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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,371 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Subaru Impreza steering problems

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2002 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 192015


  • miles


Vehicle had recall campaign for rust on front lower control arms performed (among the first cars fixed in the campaign), and the lower control arms and lower subframe are badly rusted, rendering the car unsafe. Subaru dealer recommended contacting Subaru of America (soa) and soa declined to help at all. This is a failed recall repair, since the problem is exactly what it was recalled for.

- Chester, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jan 082015

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
Took my car in for tires and along with bad wheel bearing, I was told by the mechanic that the front subframe was almost rotted out. As I live in a cold snowy area and I often drive my grandchildren around in this vehicle, I'd like to know what is being done about this" I see that there are other owners of the same model, year, make that have similar complaint. I am also very upset that I was sold this car in 01/12 and was not informed of the front control arm recall. 5 months after I bought this car, I had to have this replaced. It was in the shop for 2 days, the parts had to be ordered from a Subaru dealer, why was I not informed of this problem at that time either"

- Hull, MA, USA

problem #3

Aug 282011

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 51,764 miles
See previous complaint w/same vehicle----failure of right side lower control arm on 1-14-2011 at odo 49093. This current complaint is failure of left side lower control arm on 8-28-11. 2002 Subaru Impreza 2.5ts wagon with 51764 miles. Always best of preventative maintenance. Driving slowly on city street. Clunking sound from left front, difficulty steering. Recognized problem from previous failure of right side lower control arm. Returned to my driveway (less than a mile) and called wrecker. Repair cost: $458.95. Contacted Subaru customer/dealer services----no acknowledgement of responsibility for this or previous failure. "out of warranty, you live in a snow/salt area, etc".

- Ithaca, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 142011

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 49,093 miles
2.5 ts with 49,093 miles. Wagon was always given best of preventative maintenance. Driving slowly on city street. Clunking sound from right front wheel area. Some difficulty with braking and steering. Assumed it was ice buildup on brakes/suspension. After about 10 minutes increased speed on country road and became much worse, almost lost control of steering but got off the road safely. Lower control arm had broken and caused rust-riddled front subframe to collapse. Replaced lower control arm, front stabilizer link and front subframe. $1218.02.

- Ithaca, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 272006

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 36,000 miles
Steering roll connector failed. Causes horn, cruise, and driver's side air bag to stop functioning. Part is poorly designed, wires are held in place by paper. This subsystem is unsafe.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

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