Bluetooth Blues - 2012 Subaru Impreza Long-Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza Long Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza: Bluetooth Blues

October 25, 2012


Because I made the mistake of not limiting my mom's access to my Facebook page she worries about me A LOT. And inevitably after a status update I get emails from my dad and sister, "Call Mom. She can't sleep because of your Facebook." But she's a worrywort, worrying over innocuous stuff like a picture of my dog swimming in a pool. So I wanted to take advantage of that two-hour drive back to L.A. from the Willow Springs driving school to call her and assure her that all is right in my world (and my dog's). Unfortunately, my phone just couldn't connect to our 2012 Subaru Impreza, which I was driving home.

Before I hit the road, I tried to set up the Bluetooth connection. I turned on the Bluetooth on my phone, making it discoverable, and set the BT on the Impreza to search for it. My phone found the Subie and the Subie gave a passcode but that was as far as it got. The prompt to type in the passcode never popped up on my phone and I got the "Failed" message on the car's screen after she kept searching for it. However my phone did indicate it was connected. But when I tried to make the call, it didn't sound through the car's speakers.

Now I know what you're all going to say, troubleshoot by RTFM. But why should I when I've been able to connect my phone so easily to other cars in the past? Maybe it was just a glitch? I dunno. But I did find a video of how to pair an iPhone to a 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STI which is pretty much what I did with our car. Only difference is that I have a Samsung Galaxy SIII. Hit the jump for the video.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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