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#1043 of 1605 Re: About to roll 10K [dfong87]
Apr 11, 2012 (7:07 am)
on the equalizer question for the nav....yes...it has a seven band equalizer and 6 presets on it...thus you can fine tune the sound more than the std or even the upgraded non-nav unit....
and yes I too have noticed a pleasant difference with the HD radio.....
#1044 of 1605 highway behavior
Apr 11, 2012 (7:44 am)
My premium hatch cvt should be arriving within days and I am quite excited, but all of a sudden a couple reviews have popped up stating that the car doesn't behave well on windy highways. This concerns me... anyone have any experience with this?
#1045 of 1605 Re: highway behavior [rjmas95]
Apr 11, 2012 (7:56 am)
I haven't noticed anything different than my previous 2001 Outback with cross winds about 25mph last week. My Sport Premium seemed to handle it well.
I saw one review on Edmunds, that they complained after driving 800 miles in heavy winds. My thought was 800 miles and 10?? hours of driving might have the same effect in any car.
#1046 of 1605 Re: highway behavior [jd_24]
Apr 11, 2012 (9:03 am)
I have never driven a car (large or small) that is not adversely affected by strong cross winds. It simply makes for a more active driving experience.
#1047 of 1605 For those taking delivery: things to check for...
Apr 11, 2012 (9:19 am)
i have been meaning to post about this but it keeps slipping my mind...some things, i learned in taking delivery on my Impreza as well as past vehicles:
1. be sure to check your tire pressures. from what i understand, they always ship them overinflated and if the tech forgets or doesn't have an accurate pressure gauge, you may have improperly inflated tires. after two days, i remembered to check mine and in a cold garage, mine read 36 psi all around. it's supposed to be 32/30 (front/back)....i reset mine to 33/31 as i often do in my car (sort of helps if any slow leaks develop and may give a miniscule boost in mileage without giving an overly harsh ride.
2. check the dipstick. mine came in right at the "high mark." i wouldn't have thought of doing this except for the few posts about running low on oil after 1-2k. i now have a benchmark to go against in the months ahead to see if i'm burning any appreciable oil.
3. watch out for any missed tape/packing material. if there is some sticky left on the windows, it may bake on and be harder to remove later on. my dealer did an ok job detailing my car but definitely a poor job on the windows with tons of swirl and smudge marks and sticky residues from adhesives, etc. side view mirrors were bad, too.
4. if you're inclined: try everything out. i think i've tried most everything out now and everything seems functional. (still haven't tried to warm the driver's seat. my wife said the passenger seat heater worked fine). not sure how i'll test the warmers for the mirrors and wipers since i live in CA
i'm sure others can add other important things including the PDI list, but these are ones i thought might be helpful for you guys, especially 1 and 2 if you haven't thought about it before.
#1048 of 1605 Re: For those taking delivery: things to check for... [dfong87]
Apr 11, 2012 (9:32 am)
That's a great list, dfong.
For your mirror heaters, put some water in a spray bottle and spritz it on them. When you turn the heaters on, the water should dry up fairly quick (typically from the center outward).
#1049 of 1605 Limited none-nav stereo
Apr 11, 2012 (12:02 pm)
For those of you with limited impreza without NAV, who are not happy with the quality of sound there is good news!
There is a secret menu that allow for further tweaking of audio settings.
Apparently Subaru has force 2 settings to be on:
EQ (Don't know what Subaru set this to)
I don't really like the sound coming out with these setting on.
With them turned off, the sounds seem less muffled and more natural.
I also don't like the SRS processing and turned that off.
With just some normal +bass and +treb, the sounds are quite acceptable now.
Anyway, to get into the secret menu.
Put your key in Accessory position.
Turn off stereo.
hold down '6', and rotate the tune dial at least 5 turns until you see the 'loudness' menu appear.
Let go of the '6' button, turn the tune dial to change 'loudness' to 'off'.
Hold down '6' and rotate the tune dial at least 5 turns until you see the 'eq' mneu appear.
Let go of the '6' button, turn the tune dial to change 'eq' to 'off'.
Press the power button to get out of these menus.
Feel free to try different combination of loudness, eq to see if it suits your taste better. I found both of them off worked better for me.
#1050 of 1605 Re: For those taking delivery: things to check for... [xwesx]
Apr 11, 2012 (12:41 pm)
thanks for the tip! i'll give that a try.
#1051 of 1605 Re: Limited none-nav stereo [bobdole888]
Apr 11, 2012 (12:44 pm)
this is awesome info, bob.
have you found this cleans up the sound?
the best way i can describe the sound of the unit as stock (even after improving things with the bass/mid/treble settings is that it sounds muddled).
again, i am sort of at two ends of the spectrum: i'm an audiophile who is used to incredible midrange purity on my home system (magnepan speakers) but usually is forgiving for car audio sound. nevertheless, i'm just not pleased with the sound of music on the impreza. it sounds congested.
i hope your suggested secret menu may help. i'm guessing the loudness will solve some issues for me. i find some songs can sound so boomy and the bass control really can't seem to help with it. and with this removed, maybe that will result in a less "contaminated" midrange.
#1052 of 1605 Re: Limited none-nav stereo [dfong87]
Apr 11, 2012 (3:56 pm)
Yes, I found that turning off the loudness and eq clean up the midrange drastically. The default settings caused the midrange to be very muffled.
If you listen to music that's mostly vocal, it was just dreadful.
Now, with the loudness and eq turned off, it sounds lively.
I'm sure it's not close to a home stereo, but at least it's acceptable to me.
If you haven't tried turning off the SRS in the regular menu, I would also suggest doing that. I find that for some music(like pop) SRS makes it better, but for vocal music, SRS cause more muffling. I've opted to turn SRS off also.
Just a reminder, the secret menu is known to work on the limited trim none-nav, I don't know if it works for other models, since there's actually 3 different units for the impreza.
I would think that there are secret menus for the other units, but I don't know how to get to them.