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Old 06-11-2013, 11:23 PM   #1
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Default Headlight auto shutoff

I don't see anything about this in the headlight section of the manual. Anyone know how the headlight auto shutoff works on these cars? If you're driving and leave the lights on when you get out, do the lights turn off immediately when you pull the key? Do they go off after a certain amount of time? If they are bumped on after pulling the key will they ever automatically shut off or will it allow them to drain the battery?

I don't rely on the auto shutoff, but I'm just curious about how they work on this car.
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:30 PM   #2
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Only Limited and Sport have it. It is on the stalk. See these pics, they showcase it. Notice the Auto mark on the upper right picture.
http://www.cars101.com/subaru/imprez...13photos2.html
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:11 AM   #3
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Yes. Like every subaru I've ever seen since the early 90's, the lights turn off with the key no matter the switch setting.

This simple idea is so brilliant I don't know why other manufacturers don't do it as well.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:41 AM   #4
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^ I agree.

The only time I have to switch it off auto is when its raining sometimes its too bright for the lights to go on so I have to put them on manually.

One of my favorite simple features.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:02 AM   #5
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Only Limited and Sport have it. It is on the stalk. See these pics, they showcase it. Notice the Auto mark on the upper right picture.
http://www.cars101.com/subaru/imprez...13photos2.html
Weird, they must have changed it from '12 to '13, my Sport doesn't have the auto-on headlights.

From what I've seen and heard though, Subaru's implementation of the auto-feature isn't that great.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:40 AM   #6
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Only Limited and Sport have it. It is on the stalk. See these pics, they showcase it. Notice the Auto mark on the upper right picture.
http://www.cars101.com/subaru/imprez...13photos2.html
I think you misinterpreted the question.
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:27 AM   #7
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Some people seem to be talking about the feature that comes on some trim levels where the headlights turn on and off depending on how bright it is outside.

Other people seem to be talking about the feature on all of our cars, where the headlights automatically turn off when you remove the key.

Since I have a base model, I'll explain how the latter feature works:

The headlights automatically switch off when you turn off the car. So, if I'm driving around with my headlights on, and then I park and remove the key, the headlights immediately turn off. I think it's when you remove the key, but I'm not certain.

If I want the headlights to be on when the car's off, I can just switch them off and on again. They'll stay on until I choose to switch them back off, or until I turn the car on and off again.

I've just gotten in the habit of leaving the lights on all the time. Even though they aren't necessary during the day, they still help other drivers see me.
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:35 AM   #8
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I think you misinterpreted the question.
upon reading it again, I certainly did.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:20 PM   #9
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As a couple of you caught, I was referring to a safety shutoff to keep the headlights from draining the battery if you forget to turn them off, not an auto on/off position.

Thanks for the replies.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:38 AM   #10
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The headlights automatically switch off when you turn off the car. So, if I'm driving around with my headlights on, and then I park and remove the key, the headlights immediately turn off. I think it's when you remove the key, but I'm not certain.
With mine, it's when you take the key out. I think there's also a countdown function, such that after X minutes, it also turns off even if you don't remove the key.

I'm lazy, and this will only cause me to be lazy-er. I shudder to think of the next poor rental vehicle that I kill the battery with by leaving the lights on.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:35 AM   #11
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I do not have this "auto" feature on my sport premium I just looked on the stalk.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:07 AM   #12
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I do not have this "auto" feature on my sport premium I just looked on the stalk.

only limited's do

the "auto-off" in question is just when you forget to turn off your headlights (guilty! I have been spoiled by vehicles with auto on/off for years!) and you switch your key off, the lights also turn off
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Old 06-13-2013, 02:06 PM   #13
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I have the base and I'm somewhat confused by how the lights work as well.

The manual states that when the "off" is selected on the stalk, all headlights are off but this isn't true. I notice when the engine is on, the DRL are lit.

So my question is, if I left the stalk on "off" and let the DRL turn itself on when the engine is on, do I not need to worry about it during the day? That way you don't need to worry about forgetting to switch them off. Is everything lit properly when the engine is on?

It does seem like the lights are turned off when the engine is off but if the lights are "on", the instrument panel is still lit so that would drain the battery as well.
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:38 PM   #14
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DRL is not a headlight and are designed to be always on - unless the park/headlights are engaged. The DRL and Park/Headlights will turn off when the car is off and the keys are removed. The light in the instrument panel should also turn off when the key is removed - except for the blinking light for the "alarm".
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:19 PM   #15
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DRL is not a headlight and are designed to be always on - unless the park/headlights are engaged. The DRL and Park/Headlights will turn off when the car is off and the keys are removed. The light in the instrument panel should also turn off when the key is removed - except for the blinking light for the "alarm".
Yes, I know the DRL are not the same thing as headlights. What I meant was, when the engine is on, how is the headlight "off" setting any different then the "on" setting (off/on/headlight), other than turning on the backlighting to the instrument panel? Theoretically, you can just leave it off during the day and not have to worry about forgetting to turn it off. Of course, you will need to use the headlight setting during the night.

Also, the backlighting of the instrument panel does not turn off when the engine is off, if the headlight setting is still set to on. I have verified this. You can see it when it is dark.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:51 PM   #16
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YWhat I meant was, when the engine is on, how is the headlight "off" setting any different then the "on" setting (off/on/headlight), other than turning on the backlighting to the instrument panel?
The difference is that when you turn the headlights on, the headlights are on. When you turn the parking lights on, the parking lights are on. When you have the headlights and parking lights set to off, the daytime running lights are on.

If you have the headlight switch set to "off", then you have no reason to touch it unless you want your headlights on.

If you have the headlights switched on, there's still no need to touch the switch, because they'll turn themselves off as soon as you remove the key. That is, unless you switch them on after removing the key.
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:14 AM   #17
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The difference is that when you turn the headlights on, the headlights are on. When you turn the parking lights on, the parking lights are on. When you have the headlights and parking lights set to off, the daytime running lights are on.

If you have the headlight switch set to "off", then you have no reason to touch it unless you want your headlights on.

If you have the headlights switched on, there's still no need to touch the switch, because they'll turn themselves off as soon as you remove the key. That is, unless you switch them on after removing the key.
Thanks for confirming. Although I thought that leaving the switch to the headlight position causes the backlight for the instrument panel to remain on even after turning off the engine and removing the key. But I will check it again tomorrow.
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:37 AM   #18
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Thanks for confirming. Although I thought that leaving the switch to the headlight position causes the backlight for the instrument panel to remain on even after turning off the engine and removing the key. But I will check it again tomorrow.
I was wrong. The instrument panel does turn off after the key is removed. I must have turned it back on after the key was already removed when testing.
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