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Old 03-05-2012, 03:18 AM   #10376
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Need a little advice on the aero splash guards for the sport limited. Is it worth it? Is it more functional or more for looks? Thanks!!
I was thinking the same thing, I was thinking perhaps I should get Rally Armor Mudflaps instead. They are cheaper and more functional...
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Old 03-05-2012, 01:16 PM   #10377
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Oh, I'm impressed with the quality of my car. In fact, my only complaint is one about almost every hatchback on the planet: Why the hell is the cargo area light so low down? My grocery bags are above it, so it's impossible to find the soda I bought that, no matter how much I try to pay attention to grab it before it is bagged, always gets put in a bag when I'm not looking. Fixed that one with some LEDs in the tailgate trim.

Quite honestly, I think stupid complaints are a great complement to a car. I hope all the problems people have are minor, easy fixes... or at least easily ignored.

(I still don't think a squeaky seat is a stupid complaint, though... if mine was doing that, I'd be at the dealer making them fix it)
care to share the DIY LED project for the tailgate....assume it was more than a simply LED bulb swap.....saw one back in another thread where a led strip was added to the trim panel...individuals mounting holes drilled out for the bulbs..and hard wired to the side cargo light.....did you do something similiar??
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Old 03-05-2012, 02:14 PM   #10378
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care to share the DIY LED project for the tailgate....assume it was more than a simply LED bulb swap.....saw one back in another thread where a led strip was added to the trim panel...individuals mounting holes drilled out for the bulbs..and hard wired to the side cargo light.....did you do something similiar??
It was based on a mod on scoobymods.com that I can't seem to locate again right now... Anyway...

Ingredients:
  • 6 white 5mm LEDs, I used these
  • 6 5mm LED holders
  • resistors, what ones depend on how many and what LEDs you picked. Use http://led.linear1.org/led.wiz to figure it out for your needs.
  • a switch
  • wire. I used 13 feet of two conductor 24 awg
  • 2 pairs of quick connects
  • 2 wire taps. I used the crappy kind from walmart, but if I were doing it again, I'd use
    thesethese

Open the tailgate, remove all the trim starting with the piece nearest the hinge, then the sides. The piece near the hinge pulls towards you, the sides pull diagonally in and towards you. With the side pieces revealed, loosen the two screws and pull out the clips they are attached to, then pull down the big trim piece. If you're like me, you'll end up breaking one of the standoffs, but whatever.

The rest is just drilling, inserting the holders, inserting the LEDs, soldering, and some swearing. Wire them up following the diagram the LED wizard gave you. Put your quick disconnects so you can take the big trim panel back off the car if you ever need to without having to pull all your wiring out. Since you'll be tapping the cargo light on the driver's side, you might want to run your wires that way. Or you might decide it'd be easier to go the long way around... the grommet to the driver's side has the washer hose and the passenger side has a bunch of wires, don't know which'd be easier to snake through. If you're careful, you can snake the wires through without taking down the headliner. Also, the explosives for the side airbags is in the area, be careful of that. Disconnecting the battery would be a good idea.

When you tap the cargo light, pink is positive.


IMG_0304 by FourOhFour, on Flickr
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Old 03-05-2012, 02:19 PM   #10379
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It was based on a mod on scoobymods.com that I can't seem to locate again right now... Anyway...

Ingredients:
[*]6 white 5mm LEDs, I used these[*]6 5mm LED holders[*]resistors, what ones depend on how many and what LEDs you picked. Use http://led.linear1.org/led.wiz to figure it out for your needs.[*]a switch[*]wire. I used 13 feet of two conductor 24 awg[*]2 pairs of quick connects[*]2 wire taps. I used the crappy kind from walmart, but if I were doing it again, I'd use Video Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00389UT3I/


Open the tailgate, remove all the trim starting with the piece nearest the hinge, then the sides. The piece near the hinge pulls towards you, the sides pull diagonally in and towards you. With the side pieces revealed, loosen the two screws and pull out the clips they are attached to, then pull down the big trim piece. If you're like me, you'll end up breaking one of the standoffs, but whatever.

The rest is just drilling, inserting the holders, inserting the LEDs, soldering, and some swearing. Wire them up following the diagram the LED wizard gave you. Put your quick disconnects so you can take the big trim panel back off the car if you ever need to without having to pull all your wiring out. Since you'll be tapping the cargo light on the driver's side, you might want to run your wires that way. Or you might decide it'd be easier to go the long way around... the grommet to the driver's side has the washer hose and the passenger side has a bunch of wires, don't know which'd be easier to snake through. If you're careful, you can snake the wires through without taking down the headliner. Also, the explosives for the side airbags is in the area, be careful of that. Disconnecting the battery would be a good idea.

When you tap the cargo light, pink is positive.


IMG_0304 by FourOhFour, on Flickr
Pic of the final result?

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Old 03-05-2012, 05:18 PM   #10380
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It was based on a mod on scoobymods.com that I can't seem to locate again right now... Anyway...


Ingredients:
  • 6 white 5mm LEDs, I used these
  • 6 5mm LED holders
  • resistors, what ones depend on how many and what LEDs you picked. Use http://led.linear1.org/led.wiz to figure it out for your needs.
  • a switch
  • wire. I used 13 feet of two conductor 24 awg
  • 2 pairs of quick connects
  • 2 wire taps. I used the crappy kind from walmart, but if I were doing it again, I'd use these
Open the tailgate, remove all the trim starting with the piece nearest the hinge, then the sides. The piece near the hinge pulls towards you, the sides pull diagonally in and towards you. With the side pieces revealed, loosen the two screws and pull out the clips they are attached to, then pull down the big trim piece. If you're like me, you'll end up breaking one of the standoffs, but whatever.

The rest is just drilling, inserting the holders, inserting the LEDs, soldering, and some swearing. Wire them up following the diagram the LED wizard gave you. Put your quick disconnects so you can take the big trim panel back off the car if you ever need to without having to pull all your wiring out. Since you'll be tapping the cargo light on the driver's side, you might want to run your wires that way. Or you might decide it'd be easier to go the long way around... the grommet to the driver's side has the washer hose and the passenger side has a bunch of wires, don't know which'd be easier to snake through. If you're careful, you can snake the wires through without taking down the headliner. Also, the explosives for the side airbags is in the area, be careful of that. Disconnecting the battery would be a good idea.

When you tap the cargo light, pink is positive.


IMG_0304 by FourOhFour, on Flickr

That is a realy cool mod, but I won't do this one personally -- I would probably just stick an LED tap light on the side of the car if I needed more light back there -- it just hasnt been an issue for me.

Amazon.com: Fulcrum 30010-301 LED Battery-Operated Stick-On Tap Light, 3 Pack: Home ImprovementAmazon.com: Fulcrum 30010-301 LED Battery-Operated Stick-On Tap Light, 3 Pack: Home Improvement
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Old 03-05-2012, 05:42 PM   #10381
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That's a pretty clean mod. Has anyone thrown a roof rack on the '12 impreza yet? I was looking at the roof rack thread last night and I'm feelin them.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:04 PM   #10382
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Pic of the final result?
Had to wait for it to get dark, during the day it doesn't do much.

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IMG_0305 by FourOhFour, on Flickr


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Old 03-05-2012, 07:26 PM   #10383
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Had to wait for it to get dark, during the day it doesn't do much.

Before:

IMG_0305 by FourOhFour, on Flickr

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IMG_0306 by FourOhFour, on Flickr
Wow! Quite the difference. Thanks!
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:35 PM   #10384
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That's AH-mazing.
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:01 PM   #10385
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Good for you FourohFour, that looks great!
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:11 PM   #10386
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From the Owners Manual, I just noticed this in addition to the 4 warnings printed at the end of the manual...

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Driving tips

Trailer towing


Your vehicle is neither designed nor intended to be used for trailer towing.
Therefore, never tow a trailer with your vehicle.

SUBARU assumes no responsibility for injuries or vehicle damage that may result from trailer towing, from any trailer towing equipment or from any errors or omissions in the instructions accompanying such equipment. SUBARU warranties do not apply to vehicle damage or malfunction caused by trailer towing.
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:27 PM   #10387
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Has anyone heard a "whine" or slight squealing sound around 2300 rpm? I kept hearing it today on my drive home, and it was easily reproducible.

It was in a Sport with a manual trans and 175 miles on the odo.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:09 PM   #10388
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Has anyone heard a "whine" or slight squealing sound around 2300 rpm? I kept hearing it today on my drive home, and it was easily reproducible.

It was in a Sport with a manual trans and 175 miles on the odo.
I have the CVT and I hear a while when I'm on partial throttle, I always thought it was because of the CVT. If it concerns you, have the dealer check it out.
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Old 03-06-2012, 08:39 AM   #10389
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Has anyone heard a "whine" or slight squealing sound around 2300 rpm? I kept hearing it today on my drive home, and it was easily reproducible.

It was in a Sport with a manual trans and 175 miles on the odo.
I've come to assume that the whine is the PZEV during the first 5 miles or so of driving. In order to curtail emissions during warm up it runs differently and curtails a lot of power output in order to keep the emissions low. I could be wrong, but that is what I've gathered from reading/discussing here in the forums.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:56 AM   #10390
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I ordered some but haven't paid for them or installed them yet. I was going to get them because I drive on a lot of gravel roads and thought it would help prevent dinging up my paint near the rear end...do you think they'd work, or is it just not worth it?
Get yourself some 3M or Xpel paint protection film. You should be able to use the 4" size for the rocker section and bottom sides of the rear bumper. Personally, I don't think the splash guards/strakes/spoiler look good at all, but that's just my personal taste. That's why I didn't go for any of them. I was also thinking about getting 1" film for the wheelwells. I don't like black plastic trim, I prefer to see paint. It's funny how the XV gets the painted fog light area and rear bumper bottom painted, but not on the regular Impreza. I think the black plastic trim looks more appropriate on the XV.
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:03 PM   #10391
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So I floored the car for the first time yesterday (after the 1000 mile break-in period) and I must say, it was.............. rather uneventful!

I didn't expect any more though. Not too bad with all things considered.
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:10 PM   #10392
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I hear you ST EYE, I downgraded from a V6 Acura TL and I really miss the power a lot. But that's life.
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:21 PM   #10393
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I hear you ST EYE, I downgraded from a V6 Acura TL and I really miss the power a lot. But that's life.
The car this replaced was a 2000 Infiniti G20, so no loss in power. I do still have my 2008 STI
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:43 PM   #10394
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Ya this car has some nice bottom end but once you get on it you're like... Meh. Haha. But man this car is sexy every time I walk out of my house and see it I have a smile on my face.
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:52 PM   #10395
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Question about the navigation system. Has anyone been able to register the DivX player?
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:57 PM   #10396
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Has anyone been able to get the BT audio screen on the limited model lcd screen to output music info with an android phone? (I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus.) I do not get any, I used to get it with my old Motorola Droid. Usually just end up turning off the screen.


Edit: found out that the latest version of the OS doesn't support metadata, AVRCP 1.3+, hope it gets implemented soon! Maybe a custom rom will support it...

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Old 03-07-2012, 10:19 AM   #10397
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Has anyone been able to get the BT audio screen on the limited model lcd screen to output music info with an android phone? (I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus.) I do not get any, I used to get it with my old Motorola Droid. Usually just end up turning off the screen.


Edit: found out that the latest version of the OS doesn't support metadata, AVRCP 1.3+, hope it gets implemented soon! Maybe a custom rom will support it...
I've got the same phone and have the same problem! Were you able to get your phonebook synced with the car? None of my contacts came over, so if I need to make a call while driving I either have to do dial by number, or make the call from my phone.
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:28 AM   #10398
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I don't have the newest blades but I have last year's model.
I have to say that this car looks pretty damn good, nice color choice.
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:01 PM   #10399
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For any of you fellow '12 beta testers need to call SOA Customer Service, ask for Desiree. Shes been very helpful in handling my issues with the car and dealer. Fwiw
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I don't want to be a beta tester...
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