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Old 02-01-2012, 03:46 PM   #9251
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This car is bad luck! Just driving along a gravel road and I get a flat tire. Been on this road numerous times with the X5 and no issues, and the first time with this car, I get a flat. Now all my tools are muddy as well as the trunk.

Insurance on this was up $120 a year for my dad to drive than his 04 BMW 325xi. Although that may be just him since he wrote off the 325xi.
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Old 02-01-2012, 03:54 PM   #9252
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It handles interstate with high wind advisories in my nightmares.
We took the highway back from the dealer, but it was not very windy so I will have to keep an eye on this. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 02-01-2012, 04:04 PM   #9253
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This car is bad luck! Just driving along a gravel road and I get a flat tire. Been on this road numerous times with the X5 and no issues, and the first time with this car, I get a flat. Now all my tools are muddy as well as the trunk.

Insurance on this was up $120 a year for my dad to drive than his 04 BMW 325xi. Although that may be just him since he wrote off the 325xi.
That's all it takes in one sharp piece of gravel jutting up. I've punctured a tire once on a piece of gravel.
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Old 02-01-2012, 04:06 PM   #9254
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If that is the black/dark gray one, then yes, that is a sharp looking bike!
Yes, it's the matte black/grey 3900. If batman had a mountain bike, it would look something like it.
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Old 02-01-2012, 04:22 PM   #9255
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We took the highway back from the dealer, but it was not very windy so I will have to keep an eye on this. Thanks for the heads up.
Yeah, this car does get tossed around a bit in the wind. I was surprised seeing how low it is.
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Old 02-01-2012, 04:57 PM   #9256
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It has a fairly large volume/ surface area for its weight. Since its aerodynamics weren't really designed for minimizing the effect of cross winds it is reasonable it might get blown around.
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Old 02-01-2012, 05:18 PM   #9257
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Sorry if this has been posted before, but I started reading this thread from page 350, and have googled over the past 2 weeks to no avail...

A couple things about the door locks:
1. Is there any way to auto lock/unlock them when you put the car in gear/take it out of gear?
2. When it is locked and you are inside, is there a way to change something so you can still open the front doors?

2 is probably unlikely, but 1 is a very common feature. I didn't even think about this because even my '95 I traded in had this feature.

This and the stop to stop distance of the steering wheel (way to much) are the only things I can even nitpick about. Everything else I absolutely love!

Now if only we weren't hitting 70 degrees in the middle of January (Nebraska) and could see some snow I could really try the AWD out =0.
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Old 02-01-2012, 05:42 PM   #9258
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Automatic lock is not a feature that is available.

#2, hit the unlock button on the side of the door.

Not sure what you mean by "stop to stop" distance.

Also in Omaha No Snow - that's a good thing. Expect some later this week or up until April.
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:05 PM   #9259
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It has a fairly large volume/ surface area for its weight. Since its aerodynamics weren't really designed for minimizing the effect of cross winds it is reasonable it might get blown around.
I was surprised to find that it feels the wind more so than my Legacy did. The shape difference should have been a heads up to me, but it never entered my mind. I hate the wind issue, from years of driving a VW bug, but I'm glad I found out after the fact because it would have been one more thing to worry about. Still would have bought it, because of the AWD, gas mileage, and price. Somehow I thought it had stabilizer bars or something that would prevent wind buffeting.
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:53 PM   #9260
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Automatic lock is not a feature that is available.

#2, hit the unlock button on the side of the door.

Not sure what you mean by "stop to stop" distance.

Also in Omaha No Snow - that's a good thing. Expect some later this week or up until April.
Thanks for the info. Disappointing on #1, but again, these are the only things I can even consider nitpicking about Very minor things.

Steering wheel, I can't for the life of me remember the technical term used in some specification charts. It's how far you can turn the wheel all the way left to how far you can turn it all the way right. Described as 2.3 rotations or something. The steering is nice and sensitive, but when I make a turn, I just feel I have to turn the wheel forever to make the 90 degree turn.

Is that anything that I could change?

And ya, they said "thunder snow" on channel 6 tonight =0 West of here a foot, we'll probably only see half that though they said. We're right on the cold/warm boundary and that'll keep the big stuff away =/
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:17 PM   #9261
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In general, rolling down the windows an inch or two on both sides of a car can reduce some of the side to side motion due to cross winds.
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:24 PM   #9262
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Lock to lock (180%) will require some effort; not only for this car, but for all others. You really don't want to accomplish "full lock to lock" steering as it is not really a good thing. You can't change anything as it is what it is.

Channel 6 indicates SNOW - get the sunshades out - just kidding (maybe). Rain on Friday with a chance of Snow on Saturday and maybe Sunday. Sleet and Slush is the most likely scenario.
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:00 PM   #9263
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I don't know how ELECTRONIC power steering works. The 2.0i is electronic, right?

With tradition hydraulic power steering, there is a relief valve which kicks in at full lock. This is to prevent trying to force pump hydraulic fluid after there is nowhere left to go. Before the relief valves were universally installed, one could blow a seal in the power steering system and cause leaking hydraulic fluid and eventually the PS would fail.

I don't think there is that risk any more. I still don't think it's a good thing to hold the wheel over at full lock and in normal hydraulic PS cars you can hear and feel the relief valve cycle. But there is no harm in going full lock for several seconds at a time -- for example: doing some parallel parking in a tight spot. Modern cars are protected against damaging the steering during that operation.

I have no idea about what happens with an electronic PS system, but I'm guessing it can't blow seals. I would imagine it simply stops applying power. I'd love to learn more.
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:24 PM   #9264
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This car is bad luck! Just driving along a gravel road and I get a flat tire. Been on this road numerous times with the X5 and no issues, and the first time with this car, I get a flat. Now all my tools are muddy as well as the trunk.

Insurance on this was up $120 a year for my dad to drive than his 04 BMW 325xi. Although that may be just him since he wrote off the 325xi.
the insurance for the impreza was also higher than my previous '08 bmw 135i approx $60-80/yr
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:39 PM   #9265
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for those with a non-navigation stereo, have you found a way to navigate through your ipod's menu when plugged in the usb? i have an older nano and can only change songs within a playlist/album...
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:39 PM   #9266
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It handles interstate with high wind advisories in my nightmares.
I second that. It is pretty bad in high winds (I own the 5-door). Driving at about 68 mph, in high winds, and passing a tractor trailer it was buffeting/vibrating something fierce.

Its one of the few complaints I have with the car.
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:13 PM   #9267
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For those that have the moonroof, do you notice that at night when you have the map lights on (when you open the door) that there is light that is shown through the headliner? I just saw the car that I should be picking up, and the light passes through the headliner like it is transparent. Seems like it is too thin or not coated properly?
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:39 PM   #9268
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I would be more concerned about the dents....that tells me there may some underlying damage to the bumper assembly...ie the crush zone....dont take it for granted that there is superficial marks only.....you will find that its almost the same price to simply replace the cover than work out dents....both have to be repainted and clear coated so you have to compare labor charges and replacement cost...but again my concern would be the damage discovered once the cover is removed...

Thanks. I took the car to my favorite trusted collision shop. There's no underlying damage, nothing bumped out of whack, so I am just going to let the whole thing drop. I can feel the bump more than I can see it. And now I have my first ding out of the way.
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:43 PM   #9269
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I'm very sorry to hear this.

My buddy got his 2012 WRX hatch barely 4 weeks ago and has already been hit twice:



Then maybe 10 days or less later:



I myself got door-dinged 3 days after I got my 2011 WRX and less than 2 days after having my 2008 Forester Sports XT DGM 5MT I got side-swiped.

I think we're at that cross-road where old cars that were/are used to push away shopping carts left in parking spots are so jealous of the newly designed, slick-looking automobiles that NONE of us are safe...
Thank you for your stories. You've made a bad day more tolerable! Good to know that I'm not alone in the new car target arena. I'm over the whole thing now and just chalk it up to getting my first big ding sooner rather than later. It's all superficial (confirmed at the body shop), so things could have been much worse! You sort of made me yearn for my first Subie though (87 GL wagon) - I could bump plenty of shopping carts with that baby!
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:50 PM   #9270
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Ya gotta assume there are corners cut with one of the cheapest cars with AWD and the other fine features of the Impreza 2.0i.

I saw the mystery curtain the other day! Heaven help us if there is ever a fire in the engine compartment because you can look straight into it past the curtain on the steering column. Those flames are going to come right into the cabin. I have to assume that was a quick fix for a missing part. But it sure seems hokey! Hope there is a retrofit/recall on that one...
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:51 PM   #9271
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This reminds me of my '08 STI, I was rear ended at a stop sign (when it was snowing) 3 weeks after I bought it brand new. The damage was minor, mostly just the license plate screws that indented the bumper cover. The insurance adjuster decided that the bumper cover should be replaced and painted. The total was about 700.00.

Pictures? The way you described it, it seems like the same type of damage. The bumper cover is probably the only thing that got damaged if it was a light tap. I would be very weary of any type of repair of the original bumper if it requires any bondo (body filler). Those repairs can undo if you bump into it. Also, just keep in mind that body shops will never be able to paint the new bumper cover as good as the factory.

Despite my analness towards my car, I ended up just pocketing the cash and just leaving the original bumper cover alone. I would have called the cops on the guy. There is no excuse for not having insurance and being on the road. Had this been something major, depending on your state, you would be responsible.

Take some pictures!
Thanks - we did have similar taps. I took mine to my favorite body shop and they confirmed it is cover damage only. You can't even really see the dent (I call it a wrinkle) unless the light hits it just right. I couldn't take a pic if I tried - really not much to see. I'll just leave it alone. Too much hassle to do a full bumper replacement and try to get the $500 deductible from the other guy. I struggled with whether to turn him in, but in the end I decided to let him be. I can only hope he will make wiser decisions in the future after being treated kindly. Yep, I'm sort of an optimist that way. I did mention to him that he should work towards getting insurance as soon as he is on his feet again, more to protect himself than others....
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:54 AM   #9272
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Interesting to note several comments about the 2012 Impreza being pretty shaky on the hwy on a windy day.

I actually helped a friend of mine with the choice of a 2012 5-door. It's only about two weeks old or so and the owner likes it a lot.

However, the one thing that my friend (who doesn't know anything about cars) asked me about one day was about the car being "moved around" or pushed around by the wind.

We had a pretty windy day here recently and she was driving it on the hwy when this was noted.

I wasn't in the car at the time so I don't know how severe this effect was. Is it that bad? Is this a safety issue, say, for an average driver? It is surprising that such a new modern car would behave this way. An old VW bus or something I can see.

Can some of you guys that noticed this give a little more detail. I mean did you have to white knuckle the steering wheel for a bit to keep it on track? If it came up suddenly could it be startling enough to cause a typical driver (not a "car guy")to lose control?

I just want to get a sense of this.

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Old 02-02-2012, 12:59 AM   #9273
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" Heaven help us if there is ever a fire in the engine compartment because you can look straight into it past the curtain on the steering column. Those flames are going to come right into the cabin"

Seriously? That sounds less than ideal...
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:01 AM   #9274
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Interesting to note several comments about the 2012 Impreza being pretty shaky on the hwy on a windy day.

I actually helped a friend of mine with the choice of a 2012 5-door. It's only about two weeks old or so and the owner likes it a lot.

However, the one thing that my friend (who doesn't know anything about cars) asked me about one day was about the car being "moved around" or pushed around by the wind.

We had a pretty windy day here recently and she was driving it on the hwy when this was noted.

I wasn't in the car at the time so I don't know how severe this effect was. Is it that bad? Is this a safety issue, say, for an average driver? It is surprising that such a new modern car would behave this way. An old VW bus or something I can see.

Can some of you guys that noticed this give a little more detail. I mean did you have to white knuckle the steering wheel for a bit to keep it on track? If it came up suddenly could it be startling enough to cause a typical driver (not a "car guy")to lose control?

I just want to get a sense of this.

Thanks!
It's not anything to be concerned about safety wise. It's just unexpected. You just gotta grip that steering wheel & be cognizant of it. Just like you would in a higher SUV. Although coming from an SUV it's more noticeable in the Impreza than it was in the SUV. It's not the same risk of wind getting under your car for high profile vehicles say on an overpass or bridge during high wind warnings. It's more of a push or nudge. But as long as your firm with your steering wheel you can control the car just fine. I wouldn't say white knuckle, just keep it inline. Nothing an average driver can't handle.
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If your engine is on fire are you going to stay in the car?
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