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1998 Subaru Impreza drivetrain problems

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1998 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 011998

Impreza 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Right wheel bearings have been replaced five times. Contacted dealer, and dealer can't fix problem. Consumer states entire differential is inoperative.

- Green Wood Lake, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 302001

Impreza 4WD

  • miles
The left rear wheel bearing went bad at approx 51K miles. The reason the report is being filed is the large number of late model Subaru wheel bearing failures I found on the internet. I read many reports of failed rear wheel bearings on 1998 and later Subaru vehicles which included the outback, forester and Impreza. Several individuals reported having the same bearing replaced two and three times. The alarming part is many were replaced at mileages below twenty thousand miles. I'm afraid I'm going to have other bearings go or the same bearing go again.

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #2

Jan 142001

Impreza 4WD

  • miles
Repeated failures of left rear wheel bearing assembly beginning at 29, 033 miles. Most recent repair at 58, 637 miles required replacement of left rear wheel bearing assembly, axle shaft assembly, right rear wheel bearing assembly, and seals. Recent failure occurred without warning at highway speed of 65 mph; some handling problems during failure at this speed. Manufacturer's representative states that Subaru corporate policy does not reimburse consumer/operator for incidental expenses -- rental transportation, lodging, taxis, and so forth -- as a consequence of breakdown. My confidence in the safety and reliability of the vehicle is low; I believe that the safety and reliability of the vehicle has been compromised through either manufacturing defect and/or workmanship. Will forward full documentation of incidents and repair history to NHTSA via U.S. mail. Thank you for your assistance.

- Fayetteville, NY, USA

problem #1

May 052000

Impreza 4WD

  • miles
I believe there is a sub-standard part being used in Subaru Impreza rear wheel bearings. Besides my 2 failures, I know of dozens of other people in my car club with similar rear wheel bearing failures. Currently the failures are being handled under warranty, but as the cars age, the wheel bearing failures seem likely to continue and will start to get expensive.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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