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Old 02-03-2013, 08:55 PM   #1
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Hi guys, excuse my ignorance, but I just got a new 2013 Impreza limited and I can seem to find the engine temp gauge. I mean,I guess I'm used to old cars,but can anybody enlighten me? Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:08 PM   #2
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When the blue temp light goes out, but actually a little later than that for optimal fuel economy and the best performance from your internal climate controls (i.e. when you want the heat to flow from your vents onto your freezing hands and feet).

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Old 02-03-2013, 09:25 PM   #3
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Yup ^ Like what he said plus you can totally see the RPM gauge goes down to a lower RPM after that blue temp gauge goes out.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:46 PM   #4
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Thanks guys,but I guess I have to get use to. I guess I'm to antiquated.But i think it will be nice to have a temp gauge, cause after I turn it on I don't see any blue light even thou it's 25 degrees outside.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:16 PM   #5
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Blue light out indicates 120F.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:53 AM   #6
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Thanks guys,but I guess I have to get use to. I guess I'm to antiquated.But i think it will be nice to have a temp gauge, cause after I turn it on I don't see any blue light even thou it's 25 degrees outside.
That's odd... You should be getting the blue light almost every time you start the car if it has been sitting for a while, especially at those temps.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:31 PM   #7
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yeah that is weird. I get that blue temp gauge indicator on everytime I start my car from sitting off for a while. even in the summer I get that indicator on. the only thing that was weird on my car is that the shifting light doesn't come on to indicate the recommended shifting point. I read on the manual and everything but still no light. its not like I really need it but I thought it was just weird.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:00 PM   #8
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Blue light out indicates 120F.
confirmed this with scan tool app for android.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:12 PM   #9
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yeah that is weird. I get that blue temp gauge indicator on everytime I start my car from sitting off for a while. even in the summer I get that indicator on. the only thing that was weird on my car is that the shifting light doesn't come on to indicate the recommended shifting point. I read on the manual and everything but still no light. its not like I really need it but I thought it was just weird.
The shifting light (that little triangle) is disabled for cars sold in the US, I don't know about Canada, Europe, or Australia. Maybe it is set up for them.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:18 PM   #10
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Blue light out indicates 120F.
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confirmed this with scan tool app for android.
I will confirm this as well with the scangauge II device I use. I use it to monitor: water temp. (F) / MPG avg. (engine on - off) / MPH / GPH (gallons per hour)
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:24 PM   #11
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The shifting light (that little triangle) is disabled for cars sold in the US, I don't know about Canada, Europe, or Australia. Maybe it is set up for them.
Oh okay. I just saw it in the manual about how to turn it on and off so I didn't know they disabled it for the US models. Thanks for clearing that up.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:21 PM   #12
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I got it guys! The blue light goes out after a little bit (warms up). Forgive my ignorance. I have another question, but I don't know if I should start another thread. I would like to disable the chiming of the seatbelt, I mean, it's a little bit annoying.I know it go off when u buckle it up, I was reading in the manual and says that it can be disable, but to contact he dealer.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:33 PM   #13
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there is a thread for this on nasioc as well, i have done it on both cars, enjoy the silence
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:56 AM   #14
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Thanks man! i'm going to try it tomorrow if my wife let me use it, lol, i will report back
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:53 PM   #15
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The shifting light (that little triangle) is disabled for cars sold in the US, I don't know about Canada, Europe, or Australia. Maybe it is set up for them.
2012 2.0i sport here in Canada, and no shift light either. I was told it was active on US and Asian models, but apparently North America doesn't get the shift indicator triangle light at all.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:33 PM   #16
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Fwiw, alot of the older Cars that had the dedicated gauge were really just dumb gauges anyways; meaning they didnt give you a definitely temp reading, only if it was too cold, normal, or too hot.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:47 PM   #17
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On my 2013 Limited CVT (Canadian) I've noticed the blue light goes out once the engine oil temp (displayed on the MFD) reaches 30c. Note: no value is displayed until it reaches that temp. So far in our mild winter (6c outside) it takes approx 3 minutes for the blue light to go out.

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2012 2.0i sport here in Canada, and no shift light either. I was told it was active on US and Asian models, but apparently North America doesn't get the shift indicator triangle light at all.
I guess they added it back for the 2013 models because my Limited shows the shift indicators.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:52 AM   #18
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Fwiw, alot of the older Cars that had the dedicated gauge were really just dumb gauges anyways; meaning they didnt give you a definitely temp reading, only if it was too cold, normal, or too hot.
Glorified idiot lights are better than only a idiot light, IMO. From what I understand, a lot of the problem had to do with people freaking out when they saw the gauge needles moving while they drove. My Mustang has oil pressure, coolant temp., and voltage gauges that do this - though not dead nuts accurate, very useful info to have and it is nice being able to see the changes in response to different conditions. Only wish the gas gauge needle didn't move toward the "E" so quickly while driving.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:36 PM   #19
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The shifting light (that little triangle) is disabled for cars sold in the US, I don't know about Canada, Europe, or Australia. Maybe it is set up for them.
Not sure if it was an extra but my uncles '12 sti has the fully functional programmable shift light
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:47 PM   #20
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Hey guys, just to be sure, if the blue light is on ... should you not drive the car?

Or does it simply mean to just take it easy?

Sorry, car noob.
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:13 PM   #21
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Drive it gently while the blue light is on, no need to idle until it goes out, this saves gas and warms up the car faster (along with the transmission and differential oil).
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Drive it gently while the blue light is on, no need to idle until it goes out, this saves gas and warms up the car faster (along with the transmission and differential oil).
thanks, phew, that's what i've been doing.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:01 PM   #23
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Does anyone have the engine block (coolant) heater? Wonder if its cost efficient to get one in an effort to maintain higher MPGs in the winter
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:49 AM   #24
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Takes well over four minutes (idling) on my car for the light to go out and the RPMs to become stable, so I can't really wait, though it's probably not great for the engine.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:00 AM   #25
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Does anyone have the engine block (coolant) heater? Wonder if its cost efficient to get one in an effort to maintain higher MPGs in the winter

Yep, i'm in Canada and it came standard on mine, i'm in Calgary Alberta and they won't sell a single Subie here without that installed (or any car, as far as I know. Not a law as far as I know, just standard).

I can't say I notice any difference in mpg's, but cold starts below -5 c (23 F) are much much easier (and healthier for the car obviously), and it definitely warms up a lot quicker then. I get slightly worse mpg's in the winter in general, but haven't really noticed a difference whether I'm able to plug in or not.

When I visit the parents a few hours north, i've had to start in temps just less than -42 c (-44 F) and with that block heater plugged in, it started just the same as -5 c (23 F). I say thumbs up to it.
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