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Subaru Impreza, Subaru, Sedan, Wagon
#1133 of 1605 Re: Ship time for 5-door [ammo_umb]
Apr 22, 2012 (11:45 am)
my quess would be parts availability of the NAV, not necessarily an issue with the Nav itself......sorry for the frustration.....hang in there and keep asking questions of SOA....thet dealer will not look bad....they will still get the car eventually as it was part of their over order allocation...with the exception it was earkmarked for you.....if you cancel......they will more than likely simply add it to their inventory when it arrives.....
#1134 of 1605 Re: My complaints on 2012 Sp Prem CVT [fredjohnson]
Apr 22, 2012 (4:59 pm)
Metal/doors are very thin.
Fred - This one bugs me. During the test drive, I also noticed how 'light' the door felt when opening and closing it. The doors felt like ones from a cheap low tier car. Salesman side they used super strong steel or something to deliberate cut the weight -I thought "yeah right, whatever". What you said about door dings is a good warning - Thinner sheet metal will dint that much more easily. Unfortunately this must be one of the sacrifices to acheive lowering manufacturing cost and vehicle weight (to achieve higher MPG).
#1135 of 1605 ordering impreza
Apr 22, 2012 (6:03 pm)
was told last day to order 2012 imprezas is tomorrow. the wife wants a dark grey 2.0 limited 5-dr. also told delivery normally takes 6 to 8 weeks. pretty excited, funny how little the wife cares when the car is for her.
#1136 of 1605 Re: My complaints on 2012 Sp Prem CVT [mmyk72]
Apr 22, 2012 (10:10 pm)
Yes. The doors are thin to save weight. My body shop guy who himself owns a WRX recommended that I get the side molding strips to save at least a few door dings.
The new steel is higher in tensile strength which helps in an accident but won't necessarily be helpful for door dings.
#1137 of 1605 Re: My complaints on 2012 Sp Prem CVT [fredjohnson]
Apr 23, 2012 (7:37 am)
I have the Sport Prem CVT in the Minneapolis area also. The engine does idle high and noisy when cold, but once warm its much better. Other than that noise doesn't seem to be an issue for me. Compared to my 2001 Outback acceleration is great. Zero to X isn't stellar, but 50 to 70 seems quite good and passing hasn't been an issue. Brakes, I'll somewhat agree that they have gotten a little softer with break in. Lately it has been windy with 25 to 35 mph winds. I haven't notice much issue compared to other cars I've owned and its much better than our Chevy Tahoe. Heated seats are very nice and quick and the temperature on them is great.
I think our difference in opinon on these are could be just what we are used to.
The thin sheet metal or at least the sound of thinner metal is there. I wonder if the sheet metal is that much thinner or if less sound proofing might be to blame. A thin coat of foam on the back side would have helped, but adds cost and some weight. Agree a little work there would have made the car even better.
My only slight disappointment so far is the MPGs. It hasn't been bad but not 36mpg or better. I can still beat EPA numbers with my 2001 Outback. So far I've calculated 32 to 33mpg on 3 tanks. I think the cool morning temps (30's F) has the biggest impact.
#1138 of 1605 Re: Experience in returning a car? [subunut]
Apr 23, 2012 (8:35 am)
very uncomfortable ride
Doesn't sound right - Consumer Reports actually gave the Impreza the title of best small car ride. Tires are shipped with very high pressures to prevent flat-spotting, so check that first.
Ask the dealer if he has a demonstrator CVT that you could swap for. You'd still pay about a grand out of pocket because the CVT costs more.
It's a tough situation, but you have to ask yourself, when you went to buy your first new car, would you have paid the same for a returned car someone else didn't like? I sure wouldn't...
Apr 23, 2012 (9:21 am)
The dealer sent me home with 42 psi in the tires. Since they are rated at 51 max psi, and the car didn't feel bouncy or squirrely on the road, I didn't do anything to correct it.
Saturday hit 92 and 10 miles from home, the TPMS starts flashing. I get out, kick the tires, definitely no flats or low pressure. Going down the road, the light turns steady. Coming home (night time) the light goes off and stays off. After letting air out the following morning, putting them at 34 front and 33 rear all around, we haven't had a light come on since.
I'm not sure what the high psi level trigger is, but it does exist.
#1140 of 1605 Re: Experience in returning a car? [dfong87]
Apr 23, 2012 (9:42 am)
Shifting is a part-time pleasure....and requires one to be CONSTANTLY aware of proper clutch manipulation,..
CVT's are smooth "shifting" and FE consious constantly.
#1141 of 1605 Re: high side TPMS light [once_for_all]
Apr 23, 2012 (9:45 am)
I think they sense a difference - at least the ones that use the ABS sensors look for that. Newer ones check each tire individually, though.
#1142 of 1605 Re: Experience in returning a car? [wwest]
Apr 23, 2012 (11:17 am)
i totally miss driving my 5 speed. driving stick was a pleasure and second nature. the only time i hated it was in bumper to bumper traffic. but i got the CVT so my wife could drive my car in those rare scenarios that do crop up. (i've heard from many people that it is not good for your marriage to teach your spouse how to drive stick )
aside: hold habits die hard. i still constantly forget to put my car in park after driving/shutting it off (from the habit of leaving my car in gear with my 5spd)