Amen! I try to tell that to people, but no one listens to me. I have an old silver Subaru Forester I wash once a year whether it needs it or not. I mean, what good is an adventure car if it doesn't look like it's had any adventures?
I have a 2013 silver forester and I do the same thing; just clean the inside every month.
My ride is an old Lexus Land Cruiser. I'm the same way, I go to the car wash once or twice a year otherwise it's cleaned (somewhat) by rain. I live in Idaho and a well used vehicle is a status symbol in these parts. ;o)
I'm a member of the Toyota cult also. The Tacoma is the perfect vehicle for bikes. The land cruiser is not available in Canada but the Lexus version is. Maybe next year I will bite the bullet.
I preferred buying the Toyota version but the Lexus LX (AKA Land Cruiser) are more common and easier to find clean when shopping for a used vehicle. I bought my 2002 used in 2009 and it's been a great vehicle and terrific off-road and in snow with its fulltime 4x4. Dead nuts reliable too.
I drive a Toyota Land Cruiser and will likely never drive anything else. Mine is an antique and not a new model.
My husband calls this his "soft water wash"!
Ha Ha! That's what I call it, too! I have a 2009 Honda CR-V (the old, nice, organic, rounded-back-window design - before they changed it to look pointy and rather common) and it only ever gets washed by natural rain. It's in fine shape!
Just bought my wife a 2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring. It puts my 2014 BMW 750 to shame. The 'Java Brown' leather seats may be the most beautiful color leather I've ever seen.
Welcome to the club. My wife's '17 Subaru Outback is amazing. If we'd known years ago, if we'd only known...
Welcome to the Subaru family! We've had Outback and Legacy models to date. I hope to buy a CrossTrek next! Impressive quality for a fair price. Subaru also builds cars for Toyota as well in the USA.
Just took delivery on my second Outback yesterday. Got my first one after reading rave reviews here on a post about cars. Had been a BMW driver for most of my life but became increasingly annoyed. I've loved my Subaru. Favorite car I've ever had for road trips.
You Subaru folks really need to take a closer look at the Toyota Highlander.
Anonymous at 12:33, don't you know, on top of it being a well made vehicle, 'cool' people are now driving Subarus. ;)
Cool people are driving Subaru cars, true. Agreed. I'm just not so sure what that brand has done to deserve such loyalty.
@3-28/12:33, I did! Felt the tech and safety features were superior dollar for dollar in Subaru. Also at 6' 2" of mostly torso, I notice Toyota's headroom problem in their SUVs.
At this point, for the price, safety features, tech, Subaru outdoes the Toyota, or Honda. ( Honda is stuck. Nothing looks " new." Good product, but everything they make looks like it could have been made 10-12 years ago.)
Honda and Nissan have transmission issues.
It would have been a pleasure if Volvo could have taken a cue from Honda and got "stuck" on their XC70 wagons!
Here on the Florida Atlantic Coast, with its perpetual salt air we have to run them through a proper wash about once a week. It helps if we leave them out in the rain overnight and/or rinse them off with the hose every few days. Then we can get away with every two weeks for a carwash. The salt permeates everything. That said, as the late Bernie Little said, "salt water is the best healing power in the world!" Bernie used to own the Miss Budweiswer Unlimited Hydroplane racing boat.
While a dirty car can provide a lot of rural credibility here in New England, frequent washes, particularly in the winter months are one of the best ways to ensure that your car lasts long enough to qualify for antique plates.
Absolutely agree! Especially since I'm not the family member who does the frequent washes ;)
It may be a "soft water wash", but it most certainly is an acid rain wash. The pH of rain in most parts of the country is now around 4, which will etch the clear coat on your car over time.
Dear Rich R, can you provide a link to a citation for that claim?
Sure. Let's start with the agency that has been at the forefront of acid rain research for the past 30 years. There are literally hundreds of publications, but start with this one: https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/acidrain/2.html
Volvos (along with Range Rovers and Defenders) look "better" with a bit'o'dirt (in my opinion). Inside *and* out.The shiner the cars the closer to town.... Here in the Cotswolds you can tell who's bought their "country car" for show (London transplants) vs. actual use (true natives).My Volvo has a permanent coat of soil inside the boot. I swear I could propagate most of my vegetable patch in it. Might try that this year actually.
Prince Charles would arrive on an African Safari in a Range Rover, no doubt. He would be looking very stylish and smart indeed. However if his vehicle encountered engine, transmission, coolant or electrical issues, he would never know. His security detail would just switch vehicles and away they would go. Instead, I'd arrive in a Toyota Land Cruiser.
OMG! An old, muddy, beat up Defender is my ALL time favorite car!! (Wish I knew how to put a heart symbol here.) Saw them all over the country side when I lived in the UK, but I drive my Subaru here.
I don't wash my jeep for the roughly 3.5 month upland bird season here in Minnesota. Why wash it when next weekend I'll be back driving many miles on country gravel roads? But after that I usually bring it to a professional car wash for a deep clean, and I run it through the cheap gas station wash when I get gas every 3 weeks or so. Also, the new Volvo wagons are not what they used to be. My wife drives an Outback and it is what the volvos used to be like.