2012 Subaru Impreza: Love Me Two or Three Times
October 15, 2012
One of the Impreza's annoying habits: Usually without fail, the first time I plug in my iPhone via USB, the system won't recognize it. The screen tells me to Check Device. So I disconnect, wait a couple seconds, connect it again. Many times it'll pick up the USB connection on the second try. Sometimes it requires a third. I've also noticed that if you shut off the ignition and leave the phone connected, the system will start to recognize it on the next start-up -- only to freeze up about two seconds into whatever track was queued up earlier.
I put some of this down to simply owning an old phone, an iPhone 3G purchased late in 2008. This phone just will not die. Connection through Bluetooth is fine, incidentally. But always prefer to cable it up when possible to access folders and playlists through the interface.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor