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#1522 of 1605 Just got my Impreza - iPod question
Sep 24, 2012 (10:05 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 (3:29 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 (5:55 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.
#1525 of 1605 Re: ipod connector [aknight3]
Sep 25, 2012 (7:48 am)
I think my issues is, I do not see anywhere to plug in the iPod? There is an 'aux' button on the stereo though? Maybe I should read the manual first! On the red-dash lights, I had a friend tell me "you get used to it".
So that is what I told my wife. I know SUbaru does a huge amount of consumer research, so there must be a lot of people who prefer red over more eye-pleasing colors.
#1526 of 1605 Re: ipod connector [jimeddie]
Sep 25, 2012 (9:01 am)
I think my issues is, I do not see anywhere to plug in the iPod?
The standard USB and Aux connectors are in the bottom of the armrest compartment. Not sure if dealer installed option is the same location.
#1527 of 1605 Re: ipod connector [jimeddie]
Sep 25, 2012 (12:25 pm)
The advantage of red is that it does not adversely impact night vision. Or, so I'm told! I don't think blue noticeably impacts it either, but the older "soft white" (aka "yellow") style bulbs certainly did.
#1528 of 1605 Re: ipod connector [xwesx]
Sep 25, 2012 (5:25 pm)
Okay then I do not have an iPod input. Thanks for that info. I also figured there was an ergonomic reason for the red lights!
#1529 of 1605 MPG readout?
Sep 26, 2012 (7:42 am)
I usually keep that setting blank on the upper dash, but the other day ,out of the corner of my eye, it blinked 100 a couple times. The only thing close to that was the et setting. Does that just blink on it's own ? I don't remember reading that in the manual.
#1530 of 1605 Re: MPG readout? [oxmead]
Sep 26, 2012 (8:34 am)
Does that just blink on it's own ? I don't remember reading that in the manual.
Yes, and it's in the manual. See 3-24 thru 3-28
* If the outside temperature drops to 37F (38C) or lower while the display is giving an indication other than the outside temperature, the display switches to the outside temperature indication and flashes for 5 seconds before returning to its original indication.
* When the low fuel warning light illuminates, the driving range display flashes for 5 seconds. (The display first switches to the driving range value if a different value was previously displayed.)
* The journey time indication flashes each time a complete hour has elapsed. If the display is giving a reading other than the journey time, the display switches to the journey time, flashes for 5 seconds, and returns to its original reading each time a complete hour has elapsed.
#1531 of 1605 pairing iphone for bluetooth for ONLY phone use?
Sep 26, 2012 (11:20 am)
so, maybe there is now way around this and maybe it's an apple iOS issue, but here it goes...
is there any way to pair your iphone with the Subaru media for ONLY phone use?
the reason i ask, is i don't stream music for bluetooth since i have a dedicated old ipod in the car plugged in via USB and am often just listening to radio.
whenever i use a navigation app (Mapquest or the new iOS6 Maps apps), it defaults to use the Subaru multimedia as it's audio output. that's not a bad thing in principle, except it doesn't work if you are listening to any audio source that is no the iphone: if i'm listening to any source other than the iphone (radio/CD/ipod on USG), i don't get any sound from those apps pumped through the car's audio system.
the only workaround is to manually swap the audio output to the iphone every time i use the car. this is workable, but a pain because i need to consciously make sure the car is running before doing this task, else when i start up the car, it defaults to trying to use the Subaru's speakers.
i'd love a better workaround. i'm content letting the navigation audio come out of the iphone's built in speaker because it's plenty loud enough, so ideally, i would have the bluetooth streaming only work for the phone and nothing else.