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Old 09-24-2008, 01:48 PM   #1
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Default 08 Impreza iPod Interface

https://www.subarugenuineparts.com/p...oducts_id=1263

I'm looking to upgrade my stock HU, as FM modulation is very inconsistent with all of the city driving I do. Anyone have experience with this product? What exactly does the install entail?

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Old 09-24-2008, 01:52 PM   #2
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I have it,

Took all of a half-hour to install, and that's because I had to find a fresh battery for my drill...

You've got to pop off the center console/shift boot/E-brake boot area and then run some wires...

Phillips head screwdriver, flat head (or something to pry panels off), and a 9/16 drill bit...

One hole drilled in the arm rest cubby and then the rest is running wires and popping things in and out, very easy...

Besides that everything is included...

The interface took a little to get used to, but I like it...

Make sure you get your playlists organized well and it will make it a lot easier...

Let me know if you have any more questions

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Old 09-24-2008, 01:58 PM   #3
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Awesome, thanks for the info. I'll take pics of my install and post them up when I get it all finished up.
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Old 09-24-2008, 02:46 PM   #4
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for those looking for a cheaper alternative; purchase an AUX cable and an ipod car charger. Both of these will plug into the center consol. You will have to change your music from the ipod however. It cost me $26 as opposed to the 180(i think) they want for the interface.
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Old 09-24-2008, 02:58 PM   #5
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Yeah, I wanted steering wheel and console controls so I wasn't looking down...

But that's me...

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Old 09-24-2008, 03:10 PM   #6
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^^^What he said...I can recoup some of my loss from buying the interface by selling my FM modulator (cost $50, can hopefully get $40).
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Old 09-24-2008, 03:44 PM   #7
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for those looking for a cheaper alternative; purchase an AUX cable and an ipod car charger. Both of these will plug into the center consol. You will have to change your music from the ipod however. It cost me $26 as opposed to the 180(i think) they want for the interface.
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Yeah, I wanted steering wheel and console controls so I wasn't looking down...

But that's me...

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It's really a matter of pure preference. I opted for the AUX route with a car charger, and for me, that works great. I can listen with a 3.5mm cable and charge it at the same time. I also bought a dock audio connector for when I don't need to charge it, which is most of the time. I don't have to look down because either I can use the length of the cable to pull the ipod up eye level to glance at the menus, or I can just hit the buttons on the ipod as it sits in the change tray-- it's very easy to know which buttons do what without looking down. Also, I can use other mp3 players with the AUX, dvd players, laptops, basically whatever I want, and I really like that flexibility. Also, as Ipods change so do the dock interfaces and I wanted one that was pretty standard and universal.

It's not really that much cheaper though, cause your car has to have the AUX input already, and then you have to buy the cables and accesories, etc.

For me, it would be great to both, but having to choose one or the other, I'm glad I got AUX instead of the Ipod connection. This of course entirely depends on your specific setup, as many aftermarket HU have the ability to do both, and more ways than one.
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Old 09-24-2008, 09:54 PM   #8
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Did the iPod interface provides better sound quality? Or it just sound like the aux input that the car comes with?
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Old 09-24-2008, 10:21 PM   #9
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Did the iPod interface provides better sound quality? Or it just sound like the aux input that the car comes with?
I can't speak to the Ipod interface, but for AUX you can buy online ipod dock to 3.5mm cables that do slightly improve the sound quality from 3.5mm to 3.5mm. I posted on this in the Impreza forum.

If you can hear the backing doo-wap vocal in Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy or the squeaking of the bass drum pedal in Since I've Been Loving You, and you care about that much detail, then it's an improvement. Otherwise, not so much.
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Old 09-24-2008, 10:43 PM   #10
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It's really a matter of pure preference. I opted for the AUX route with a car charger, and for me, that works great. I can listen with a 3.5mm cable and charge it at the same time. I also bought a dock audio connector for when I don't need to charge it, which is most of the time. I don't have to look down because either I can use the length of the cable to pull the ipod up eye level to glance at the menus, or I can just hit the buttons on the ipod as it sits in the change tray-- it's very easy to know which buttons do what without looking down. Also, I can use other mp3 players with the AUX, dvd players, laptops, basically whatever I want, and I really like that flexibility. Also, as Ipods change so do the dock interfaces and I wanted one that was pretty standard and universal.

It's not really that much cheaper though, cause your car has to have the AUX input already, and then you have to buy the cables and accesories, etc.

For me, it would be great to both, but having to choose one or the other, I'm glad I got AUX instead of the Ipod connection. This of course entirely depends on your specific setup, as many aftermarket HU have the ability to do both, and more ways than one.
I did in fact choose the AUX option for my new Impreza, however the car that was delivered was not equipped as such...something about the car being sold by the dealership that my dealership was buying the car from. I didn't care that much about it at the time, and went out to get an FM modulator to do the job. However, like I said before, FM transmitters do not work well in urban areas with a highly trafficked FM band. It kind of irks me to not have optimal sound quality, as this is a major part of what I do for a living As such, I think I'll be quite happy with the (overpriced?) genuine iPod interface. I'll have to wait a few weeks to save up the cash in order to buy it, but it will be worth the wait.
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Old 09-24-2008, 11:07 PM   #11
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easy install. i didn't even drill a hole in the armrest console. i just popped off the aux jack and routed the cable through there instead. took a bit of getting used to the controls, but i always listen to my music in shuffle mode anyway.
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Old 11-26-2008, 12:07 AM   #12
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once the ipod interface is installed. . . will it work with another head unit besides the stock one? also would u still have the steering wheel controls?

Thanks!
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Old 11-26-2008, 12:25 AM   #13
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once the ipod interface is installed. . . will it work with another head unit besides the stock one? also would u still have the steering wheel controls?

Thanks!
I have the stock iPod interface. Works great. My OBS trim level came with the AUX input, but I preferred the dedicated iPod interface. As for working with aftermarket HU's, I'm sure it won't as it's OEM specific.
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Old 11-26-2008, 03:26 PM   #14
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Look here for instructions on how to install the ipod interface.

http://techinfo.subaru.com/html/ixSe...12&free_pub=13

I just pulled out the ipod interface kit from my car when i installed my avic-f90bt. If anyone is interested in buying it send me a pm.
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Old 07-27-2009, 03:54 PM   #15
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bumping and old thread, but quick question... How did you get the e-brake boot off? I don't want to unglue it or anything to get to the screw underneath...
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Old 07-27-2009, 05:11 PM   #16
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nevermind, got it.
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:34 AM   #17
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CD's (loaded with MP3s) sound much better than my ipod for some reason. does anyone else have this problem? its really frusterating since i spent so much money in the interface
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Old 07-28-2009, 02:15 PM   #18
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CD's (loaded with MP3s) sound much better than my ipod for some reason. does anyone else have this problem? its really frusterating since i spent so much money in the interface
EDIT: Didn't realize you were talking about an IPod interface rather than AUX. Adjust my advice accordingly...

I had the opposite experience. A few things to check on...

1. Check the EQ settings on your IPod. What works best your headphones or home stereo is probably not the best thing for your car.
2. Check the "sound check" feature on your Ipod. Generally I've found it to make thigns sound worse.
3. Check the volume on your Ipod.
4. Check the EQ settings on your HU. With all of the above things, you may have to tweak each of them in combination to get the best sound. I find that the EQ on my OEM HU for radio is TOTALLY different from when I listen to the AUX.
5. Consider getting a line-out AUX cable for your Ipod rather than the standard 3.5" cable for both ends. Use the Ipod interface on one end and the 3.5 interface on the car end. Personally, I found that the lineout sound quality is very noticeably different from the headphone out 3.5" jack. You can search for these on Ebay or Amazon. I got mine for no more than $10 and it works great.
(if anyone knows where to get one for a Sansa Fuze, I'd appreciate it)
6. Check the quality of your audio cable, maybe replace it.
7. Check the rip and/or download quality (bps quality) of the files you are playing from your Ipod. The default settings may not work, 128kpbs may have been a good rate for size and a dinky pair of headphones, but at least 192kbs should be the standard for today's storage capaciities and a decent speaker set.
8. To troubleshoot, stick another IPod or MP3 player, hell even a laptop, into your AUX and see how it sounds, then figure out what the difference might be.

That's all I got.
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Old 07-28-2009, 04:17 PM   #19
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08 STI with Interface troubles.

When I plug in my IPOD, it doesen't work. It goes to the Subaru screen but I can't hit the SAT button to get the IPOD to work. It seems like it works sometimes and not others. I've tried all different combo's of plugging things in such a: Car Off, plug in Ipod, Turn Car on and Car On, Plug in Ipod Etcetera.

Is this a Faulty Interface, Faulty Ipod or Faulty Operator?

Anyone else have difficulty with theirs?
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Old 07-28-2009, 09:52 PM   #20
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08 STI with Interface troubles.

When I plug in my IPOD, it doesen't work. It goes to the Subaru screen but I can't hit the SAT button to get the IPOD to work. It seems like it works sometimes and not others. I've tried all different combo's of plugging things in such a: Car Off, plug in Ipod, Turn Car on and Car On, Plug in Ipod Etcetera.

Is this a Faulty Interface, Faulty Ipod or Faulty Operator?

Anyone else have difficulty with theirs?
Have you memorized the hierarchy for the playlists? It took me a while to memorize. When you hit SAT, does the display say "Attached" or something to that effect?
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Old 07-28-2009, 10:57 PM   #21
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I actually re-labeled the buttons with a label maker (Tacky but it works). Nothing happens when I hit the SAT button. The Ipod display says attached though.
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Old 07-28-2009, 10:57 PM   #22
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I actually re-labeled the buttons with a label maker (Tacky but it works). Nothing happens when I hit the SAT button. The Ipod display says attached though.
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Old 09-26-2010, 12:50 AM   #23
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The problem you had seems to be the same one I have had. The SAT button does nothing. I wonder if it is an issue with my media hub or in your case, the iPod interface or the SAT button. This is confusing and painful, as I already bought and installed the media hub.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:04 PM   #24
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I have a 2008 impreza 2.5i and at about 70,000 miles my ipod interface kit sounds really bad. Anyone else have this happen to them? Know of any fixes?
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