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Old 03-27-2012, 02:37 PM   #10751
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Yeah, its super easy, just some tabs, just pull it back. then when your done, snap it back in place. NO tools required.
Does this apply to the Limited version with the chrome trim around the lamp?
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:46 PM   #10752
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Is there any notable decrease in brightness from the fog lights with film on them? The lights are already borderline useless, I don't want to push them into "100% useless" just to make them look better.
I'm sure it will make it a little less bright, but not much as it is lightly tinted transluscent film.

I also know it won't make the lights more effective, but they aren't that great to begin with -- it does make them look better and it actually protective of the lens.

For less than $2 you can buy a sheet on ebay that will cover both lights (like I just did). Not much room for error but one sheet should cover both, and if you hate it -- $2 down the drain including shipping.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/150761246511...ht_5631wt_1119

Headlight armor almost had me as a customer at $17, but when they throw in the extra $7 to ship lightweight vinyl film they lost me...
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:15 PM   #10753
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Wait until you hear this one... SOA finally called back my dealership regarding the moisture in the doors/windows & the service manager asked me if I took my car through a commercial car wash or if I hand washed my car. When I told him I've taken it to a car wash he said SOA has advised him that the clear coat rinse & waxes that car washes use build up on the felt strips preventing them from drying & causing the windows to streak for days after a car wash when rolling the windows up & down. I laughed at that one, considering I first noticed it early in the winter after just taking delivery & not having washed the car yet. Is SOA to expect that we don't take our cars through a car wash ever?!?! SOA also said they ran my VIN# & there are no related issues based on that & no other customers had documented this with SOA yet... which we know is a lie since 79letour has. My dealer said he's going to order new felt strips & replace those to see if it resolves the issue.

Hopefully this is a fix. I'm not concerned about streaking windows, but based on the behavior in the winter when it was below freezing, I can gather that there is moisture in the door/mechanics as well (not a pool of frozen solid water folks, I'm not implying that). Interestingly enough, I've noticed this is an issue for the front doors only, not the rear. Over time it seems to be resolving itself slowly, but not completely. No water pouring out the door, but when opening the door after a good rain, the rubber seal peels away from the door with funny sticking noise & sometimes there is a puddle on the sill of the door from under the weep holes. This should be draining completely out the car, not sitting on that ledge.

I'll let you guys now what it's like after the felt strips have been replaced, even though I'm skeptical.
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:20 PM   #10754
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When I told him I've taken it to a car wash he said SOA has advised him that the clear coat rinse & waxes that car washes use build up on the felt strips preventing them from drying & causing the windows to streak for days after a car wash when rolling the windows up & down. I laughed at that one, considering I first noticed it early in the winter after just taking delivery & not having washed the car yet. Is SOA to expect that we don't take our cars through a car wash ever?!?!
SleepNMky, don't drive in the rain either, the car might get wet!

Also as far as I can tell, nothing gets documented with SOA until about 5000 people complain about it. I suppose this holds true for other automakers as well.

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Old 03-27-2012, 05:32 PM   #10755
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My marine blue pearl loaner came in on the same truck as the ice silver one I bought. I know because I was there. Anyhow- its even worse than my car!
But I do have a better idea whats happening now. The door sills on the mbp have white puddly stains that look like where the moisture isnt draining and its mildewed a bit. I'll take a pic bit posting them has been a pita.
I wouldnt be able to see these marks on my car because the silver hides dirt and stains better.
I ordered mine mbp, but bought a silver one that came in two weeks later. Mbp is really pretty but after driving this car for just one day its already pretty filthy looking.
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:41 PM   #10756
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I ordered mine mbp, but bought a silver one that came in two weeks later. Mbp is really pretty but after driving this car for just one day its already pretty filthy looking.
This is the truth MBP looks great when clean, then about 2 hours of driving later its ruined again

This should be less of an issue for me once the road sweepers come by and get all the winter dirt off the roads.
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:41 PM   #10757
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4:40pm and no call yet from Subaru
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:41 PM   #10758
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SleepNMky, don't drive in the rain either, the car might get wet!

Also as far as I can tell, nothing gets documented with SOA until about 5000 people complain about it. I suppose this holds true for other automakers as well.
I should probably avoid below freezing temps too.
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:50 PM   #10759
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James Wilson you have had some aweful luck...
Bout as good as mine.
On another note- I now know the difference in handling between the base and the premium. In stock form, the lack of rear sway bar and the 15" tires/wheels really make it wallow more. Much more pronounced body roll. And for some reason the ride isn't as plush. Joints in the freeway slabs were really jarring and irritating.
The outback loaner I had was equipped with the manual mode paddles. The base just has Low and Drive. Low is pretty fun though
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:12 PM   #10760
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Here's my water trapped the door video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APCX...e_gdata_player
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:13 PM   #10761
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James Wilson you have had some aweful luck...
Bout as good as mine.
On another note- I now know the difference in handling between the base and the premium. In stock form, the lack of rear sway bar and the 15" tires/wheels really make it wallow more. Much more pronounced body roll. And for some reason the ride isn't as plush. Joints in the freeway slabs were really jarring and irritating.
The outback loaner I had was equipped with the manual mode paddles. The base just has Low and Drive. Low is pretty fun though
The shocks are also different...something about secondary springs in the Premium and higher models...I'll have to find the quote, it's in the brochure. Adding a RSB really helped my car.

The base is also very very low. I am 200lbs, my wife 120. With both of us in the car, it scrapes on EVERY driveway, right in the middle of the car, like it is going to high-side. This is with the 25" tall 15" wheels. Sucks.
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:28 PM   #10762
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Double Post. Look Above!
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:28 PM   #10763
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OK just heard back from SOA, looks like the replacement airbag parts are not available for ANYONE until the end of April, and that "lots of dealers are waiting for them too". They have authorized a long-term Rental car to be arranged through the local dealership. "Mara" was very pleasant and made a lot of phone calls back and forth to the dealership, hopefully I can have a rental available by tomorrow so that I don't have to keep driving the rallycross beater, or likely have my wife drive the rental as the '12 Impreza is technically hers
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:45 PM   #10764
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Yeah I could see how that STI bar really would help. I forgot that the base doesnt have rebound sprimgs in the rear. Idk on the front. But the difference in the base and premium in terms of ride is very noticeable. They almost feel like different cars.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:22 PM   #10765
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First fill up yielded 27.6 MPG - mix of highway and suburban driving. About what expected - low end of EPA specs.

Likes (mostly compared to Prius which I almost bought).
Better pickup - more than satisfied.
Better rear visibility.
Saved about 5 grand. The dealmaker for me.
(I am a low mileage driver - 5-7k/year. lucky me).

Dont likes - no surprises.
Radio sound quality. Agree with eariler post that it sounds better w/SRS off.
Bluetooth handsfree has been very erratic and hard to setup.
Today it lost link with my phone and I could get it to work at all.

Overall very satisfied and consistent with expectations. Many expectations derived from this chat room. thx to all.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:40 PM   #10766
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I have just learned to live with the glitchy bluetooth. It works great 90% of the time. Then sometimes it just wont. I definitely think after floormats, the speakers will be next on the upgrades-to-make list. Its growing.
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:36 PM   #10767
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The fog lights are not useless, they put light on the road between the car and the low beam, just like they should be doing.

Yes they are also for aesthetics, but they serve the purpose intended.
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:28 AM   #10768
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I now have a rental Jeep Compass for the next 4-6 weeks while waiting on airbag parts...that is, unless I kill myself first. If this is the future of Chrysler, I weep for America. What a pile of garbage. Of course, this just makes me appreciate a Forester so much more and offer recommendations.

Sigh.
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:40 AM   #10769
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I now have a rental Jeep Compass for the next 4-6 weeks while waiting on airbag parts...that is, unless I kill myself first. If this is the future of Chrysler, I weep for America. What a pile of garbage. Of course, this just makes me appreciate a Forester so much more and offer recommendations.

Sigh.
Glad you were able to get a rental!
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:48 PM   #10770
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I don't have the water retention problem. I had a look at door seals and weeping holes at the bottom. Looking at how Subaru designed these, if the door closes too tightly that could close the weeping hole. I wonder if the doors are set to close too tightly on some cars?
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:00 PM   #10771
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Here's my water trapped the door video

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Looks to me like it was designed to leak out that way. Is there some kind of water channel in the door?
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:06 PM   #10772
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People should realize that your door is designed to have water go inside. It is not designed to be water tight. That is why they have the weeping holes. A good test would be to fill the door and let it sit for a day or two and see what happens then.
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:44 PM   #10773
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I still need to get pics of the white mildew stains on the door sills of my cvt base model loaner. The mbp really makes it visible.
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:46 PM   #10774
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People should realize that your door is designed to have water go inside. It is not designed to be water tight. That is why they have the weeping holes. A good test would be to fill the door and let it sit for a day or two and see what happens then.
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I still need to get pics of the white milfew stains on the door sills of my cvt base model loaner. The mbp really makes it visible.
Mine gathers puddles in the sill of the door that sits there for days. On the driver side I wipe it off when I notice it, but the passenger side I have rings as well from sitting puddles.
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:13 PM   #10775
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Mine gathers puddles in the sill of the door that sits there for days. On the driver side I wipe it off when I notice it, but the passenger side I have rings as well from sitting puddles.
You're saying that it will sit inside the doors for days? That's not very good.

At first I thought it was the weather stripping that was closing the holes when the door is closed, but after looking at it it doesn't look like the case.
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