Last post on Apr 19, 2013 at 1:22 PM
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Subaru Impreza, Subaru, Sedan, Wagon
#1515 of 1605 Re: 6 month service? [aknight3]
Sep 12, 2012 (3:14 pm)
Did you go to Kendall? I'm surprised they would note 3K, as they generally follow the "severe" schedule (which would be 3,750 at minimum).
#1516 of 1605 Re: 6 month service? [sgoldste01]
Sep 14, 2012 (5:18 am)
I'm always going to have rather low mileage on this car - it just doesn't get driven very far during the week - so I feel like I need to pay attention to the time interval too and not just the mileage. At the rate I drive it, it won't hit 6K until September 2013! Doesn't oil need to be changed after a certain period of time, regardless of mileage?
#1517 of 1605 Re: 6 month service? [flopka]
Sep 14, 2012 (8:54 am)
Yes, to some extent. Oil has a buffering capacity to counteract the presence of acids, and that capacity degrades over time. If you're only putting ~3,000 miles a year on it (or even five or six thousand), my recommendation is an annual oil change. You may not need to change it that often, but it is an easy thing to remember if you pick a certain date (holiday weekend, date of importance, etc) and just stick with it.
More often would be a waste of time and resources.
#1518 of 1605 Oil change
Sep 14, 2012 (9:34 am)
Each Subie service dept tell me different. I purchased my car in Oakland. The service says next oil change is at 7500 miles. There is no 3500 mile change even though it seems everyone is getting a free one at 3500. I had the oil light come on at 1200 and 5800 miles with the oil level a bit low but with normal ranges. I was pissed. Emailed SOA and spoke to Oakland Subaru. I went to Livermore Subie and they took care of things, also had help from SOA. Got a free 3500 mile oil change, checked the low oil problem and found the sensor was corroded and they ordered a new one and install a week later. I go to Livermore now, but because I had a late oil change, do I go to the 7500 recommended change or go with they have on teh sticker? I bought teh maintenance plan up front.
#1519 of 1605 Re: MPG? [debbadoo2]
Sep 20, 2012 (2:40 pm)
I get an average of 35.4 MPG city/highway but you have to drive with a little control and not have a lead foot
#1520 of 1605 2012 impreza alternator output?
Sep 21, 2012 (6:59 pm)
I've searched Google, and Cars101, but have not been able to find how many amps the stock alternator puts out. Does anyone here know? Thanks!
#1521 of 1605 Re: 2012 impreza alternator output? [hornmaker]
Sep 22, 2012 (7:36 am)
I found the answer. The stock alternator on the +2012 Impreza is only 90 Amps. That doesn't leave much for aftermarket stereo equipment. I also found out that instead of the alternator output being wired directly to the battery like most cars, it is ran through the fuse panel and then to the battery. The alternator output is fused at 120 Amps. They do this so the load on the electrical system can be monitored and the voltage regulation can help improve MPG. It's a nice design of pulling out all the stops in the name of MPG, but it makes for a hassle for those of us that like our aftermarket stereo systems.
#1522 of 1605 Just got my Impreza - iPod question
Sep 24, 2012 (9:05 pm)
Well, I did it. We were shopping for a commuter car for my wife to drive to work. She was close to getting the Hyundai Elantra, and I suggested she drive the new Impreza. She said she liked the way it handled a lot better. This was a base model with just a few options, so the bad part was that it lacked cruise control (a deal breaker) and iPod input, so I am told.
Well, they had one Silver 2012 left, and they really wanted to move it. Where I live there are three dealers so they all compete, but on 2013's they were all offering the same modest discount, plus inventories are low on the base sedans with CVT. I ended up with about $1200 off, plus they are installing cruise control and iPod connectivity for no charge. Since we keep our cars a long time, buying last year's model is not a huge factor. (My Forester is 12 years old).
Does anyone know what the ipod connecter is? I am guessing just a cable of some sort. I do not see it as an accessory.
Lastly -- and this is silly I know -- I Love Subaru's but don't like red dashboard lights, at least on the speedometer/tach panel. Guess that's why i never owned a BMW or Audi. Is there any practical way to have blue lights put in? If it is even the bulbs that give it the color.. Told you it was a dumb question.
#1523 of 1605 ipod connector
Sep 25, 2012 (2:29 am)
Hi, I don't think you'll be disappointed, I've had my Impreza hatchback for about 4 months, I am getting around 42ave mpg on highway. I keep thinking I need to check myself, it seems too good to be true. for the ipod, I just use my USB connector, does your car have usb connection? otherwise I'm not sure what cord you'll need. I don't mind the lights so I;m not sure if you can turn them off, but maybe someone else can tell you. good luck!
#1524 of 1605 Re: Just got my Impreza - iPod question [jimeddie]
Sep 25, 2012 (4:55 am)
I use my iPod USB charger but they do have nice ones at Radio Shack that rewind themselves, cost about $19.00 and are available in different colors. That way I just keep it in the car and don't have to worry about bringing the charger back in so I can sync the iPod.