Subaru Impreza Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Subaru Impreza

Subaru Impreza Problems

The Check Engine Light may illuminate because of a failed knock sensor. Although the sensor often tests okay, it can fail intermittently, while the vehicle is being driven.

Sometimes the Check Engine Light illuminates because the computer detects misfires. Subaru released an improved spark plug wire set to solve the problem. The ignition coil should also be inspected for carbon tracks or short circuits between the contacts

The head gasket has a high failure rate due to cooling system problems. Subaru is aware of the problem and has extended the warranty to 8 years/100k miles on many vehicles.

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Subaru Impreza Questions

I cannot shift into reverse at all. First gear is also very hard to shift into.

It happens when the rpm go down

If I move steering wheel position and restart (can take ten tries), will eventually go into gear and drive fine. Have had 'brake start selenoid'(I believe that is what it is called-not mechanic) replaced twice in past for same issue, but without ABS and traction control light coming on....

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Subaru Impreza Recalls

This recall applies only to vehicles equipped with Takata-brand air bag inflators. Upon deployment the passenger airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. Mazda dealers will replace the affected airbag inflator modules to correct this concern.

On 2010-2013 Subaru models equipped with an automatic transmission and Audiovox accessory remote start system, if the key fob is dropped it may begin randomly transmitting a request to start the engine, causing the engine to unexpectedly start and run for up to 15 minutes. The engine may continue to start and stop until the battery in the fob goes dead or until the vehicle runs out of fuel. If the vehicle is parked in an enclosed area, there is a risk of carbon monoxide build-up which may cause asphyxiation. Original equipment keyless entry fobs integrated on the vehicle key are not affected. Dealers will replace the affected key fobs to correct this concern.

The front lower control arms may break at the hanger brackets due to corrosion. This corrosion is commonly a result of the hanger bracket being exposed to salty conditions, such as roads where salt is used as a snow melting agent. A broken control arm can result in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the affected control arms and rustproof or replace them as necessary. The Subaru recall number is WVX-34.

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Subaru Impreza Reviews

Car is fun to drive, carries a lot of stuff, and is quicker than most other cars out there...Need I say more?

No major or minor problems / issues. A little noisy at higher speeds. Surprising low-end torque... takes hills with ease.

Over all good car. But the manual transmission doesnt go into reverse sometimes the first time I try putting it in first. Besides that awesome car.

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