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francopoli  ·  368 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 10, 2018

    7. It thinks there's a passenger with there's a pound of stuff on the passenger seat.

It is due to the sensor. The seat does not use weight but capacitance. When I put my telescope stuff in the seat? not a problem. my Laptop bag? all the alarms. I've got 40K miles on mine and its a car. I don't love it, I don't hate it. The dealer is great for me, however, and have helped with everything that I have had issues with (mostly small crap here and there, nothing major).

The infotainment system is fucking bad. Just. BAD. The new Subarus have been touting the better information screens and user interface, but they suck as well. No buttons on screen, everything a virtual capacitance touch screen, in a moving vehicle bouncing down the road is poor choices, IMO. Next car I get will have Android Auto and will just use a cell phone as the driver for the system. Right now I use the phone, connect it via bluetooth and use VLC to play music and playlists.

The only other thing I really have to add is that the all wheel drive is still taking some getting used to. The first time that the AWD kicked in while hydroplaning? I coulda made diamonds in my ass as much as I was puckered. With the snow and ice this weekend I will take the car out to a parking lot or field and do donuts and test slamming on the brakes to get more practice with the car in shit conditions.

WanderingEng  ·  368 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks, I didn't know the seat sensor was capacitive. I've been driving it for 15 months and the sensor never went off with books, groceries, hat/gloves, water bottles, but then I put my boot traction spikes on it and the alarm is killing me.

I agree the infotainment is awful, but I've driven worse ones as rentals. The Chevy Trax had a touchscreen volume control which was awful. I Bluetooth audio into mine, too, and it drives me crazy that the system doesn't use the phone album or artist art. Other systems do. The system functions fine on a basic level, but it feels like something I'd have expected in 2010, not my 2016 model year.

I've been nothing but happy with the AWD. I've driven it into some pretty snowy hiking trailheads. While I might have done the same with my Civic, it would have been a ton of planning both for the approach into the lot and getting out. With the Impreza, I just drove in and back out. I'm not talking two feet of snow, but 6-9" can be a real concern. No problem in the Impreza.