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#171 of 249 Blue light at startup
Oct 02, 2012 (6:40 pm)
First time poster here -- I really appreciate all of the details that you guys have shared in this thread, as it definitely helped me in making a purchase. A few days ago I got a 2013 2.5i Premium w/ the all weather and moonroof packages, and I'm loving it so far.
However, two questions / observations:
1) Most of the time when I start up the car the blue light comes on in the dash indicating cold coolant. The owner's manual isn't very helpful in explaining this, but a little bit of Google searching seemed to suggest that this is just a reminder to take it easy until the engine is fully warmed up. It is indeed just fine to drive while this light is on, though, right? It's just a reminder not to floor it until the engine is fully warmed up?
2) The outside temp display seems to have been fairly accurate until now, but I did notice tonight that it seemed to show about 8 degrees warmer than the actual outside temp. It hadn't been sitting in direct sunlight, and this distortion lasted for about the entire hour that I was out driving tonight. Has anyone else experienced this?
#172 of 249 2013 Subaru Outback
Oct 03, 2012 (5:15 am)
All my cars that have/had outside temperature indicators seem to deviate from the "official" temperature (the one they say on the radio). First, the official temp is taken (in our area) at the airport in a certain height above the ground.
The vehicle sensor is relative close to the road surface. If this road is traveled heavy, the surface warms up and also the ambient temperature around this road is warmer. The vehicle measures this increased temp and thus the deviation.
#173 of 249 Re: 2013 Subaru Outback [triumpher]
Oct 03, 2012 (7:57 am)
FWIW, the outside temp display was showing 58 degrees this morning, when in reality it was about 45-49 degrees outside. This persisted throughout my 30 minute morning commute, with the outside temp display never getting lower than 55.
#174 of 249 Re: Blue light at startup [ggroe]
Oct 03, 2012 (8:45 am)
Yes, it's fine to drive gently with the blue light on. Subaru doesn't want give lower versions a real temp gauge so they give an idiot light. Just watch it if car is warmed up, the former blue light starts to blink red(indicating water temp is getting too high). Solid red means overheat time. All detailed in owner's manual.
#175 of 249 Re: Weird patch on rear door? [penguinone]
Oct 03, 2012 (3:21 pm)
Yes, it is a clear plastic covering. They've put those on there for several years. My '10 Forester has them. It is the most likely place on the vehicle for rock chips in the paint simply because any rock kicked up off the front tires will hit that spot. Even with the quasi-mudflap accessory, rocks hit that area on a regular basis. Because of the restrictions on paint ingredients, paint is just not durable enough these days to withstand rock impacts.
The best solution is to put real mudflaps on the car, but this has less visual (and cost) impact and works pretty well, too.
#176 of 249 Gas mileage on my '13 OB, 2.5
Oct 04, 2012 (2:24 pm)
We now have about 3300 miles on our new OB with 2.5. Put about 2200 on it cross country to a high school reunion and averaged 30-32 on those all interstate tanks. The most recent tank was 450 +/- miles, 130 of that on the interstate, suitcases, one set of golf clubs etc. The other 320 was in and around town, with an 80 miles round trip into the Rockies. In that time we also got our first pre-paid oil change.
Filled the tank last night and got (actual-calculated) 29.3 mpg. I was pretty happy with that.
#177 of 249 Outback "Vibration?"
Oct 11, 2012 (8:21 am)
Anyone know of a vibration problem affecting any new 2013 Outbacks? I know this WAS a problem with older models, however, on a recent test drive of a "Premium" Outback, I felt "stuttering" or "vibration" from the wheels all the way up to the steering wheel. My friend who was riding in the back also felt it. It was odd because I had test driven 2 other Outbacks without incident, one a "Basic" and another "Premium". This most recent test was another dealer with the Bronze color I wanted. The salesman tried to convince me it was a "tire pressure" problem, but if I have to be maniacal about tire pressure, this is not the car for me. Anyway, this has now made me think this might be a carry over from some of the other vibration problems people had with older models. Thanks if you can give any insight.
#178 of 249 Re: Outback "Vibration?" [devorhan]
Oct 11, 2012 (8:28 am)
FWIW, I have about 600 miles on my 2013 2.5i Premium and haven't noticed any vibration issues. Overall, I've been quite pleased with the car in all respects, minus the decent-but-not-great sound system and a somewhat inaccurate outside temp gauge.
#179 of 249 Outback "Vibration?"
Oct 12, 2012 (6:34 am)
I have mine now close to 3000 miles and have no vibration or anything else that would be of any concern.
#180 of 249 Re: Outback "Vibration?" [triumpher]
Oct 12, 2012 (7:14 am)
My 2013 2.5i Limited has had no vibration issues since I purchased it 2600 miles ago.