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#930 of 1605 Just Pick-Up DGM Sport Limited
Apr 02, 2012 (3:49 pm)
Just picked up our DGM Sport Limited Impreza on 3/31, approximately 10 weeks after ordering it on 1/24. They parked it outside in front of the showroom and a number of people checked it out while we were filling out the paperwork. I did not not see any hatchbacks either in the showroom or on their lot so they are still in short supply.
I have been primarily a Honda person and this is my first Subaru. I am impressed with how solid the car feels and the low NVH level. I am still on my first tank of gas and am averaging 21 mpg in mixed driving over the first 100 miles but I observed hitting in the high 30's and low 40's when going 60 mph so I am hopeful of higher averages. It handles well and is very comfortable. The Bluetooth phone connection is confusing and unnecessarily complex. The setup in my wife's 2012 Hyundai Accent is very simple and user friendly.
Has anyone replaced the rear hatch light with a brighter led? Saw a Youtube video of someone that replaced theirs and the difference in illumination is quite dramatic. If anyone knows the part number, manufacturer, and where to buy, please pass it on.
To answer someone's question, the rear hatch requires a "medium" slam to close. The door open light on the display has come on a couple of times because I didn't close it hard enough. So far, I am really enjoying driving the car.
#931 of 1605 Re: Oil consumption [kanjii]
Apr 02, 2012 (8:00 pm)
Update: oil light turned off after driving it a few more miles. Hooray!! No need to go to the dealer.
#932 of 1605 Re: Just Pick-Up DGM Sport Limited [hcalcat]
Apr 03, 2012 (6:58 am)
there was a DIY project.....however.....in the older hatchback there was a plastic headliner trim piece that you could remove as noted in the DIY project......the 12 HB doesnt have that piece and the headliner rolls all the way back to the hatch now......
two companies have a led strip that simply attached to this piece and you loosen the side to run the wiring down to a direct connect to the light on the side....again a change in the 12 HB puts a side airbag on that side panel now.....Im not one for loosening panels when it involves a airbag......so I too am looking for another way to add additional lighting to the hatch...
also found a kit to replace the lower rear bumper reflectors with working LEDs...that can be connected to the brake or turn signals or rear lights for constant on.....Im connecting it to the brake lights......its $50 plus shipping and direct replacement for the reflectors with easy installation.... if interested let me know and will send you link for it
#933 of 1605 Re: Estimated Arrival vs Scheduled date [jd_24]
Apr 03, 2012 (7:48 am)
--"My Sport Premium ended up being a PZEV. Sales guy didn't know there was going to be a switch at the time I picked mine so he just wrote "Fed" on the sales slip."--
Has anyone else that recently took delivery have this happen? I read here after April 1st they'd be all PZEV, but I assumed it would be new orders. I was told mine was at port on March 27th, with delivery April 9th... so I'm curious if mine will be PZEV or not. (not that I mind)
#934 of 1605 Re: Oil consumption [kanjii]
Apr 03, 2012 (9:23 am)
It took a few miles? At what level on the dipstick was the oil level showing, both before and after you added fluid?
#935 of 1605 Re: Just Pick-Up DGM Sport Limited [pao]
Apr 03, 2012 (10:12 am)
thanks, pao. i don't want to go thru all that effort or mess with the airbag either. i just want to swap the orginal hatch light bulb with a brighter led. i went to o'reilly auto parts but they only had amber and blue leds. here is the link to the youtube video where someone has done this.
Led hatch light
#936 of 1605 Re: Just Pick-Up DGM Sport Limited [hcalcat]
Apr 03, 2012 (10:22 am)
Looks like that is just a basic 1157 bulb replacement; looks to be called a #68? A quick search on Amazon turns up a few possibilities, so they should be around....
#937 of 1605 A question about idle-stop
Apr 03, 2012 (11:04 am)
Over the last few days I've noticed some slightly odd behavior at idle with my 5door Premium. Nothing truly disturbing, but different enough after a month of driving to make note of... When at idle, I hear/feel something that seems to be either the engine doing something new, or a fan kicking in - not sure which. This happens pretty consistently at every stop light idle. Also, occasionally I hear something that sounds/feels like a click or a switching happening under the car. (This one can be either at idle or when moving.)
What's going on? I almost want to say it reminds me of behavior when the A/C is on (like a compressor kicking in), but the A/C is definitely not on. And I never noticed it until this past week.
The only unusual/new thing that the car has been through before I started noticing this, was being stuck in an excessively long, dead-stop traffic jam for about 10 minutes.
Or is this something normal that's related to the idle-stop feature on the new Imprezas?
#938 of 1605 picked up DGM Limited 5dr + other DYI stuff
Apr 03, 2012 (2:31 pm)
i'm so glad to have had this community to lean on the past several weeks thinking about the car, ordering it, patiently (or impatiently!) waiting for it to arrive, to today: picking it up. i'm sure i'll have more review comments in the days/weeks ahead, but this is first a Thank you post.
in the end, i paid $600 below invoice without any hassle or haggling which i thought was a very fair deal and i didn't try to milk out the last bit of profit from the dealer. this was the most painless new car purchase i have ever had in the negotiating price department.
what made it better today was that when i decided i wanted to buy side moldings and the homelink mirror, the dealer happily sold them to be at cost (below invoice, so i am trusting they really were at cost) for me to self install. (they wanted $100 each for installation and so i said no thank you...hopefully, the mirror will be as easy to install as the insructions seem to suggest...my only concern is figuring out how to gently remove the new mirror since the instructions/diagram are a little confusing to me at this moment, but hopefully it will become clear once i try -- anyone install their own homelink mirror?)
even the financing (paid cash) and hard sell for warranty and maintenance plans were quick and short. we were in and out of there, with the "car demonstration" in under an hour. kudos to Carlsen Subaru in Redwood City (SF Bay Area) -- highly recommended (at least for purchase). any bay area folks recommend certain dealers for service? i anticipate doing simple stuff like oil changes myself, but will have to think about where i do the major maintenance stuff (30 or 60, etc.)
also, following up on shipping times...when i ordered the car 23 days ago, i was told to expect 8-12 weeks to be on the safe side, but 1 week in, was told that the date jumped to April 6th because they found a match for the car i requested (no options at all...maybe that helps?). and today i got it...so very quick compared to expectation, but as you probably have seen, even then, i was anxious to get the car as early as possible.
anyway, thanks for the great posts and sharing of info. it's been great being here and i'll continue to lurk, read, and maybe occasionally post.
i drove the car to work half freeway/half in town and the mileage is averaging 31.5 so far...not bad
#939 of 1605 Re: A question about idle-stop [flopka]
Apr 03, 2012 (2:39 pm)
Actually, DO the American Imprezas even have idle-stop? I could be mistaken... but anyhow, my question about the behavior still stands. Lately the car has been sinking to 700 rpm on idle (as normal) but sometimes something seems to "kick in" and nudge the rpm up to 800-900 for a few seconds. This is odd and didn't used to happen.