hood and doors are painted on the car, and removed until the end of the assembly process. They get shuttled around the plant to meet back with their exact car near the end. At some point, the bond didn't stick, so, they're simply being re-bonded. Mine were not bonded when I picked up my car, and had separated before I drove it off the lot at 7 miles on the odometer.

I still haven't had mine re-bonded (maybe next month). Still happy, after over 68,300 miles.

Regardless, I'd be in an Outback XT right now, if I didn't need the space... very fond of the OB, and love what the OBXT can do.
Hey if I didn't have 2 kids and a dog I'd have the Outback XT by now too!
 
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