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Old 07-21-2016, 09:30 AM   #15
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Have just over 5000+ miles on a 2016 Crostrek, which is the same base as the Impreza and have had no problems. Asked service mgr at 3 different dealers and all said their should be no problems.
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Old 07-21-2016, 08:03 PM   #16
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@franktr, I saw your posts on your experience with your WRX. My question had less to do with if Subaru's warranty will cover the car if it is flat towed, which is no, but if anyone has actually flat towed a 2016+ WRX. Based upon your experience and a few other posts I've read, looks like the issue is with the push-to-start feature. Some of the lower end models do not have the feature, while the limited and STI have it. If you have a WRX with a key, it is easier to know that you have the ignition in the ACC position. I would assume ACC for a push-to-start ignition would require you to hit the button without putting your foot on the brake, but not clear if that allows the steering wheel to turn and if the transmission if fully disengaged in neutral. Spoke to the service center and the 2015-2017 WRX and STI have the same transmission so it seems like isn't a mechanical issue.

My wife and I agreed that it really isn't worth the cost of buying a new car that isn't certified to be towed (regardless if it can be towed) and most likely going to look for a pre-2015 Honda CRV. One concern I had with the WRX/STI is that the baseplate is closer to the ground and people have been hitting their hitch dropper when driving up and down steeper driveways.

I loved that car. It was fun to drive. I was told all should be well and it I wanted they would give me a WRX without a push button start but may not covered a warranty issue. With 35k invested I just did not want to take a chance, so when they offered me to be whole I took it.
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Old 09-30-2016, 09:55 PM   #17
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Well, I bought the Subaru Impreza. I invested the money for the base plate and battery trickle charger and new pig tail. Then, on my first trip, I took the car to a restaurant and seriously scraped the underside of the front bumper. It was a very small dip and it really messed up my car. This model is WAY TOO LOW in the front, like a Lotus sports car. This is NOT WHAT I WANTED TO DEAL WITH. I'm very disappointed in this car. I would highly recommend the Subaru Crosstrek, but not the Impreza. Now, I have to treat it like I'm walking on egg shells. So sad. It tows fine and has good interior space and good gas mileage. Just too low front end clearance. I'm stuck with it now forever. Too much money invested to get something else.
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Old 10-01-2016, 08:36 AM   #18
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Subrau offered to switch to a WRX with a key and give the difference in cash but, I asked about warenty they said no. Corporate said they did not want any 2016 cars flat towed. I loved that car but they completely made me even plus a little. Now we have a GMC Terrain
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Old 10-03-2016, 11:49 PM   #19
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Have just over 5000+ miles on a 2016 Crostrek, which is the same base as the Impreza and have had no problems. Asked service mgr at 3 different dealers and all said their should be no problems.
Great to hear since we just picked up a new Crosstrek. So far I really like the car, our third Subaru and I think it's going to be perfect.
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Old 10-04-2016, 12:02 PM   #20
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I tow my '14 Crosstrek. It's a great compromise between a car and a jeep.

My thought exactly. It's the way I plan to go if Ford doesn't release the F100.
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Old 07-27-2017, 08:40 AM   #21
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Subaru AWD Impreza toad - 2012 recommendation has changed

Hello everyone,

Just purchased our first RV (yay). We have a 2012 AWD Manual transmission Subaru Impreza and we were hopeful that we could tow the Impreza (RAV4 seemed risky even with Remco products). Read the threads. Read the web sites. Read the owner's manual. Everything seemed positive about using the Impreza as a toad.

Contacted Subaru. They have changed their position on Impreza towing. Initially, they told me to follow the owner's manual, then they told me that the 2012 owner's manual no longer reflects their recommendations on towing.

Initial email response:


Thank you for contacting Subaru.



Please follow the recommendations outlined in the Owner's Manual if there is a need to tow a Subaru vehicle. The best way to transport a Subaru vehicle is a flatbed tow truck with ALL wheels off the ground. Always follow the precautions and recommendations outlined in the Owner's Manual if flat towing with all wheels on the ground is unavoidable in an emergency situation.

Follow-up response (after I pointed out that flat towing is allowed):

Thank you for your email response.



Again, the recommendations have changed since 2012. The best way to tow a Subaru vehicle is with all wheels off of the ground. If you need to tow your vehicle, you can follow the steps in the owners manual. However, that would be in emergency situations and the best way is with all wheels off of the ground.

Given that our Subaru is five years-old and out of warranty, we're still considering using the Impreza as a toad regardless of Subaru's change in position.
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Old 07-28-2017, 05:49 AM   #22
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We have towed our 2012 manual Impreza thousands of miles without issue. Before I bought the car new in April 2012, I emailed Subaru asking them the same question. Here is a copy of their response, with my question:

Dear Mr. Rafferty:

Thank you for visiting the Subaru Web Site and for your interest in a 2012 Subaru Impreza.

AWD Subaru vehicles with manual transmission can be towed with all four wheels on the ground and the transmission in neutral.
When towing a manual transmission 2012 Impreza behind your motorhome, you would want the transmission in neutral and the key in the 1st position from "OFF." As all new models are equipped with digital odometers, mileage will not accumulate when being towed.

Thanks again for your interest in Subaru products. Have a great weekend, Burns.

Sincerely,

John J. Mergen
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1-800-SUBARU3 (1-800-782-2783)
Service Request #1-1980576722




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Hi - I am interested in the 2012 Impreza. My wife and I own an motorhome and I need to know if the 2012 Impreza (manual transmission) is flat-towable (all 4 wheels on the ground @ 60mph) behind the motorhome and what, if any, restrictions there are. I'm not sure the salesperson really understood the question I asked.


As far as I'm concerned, this letter serves as permission to do so. I bought the car based on this letter.

On an unrelated note, you may or may not be aware that early 2012 Subaru Imprezas suffer an engine defect which causes excessive oil consumption. Subaru was sued over this and settled with the plaintiffs and courts. The engine warranty has been increased to 8 years for certain VINs. My Subie is one of them. At high speeds it uses a frightening amount of oil and must be checked regularly. They can do an engine oil consumption test. See your dealer for details.
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Almost 5000 miles towing our Crosstrek, works great. It is a manual, and that is a requirement for flat-towing a Subaru.
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