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Oil consumption - piece of junk! BEWARE
2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By markmine
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2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Limited PZEV 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)


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I purchased this car new and it was never abused.
This is my first Subaru and the awd was appealing. This car is Very disappointing! Around 14k miles the car started burning approx 1 quart of oil every 1000 miles. Subaru said this is normal! I think the new 2.0 engine has problems. The car also sounded like it had a bad wheel bearing, the dealer said the sound is the cvt transmission and again normal.
The stereo system is horrible! The build quality is really bad and at 19k miles the car is rattling and gas mileage dropped to 26 mpg. Don't make the same mistake I made, buy a Honda or Toyota and stay away from Subaru!


Best Features

AWD.


Worst Features

Oil consumption is a real problem as is build quality. Fit and finish not as good as a Honda or Toyota. Road noise is excessive. When the car is started with remote starter, as soon as you open the door, the car turs off. Heat and AC not very good, AC doesn't work very well in hot weather. Ergonomics need improvement, for example the heated seat switch is located under the arm rest.


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Oil Consumption
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By jeanette101
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2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)


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I have had this car since February almost a year.
It is using oil and John Howard told me to bring it in every 1000 miles so they can check and add oil if it needs it and document it.
My brother also has this car in the hatchback model and it is using oil too.
He lives in PA and garage there told him to drive it in anytime it is low on oil so they can add it and document it.
Please email me if anyone else is having this problem.


Best Features

The headlights are very bright don't see no need for fog lights.


Worst Features

Figure out why the 2.0 engine is using oil and quit lying about the gas mileage.


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Beware of 2012 Impreza 2.0i (Base) CVT
6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By tpyne377
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2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i PZEV 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)


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PLEASE BE AWARE -- The CVT Automatic transmission in the Impreza 2.0i base model is NOT the same as that available in the rest of the line. It does NOT have the up/down shift function on the steering wheel. Even though it lists this version of the transmission as "CVT Auto Transmission with Manual Shift" on the order form and on the window sticker -- there is nothing "manual" about it. DO NOT BE FOOLED INTO ORDERING THIS LIKE I DID. (No 2012 Imprezas were available for test driving at the time.) There is still nothing that notes this in ANY of Subaru's online website nor in any independent review that I can find.


Best Features

Very comfortable seats. Great handling.


Worst Features

STOP using the stripped down version of the CVT transmission in the 2.0i Base model. Instead substitute the one in the rest of the Impreza line. It has a "real" manual sport shift mode. Subaru should use a little "truth in advertising" regarding its MPG ratings. They cite 36 MPG highway. This is not realistic for the Base model with this CVT transmission. The best I have gotten is 27 MPG. (The same as we got with our previous Impreza model.) So, where's the improved mileage?


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Disappointing
1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By knahs25
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2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium PZEV 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Third Subaru I have owned.
Less power than my 2004 Impreza with no significant increase in miles per gallon (got 28 mpg on 2004 and getting 30 mpg on this).
There is a really stupid gague to let you know how to drive to get better mileage - shows I get good mileage going downhill and bad mileage going up hill.
Still not designed for a short people - sliding armrest helps but still about 2 inches too short.
I don't think the low profile is going to get me through a whole lot of deep snow.
I wouldn't have gone with this except for Consumer Reports high rating.
Wish I had gone with the Hyundai Elantra GT instead which is almost the same car dimension wise (interior and exterior).


Best Features

Steering wheel controls for radio


Worst Features

Make armrest so a short person can make use of it. Improve gas mileage.


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Blue tooth
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By joelira1
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2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)


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car is great over all
Handling, ease of driving, sure footed on wet roads

The big problem in Imressa I own has been a defective blue tooth system
The factory does not own up to problem after 7
Times of leaving car for Enginering to inspect
Dealer confirms
the problems over and over
Factory gives every excuse put can not fix
And will not replace with new car
great car good dealer bad factory support


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