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Subaru Impreza, Subaru, Sedan, Wagon
#1235 of 1605 Re: Order Placed [pdxgarcon]
May 03, 2012 (6:13 am)
I test drove the Focus and while I liked the exterior of the car, the interior just felt cheap and cluttered. Wasn't a fan of the materials used for the dash and the leather looked very low end. Felt like I was driving an old version of the Focus but with more bells and whistles (and a much heavier price tag in 2012). I've heard/read rumblings about transmission issues so that gave me some pause as well.
For the Impreza - love the AWD + great gas mileage... I never thought of them going together. The leather is a nicer quality and everyone I've known who has had a Subaru has had them forever. Also loved how spacious it felt inside.
Have not loved the long wait and lack of communication/information from my dealership and Subaru... seems crazy that it's 2012 and they have no idea where in the world my little Subi is and when it will arrive.
#1236 of 1605 Do you like the Subaru's navigation?
May 03, 2012 (8:31 am)
I have an Impreza Premium with navigation, etc. and am wondering how owners feel about the navigation system. The only reason I bought the car with navigation is because the Impreza I ordered was taking too long to arrive...so I caved in and bought another Impreza on the dealer's lot with more options.
I love this car. I've been driving and buying cars for 35+ years and I can't recall any other car I've owned matching the Impreza for value, utility, and even a bit of the "fun" factor thrown in for good measure. I've had lots of more expensive cars with more options and status, but the Impreza is just somehow a more satisfying new car, probably because of what you get for the price.
Having heaped all this praise on the Impreza, I must say I HATE the navigation system. The screen is too small...too hard to read when the sun hits it...takes far too many touches to get it to do what you want...too often does not calculate good routes. A good navigation system should be easy to use by the second or third time you use it. The Subaru's factory installed navigation system...and I hate to say this...is the worst I've ever used.
So those of you who decided against this option did the right thing, in my opinion. Then again, it could just be a personal thing. Perhaps other owners are happy with it.
#1237 of 1605 Impreza vs Focus
May 03, 2012 (10:07 am)
Thank you all for chiming in on this subject... Your comments are very informative.
#1238 of 1605 Re: Order Placed [dcm61]
May 03, 2012 (10:27 am)
I think (can't remember) its the low riders. I bought them back in 2003 or 2004? They work on our 2001 Outback and Tahoe. Honestly I haven't tried it yet on the new Impreza but the rail appears to have the same shape and dimensions. It won;t be too long before I start using the rack. My 29er mountain bike just fits in the back with seats down, but I don't like the dirt and mud it brings in with it.
#1239 of 1605 Re: Do you like the Subaru's navigation? [cgalny]
May 03, 2012 (10:56 am)
Have you had any experience with other navigation units? Portable (Garmin, TomTom, etc.), or other factory in-dash units?
I agree the screen is small, but it's still bigger than my 5" Garmin unit.
Reading it in the sun has long been a problem for many in-dash units, so Subaru is not alone here.
My Garmin 1490T often gives me questionable routes as well, so again, this is not unique to Subaru.
My understanding is you cannot make changes to the navigation while the car is in motion, which can be frustrating; but it's a safety issue, which is why it's engineered that way.
How's the Bluetooth? My limited experience with the new Impreza navigation is that the Subaru Bluetooth is light-years better than the Bluetooth in my Garmin. Also, this is the first Subaru Bluetooth that will upload your contact list from an iPhone.
#1240 of 1605 Re: Do you like the Subaru's navigation? [rsholland]
May 03, 2012 (1:41 pm)
Are there instructions on how to transfer your contacts from an iphone (4s)? I've searched, but to no avail (maybe I need to search harder)...
#1241 of 1605 LOVE the car, but it needs a little ooomph!!
May 03, 2012 (2:16 pm)
Loving the car, especially the corners and all, but it needs a little better throttle response. Been a Honda lover all this time and I truly miss the throttle response. Then again, I had an aftermarket intake and exhaust on it, but I think I would not get the same response in the Subie. Hondas seem to get a 2nd breath after 4000 rpm, really pulls you back into your seat. Subie kinda slowly speeds up, but still past 4000 rpm, not much there. Don't get me wrong, I love the car, but wish to get a little more excitement.
#1242 of 1605 Re: Do you like the Subaru's navigation? [rsholland]
May 03, 2012 (5:24 pm)
Yes, I've had experience with many factory installed navigation systems and several Garmin units.
Even though the Garmin units have a smaller screen, the Garmin 4.3" screen units that I have had experience with were much easier to read than the Impreza's larger screen. The Garmins' font style, size, brightness and contrast makes text easier to read. And I've never had a Garmin calculate a bad route. Whereas this has happened several times with the Impreza's system.
I can't comment on the Bluetooth functionality because I haven't tried using it with any of my gadgets, and don't plan on trying.
#1243 of 1605 Re: Do you like the Subaru's navigation? [crlsto]
May 03, 2012 (5:28 pm)
I don't know. I would assume this subject is covered in the navigation system's operating manual, which I have not looked at. I feel one should be able to use a navigation system without referring to the manual. If I have to read the manual to figure out how to do something...well, let's just say I won't bother. I never had to refer to any documentation to use the Garmin units.
#1244 of 1605 Re: LOVE the car, but it needs a little ooomph!! [kanjii]
May 03, 2012 (8:41 pm)
i know what you're talking about i think, but it think it's a matter of the difference power and torque curves. i haven't tried to go over 4k yet (i'm still just under 1000 miles) but from what i understand, peak hp and torque are in the 4k band. for my VTEC tiny 1.6litre civic, it didn't have the torque the Subie has at low rpms, but once spun up to 4-5k, it really took off. so i think it's not that one is better or worse...but more what you are used to...