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I love cars and like to make them last at least 200k mls. Over the last twenty five years I've owned Buick, Chevy, Ford, Hyundai, Honda and now a Subaru. I'm not a mechanic but I do repair medical equipment for a living and love working with my hands. I also love to teach what I know to my two children.
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Question Asked: 2.5i premium 5 door, 5 speed. Intermittent light engine knock.
October 26, 2010, 08:11 AM
I have a 2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i premium 5 door, 5 speed with 8k mls on it. The car runs well and does not have any check engine lights on but there is a slight intermittent knock when switching gears and staring off in first. I was told by my Subaru service manager that the car only needs 87 octane and that I can experience occasional knock and that it is normal. I have been driving manuals for 25 years (both foreign and domestic) and never had this happen. Is this an issue I should push with the dealer and will it eventually destroy my engine? I was hoping to get at least 200k mls out of this car.
Question Answered: milege
September 27, 2011, 12:44 PM
Sorry to say but this is not an econo car. It will average around 24mpg (city/hwy). Best you can do is keep up on the regular maintenance (tire inflation, oil&lube, air filter, plugs and don't carry a bunch of junk around in the car. Reducing weight helps. Above all though is easy on the gas peddle! I have a 2010 manual impreza and I am averaging 30.6mpg but I drive mostly highway and take it eay on acceleration. Good Luck.
Question Answered: Why would a rattling noise occur from the front brake on the drivers side?
September 27, 2011, 12:34 PM
It's possible it may not even be the brake. Check the link between the front sway bar and body of the car. They are made with plastic cups that the ball section sits in and can easily brake causing a clunking or rattle sound. You may need to remove the link from the car to check it. Even if this is not the problem you may want to consider upgrading them with an after market kit. I would also add a rear sway bar. The car will handle much better (use aftermarket, the dealer will rip you off and it's an easy job). Good luck. I hope this helps.
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Car Review: 2010 Subaru Impreza
November 03, 2010, 07:49 AM
I recently purchased a 2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5I premium 5 door with manual trans. I now have 9k miles on it and so far so good mechanically. The entire drive train is broken in and running very smoothly. I am averaging 29.6mpg. Acceleration is very good. The four wheel drive is AMAZING in all conditions. The car is very roomy and has alot of usable space. The are a few small things I didn't like. The suspension is soft and tends to amplify body roll. The premium stereo is just o.k. and the front seet is not that compfortable on longer trips. I added a set of sway bars from Rallitek and WOW what a difference. I purchased this car because it had a lot to offer for the money and with the addition of the sway bars I am overall very happy with it. I can't wait to drive in the snow. I'll report back after five and again around ten years.
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