this is what i just posted on the SOA facebook page.
Do you know what make me mad the most about my new 2012 Impreza 2.0i Sport Premium? It's not the car, it's the company. I love my car. I called SOA twice about installing a tow hitch to use it for a cargo carrier and my back rack. I asked if it would be ok if I installed it to use it to carry those items. I also mentioned that i will not wire for a trailer, because I will not tow with it. I get a load of crap saying, "the transmission and the rear differential is not designed for the weight of it." I told them its about 40 pounds for the tow hitch. Come on, four grown adults weight about 550ish-580ish. The person on the phone repeated the same thing. Then, I did a little research. Apparently, the Australian version can tow with both manual and CVT. And there is a Subaru genuine "Tow Bar" or tow hitch accessory option. I emailed SOA about this. and asked what are the design differences between my car and the Australian's? The representative told me that they don't know what they are and that both car could be the same. Then, the person goes on to talk about regulations on towing of different countries. How is that remotely relavent when "the transmission and the rear differential is not designed for the weight of it"? Apparently, the transmission and the rear differential are going to break anyway. The reason that i am worried about installing a hitch is because I bought the Subaru extended warranty for 100K miles. It would be a waste if my transmission broke for whatever reason and if I had a hitch SOA would not cover the repairs. Also, I am not very tall and would hate to put stuff on top of my roof such as a bike. I would hate to slip and scratch my paint or make dents.