Here is something for all you Australian Subaru owners. If you lose your owners handbook and want a new one, you have to buy one from Subaru. It’s a hard copy only. Considering the size, binding, etc, that seems fair enough.
But if you lived in the US and wanted the same thing except you are happy with a PDF copy of the manual, you simply go online and can download the owners manual for your car. The US manuals might be very similar but sometimes the same model has different interior, different engine, etc. That makes the manual unsuitable for most things.
Australians can’t download a manual from Subaru Australia. They force you to buy a hard copy. I haven’t found out how much the hard copy costs but I would suspect they are not cheap. The warranty / servicing book is available for download but not the owners manual. When I asked why, the only reply I got was that they do not provide an online copy. So I ask again:
Why? Perhaps CHOICE might know.