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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,667 miles

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2002 Subaru Impreza clutch problems

clutch problem

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2002 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #6

May 162004

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 55,000 miles


I have a 2002 Subaru Impreza rs, this vehicle seems to be like lots of others, the vehicles shudders and jerks alot when I'm pulling off in the morning, evening, whether its cold or hot. I took it to shelors which wanted to tear it apart and charge me, when the car is still under warranty. This vehicle does this atleast 3 times a week. The car only has 35588 miles so actually its still under the new car warranty. I have a hard time sometimes getting the car into reverse (manuel trans.) I haven't had any acciden't as of this date so, I'm putting the date that I'm filling this out into the incident date box.

- Galax, VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 092001

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
Clutch shudders in first and second gears until engine warms up (~20mins). Vehicle has less than 17,000 miles and this has been a problem since the first day of ownership. I brought the vehicle to the dealer and was told this was normal. I find that explanation unacceptable since many others have complained with the same problem. I find this to be a safety issue since I have to rev the engine up to get the clutch to engage, potentially lurching me into traffic and causing an accident.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #4

Oct 022003

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Clutch shutters upon startup. I can't believe this is a normal clutch function as Subaru mentions. I've had the car for 1 year and would like to sell it. The problem, how do I sell this car to someone else with a clutch that violently shutters when cold. It's a matter of good ethics which Subaru doesn't have.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #3

Jan 012002

Impreza 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • 12,000 miles


Severe clutch shudder at start of forward movement. Affected by lower outside temps. If car sits in cold weather at first use of clutch severe shudder vibrates whole vehicle. As clutch warms up shudder lessens but never goes away. *dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12-12-02 cut over to artemis***761550

- Spanaway, WA, USA

problem #2

May 012002

Impreza 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The clutch shudders and slips horribly on cold starts in 1st gear. The whole car will shake due to how horrible it is. Stops shuddering after 15 mins of stop and go. Dealer said it is normal and many customers complain, but that is the way the Subaru clutch behaves. -- btw: This site does not seem to show anywhere near the amount of clutch shudder issues I have heard of, and it seems that some people have posted clutch shudder issues under the wrong part defect.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

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problem #1

Jan 022002

Impreza 4WD

  • miles
Severe clutch shudder during low speed operation ( in 1st gear and starting to move from a stop) when clutch components are cold. Shudder continues till parts warm up. Shudder never completely goes away.

- Spanaway, WA, USA

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