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Old 02-11-2012, 09:12 PM   #9651
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Sports premium, 5 speed manual

Finally, after a three-month wait... Does not look nearly as good with the winter wheels but very happy with my first drive in Vermont's Green Mountains.

I have been following the threads overs the past 4 months, and frankly, I have a hard time understanding all the complaints. Handles better than our Outback 2010, and is a better car than the Mitsibushi Outlander it replaced, despite the latter being 3000$ more expensive 8 years ago. I must admit that the FM radio sounded pretty bad, but after I paired it with my Android Phone, blu-tooth streaming resulted in a much much better sound. Folks, this is a 20000$ AWD car. Outstanding value for money. Not surprised they are selling like hot cakes.

Importing it to Canada tomorrow. All in all, just saved about 4000$ over the canadian model.

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Old 02-11-2012, 09:25 PM   #9652
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Sports premium, 5 speed manual

Finally, after a three-month wait... Does not look nearly as good with the winter wheels but very happy with my first drive in Vermont's Green Mountains.

I have been following the threads overs the past 4 months, and frankly, I have a hard time understanding all the complaints. Handles better than our Outback 2010, and is a better car than the Mitsibushi Outlander it replaced, despite the latter being 3000$ more expensive 8 years ago. I must admit that the FM radio sounded pretty bad, but after I paired it with my Android Phone, blu-tooth streaming resulted in a much much better sound. Folks, this is a 20000$ AWD car. Outstanding value for money. Not surprised they are selling like hot cakes.

Importing it to Canada tomorrow. All in all, just saved about 4000$ over the canadian model.

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What's the tire size, wheel size and offset you are running for your winter setup? BTW, congrats!!!
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Old 02-11-2012, 11:06 PM   #9653
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What's the tire size, wheel size and offset you are running for your winter setup? BTW, congrats!!!
I downsized the rim for the winter tires and went to 205/55R16 (205/50R17 is the regular size for the sports premium). I would have gone with narrower tires (195/60R16) but there is a lot more choice with the 205mm width.

The offset is 48mm which is the same as the original rims.

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Old 02-12-2012, 12:10 AM   #9654
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2012 premium CVT here. had it for a few weeks, but noticed when i'm going around 80, there's mild swaying in the car, but there's no wind. it's happened pretty consistently. anyone have similar issues?? what should i do?
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Old 02-12-2012, 12:15 AM   #9655
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2012 premium CVT here. had it for a few weeks, but noticed when i'm going around 80, there's mild swaying in the car, but there's no wind. it's happened pretty consistently. anyone have similar issues?? what should i do?
Is it a mild sideways jolting? It may be the wind but you're not seeing it since there are no leaves on the trees?
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Old 02-12-2012, 12:21 AM   #9656
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Is it a mild sideways jolting? It may be the wind but you're not seeing it since there are no leaves on the trees?
I'm almost 100% positive that it isn't the wind. I had my tire pressures checked the first time and they said it was high, so they corrected it, but since then I haven't had a long highway trip until now.
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:59 AM   #9657
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Did a ~70 mile round trip to Manhattan with temperatures around 30*F. With 5 people in the car, I averaged 25.5 MPG. Not great but I do cruise down the highway doing 70-75 MPH.

The car does sway a bit with big wind gusts. Not that scary since it is easy to correct with the light steering, but it is noticeable. It is a consequence of driving a 2900lb vehicle at high speeds I guess.
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Old 02-12-2012, 02:14 PM   #9658
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I just got around to fully reading the owner's manual for my week-old Sport Limited, and I came across this gem on page 9-3:

"The temporary spare tire must be used only on a rear wheel. If a front wheel tire gets punctured, replace the wheel with a rear wheel and install the temporary spare tire in place of the removed rear wheel"

Does anyone know why this is? I'm guessing maybe the rear differential is more tolerant of tires with different diameters, but would like to get a more informed answer.

I don't know if this is new or not. I don't remember reading it in the manuals for my previous cars ('05 WRX, '02 WRX and '97 Legacy).

I didn't see any labels on the jack or spare tire advising this, so I'm adding a label of my own to the jack as I probably won't remember this requirement years from now when I get a flat.
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Old 02-12-2012, 02:31 PM   #9659
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I just got around to fully reading the owner's manual for my week-old Sport Limited, and I came across this gem on page 9-3:

"The temporary spare tire must be used only on a rear wheel. If a front wheel tire gets punctured, replace the wheel with a rear wheel and install the temporary spare tire in place of the removed rear wheel"

Does anyone know why this is? I'm guessing maybe the rear differential is more tolerant of tires with different diameters, but would like to get a more informed answer.

I don't know if this is new or not. I don't remember reading it in the manuals for my previous cars ('05 WRX, '02 WRX and '97 Legacy).

I didn't see any labels on the jack or spare tire advising this, so I'm adding a label of my own to the jack as I probably won't remember this requirement years from now when I get a flat.
If that is the case you need to change the rear first over to the spare, then move the jack to the front and change the flat with the rear wheel you just pulled off. Funny how I just read the manual and they don't explain that procedure well at all.

Thanks for pointing it out -- kind of important information that no one is going to look at when they get a flat.

And remember if you need it towed, all four wheels need to be off the ground!

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Old 02-12-2012, 03:01 PM   #9660
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I just got around to fully reading the owner's manual for my week-old Sport Limited, and I came across this gem on page 9-3:

"The temporary spare tire must be used only on a rear wheel. If a front wheel tire gets punctured, replace the wheel with a rear wheel and install the temporary spare tire in place of the removed rear wheel"

Does anyone know why this is? I'm guessing maybe the rear differential is more tolerant of tires with different diameters, but would like to get a more informed answer.

I don't know if this is new or not. I don't remember reading it in the manuals for my previous cars ('05 WRX, '02 WRX and '97 Legacy).

I didn't see any labels on the jack or spare tire advising this, so I'm adding a label of my own to the jack as I probably won't remember this requirement years from now when I get a flat.
You also have to do that in the sti's because the spare can't clear the brembo brakes.

Maybe it's a smaller spare that can't clear the brakes?
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Old 02-12-2012, 03:30 PM   #9661
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I had no problems when I mounted my spare on the front. Cleared the brakes fine and when I brought it to the dealer, they didn't correct me and tell me the spare should go on the back; guess they don't even know!

It is inconvenient but should only take 10 minutes more. The only thing I noticed about the spare in the front was that the car would pull to that side when braking. The spare also droned a lot but I'm not sure if that is just inherent with space saver tires.
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Old 02-12-2012, 03:43 PM   #9662
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I would imagine the donut goes in the back to give you best steering control in the front with full size tires.

Kiplinger's did name the 2012 Impreza for the Best Value in a New Model Car in the 20K-25K price range. I saw that in the printed version yesterday and here's the online link:
http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/b...ls-2012/3.html
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Old 02-12-2012, 04:50 PM   #9663
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Hmm, I think Ruby would look pretty good on the goldies!


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Old 02-12-2012, 05:05 PM   #9664
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Agreed! The Ruby would look nice with the gold rims as long as there aren't other silver tones from that angle... It works!
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:06 PM   #9665
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I would imagine the donut goes in the back to give you best steering control in the front with full size tires.

Kiplinger's did name the 2012 Impreza for the Best Value in a New Model Car in the 20K-25K price range. I saw that in the printed version yesterday and here's the online link:
http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/b...ls-2012/3.html
Makes sense. Especially if the cvt models run mostly fwd under normal driving conditions.
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:07 PM   #9666
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Thoughts on the red back lights on the dash? Like? Disklike? I currently have blue back lights and don't recall if I have had red before. I'm sure I have but I just don't recall.
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:23 PM   #9667
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Hmm, I think Ruby would look pretty good on the goldies!


Something is totally wrong with those tire. Bad Photoshop? The project out more than 3/4" more than normal. Are they 9/12" wide tires??

Never mind - I can now see that they are additional tires/rims propped against the original mounted tires.

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Old 02-12-2012, 10:05 PM   #9668
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the gold wheels look good as long as you remove the silver from the grill
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:50 PM   #9669
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any news on a hitch
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:53 PM   #9670
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Thoughts on the red back lights on the dash? Like? Disklike? I currently have blue back lights and don't recall if I have had red before. I'm sure I have but I just don't recall.

I like the red. I had been driving with blue for the past six months and like the red better. Never had red before. It feels warmer and easier on the eyes. I personally like modest dash lighting and think Subaru did a great job not overdoing it.
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Old 02-12-2012, 11:25 PM   #9671
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I really didnt like the idea of red dash illumination. But it really is nice.
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:24 AM   #9672
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I like the red. I had been driving with blue for the past six months and like the red better. Never had red before. It feels warmer and easier on the eyes. I personally like modest dash lighting and think Subaru did a great job not overdoing it.
How did you get the lights to be blue?
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:33 AM   #9673
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I think the poster was referring to a previous vehicle that had a blue lit interior
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:40 AM   #9674
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I think the poster was referring to a previous vehicle that had a blue lit interior

Sorry for any confusion. I meant the '06 Civic I was driving before I got this .
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:51 AM   #9675
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Something is totally wrong with those tire. Bad Photoshop? The project out more than 3/4" more than normal. Are they 9/12" wide tires??

Never mind - I can now see that they are additional tires/rims propped against the original mounted tires.

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Haha yea, I just got the summer rims put on the STi and propped these against the Impreza to see how they would look. In the spring, it's either these or I have a set of silver 18s, I was just afraid that the 18s would hurt my gas mileage.
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