2012 Subaru Impreza: What's Missing?
September 10, 2012
A coolant temp gauge, for one. This is pretty much all you get in the Impreza's display, day or night. For a long road-trip, one that takes you through 100-degree desert, I'd like a temp gauge. When you first start the car, you get a blue dummy light indicating that the coolant hasn't yet reached optimal temp (that light only hangs around for 30 seconds or so here in SoCal).
Even a dummy light that glows red when you're starting to boil doesn't seem very helpful. Just a simple progressive gauge that allows me to plan for an eventual roadside stop at a deserted service station with broken pumps and a maybe a bucket of dirty water.
To the Impreza's credit, it had no issues passing a couple hundred roasting desert miles with A/C going steady.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor