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Old 12-30-2010, 03:48 AM   #2726
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Well guys, I have reached out to SOA Blog twice and haven't gotten a response. If by Dec. 31st I don't hear from them.... We will close this thread and bid good riddance to them.

They are welcome to visit and participate in our threads but I think their purpose here has run its course.

Enjoy the Holidays!

Perhaps SOA Blog is on an extended vacation?
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:54 AM   #2727
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Perhaps SOA Blog is on an extended vacation?
No I'm not on vacation... oh crap did I just give away my secret identity?


In all seriousness, it'd be real nice to hear more from you SOA Blog!!!
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Old 12-31-2010, 10:34 AM   #2728
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Until I hear back from them (which I still haven't), I'm shutting this thread down.

I appreciate your efforts Mike, though it would be nice to have them fulfill what they committed to offer. In the meantime, not all is lost.

I'll leave it as a sticky for information purposes, for now.

May everyone have a Happy New Year!
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Old 01-08-2011, 12:25 PM   #2729
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Ok... Reopening this thread.

I'm going to reiterate what already many of you should know, but so that there are no excuses...
  • SOA Blog will NOT discuss future plans, projects or cars... PERIOD!
  • SOA Blog is not a Shrink. Do not post in this thread anything pertaining to personal issues, disgusts or "letting off steam" about Subaru and/or its products - Subaru has an 800# for that.
  • Any attacks to SOA Blog will put you on vacation, effective immediately.
  • Rules of this forum still and will always apply!
  • Keep it clean, fun and be conscience of SOA's presence on this forum.

Now... let's start fresh and see how productive we can be here.

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Old 01-08-2011, 02:05 PM   #2730
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Alright, I'll start it off:

SOA Blog, do you attribute the increase in sales for the month of December YoY of Imprezas to the styling changes of the WRX, and the Sedan offering for the STI? Or something else entirely? Or just a fluke?

SOA Blog, why aren't the full Owner's Manuals for vehicles published in PDF form on the website for all to see (for every year, model, etc.)? (I mostly ask this question because it could solve a lot of questions for people that are missing them)

When do we get to see another video comparo between different AWD systems in different conditions so we can see all the cool benefits of Subaru's AWD system over the competition?
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Old 01-08-2011, 03:10 PM   #2731
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SOA Blog, why aren't the full Owner's Manuals for vehicles published in PDF form on the website for all to see (for every year, model, etc.)? (I mostly ask this question because it could solve a lot of questions for people that are missing them)

When do we get to see another video comparo between different AWD systems in different conditions so we can see all the cool benefits of Subaru's AWD system over the competition?
Excellent suggestions.

A PDF of Subaru owners manuals seems like a no-brainer, and so easy to do. What Subaru should do is set up a PDF-specific web site, with owners manuals on all models ever sold in this country. Do it by year, then model. Fore example: 1998 > Legacy/Outback; Forester, Impreza; etc. Having this available to the public will answer untold questions, and will free up SOA customer-service reps from trying to answer many time-consuming questions.

There have been AWD comparison videos in the past, but so much has changed in terms of what's being offered, it's time for new videos that are more relevant to what's being sold these days.

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Old 01-12-2011, 10:34 AM   #2732
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Alright, I'll start it off:

SOA Blog, do you attribute the increase in sales for the month of December YoY of Imprezas to the styling changes of the WRX, and the Sedan offering for the STI? Or something else entirely? Or just a fluke?

SOA Blog, why aren't the full Owner's Manuals for vehicles published in PDF form on the website for all to see (for every year, model, etc.)? (I mostly ask this question because it could solve a lot of questions for people that are missing them)

When do we get to see another video comparo between different AWD systems in different conditions so we can see all the cool benefits of Subaru's AWD system over the competition?
Hi all - WRX is about 10% of Impreza sales and it did show an uptick in December, but so did base Impreza too - we've had a great year this year and stocks have been running low and maybe Impreza benefitted from pent up Legacy demand.

We'll check on the owner's manual.

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Manuals are available on mysubaru.com
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Old 01-12-2011, 04:42 PM   #2734
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SOA Blog,

For the 2008-11 Navigation system there is a menu screen that shows a subwoofer on/off and a center channel on/off.

I know that a center channel is not offered in the US. However, I questioned the Subaru.com contact people and they said that it was available in other markets.

Could you see if there is any information out there on this speaker? The DVD player sends voices and background noise out the door speakers which makes it difficult to hear people speak. A center channel is required to fully appreciate the system.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 01-12-2011, 05:34 PM   #2735
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For the 2008-11 Navigation system there is a menu screen that shows a subwoofer on/off and a center channel on/off.

I know that a center channel is not offered in the US. However, I questioned the Subaru.com contact people and they said that it was available in other markets.

Could you see if there is any information out there on this speaker? The DVD player sends voices and background noise out the door speakers which makes it difficult to hear people speak. A center channel is required to fully appreciate the system.

Any help would be appreciated.
will do - who did you ask - the helpdesk?
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Old 01-12-2011, 08:27 PM   #2736
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Umm, I filled out the form on subaru.com's contact page. This was probably 2 years ago. I gave up. Now I'm considering trying to get an aftermarket one and figure out where it goes lol. But I'd rather have real information and do it right. I just ordered a 2011 STI Limited w/ Nav and would love to be able to hear voices haha.
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Old 01-13-2011, 02:20 PM   #2737
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Umm, I filled out the form on subaru.com's contact page. This was probably 2 years ago. I gave up. Now I'm considering trying to get an aftermarket one and figure out where it goes lol. But I'd rather have real information and do it right. I just ordered a 2011 STI Limited w/ Nav and would love to be able to hear voices haha.
Thanks - what specifically are you looking for on this?
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Old 01-13-2011, 03:11 PM   #2738
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:54 PM   #2739
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Well, either figure out what center channel is sold elsewhere, maybe a product #, product description, company, or picture at least hahah. OR, some info on where it is plugged into the back of the Navi head unit. I'd assume it goes near the same place as the optional subwoofer since it is turned on/off on the same screen.
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Old 02-01-2011, 01:14 PM   #2740
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Can you confirm that Subaru's definition of Curb weight is:
Car in driving condition, with oil and full tank of gas, but no occupants and no cargo?
Full fluids include full windshield washer tank, because this is how the car leaves the factory?
Also spare tire, tools, jack and owner's manual?

This as opposed to a Japanese definition that could possibly include an occupant and/or exclude some fuel?
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Old 02-02-2011, 04:53 AM   #2741
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We just got a ton of snow in New England.
Since the subaru AWD + snow tires are really a cracking combination on my impreza, I have a couple of suggestions to make a winter package.

1. Wipers keep freezing. Pipe some engine heat up where they rest to keep them clear. It's horrible to have a great drive system, but have to pull off the highway to de-ice the wipers so you can see.

2. Rear wiper. Defroster is great, but there's no substitute to keep your rear visibility useable.

3. A little more steering feel. Useable on dry, wet and snow. Porsche like feedback would be great to keep those winter slides under control.
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:48 AM   #2742
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1. Wipers keep freezing. Pipe some engine heat up where they rest to keep them clear. It's horrible to have a great drive system, but have to pull off the highway to de-ice the wipers so you can see.
Umm, every Premium package or higher Subaru since at least MY2005 comes with a winter package which includes windshield de-icer. The blades sit on top of heated coils. If you have heated mirrors/seats then you probably have this too. Look at your windshield for what looks like a computer mother board. Turn on your rear defroster and it all turns on.

Also, when you park your car and know it will be icey or snow, take your blades and put them up in the air so they don't stick.
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Can you confirm that Subaru's definition of Curb weight is:
Car in driving condition, with oil and full tank of gas, but no occupants and no cargo?
Full fluids include full windshield washer tank, because this is how the car leaves the factory?
Also spare tire, tools, jack and owner's manual?

This as opposed to a Japanese definition that could possibly include an occupant and/or exclude some fuel?
Hi Vlad, will look this up for you.
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Why didn't you guys come up with this!?!

Please call Carmichael, or whoever is the current ad agency and yell at them. Then move the account to Dodge's, Wieden + Kennedy.

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Why didn't you guys come up with this!?!

Please call Carmichael, or whoever is the current ad agency and yell at them. Then move the account to Dodge's, Wieden + Kennedy.

YouTube - SNOWPOCALYPSE | Dodge AWD | Commercial
Good commercial and good tagline: "Never Neutral."

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Thank you, I appreciate.
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I know Subaru did the Forester in the snow commercial, but I think they should have advertised a bit more in January/February how great their vehicles are in the snow/winter. Especially with a winter like this one. I am sure there are a few people out there thinking that they need a better car because the one they have now was next to useless in the snow.
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I know Subaru did the Forester in the snow commercial, but I think they should have advertised a bit more in January/February how great their vehicles are in the snow/winter. Especially with a winter like this one. I am sure there are a few people out there thinking that they need a better car because the one they have now was next to useless in the snow.
The Forester Surfer music ad. Just another day at the beach" did a good job, but this one goes even further.

I also like the Acura ad showing an MDX at their winter testing ground going up icy inclines, slaloms, etc. Ends with "if you live in harsher conditions then this...move."

Audi had a Quattro commercial showing all of their years of development, racing, rallying, etc etc. Again, great way to showcase the system as more than just getting to the store in the snow.

Subaru needs to step up their advertising and really push the envelope a bit more than "Love."

They should do this...


and this...


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Old 02-12-2011, 02:39 AM   #2750
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I know Subaru did the Forester in the snow commercial, but I think they should have advertised a bit more in January/February how great their vehicles are in the snow/winter. Especially with a winter like this one. I am sure there are a few people out there thinking that they need a better car because the one they have now was next to useless in the snow.
I'm actually dying for some actual winter weather as all of this sunny near 80-degree stuff we've been having all season is boring the hell out of me! Its rained a total of 3 days this season here so far...
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