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Old 03-05-2014, 12:20 PM   #101
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I think seat/steering wheel positioning is mostly a matter of taste, although it's possible to be so close to the steering wheel that it becomes dangerous if an airbag goes off. That's why they tell short people to move as far away as they can while still reaching the pedals comfortably.
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Old 03-05-2014, 12:46 PM   #102
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I am 6'3" and I did not fit into 5dr Impreza. The dealer told me that 4dr versions is the same. :-)

I had my right knee tightly against the steering wheel.

I used to own 91 Civic Hatchback, 93 Civic sedan, and my dad has 99 Mazda Protege. I fit all these vehicles.

The dealer offered to try Legacy but I did not want to give it a try. It is a diff. class, we already own a large car, Tribeca.

I am disappointed that I could not move the seat little bit more back or the steering wheel little bit more up or forward. I wonder if I could replace the seat with some race seat that would fit. Ha ha...
I'm 6'5", 32" inseam, 250lbs and I have plenty of room. I also have the seat all the way down and a couple of notches from all the way back and the seat back is pretty much all the way up.
As far as 4 door vs 5 door, the hatch is more practical IMO but then I have not bought anything with a trunk in over 30 years, hatches, station wagons and wranglers.
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Old 03-05-2014, 02:57 PM   #103
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We went to a different dealer and their Imprezas there are larger! I was able to fit just fine. The sales person did not have depressing face and was polite this time.

I test drove 4dr CVT and felt slight vibration on highway but nothing alarming. I was told that it is the CVT. Then I test drove 5dr manual and the vibration was not there.

Both cars had enough power for normal driving, I guess comparable to our old 2.3L 99 Accord 5sp. There was slightly more road noise compared to the Accord (my wife did not notice it) and I think my Accord's engine is silkier. However these cars had less than 20 miles on it so that could be the reasons for not matching the Accord's engine smoothens.

Clutch and brake pedals seems closer together than what I am used to. Gas pedal seemed more firm.

I could not see much on the top LCD display, it was dim in the middle of the day.

I liked that spark plugs are better accessible than on Tribeca. And the placement of the oil filter is the best I have seen so far.

We will soon order 4dr 5sp base with center console & winter floor matts.
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Old 03-05-2014, 03:07 PM   #104
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^^ Congratulations. I'm glad to hear you gave the Impreza another drive. I don't know about the CVT, but my 5-speed drives smoothly and without vibration. I still like the car, after 20 months and 25k miles of ownership. And I do my own maintenance too, and agree it's a nice car to work on.

I didn't want to go with less than the Sport Premium. Just make sure you won't miss any of the features you're giving up by going with the base model.
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Old 03-05-2014, 03:20 PM   #105
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We went to a different dealer and their Imprezas there are larger! I was able to fit just fine. The sales person did not have depressing face and was polite this time.

I test drove 4dr CVT and felt slight vibration on highway but nothing alarming. I was told that it is the CVT. Then I test drove 5dr manual and the vibration was not there.

Both cars had enough power for normal driving, I guess comparable to our old 2.3L 99 Accord 5sp. There was slightly more road noise compared to the Accord (my wife did not notice it) and I think my Accord's engine is silkier. However these cars had less than 20 miles on it so that could be the reasons for not matching the Accord's engine smoothens.

Clutch and brake pedals seems closer together than what I am used to. Gas pedal seemed more firm.

I could not see much on the top LCD display, it was dim in the middle of the day.

I liked that spark plugs are better accessible than on Tribeca. And the placement of the oil filter is the best I have seen so far.

We will soon order 4dr 5sp base with center console & winter floor matts.
You might want to consider Weather Tech or Husky floor mats as opposed to the Subaru ones. Just a thought.
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Old 03-05-2014, 03:29 PM   #106
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Why is the Weathertech or Husky mats better than the OEM one ? I'm asking this since the OEM set cost a lot less than the Weathertech/Husky set.

For now, I put a set of generic winter mats from Costco that I had from my former SUV and it works ok.
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Old 03-05-2014, 03:32 PM   #107
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I have the OEM winter floor mats, and they're OK. But the WeatherTech/Husky mats are more of a "tub" design in that they curve up along the edges and trap mud/snow/pine needles/whatever better.
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:07 PM   #108
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subbus, where are you located? I'm not sure if the base has the all weather package option, but if your area gets cold and snowy, you should definitely get it.

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I have the OEM winter floor mats, and they're OK. But the WeatherTech/Husky mats are more of a "tub" design in that they curve up along the edges and trap mud/snow/pine needles/whatever better.
The OEM mats are a softer material, someone on here said that they were wearing through them from heel/toe driving. I'm really glad I skipped them and got the Weather Techs.
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:17 PM   #109
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The OEM mats are a softer material, someone on here said that they were wearing through them from heel/toe driving. I'm really glad I skipped them and got the Weather Techs.
My Subaru all-weather mats are holding up just fine, after 25k miles of driving.
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:59 PM   #110
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My Subaru all-weather mats are holding up just fine, after 25k miles of driving.
Maybe whoever said that got a bad set, or their soles are made of a very abrasive compound...

I do know that when I put the Weather Techs in, my carpet mats were already starting to wear, and that was about three months/3000 miles in.
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Old 03-05-2014, 05:24 PM   #111
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Old 03-05-2014, 05:45 PM   #112
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Ours that are wearing out are the cloth OEM floor mats. We didn't get the Subaru all-weather ones. Those are probably plenty durable.

It looks like the base can't get the all-weather package, though I would bet you'd at least be able to put in the seat heaters, or just get something aftermarket.

the mirror de-icer is nice, but I don't think the front winshield deicer is strong enough to really be useful. Every time is has dropped below 0F it just doesn't keep up and the wiper blades freeze up. I do need new wiper blades, but it should at least be able to keep a little ice melted off the blades. Or, maybe that's too much to expect below 0F.
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:43 PM   #113
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Maybe whoever said that got a bad set, or their soles are made of a very abrasive compound...

I do know that when I put the Weather Techs in, my carpet mats were already starting to wear, and that was about three months/3000 miles in.
Insert foot in mouth... Misread this;

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There is a noticeable heel imprint in my OEM carpet floor mat at only 29k miles. It's only a matter of time before it goes all the way through.
Ignore my earlier post...
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:48 PM   #114
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My Subaru all-weather mats are holding up just fine, after 25k miles of driving.
I own the weather-tech ones and love them
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:58 PM   #115
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Ours that are wearing out are the cloth OEM floor mats. We didn't get the Subaru all-weather ones. Those are probably plenty durable.

It looks like the base can't get the all-weather package, though I would bet you'd at least be able to put in the seat heaters, or just get something aftermarket.

the mirror de-icer is nice, but I don't think the front winshield deicer is strong enough to really be useful. Every time is has dropped below 0F it just doesn't keep up and the wiper blades freeze up. I do need new wiper blades, but it should at least be able to keep a little ice melted off the blades. Or, maybe that's too much to expect below 0F.
The wiper de-icer is for initial warm up, when your blades are frozen over. If I'm using the wipers in heavy snow/freezing rain, I wouldn't expect it to do much when they only sit on top of it momentarily between swipes.
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:15 PM   #116
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the mirror de-icer is nice, but I don't think the front winshield deicer is strong enough to really be useful. Every time is has dropped below 0F it just doesn't keep up and the wiper blades freeze up. I do need new wiper blades, but it should at least be able to keep a little ice melted off the blades. Or, maybe that's too much to expect below 0F.
I don't think your expectations are really even the designed purpose. To me, the purpose of that heating element in the windshield is to keep the wiper blades from sticking to the windshield. I wouldn't expect it to actually keep ice from accumulating on the wiper blades, as most of the wiper isn't in direct contact with the glass (except for the tiny rubber edge that touches the glass). Most of the ice that forms on my blades are big ice chunks that don't touch the windshield.
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:35 PM   #117
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Aha. This past Saturday coming home, in snow/sleet/ice 0F-1F temperature I could go 45-60 seconds without a swipe. They didn't stick, but sure didn't lose any ice off them.

I just need a little upgrade/new wipers is all. I put nice single piece blades on my old car, and loved them, I just haven't gotten around to it yet on this one. I figured I would once the OEM ones wore out, and now it's time.

Luckily, window/mirror heaters were only secondary for my wanting the all-weather package =0, heated cloth seats ftw!
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:40 AM   #118
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We went to a different dealer and their Imprezas there are larger! I was able to fit just fine. The sales person did not have depressing face and was polite this time.

I test drove 4dr CVT and felt slight vibration on highway but nothing alarming. I was told that it is the CVT. Then I test drove 5dr manual and the vibration was not there.

Both cars had enough power for normal driving, I guess comparable to our old 2.3L 99 Accord 5sp. There was slightly more road noise compared to the Accord (my wife did not notice it) and I think my Accord's engine is silkier. However these cars had less than 20 miles on it so that could be the reasons for not matching the Accord's engine smoothens.

Clutch and brake pedals seems closer together than what I am used to. Gas pedal seemed more firm.

I could not see much on the top LCD display, it was dim in the middle of the day.

I liked that spark plugs are better accessible than on Tribeca. And the placement of the oil filter is the best I have seen so far.

We will soon order 4dr 5sp base with center console & winter floor matts.
I'd recommend one step up from the base package, I hate hub caps, like the winter package, I like the extras and as much as the stock fogs have less then glowing reviews they do provide some added light. As far as not being able to read the upper lcd, the parking or headlights were probably on, that dims the display. The heated seats are my wifes favorite.
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Old 03-06-2014, 09:15 AM   #119
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I'd recommend one step up from the base package, I hate hub caps, like the winter package, I like the extras and as much as the stock fogs have less then glowing reviews they do provide some added light. As far as not being able to read the upper lcd, the parking or headlights were probably on, that dims the display. The heated seats are my wifes favorite.
Yup, go for the premium with the winter package. Upgrade your stereo with anything aftermarket and it will smoke anything you get from Subaru.
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:13 AM   #120
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We went to a different dealer and their Imprezas there are larger! I was able to fit just fine. The sales person did not have depressing face and was polite this time.

I test drove 4dr CVT and felt slight vibration on highway but nothing alarming. I was told that it is the CVT. Then I test drove 5dr manual and the vibration was not there.

Both cars had enough power for normal driving, I guess comparable to our old 2.3L 99 Accord 5sp. There was slightly more road noise compared to the Accord (my wife did not notice it) and I think my Accord's engine is silkier. However these cars had less than 20 miles on it so that could be the reasons for not matching the Accord's engine smoothens.

Clutch and brake pedals seems closer together than what I am used to. Gas pedal seemed more firm.

I could not see much on the top LCD display, it was dim in the middle of the day.

I liked that spark plugs are better accessible than on Tribeca. And the placement of the oil filter is the best I have seen so far.

We will soon order 4dr 5sp base with center console & winter floor matts.
Glad to hear that you found a decent dealer. I'm not going to lie, I was TOTALLY turned off from Hyundai's when I was car shopping by an idiot salesman. There was also a Subaru dealership that kind of got on my nerves. In any case, I too would recommend a step up from the base, you get cruise control by default, a rear sway bar, for better handling, and alloy wheels. I too hate hubcaps and don't think they should even be sold on a car of this caliber. Step up to sport premium or premium with the all weather package and you get heated seats, rearview mirrors and other odds and ends that can be useful in the winter. Good luck!
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:27 AM   #121
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I have the Husky floor liners. They work well, but the plastic is a lot stiffer than I thought it would be. They don't sit entirely flat along some of the edges, but its been below freezing every day since I installed them in January, so maybe when it warms up and they get softer, it will lay better.

I do notice more noise from the HVAC fan, likely because the hard plastic reflects the sound upwards rather than having carpet there to absorb it. The good thing, though, is that the carpet mats fit in/on top of the Husky liners. So you can use both if you want.
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I have the OEM winter floor mats, and they're OK. But the WeatherTech/Husky mats are more of a "tub" design in that they curve up along the edges and trap mud/snow/pine needles/whatever better.
I agree they are like a tub, which is great for all the snow we have been getting this year. Mine aren't fully flush in there though there's some play on the side. I just wish they had done their rubber mats with more coverage. If those mats had just a little more coverage I would've been fine. But still they wouldn't have that tub action just cheaper.
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I have the Husky floor liners. They work well, but the plastic is a lot stiffer than I thought it would be. They don't sit entirely flat along some of the edges, but its been below freezing every day since I installed them in January, so maybe when it warms up and they get softer, it will lay better.

I do notice more noise from the HVAC fan, likely because the hard plastic reflects the sound upwards rather than having carpet there to absorb it. The good thing, though, is that the carpet mats fit in/on top of the Husky liners. So you can use both if you want.
I sometimes use one of my old sets of carpet mats over my WT's. Its nice.
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Old 03-06-2014, 02:51 PM   #124
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Thanks for the comments about OEM winter mats vs Weathertech/Husky. I'll think about that during summer since it's almost spring already.

About the base vs premium, I definitely agree to pick premium with cold weather package over the base. Even my salesman told me to not bother with the base model since the price difference isn't that great for a lot of additional stuff (cruise control is the main one).
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