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Old 03-11-2013, 09:07 PM   #16626
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I have the whistling too. I hate the mirrors on this car. They look stupid, they're huge enough so I get blinded everynight driving from cars behind me, and I think they are mounted too far back. I have to turn my head too much to see out of them. Poor design and on top of it, the monstrous things are loud as heck at highway speeds.

Only car that ever looked good with mirrors growing out of the door was the vw corrado. That was 1993. I dont get the new fad for japanese cars to have these stupid mirrors.

FYI: the new forester comes with autodimming side view mirrors, apart from running wires they look DIY able.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:16 PM   #16627
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If your side mirrors are adjusted so you see cars directly behind you on normal two lane roads they are misadjusted. The rear view mirror mounted in the car is for that.

Move the side mirrors out so that you can see a car that is passing your car in the mirror, and then in your peripheral vision just as it becomes no longer visible in the mirror...

This may not be your issue (if you are on a multi-lane highway see below), but for years I drove with my side mirrors in the wrong place, until I learned better, and did the correction. Now it is much safer to drive on the multi-lane highways, because there are no blind spots! If you are on a multi-lane highway, headlights from behind in the side mirrors can be bothersome, but for a regular road, it should not be an issue at all.

I've been in cars that did not allow the mirrors to be moved far enough out to the side to cover the blind spots (I keep the seat all the way back), but that is not an issue in the Impreza, I think the mirrors are great and offer excellent coverage, so for me function trumps style (though I don't think they look bad either).
I will certainly give this a shot. Thank you for the tip. I also think an led turn signal mirror conversion may help the aesthetics.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:21 PM   #16628
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I have the whistling too. I hate the mirrors on this car. They look stupid, they're huge enough so I get blinded everynight driving from cars behind me, and I think they are mounted too far back. I have to turn my head too much to see out of them. Poor design and on top of it, the monstrous things are loud as heck at highway speeds.

Only car that ever looked good with mirrors growing out of the door was the vw corrado. That was 1993. I dont get the new fad for japanese cars to have these stupid mirrors.
Very interesting. I actually like the mirrors. I like having the mirrors mounted on the doors so that we can have the extra glass where the mirror normally mounts. I like the large size of the mirrors for visibility, and I don't notice any wind noise coming from them.

The only thing that would make the mirrors better for me is if they had turn signal lights in them. Other than that, I like them and don't share your complaints.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:25 PM   #16629
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If your side mirrors are adjusted so you see cars directly behind you on normal two lane roads they are misadjusted. The rear view mirror mounted in the car is for that.

Move the side mirrors out so that you can see a car that is passing your car in the mirror, and then in your peripheral vision just as it becomes no longer visible in the mirror...

This may not be your issue (if you are on a multi-lane highway see below), but for years I drove with my side mirrors in the wrong place, until I learned better, and did the correction. Now it is much safer to drive on the multi-lane highways, because there are no blind spots! If you are on a multi-lane highway, headlights from behind in the side mirrors can be bothersome, but for a regular road, it should not be an issue at all.

I've been in cars that did not allow the mirrors to be moved far enough out to the side to cover the blind spots (I keep the seat all the way back), but that is not an issue in the Impreza, I think the mirrors are great and offer excellent coverage, so for me function trumps style (though I don't think they look bad either).
Same story here. My VW TDI had **wicked** blind spots, so I learned to adjust my mirrors as Zeeper describes to help compensate. Here's the procedure:

http://www.wikihow.com/Set-Rear%E2%8...te-Blind-Spots
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:48 PM   #16630
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Very interesting. I actually like the mirrors. I like having the mirrors mounted on the doors so that we can have the extra glass where the mirror normally mounts. I like the large size of the mirrors for visibility, and I don't notice any wind noise coming from them.

The only thing that would make the mirrors better for me is if they had turn signal lights in them. Other than that, I like them and don't share your complaints.
Exactly my sentiment.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:02 PM   #16631
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Same story here. My VW TDI had **wicked** blind spots, so I learned to adjust my mirrors as Zeeper describes to help compensate. Here's the procedure:

http://www.wikihow.com/Set-Rear%E2%8...te-Blind-Spots
Cool link!

Adjusting the mirrors this way is much safer (because it gets rid of the blind spots) but like changing any other habit it can be hard to get used to them in this position initially. Once you get used to the mirrors adjusted this way you won't go back, you don't need the side mirrors to see behind you, but they are helpful in seeing what is beside you. It also makes night driving nicer, cause only the center mirror has a dimmer.

When I drive my wife's car I usually just suck it up so she won't have to switch them back, but I definitely move them outwards when I am driving for a longer trip.

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Old 03-11-2013, 10:20 PM   #16632
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Exactly my sentiment.

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Old 03-12-2013, 12:15 AM   #16633
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So I got my rally armor flaps today and when installing noticed they were off and figured out they were for a ****ing Hyundai! Fml
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:08 AM   #16634
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The trim on the corner of where the a-pillar and dash intersects rattles like crazy when I'm driving on rough roads. Do you guys stuff foam behind the plastic trim or something (the trim just seems to be suspended there and is free to vibrate)?
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:19 AM   #16635
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So I rodered rally armor flaps and they sent me the wrong ones already came into contact with them and they will be working with me to fix it. Thank God even tho its their fault there willimg to work with me so lets hope for the best and hope they fix it. Dont want a bad name for them and lets.just. Hope for.good business in the future for all of us
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:22 AM   #16636
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The trim on the corner of where the a-pillar and dash intersects rattles like crazy when I'm driving on rough roads. Do you guys stuff foam behind the plastic trim or something (the trim just seems to be suspended there and is free to vibrate)?
My car had a rattle there and I used a wooden tooth pick to stop it - I was driving and decided to fix it later - never did.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:08 AM   #16637
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Adjusting the mirrors this way is much safer (because it gets rid of the blind spots) but like changing any other habit it can be hard to get used to them in this position initially.
Man, tell me about it. It took me a month to start getting used to it, and probably 3 months to become fully adjusted. Decades-old habits are very hard to break, but the VW's blind spots (especially on the driver's side) were extremely bad, so I was motivated. Many VW owners replace their factory side-view mirror glass with convex mirror glass, but I decided to change how I aim my mirrors instead.

The Impreza's visibility is vastly better than the VW's, but I continue to adjust my mirror in the improved way.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:11 AM   #16638
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Man, tell me about it. It took me a month to start getting used to it, and probably 3 months to become fully adjusted. Decades-old habits are very hard to break, but the VW's blind spots (especially on the driver's side) were extremely bad, so I was motivated. Many VW owners replace their factory side-view mirror glass with convex mirror glass, but I decided to change how I aim my mirrors instead.

The Impreza's visibility is vastly better than the VW's, but I continue to adjust my mirror in the improved way.
I just tried it this morning, it feels like I have them out too far, but according to the instructions I still don't have them out quite far enough. It will take some getting used too.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:30 AM   #16639
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I just tried it this morning, it feels like I have them out too far, but according to the instructions I still don't have them out quite far enough. It will take some getting used too.
Yes, it took me a lot of time. You know you have them adjusted perfectly when a car that's passing you leaves your rear-view mirror and then immediately enters your side-view mirror. The passing car is continuously visible in one mirror or the other, but never both mirrors at the same time.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:32 AM   #16640
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Yes, it took me a lot of time. You know you have them adjust perfectly when a car that's passing you leaves your rear-view mirror and then immediately enters your side-view mirror. The passing car is continuously visible in one mirror or the other, but never both mirrors at the same time.
That's pretty much what I have
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:35 AM   #16641
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That's pretty much what I have
Then what makes you think you still don't have your mirrors aimed out far enough?
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:51 AM   #16642
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Wouldnt it be easier and/or safer to adjust them in increments? Im going to try this. Never really thought about eliminating blind spots with side views, and cant wait to stop the blinding lights from trucks behind me.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:53 AM   #16643
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Wouldnt it be easier and/or safer to adjust them in increments? Im going to try this. Never really thought about it.
Yeah after reading the article that was linked here I tried it too and I still think they need to go out a little farther. Definitely going to take some getting used to though.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:19 AM   #16644
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Wouldnt it be easier and/or safer to adjust them in increments?
I don't know. I made the change all at once. The VW's blind spot was so bad that I was highly motivated to make the change as rapidly as possible. It was either that or accidentally side-swipe a car hanging out by my rear fender.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:02 AM   #16645
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All this mirror talk reminds me why I never sit in the blind spot of other drivers when I am on the highway -- pass or stay back is my motto.

That is defensive driving 101, learned on my motorcycle.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:04 AM   #16646
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Have you guys noticed a buildup similar to brake dust on the edge of the rear doors, rear of the handle? It doesn't extend onto the rear quarter panel.

I haven't washed my car for a few months now and I have this very odd concentration of dirt/dust on both sides of the car in the same exact place. The rest of the body is fairly clean.

I'm wondering if this is some aerodynamic quirk of the sedan.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:27 AM   #16647
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All this mirror talk reminds me why I never sit in the blind spot of other drivers when I am on the highway -- pass or stay back is my motto.

That is defensive driving 101, learned on my motorcycle.
I practice the same. Unfortunately there's too many morons on the rode who love to ride next to your rear doors and maintain the same speed.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:15 AM   #16648
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All this mirror talk reminds me why I never sit in the blind spot of other drivers when I am on the highway -- pass or stay back is my motto.

That is defensive driving 101, learned on my motorcycle.
Yup. And when I teach my kids to drive, I tell then when switching lanes (for example, on a three-lane highway, if you're in the left-most lane and switching into the center lane) to not pull directly into another car's blind spot because the driver has no way of knowing that you're there.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:17 AM   #16649
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I haven't washed my car for a few months now...
I wash my car at least 2x/week!
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I wash my car at least 2x/week!
I wax once before the snow hits and wash salt off from underneath. I do little beyond that until it warms up.
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