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2012 Subaru Impreza Sport: 15K Service Visit

February 20, 2013

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If only all service visits were this quick and easy. We called for an early morning appointment and then dropped off our 2012 Subaru Impreza Sport at Subaru of Santa Monica. We told the service advisor we wanted an oil and filter change and a tire rotation. He wrote everything up and said he recommended adding a new air condition filter for a total of $240. We declined the filter since it wasn't called for on the scheduled maintenance. This dropped the price to $127.47.

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2012 Subaru Impreza: All's Well That Ends Well

December 28, 2012

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The holiday season can be a stressful time, and our 2012 Subaru Impreza was certainly feeling the pain. You'll recall that our little Subie limped into yuletide with some CVT issues that required a trip to the dealer.

The car was returned to us after a couple of days and we're happy to report that all injuries seem to have been healed. All it took was a new pressure switch, and not an entirely new transmission, as was initially feared.

So the Impreza is back to its old self, which is a good thing. The car was a dutiful and reliable ferry over the holiday weekend, handling assorted visits to various friends and acquaintances — along with a trip to the Hollywood Arclight for a weekend showing of "The Impossible" — without problem or complaint.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2012 Subaru Impeza Sport: Diagnosing The Hot CVT

December 21, 2012

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We brought our 2012 Subaru Impreza with its cranky CVT and ominous AT Oil Temp warning light to Santa Monica Subaru to figure out why it went haywire the previous day. Yep, that's me driving right past the Service entrance while Vehicle Testing Manager Mike Schmidt happily snaps photos of my obliviousness.

Our service advisor seemed shocked we'd had a problem with the CVT, saying this was a first for them at the dealership.

After a few days of the dealership going back-and-forth with Subaru, they initially told us they might have to replace the whole transmission. Upon further diagnosis and counseling from Subaru, they determined the CVT needs a new pressure switch.

They said the part should arrive in a couple days.

Stay tuned.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 12,478 miles

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2012 Subaru Impreza: Fun With CVT

December 20, 2012

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Last week, after our usual test day, the still-fully-loaded 2012 Subaru Impreza and I picked up Associate Vehicle & Content Coordinator, Rex Tokeshi-Torres, and we scampered up to Streets of Willow. No, we weren't going to take any hot laps in the Impreza.

But we did opt for the Angeles Crest/Angeles Forest Highway cutoff, which is not only quicker than staying on the highway, but a heckuva lot more fun. Even in the not-so-sporty Subie.

The several hundred pounds worth of test gear wasn't doing us any favors on the twisty, mountainous roads, and it was hard to get up enough speed to even need to brake for most corners.

I used the CVT's paddle-shift manual mode quite a bit for the engine braking. Handlingwise the Subie did fine, but powerwise it was pretty pathetic with all that gear. Plus Rex.

When we got to Streets of Willow, the first thing Senior Editor Josh Jacquot asked was, "Did you blow up that CVT?"

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2012 Subaru Impreza: TPMS Warning

December 07, 2012

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This little gem showed up in the Impreza's instrument cluster Monday afternoon on my way home from a media event across the L.A. basin. Normally when these things happen it's because of a combination of factors. And nine out ten times than combination is apathy in checking tire pressures combined with a little cool weather.

But this was occuring during the warmest part of the day and it wasn't that cool -- about 65 degrees.

I put gauge to tire when I got home and discovered all four tires were about 5 psi low. A quick hit with the compressor cured that and the light went away the next time I drove the car.

Must have been right on the threshold.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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2012 Subaru Impreza Sport: Ridiculously Easy DIY Oil Change

November 06, 2012

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A few weeks back I postulated that a do-it-yourself oil change on the 2012 Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S twins would be a piece of cake because of the in-your-face positioning of the oil filter in plain sight under the hood.

It turns out the same oil filter position can be found under the bonnet of our 2012 Subaru Impreza Sport, which is also powered by a 2.0-liter Subaru flat-4 engine, albiet without the high-zoot direct-and-port fuel injection of its sportier cousins.

But the higher riding Impreza may go them one better, because I found that I only needed to drive the Impreza's front tires up onto some 2x4 scraps to gain enough clearance to slip my oil drain pan in there and reach underneath to remove the oil drain plug -- no floor jack or jack stands required, in other words.

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2012 Subaru Impreza: 7,500-Mile Service Due

October 19, 2012

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Our 2012 Subaru Impreza was falling behind its mileage accumulation schedule so we sent it on some long distance trips to catch up. We were so focused on spinning the odometer that the 7,500-mile service slipped right past us. Luckily, we changed the oil once already, so no harm is being done. But it's about time we call the dealer for an appointment and get things back on track.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 8,369 miles

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2012 Subaru Impreza: First Service

June 22, 2012

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Yesterday we dropped our 2012 Subaru Impreza off for maintenance at Timmons Subaru of Long Beach. The Impreza requests its first routine service at 3,750 miles before then settling into a recurring interval of 7,500-miles...

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2012 Subaru Impreza: Maintenance Made Easy

June 15, 2012

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I've noted before that the engine bay in our Impreza is not pretty and that's fine. It's not a high-dollar sports car after all.

It is, however, a commuter car to many, so keeping it properly maintained is likely a priority for owners. Subaru seems to have taken this into consideration as the engine bay is not only well marked, the important parts are easily accessible. I mean, check out that oil filter, it's just begging to be changed. And once you're done with that, you need only to venture a mere inch or two to refill the crankcase. So easy, yet so rare. Nice work Subaru.

Ed Hellwig, Editor

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2012 Subaru Impreza: Brake Break-in Procedure

May 09, 2012

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While flipping through the owner's manual for the engine break-in procedure on our 2012 Subaru Impreza, I found this page for new brake pads and linings. This sort of break-in occurs during normal driving. So it isn't something we'd typically acknowledge. But the parking brake section is interesting.

How many of you take the time to break-in your new parking brake as this manual suggests?

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 813 miles

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2012 Subaru Impreza: Engine Break-in Procedure

May 08, 2012

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Read it and weep, its the engine break-in procedure for our 2012 Subaru Impreza. Read it because Subaru finds it important enough to include in the owner's manual. And weep because, well, we still have 200 miles of conservative driving before we are officially broken in.

When it comes to engine break-in we often encounter varying schools of thought. Here we are again. In our case, we follow the book. But what's your take on break-in? If the manual says do it, do you do it? Or do you jump right into your normal driving patterns immediately?

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 813 miles

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