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#216 of 321 Re: 2009 Impreza Engine Vibration [hatethiscar7]
Nov 29, 2009 (2:52 am)
Ugh, yea my dealer was no help either. They took it around for a drive, but of course they couldn't replicate the problem so they did nothing. Also I posted earlier that the front left pillar was rattling when I go over bumps..well now the whole dashboard rattles..middle and right side too. Perhaps I was expecting too much from this car. I realize it's an entry-level car and not a BMW. But it's brand new and only has 3000 miles on it. I'm glad I'm leasing it though because once the lease is up, I'm giving it back and probably not getting another Subaru. I do like the size of it and that it's a hatchback. Maybe the AWD will come in handy this winter. But perhaps I should have gotten the Rabbit / Golf instead. This is my first car. Are these problems to be expected?
#217 of 321 Re: 2009 Impreza Engine Vibration [jerryfarina]
Nov 30, 2009 (9:44 am)
VW has more reliability issues than Subaru does.
Work with the dealer, they've helped Forester owners with similar complaints.
#218 of 321 2.5i vs. 2.5i Premium vs. Outback Sport
Dec 15, 2009 (9:08 am)
I'm considering getting a 5 door manual Impreza , either 2.5i, 2.5i Premium or Outback Sport. Just trying to see how they are different. Can i live with base model or there is something great i would be missing?
Also, if I put third party alloy wheels on the base 2.5i , would that convert it to 2.5i Premium?
Thanks in advance.
#219 of 321 Re: 2.5i vs. 2.5i Premium vs. Outback Sport [vrungel]
Dec 15, 2009 (10:47 am)
The Premium package is a bargain. So much so that it actually increases residual values. At least get that.
The OBS has the AWP I believe, so in cold climates, I'd want it.
#220 of 321 Re: 2.5i vs. 2.5i Premium vs. Outback Sport [vrungel]
Dec 15, 2009 (11:51 am)
The premium adds alloy wheels, 10 speaker system, sunroof, 6-disc in-dash cd changer, auxillary audio jack. You can compare the models on Subaru.com. Base model is doable if you don't want the above items. It's truly a matter of money and preference for features. Best of Luck!
#221 of 321 Re: 2.5i vs. 2.5i Premium vs. Outback Sport [rebel71]
Dec 15, 2009 (1:48 pm)
Thanks! is sunroof standard or optional? i absolutely need alloy wheels but could get good ones from tirerack.com. 10 speaker (vs. 4) is nice, sunroof is nice too. but who would need a CD changer these days? i stopped listening to CDs a long while ago, auxillary audio jack does the trick
anyone has experience with exterior heated mirrors? My previous car had heated seats - i used to flip it on in the summer to get my g/f uncomfortable. That was the only thing it was good for.
also, think Outback sport suspension is different from base models. Is that true?
#222 of 321 Re: 2.5i vs. 2.5i Premium vs. Outback Sport [vrungel]
Dec 15, 2009 (2:04 pm)
The heated mirrors are the best (and probably only useful) feature of the AWP. The heaters will dry off water spotting from rain/mist and clear off fogging/icing due to morning frosts or elevation/humidity changes. Unfortunately, they are tied into the wiper and rear defroster switch (which I think is a little annoying). And, they do it very quickly! I doubt it takes longer than a couple of minutes to completely clear them when iced or wet, and even less time if they are fogged.
#223 of 321 Re: 2.5i vs. 2.5i Premium vs. Outback Sport [vrungel]
Dec 15, 2009 (7:46 pm)
The moonroof is optional, on the Premium model only.
The 10-speaker stereo is so much better than the crappy base Subaru stereo, there just aren't words to describe it. But you could also visit a reputable aftermarket car stereo installer....
I am not the type to ever opt for frippery like heated seats, but they came as part of the deal on my Outback Sport, and after my first really cold morning, I would never be without them now. As mentioned above, the heated mirrors can be very useful too, and I don't find it a big deal that I have to leave the rear defroster on to get the mirrors cleared.
Subaru SAYS that the Outback Sport has "heavy-duty raised suspension", but I have never really believed it. It has like 0.4 inches more ground clearance than the other Imprezas, and I bet that is because of the 17" rims. All the non-WRX Imprezas need a rear sway bar IMO, and none of them have one. The Sport has a somewhat less squishy ride than the Premium and the base Impreza because of the lower profile tires.
I am one of the last people out there who prefers the two-tone paint of the Sport, and that with the factory 17s that I really like convinced me to go with that trim instead of the Premium. But don't discount that AWP in the Outback Sport - the heated seats and mirrors are a definite bonus.
#224 of 321 Re: 2.5i vs. 2.5i Premium vs. Outback Sport [nippononly]
Dec 16, 2009 (9:56 am)
I don't find it a big deal that I have to leave the rear defroster on to get the mirrors cleared.
In warmer weather, this is not a problem. It is when the temperature drops to cold, such as perhaps 10F and lower (which is most of the many months of winter here), that it is annoying. Having the rear defroster on only serves to create large amounts of ice on the rear window and obscure the rearward view. This phenomenon is a result of blowing snow coming up behind the car, melting briefly on the glass, and then freezing. The wiper is useless to correct it and the glass must be scraped off periodically.
In the past, the mirrors had their own switch (a discreet little button on the dash) which was far more practical.
#225 of 321 Re: 2.5i vs. 2.5i Premium vs. Outback Sport [nippononly]
Dec 16, 2009 (3:31 pm)
thank you, xwesx &nippononly. this was all really helpful
I myself don't really like two-tone paint of the Outback Sport and that is something a dealer was trying to sell to me. If anything, I'd go with Obsidian Black, but that's a matter of personal preference. You are saying you like OM 17s wheels - how does it corner on those?
Also, Impreza is one of the heaviest cars in it's class. Any comments on this? how does it handle? I had a test drive but they don't really let you "test" it.