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Old 03-22-2012, 11:50 PM   #1
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Default 2012 Subaru Impreza Sport trailer hitch?

Well let me start by saying i bought my first subaru today 2012 subaru impreza sport 5spd hatch... i love it so far, but to the point of this post is, i am wondering if it is possible to get a hitch on it, i have read different things everywhere, the salesman said yes... but they dont have one themselves to do it, i read no they wont, i read yes they will but it will void warranties... does anyone have the definitive answer for me... from experience does anyone know?

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(i searched and couldnt find anything about this but if it has already been addressed i apologize)
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Old 03-23-2012, 11:06 AM   #2
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It's definitely possible. You could put a Class 1 hitch with a max weight of 2,000 lbs on it. U-Haul will sell and install it for less than $500 probably.

http://www.uhaul.com/MovingSupplies/Hitches.aspx

I don't know about warranties and such, but this is such a common practice that I can't imagine it would void a warranty...
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:24 PM   #3
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I drove the area rep's demo 2012, before my order came in to the dealer. I asked about the hitch, and the rep said in no uncertain terms that it would affect my warranty. This was before I picked up my car, and they could have lost the sale because of it.
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:04 PM   #4
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Disclaimer: While I am a lawyer, the following is not to be construed in any way as legal advice. Consult a licensed attorney in your state if you have questions regarding your legal rights and/or responsibilities.

With that out of the way, there is a federal statute called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act that may protect you against manufacturer's claim of a void warranty in this situation. Part of the Act says that if something breaks and you take it in for a warranty claim, the manufacturer must honor the warranty UNLESS the modifications to the product actually caused the problem. There are several exceptions to the general rule. Again, seek legal advice, but just know that this may help to protect a consumer in such a situation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnuson–Moss_Warranty_Act

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Old 05-20-2012, 12:36 PM   #5
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So what was the outcome on this? This is an older thread I know and I'm new here so not sure on the rules but this is right on point and it seemed better to open this back up than start a new one. What was the determination on warranty, and if you did install what did you use?

I want to put bikes on my car and dislike the idea of a roof rack because it's a hassle to take the bikes off before I pull into the garage, there's the risk of forgetting and that's a mess and finally I figure a hitch is less ruinous of the lines than a rooftop rack which makes cars look somewhat utilitarian IMO.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:18 AM   #6
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I have installed a hitch for on my 2012 Impreza Premium and was told by the dealer it would not void the warranty other than specific damage caused by towing an object that was too heavy. I plan to use it for a cargo basket and bike rack. This is a Curt Mfg #11286

http://www.curtmfg.com/part/112860

I am average mechanical skill and it took about 1 hour to install by myself. You do not have to remove the exhaust as some instructions suggest. Minimal hole expanding is required (less than 1/8"). To save time and big trouble, I would suggest leaving the fish wires attached to the mounting bolts until the hitch is in place and you are ready to put the nuts on. The fit is very nice, but the muffler bumps the hitch on take-off about 25% of the time.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:37 AM   #7
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I have installed a hitch for on my 2012 Impreza Premium and was told by the dealer it would not void the warranty other than specific damage caused by towing an object that was too heavy. I plan to use it for a cargo basket and bike rack. This is a Curt Mfg #11286

http://www.curtmfg.com/part/112860

I am average mechanical skill and it took about 1 hour to install by myself. You do not have to remove the exhaust as some instructions suggest. Minimal hole expanding is required (less than 1/8"). To save time and big trouble, I would suggest leaving the fish wires attached to the mounting bolts until the hitch is in place and you are ready to put the nuts on. The fit is very nice, but the muffler bumps the hitch on take-off about 25% of the time.
Thanks Paul. As much as I didn't want to do it I'm getting the roof rack. Just have to find a way to remember not to kill the bikes on the garage door.
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:17 AM   #8
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I have installed a hitch for on my 2012 Impreza Premium and was told by the dealer it would not void the warranty other than specific damage caused by towing an object that was too heavy. I plan to use it for a cargo basket and bike rack. This is a Curt Mfg #11286

http://www.curtmfg.com/part/112860

I am average mechanical skill and it took about 1 hour to install by myself. You do not have to remove the exhaust as some instructions suggest. Minimal hole expanding is required (less than 1/8"). To save time and big trouble, I would suggest leaving the fish wires attached to the mounting bolts until the hitch is in place and you are ready to put the nuts on. The fit is very nice, but the muffler bumps the hitch on take-off about 25% of the time.
Hi Paulwky - I saw this hitch on the curt site and I am wondering if you raised the car on ramps or used jack stands to raise it. In their video, they had it on a hydraulic lift. Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks.
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