Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,390 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.

2005 Subaru Impreza engine problems

engine problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2005 Subaru Impreza:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2005 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 302015


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Subaru Impreza. While driving 20 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that some codes needed to be cleared. The vehicle was repaired; however, after the repairs were performed, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle, but the failure recurred on numerous occasions. The contact spoke with a dealer and independent mechanic who stated that the vehicle needed to be idling for sometime in order to allow the vehicle relearn the idle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Somerville, MA, USA

problem #4

Nov 032014

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Everytime I start the car in even the mildest to coldest temperatures, the car has an extreme gas smell in the cabin of the car. I have taken it to the shop and they claim they don't even smell it and cannot service it. There is a recall for model 02 and 03 of this car but does not cover my year. It's gotten to the point where the car is not drive-able during cold weather. The recalls also do not cover the state of Maryland, which is ridiculous because we've been getting cold snaps putting us below 0. considering the problem is detectable even in 40 degree weather, this does not seem reasonable.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #3

Jan 092015

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
I own a 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX sti, upon starting vehicle, idle, and driving there's strong fuel smell under the hood and inside the cabin. I have popped the hood and confirmed is coming from back passenger side of intake manifold where the fuel lines, rails, and injectors are. I have confirmed this to be relating to soa's recall for the 02-03 Impreza WRX's hard fuel line / rubber hose leaking issues. I live in southern California so appears extreme cold weather not the cause. Leaking fuel is a huge safety issue!

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 022008

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 57,949 miles
In January 2008, I noticed a very strong smell of gas when I started a the car on a cold day. I opened the hood and saw gas dripping from the driver left side of the engine. Because of my concern of a fire, I had the car towed to the dealer. It cost $491.30 plus towing to have the fuel leak fixed. This year I started smelling raw gas again when the car is cold. I had it checked at the dealer on 1/16/2013 and they did not find anything. I asked about recalls and they said there were none. The smell of raw gas is very strong on most cold days and I'm afraid there will be a fire. When I searched the web for Subaru Impreza cold weather fuel leak it looks like it is a widespread chronic problem. Does there have to be fires and injures before Subaru is forced to fix this major safety issue.

- Ayer, MA, USA

problem #1

Feb 012013

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
When car is in motion and the heater is on the smell of burnt oil which becomes worse when the car comes to a full stop, valve cover gaskets leak on to the exhaust manifold due to poor engineering many parts need to be removed to gain access which in result causes a very expensive bill.

- Glen Cove, NY, USA

Not what you are looking for?