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The Eco Subaru or Revenge of the Kingdom of Mice


Tell me that I did not hear that correctly. Tell me that the service manager at the Subaru dealership did not just tell me that the wiring harness the mice ate through was an inviting meal because the wires are soy-based.

Bad enough that the firewall, little more than wool and cotton to the amateur eye, was crated away shred by shred from under the hood to the jumper cable compartment in the rear of the vehicle, the only part of the car not eco. A nice private, cozy styrofoam compartment that will retain and exude the godawful smell of mouse nesting, a deluxe fluffy nest replete with copious amount of mooshy poop, yes that styrofoam will outgas the rank odor of mouse urine and excrement through eternity, and definitely as long as I own the car. 

Bad enough that the firewall screamed to the entire forest surrounding my house: ideal nesting material here! I wish the jumper cables had been where they should have been in his cozy little bungalow. Sharp wires to gnaw on and digest. Or better yet, that they were in the engine compartment hooked up to the battery with the electricity from my other more powerful vehicle flowing through when he was in the mood for another gourmet meal - chew through that motherfucker! 

Yes, that was me, sad and guilty about murdering baby mice not so very long ago.

They got their revenge.  

I can only shake my head and swipe my credit card to pay for the extensive damage. My fantasy of them frying while dining on live jumper cables was utterly unrealistic. There was no powerful electrical flow to start my car. They had chewed the tasty wiring leading to the starting sensor. That's why I had to have the car towed an hour away to the dealership.

But back to my point. Are these components a good idea for a car that is marketed for use in the Great Outdoors? I fear that I will return to the trailhead one early evening after a hike and find my car completely gone. A bear snack.



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