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Old 05-04-2012, 04:44 PM   #1
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Does anyone know how to engage sport mode on the 2012 impreza? I have the 2.0i premium model, and when I turn my key, it definately shows 'SPORT' on the display in my dash, but I have no idea how to engage it and the owners manual doesnt seem to want to tell me either...
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:00 PM   #2
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Does anyone know how to engage sport mode on the 2012 impreza? I have the 2.0i premium model, and when I turn my key, it definately shows 'SPORT' on the display in my dash, but I have no idea how to engage it and the owners manual doesnt seem to want to tell me either...
believe that is simply a non-US capability not in the cars if you are stateside.....meaning that the light isnt active in US models.......it does light up on start up but nothing else....

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Old 05-04-2012, 05:48 PM   #3
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Does anyone know how to engage sport mode on the 2012 impreza? I have the 2.0i premium model, and when I turn my key, it definately shows 'SPORT' on the display in my dash, but I have no idea how to engage it and the owners manual doesnt seem to want to tell me either...
From what I infer from this review, sport mode is simply manual/using the paddle shifters.

http://www.roadandtrack.com/tests/dr...subaru-impreza
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:36 PM   #4
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From what I infer from this review, sport mode is simply manual/using the paddle shifters.

http://www.roadandtrack.com/tests/dr...subaru-impreza
Odd to see this lit up. When I shift to manual mode, I don't think the SPort light illuminates.
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:03 PM   #5
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I don't see it light up when I shift into manual either. I find it strange that it's in the dash if we can't engage it.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:55 AM   #6
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Default Sport Mode

Acccording to this webpage:

http://www.subaru-global.com/tec_sidrive.html

Legacy 2.5GT / Outback 3.6R / WRX STI, Have a sport mode. Not sure if this particular feature is available in the US. It's probably the case of a component that's used in multiple vehicle styles.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:51 AM   #7
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believe that is simply a non-US capability not in the cars if you are stateside.....meaning that the light isnt active in US models.......it does light up on start up but nothing else....
i wondered the same thing when i saw it light up a couple of months ago...i guess its not an enabled feature....we must unlock it somehow! haha what does it even do? would it be the same as the paddles?
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:30 PM   #8
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I asked the same question. The gauge cluster is shared with the newer foresters with the FB (?) 2.5l and the sport light is for that transmission (4AT).

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2320551

Never answered on there, but check out the Subaru website and look at the optional forester gauges.
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:17 PM   #9
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im assuming its just leftover from using the same display in multiple cars. Mine has the S# that never lights up but you can see the dot matrix for it, so i'm assuming the STI uses the same display and it just lights up as necessary.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:11 PM   #10
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Speaking of leftover dash lights, I saw "AT OIL TEMP" on my dash and wondered why in the world there would be a warning light for when the oil is at an operational temperature so I checked the book (its actually the CVT overheating), they really should have that as "TRANS OIL TEMP" or something a little more obvious.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:32 PM   #11
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Speaking of leftover dash lights, I saw "AT OIL TEMP" on my dash and wondered why in the world there would be a warning light for when the oil is at an operational temperature so I checked the book (its actually the CVT overheating), they really should have that as "TRANS OIL TEMP" or something a little more obvious.
Well doesn't AT = auto transmission?
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:31 AM   #12
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it would be interesting to see if there is a sport mode built into the ECU some how
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:47 PM   #13
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I was wondering this too. I have been thinking about talking to a subaru tech about it.
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:26 PM   #14
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it would be interesting to see if there is a sport mode built into the ECU some how
It's in the TCM (Transmission Control Module)
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