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2012 Subaru Impreza



  • I just used the fiber washer under my Fumoto valve.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Same here - I used the fiber one. No leaking or issues thus far.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Yes, the car does try to outsmart you! Sometimes, this is a good thing. Other times, though, such as when trying to warm up the car (without sitting in it), it is pain.

    I figured out how to outsmart the car's system in order to lock the car while it is running without anyone in it, but what a pain that was. :sick:
  • I got my 2012 Impreza 6/30/2012 and it now as of 10/16/2012 has 2297 miles on it and I brought it to the dealer today 1 quart low on oil. They told me to call 1-800-subaru3 after they helped me out and checked for a leak and topped the oil off. So a day later I called subaru3 and I talked with a girl who couldn't help me with knowing nothing about cars just answer phones and make people feel good and I had her pass me off to her boss which was another girl with NO knowledge about cars. Which helped to piss me off more and told me that the car was going to consume a quart of oil because thats what it says in the owners manual. I've NEVER owned a new car that ate a quart of oil ever 1,200 miles. My pointing out of talking to girls on the phone about my car has nothing to do with the possible knowledge of cars by all girls.
  • dcm61dcm61 Posts: 1,457
    I've seen oil consumption complaints at; I personally have not experienced "excess" oil consumption.

    My '12 Sport Limited dipstick showed from slightly overfull (when new) to mid-range at 7500 miles (first oil change). I drained ~4.5 quarts; put 5 quarts in and the dipstick was at the full level. I would guess that I consumed between 1/2 and 3/4 quart in 7500 miles.
  • Hi, I have always put on winter tires on my AWD Subaru Forester, now I have the Impreza hatchback and wonder if I really need them? I live in the Adirondack mts. where it can be snowy, icy and I like having a little more security. Anyone have any thoughts on this? thanks.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    If the winter weather is sporadic, you can probably get by without them just fine. But, I would recommend chains onboard just in case of a deep snow or drifting event that catches you out on the roads. If the inclement weather is more frequent, I'm all for studless winter tires. They're night and day compared to even the best all-season.
  • The ADK mountains get hit pretty hard with snow. You'll never regret getting studless snow tires.

    I highly recommend General Altimax Arctics. These tires are studdable. Don't bother adding studs to them.
  • oxmeadoxmead Posts: 65
    Does anybody else think the yoko's are a little sensitive when going over a metal grate bridge? Grab the wheel with both hands cause they swerve real bad on mine.
  • I don't know about metal grate bridges, but I've heard others make similar complaints with regard to grooved highways.

    The term for what you're describing is "tramming" or "tramlining".
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That effect should diminish with wear, at least it did on the 2nd set of tires on my '98 Forester (the only time I felt significant tramlining).
  • easleseasles Posts: 7
    Hi there,
    I have a complaint about the bluetooth pairing algorithm.
    I have paired both my phone and my wife's phone (at different times).

    I would like the system to recognize and connect (automagically) to each phone as we each drive the car. But alas, I cannot get the car to do this.

    Not sure if this is an Impreza failure or a user error.

    If I pair my phone and it is listed as the paired phone, then I can sit down in the car and it auto-connects seamlessly. Very cool.

    But if I take my wife's (previously paired and stored) phone into the car, it won't auto-connect. I have to go into the menu, select her phone and then choose it as the active phone for it to recognize the other phone and pair.

    This is a simple thing, I would think, as you are designing a phone system to accommodate more than one user.

    Am I doing something wrong? Anyone have any ideas?

  • I have the same issue and don't think it's user error. It's just the way the Subaru Bluetooth works. My personal experience with the Bluetooth setup is that it's very good in terms of voice quality, but I don't like the fact that there is no option other than voice dial. My other car allows me to scroll thru the stored numbers on the radio to find and dial the number I want to call. With the Subaru I have to use the phone to call a number that I have not setup for voice dial. It's really lame, but again the voice quality is very good.
  • once_for_allonce_for_all Posts: 1,640
    crud, a check engine light recall, and threats that if the car is not brought in pronto, we won't be able to re-register for next year:

    "Subaru has developed a modification to the Engine Control Module software logic to improve the monitoring parameters within the On-Board Diagnostic (OBDll) system for the engine coolant thermostat. This correction ensures that should there be an abnormal condition (i.e., the engine coolant does not reach or maintain the proper operating temperature), the “check engine light” will illuminate. The proper illumination of the “check engine light” is needed to alert you that corrective action may be required."
  • @once for all:

    What's your source for this check engine light recall? And when was this recall issued?
  • dcm61dcm61 Posts: 1,457
    I received an email at 5:09 PM EDT.

    This is from a link in ...

    Recall Service Program
    Engine Control Module Reprogramming | WQC39
    Service Program WQC-39
    Engine Control Module Reprogramming
    Vehicles Registered in the States of
    CA, CT, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NY, OR, PA, RI, VT, WA

    Dear Subaru Owner:

    We would like to thank you for your selection of a Subaru vehicle. At Subaru, we take pride in our products and are committed to your continued satisfaction.

    Subaru has developed a modification to the Engine Control Module software logic to improve the monitoring parameters within the On-Board Diagnostic (OBDll) system for the engine coolant thermostat. This correction ensures that should there be an abnormal condition (i.e., the engine coolant does not reach or maintain the proper operating temperature), the “check engine light” will illuminate. The proper illumination of the “check engine light” is needed to alert you that corrective action may be required.

    This software change has no effect on fuel economy or vehicle performance.


    We ask that you schedule an appointment with your Subaru Dealer as soon as possible to have your vehicle’s Engine Control Module software reprogrammed. This will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. However, it may be necessary for you to leave your car longer on the day of your appointment to allow your dealer flexibility in scheduling. Your Subaru dealer will perform this modification at no cost to you.


    The California Air Resources Board requires that emission related campaigns be completed prior to California’s vehicle registration renewal process; without this repair, you will not be able to register your vehicle during your next annual registration. Upon completion of this campaign, your California dealer will complete and provide you a “Proof of Correction Certificate.” If required, present the certificate to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (the “DMV”) when renewing your California registration as proof of campaign completion. If the DMV does not request the certificate, we recommend that you keep it for your records.

    In addition, the State of California requires that every vehicle must pass an emission test (SMOG Check) every two years and before it is sold. Without the service we are providing at no charge, your vehicle may not pass this test.


    To locate the nearest Subaru Dealer you can access our website at and select “Find a Dealer”.

    For additional information and the most Frequently Asked Questions, please go to:

    If you need additional assistance, please contact us directly:
    • Telephone: 1-800-SUBARU3 (1-800-782-2783)
    Monday through Thursday between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. ET
    Friday between 10:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET
    Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. ET
    • E-mail: Go to and select “Contact Us”.
    • U.S. Postal mail: Write us at Subaru of America, Inc., Attn: CDS Department,
    P.O. Box 6000, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-6000.

    Please contact us immediately if the dealer fails or is unable to make the necessary repairs free of charge.

    Your continued satisfaction with Subaru is important to us. This update is intended to ensure your vehicle’s optimal performance. We appreciate your understanding in this matter and regret any inconvenience this may cause you.


    Subaru of America, Inc.
  • IMO the stock Yokohama tires are HORRIBLE TIRES. At 11k miles they are cupping badly. Thump, thump thump going down a smooth paved road. I had them rotated and rebalanced to specs. every 5k miles. At 20k miles(if they last that long) I am replacing them with something decent. I like Michelin's so I'll try those first. By the way, I've had bad luck with every set of tires on my last 5 brand new cars---and 3 different tire makers. When I've replaced with Michelin's I've never changed tires again all the way to trade in at around 95k miles with each car.
  • If your tires are cupping, then I'm guessing they've spent most of their 11k mile life underinflated. I understand this--I find that my Yokos lose 1-2 psi/week. I try to check them at every fill-up now.
  • Just discovered that yesterday when my tire pressure warning light went on. All 4 tires were down about 5 to 6 PSI. Car was serviced about 3 months ago so assume tires were at proper pressure at that time. I will starting checking them weekly to get a better idea.
  • dcm61dcm61 Posts: 1,457
    Remember that you have to add winter air. Tires "lose" pressure as the temperature decreases.
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