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#302 of 321 Re: Letter to Subaru [xwesx]
Oct 07, 2010 (10:55 am)
Firstly, thank you for your input.
As my experience with Subaru is limited (two) I find it odd that my 2009 Forester allows me to utilize defrost with the vents closed but not on the 2011 impreza?
As for when the defroster is needed, turn on the AC, this will clear the fog.
Seems Subaru thought of this with the 2008 forester... note from a friend:
So I checked mine out - if I have it on recirc, then switch to defrost, it will set it back to outside air + AC. But I can switch it back to recirc if I want.
Apples to Oranges example:
New body style Honda civic will turn off recirculate when defrost is activated, though it will allow recirculate to be reactivated if the driver so desires and continue the defrost action.
My point is more, let me make the choice...... Do not force me to breath in cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes, other misc odders because a car company deems me to stupid to clear my own windshield.
Odd how Subaru's with climate control (i.e 2009 Limited forester) do not have this issue, yet (2011 Impreza premium) does..... Is this a $'s thing? Spend more, MUST be smarter?????
Frankly if I had purchased the Impreza first there is no way in hell I would have purchased the Forester.
Which is ashame as the 2009 forester is a fantastic vehicle.
#303 of 321 Re: Letter to Subaru [ateixeira]
Oct 07, 2010 (11:00 am)
Thank you for your input.
I'm not sure where you live but I'm in wonderful Los Angeles. Try sitting on the 405 and not breathing in exhaust, cigarette, ect fumes.
I utilize the vents closed option the majority of the time. I'm not happy that the manufacturer has decided that I must breath toxic fumes to keep my windshield clear.
Close the vents, turn on the AC, problem solved.
#304 of 321 Re: Letter to Subaru [jerryfarina]
Oct 07, 2010 (11:17 am)
Thank You for your input.
FYI, AC will clear the windshield just fine on recirculate.
So what your saying is Subaru thinks people that buy there lower end vehicles are too stupid to clear their own windshields? So then lets kill them off by making them breath noxious fumes?
With the vents closed and Subaru's cabin filters, things are good.
As For Subaru making a zero-emissions vehicles, that would be good, yet is does not stop the fumes from other vehicles getting into my Subaru's cabin with vents open.
With regard to a diesel, I absolutely agree.
#305 of 321 Re: Letter to Subaru [wickedv1]
Oct 07, 2010 (11:31 am)
Oh, it works that way on a 2009? I'll have to try it on my 2010 Forester just to confirm. I have not tried to push the recirc button again after the switch. I did try this on my '96 Outback, which had a bad oil leak for a while and would billow smoke from oil burning off the exhaust pipes when stopped. The car wouldn't comply with the request, so I just had to get into the habit of switching to the dash vents (on recirc) when stopped and then back to defrost.
A/C will work to defrost if the weather is not very cold. Otherwise, the condensate will ice up the system and leave you with a mess come Spring.
I agree with you, give us the choice! I just don't think it is as significant of an issue as you, but I'm sure I would if I lived in your environment as my lungs are quite sensitive to particulate and smoke pollution (cigarette, wood stove, etc). I love that the Forester (and all new Subaru vehicles, I think) have particulate filters... if only they included carbon filters too!
#306 of 321 2011 Subaru wrx limited
Oct 23, 2010 (9:07 pm)
Just picked up my 2011 wrx limited. It's an absolutely incredible car. I also have a 2010 forester xt. The power in the forester is tremendous and for all those who criticized the 4 spd automatic in the forester, I'm glad I did not listen. The 4 spd transmission works great and coming from my 6spd acura tsx, I prefer the 4spd auto. Revs work great and the gear ratios just work. The wrx is freakishly fast. This car is a joy to drive, but can get you in a lot of trouble.
#307 of 321 Re: 2011 Subaru wrx limited [gdoc]
Oct 25, 2010 (7:59 am)
There's much more to a trans than the number of ratios. While that sells, smooth shifting and not hunting around all the time are just as important, as is durability.
A co-worker got a new Ford Fiesta and the new 6 speed trans blew up before the first gas tank was empty. Ford did replace the entire unit and give her an extended warranty, but I feel better about our Forester's 4EAT, which has been perfect.
#308 of 321 Re: 2011 Subaru wrx limited [ateixeira]
Oct 26, 2010 (11:59 am)
I totally agree. When I was comparing the wrx and sti, I read the same comments (6spd is far better than the 5spd). I drove the wrx and sti back to back and had a lot more fun in the wrx. The 6spd had a shorter throw, but I was searching for gears way too often for my taste. wrx pulls very hard in every gear and thus far, have never missed having a 6th gear. Very happy with both vehicles, although the seats in the wrx have far better lateral support. I'll leave my wife with the forester xt....thank god she can't drive stick!
#309 of 321 HID lights for 2011 wrx (canadian)
Oct 31, 2010 (7:23 pm)
HID xenon lights are only available for the STI in the limited trim. I've seen on the subaru.com website that the american wrx limited comes with HID lights. Does anyone know if I can order the HID replacement lights for an american wrx and place them in the canadian version? I'm not sure if it's that simple, or if other components must be replaced also. I'd go aftermarket, but rather have the original stuff subaru uses.
Jan 22, 2011 (11:09 pm)
of the creaking and squeaking (and rattling) from my windshield pillars, so when I had my '09 OBS in for the 20K-mile oil change yesterday, I asked them to look into it and they confirmed that Subaru DOES have a TSB out for this - they are now ordering the "special tape" that will be installed next week to shut these darn panels up - they make a constant caterwaul as you roll down the road, very annoying.
This is TSB #12-113-09, BTW, for anyone who's counting.
Hope it works!
#311 of 321 Zero Emissions Vehicle
Jan 23, 2011 (12:27 pm)
Just so you guys know, there is absolutely no such thing as a "Zero Emissions Vehicle" unless you can guarantee that the power is coming from solar power, even that isn't zero emissions cause it takes emissions to make the panels etc.
For the most part your ZEV cars are just shifting the emissions guilt from you the car owner to the power plant operator where there are plenty of emissions from Coal, Oil, Gas, Nuclear etc.
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