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2.7

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Subaru Impreza engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 102009

Impreza

  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Strong fuel smell in cold weather.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #3

Dec 112009

Impreza

  • 63,000 miles
I recently bought an 02 Subaru and it seems that every time I cold start the car when it gets below freezing outside there is a horrid gas smell in the cabin of the car. On further investigation it is visible that there is a pool of gas accumulating on the motor from underneath the intake manifold. I have just noticed this and called the dealer and they said they had never heard of this. Looking online it seems to be a regular issue and there is no recall or information on how dangerous it is to have raw fuel on a hot engine. I am at a loss and a little concerned for my safety.

- Franklin, WI, USA

problem #2

Oct 302005

Impreza

  • 20,000 miles
Head gaskets on both sides of engine leaking oil and coolant at 20000 miles and 2.5 yrs old. Oil and coolant leak transfers on tires and exhaust. This can cause fire and loss of control. Subaru only acknowledges problem on other VIN on Impreza (my vehicle 2002 Impreza outback wagon) and forester. Even though forester uses the identical engine as Impreza.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012003

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 37,000 miles
I have a 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX, and I can smell fuel odor in my vehicle at cold temperatures. I purchased the car within 4 weeks of the North american release of the vehicle.

- Richmond Heights, MO, USA

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