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How are people enjoying paddleshifting on their 17 imprezas.
 

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My bad I meant to say people that have gone pass the break in period.
 

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That's cool. I've only got less than 200 miles left until I reach the 1000 mile mark so I'm looking forward for the break-in period to be done with so I can test out the paddle shifters. That's one of the main reasons I got this car for them.
 

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Yes I am almost at mile marker myself . All back roads mostly and a few Hwy exits. It get excited when there is a hill ha ha.
How are you varying engine rpm ?
I was so tempted to use paddle.
 

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Apparently your not supposed to use the paddle shifters or cruise control for the first 1000 miles to allow the vehicle to break in?
Oops. Well, I certainly used them on the test drive and when doing some mountain/hill driving to help engine brake a bit. The Impreza's engine has like no engine braking, though, so its not super effective. It is really nice when you're planning to overtake somebody on the highway, though.
 

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Yes I am almost at mile marker myself . All back roads mostly and a few Hwy exits. It get excited when there is a hill ha ha.
How are you varying engine rpm ?
I was so tempted to use paddle.
I have been so tempted also it's been hard stopping myself. Engine rpms vary depending on my mood lol but you gotta really put your foot down for the power & sound of the boxer engine to kick in.
 

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Oops. Well, I certainly used them on the test drive and when doing some mountain/hill driving to help engine brake a bit. The Impreza's engine has like no engine braking, though, so its not super effective. It is really nice when you're planning to overtake somebody on the highway, though.
I'm sure either way it's not gonna do damage to the engine or CVT so maybe tonight I will test it out & see how it goes. I'm sure going down big hills it'll come in handy or in the snow to slow down instead of using the brakes lol
 

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When I tested the demo I had it for 11/2hrs.
Went thru some back roads an Hwys, did not realize it was a 7spd.
Hey1stsbie happy testing.
 

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I'm well past the 1k mile mark. I'm a little nervous about using them. Especially in traffic. If I down shift to slow down while in traffic I may get rear ended because my break light will not come on.
I live on Long Island and people drive like assholes and always tailgate. Even while doing 70 mph, they tail gate
 

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Have learned some things over the course of my 1200 miles of ownership....First, if you're cruising at 50mph on a long stretch, you may notice that the RPM's are in the 2000 range. They can be reduced to 1500 if you switch to manual and shift from 5th (seems to be the default at 50mph) to 6th... and if you get up to 60-62 mph in automatic it may or may not be in 7th, check by putting in manual and switching to 7th. Keep in mind, 7th gear is for flat-cruising only...ANY kind of a grade (2% or greater) will slow you to a crawl. You'll have to manually switch to 6th, 5th, sometimes 4th depending on the grade. It's pretty cool to be in cruise control, set to 3 or 4 car lengths, and enter an on or off ramp behind traffic.....the car does EVERYTHING! And yes, the brake lights come on if braking is needed automatically. This is a really weenie engine and I'm OK with that because I expected it, and bought the car knowing that. I try to hypermile when I can (if wife not in car). Subaru really should offer the 250 HP WRX engine as an option in the 5-Door......
 

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When I tested the demo I had it for 11/2hrs.
Went thru some back roads an Hwys, did not realize it was a 7spd.
Hey1stsbie happy testing.
So last night on my way home I decided to cut thru some curvy backroads & try it out. I was really impressed when coming to tight corners dropping down a "gear" or two without using the brake pedal. The car handles pretty well. I love the sound from the boxer engine when coming to a complete stop using the paddle shifters. They need a lot more testing which I will gladly do :)
 

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So last night on my way home I decided to cut thru some curvy backroads & try it out. I was really impressed when coming to tight corners dropping down a "gear" or two without using the brake pedal. The car handles pretty well. I love the sound from the boxer engine when coming to a complete stop using the paddle shifters. They need a lot more testing which I will gladly do.

This is one of my favourite roads 318 curves in 11 miles
The Impreza will probably see that road nearing the end of summer

http://tailofthedragonmaps.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/RideMePoster_2015.pdf

The chassis set up was the reason I bought the 17 Impreza
Didn't too much care for all the electronic gizmos.
 

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So last night on my way home I decided to cut thru some curvy backroads & try it out. I was really impressed when coming to tight corners dropping down a "gear" or two without using the brake pedal. The car handles pretty well. I love the sound from the boxer engine when coming to a complete stop using the paddle shifters. They need a lot more testing which I will gladly do.

This is one of my favourite roads 318 curves in 11 miles
The Impreza will probably see that road nearing the end of summer

http://tailofthedragonmaps.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/RideMePoster_2015.pdf

The chassis set up was the reason I bought the 17 Impreza
Didn't too much care for all the electronic gizmos.
That road looks like a lot of fun but too bad I'm so far away from it. I live in MA :-(
 

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Where is it written that you should not use the paddle shift in the first 1,000 miles?
Members on here have said it & also the cruise control should not be used during the break in period. The first oil change should be done at 3000 miles to remove any metal shavings from the engine according to the dealer.
 

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I think the "don't use cruise control" might make sense for either a manual transmission, possibly a traditional automatic - but probably not the CVT. The CVT varies the engine RPMs all over the place when in cruise control at a fixed speed, and the load certainly varies enough with various grades, accelerating, etc.

That said, the manual does say not to drive at a "constant vehicle speed". It doesn't say a thing about not using paddle shifters.
 

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I think the not using paddle shifters is overkill. The key is to not keep it at constant RPMs (the engine doesn't know your speed anyways). I actually sometimes used the paddle shifters in D to drop from 7 to 6 while on the highway just to make sure my RPMs weren't sitting at 2k the whole time.

Not using cruise controls is just to get at the same concept. I still tried not to use it during break in, but in stop and go the adaptive cruise control is actually a life saver, and using it isn't a problem since your RPMs aren't fixed.
 

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I think the "don't use cruise control" might make sense for either a manual transmission, possibly a traditional automatic - but probably not the CVT. The CVT varies the engine RPMs all over the place when in cruise control at a fixed speed, and the load certainly varies enough with various grades, accelerating, etc.

That said, the manual does say not to drive at a "constant vehicle speed". It doesn't say a thing about not using paddle shifters.
I think the not using paddle shifters is overkill. The key is to not keep it at constant RPMs (the engine doesn't know your speed anyways). I actually sometimes used the paddle shifters in D to drop from 7 to 6 while on the highway just to make sure my RPMs weren't sitting at 2k the whole time.

Not using cruise controls is just to get at the same concept. I still tried not to use it during break in, but in stop and go the adaptive cruise control is actually a life saver, and using it isn't a problem since your RPMs aren't fixed.
I totally agree, that is why before the 1000 mile mark I started using the paddle shifters more & more especially on curvy roads & steep hills. Works wonders at slowing down instead of using the brakes just gotta watch out the driver behind doesn't rear end you lol. I guess whoever stated they could not be used was mistaken.
 
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