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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,080 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Subaru Impreza engine problems

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2002 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 012005

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The accelerator on 2002 Subaru Impreza became stuck in the open position. The dealership determined that the cause of the problem was a part of the air cleaner filter had fallen into the carburetor.

- Lolo, MT, USA

problem #4

Jan 242005

Impreza 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,400 miles
The brakes worked intermittently. It was hard to stop the vehicle. The dealer and the other mechanics can find no defects. Instead of stopping the consumer stated that the vehicle picked up speed.

- Ardsley, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 042003

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced sudden acceleration while in reverse. The consumer was backing out slowly out of a level parking lot with her foot on the brake as the vehicle coasted. The ignition had to be turned off to stop the vehicle.

- Hilo, HI, USA

problem #2

Aug 242002

(reported on)

Impreza 4WD

  • miles
After the first oil change noticed a hesitation problem when acellerating form a stop and a rough idle. This happens after the engine is warmed up. Reported the problem to the dealer they said they did not know how to fix it. Contacted Subaru directly and they denied any knowledge of this problem. Found out form other people that this is a known problem. It is not getting any better and am worried when I take off some time that if the engines stalls out like this I could get rear ended.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #1

Jul 032002

Impreza 4WD

  • miles
The car in front of me slowed down so I tried to disengage the cruise control with the cruise control lever. My goal was to slow the car down however it was not working fast enough so I pushed on the brakes. I was unable to push on the brake because it felt like a cement block. My cruise control did not disengage forcing me to pull over onto the shoulder where I was still unable to come to an immediate stop. Finally I pushed in the clutch which helped to slow the car down but the brakes still felt very stiff. I believe this was a problem that was created due to my using the cruise conrol. The car was taken to our mechanic who could not find anything wrong with it. I believe, however, that a temporary malfunction occured that caused the cruise control to fail to disengage.

- Richfield, OH, USA

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