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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,484 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.

2006 Subaru Impreza drivetrain problems

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2006 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 182009

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 63,455 miles


I had to replace the right rear wheel bearing in September of 2009 with 63,455 miles, then in February, 2012 at 99,985 miles I had to replace the left rear wheel bearing, and again on July 7, 2014, I have had to replace the right rear wheel bearing again at 118,903 miles. This seems to be a rather excessive failure of Subaru's design, since I have never experienced nor to I know anyone who has experienced any type of re-occurring failures with wheel bearings on other vehicles. My husband is a retired mechanic, who after working on all types of vehicles for over 40 years, has never encountered such problems. Surely Subaru should be held accountable to it's customers to correct their problems with a re-call to modify their poor design, without making their customers continually pay for their mistakes, before someone looses a wheel, causing a major accident resulting in loss of life and property. This should not be a normal occurrence for all-wheel drive vehicles.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #4

Jun 012012


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Subaru Impreza. The contact stated that while decelerating, the transmission bearing exhibited an unusually loud noise. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection of the transmission bearing failure. The contact stated that the vehicle gear clutch had to be replaced due to slow acceleration. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 73,000.

- Norwood , MA, USA

problem #3

Apr 042011

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Subaru Impreza transmission fail. The vehicle transmission was slipping when cold and does not want to shift, but after warm up the transmission shifts. The transmission got worse after take in for ECM reprogramming service campaign by Subaru. The Impreza from the earlier miles slip from reverse to drive and gradually got worse.

- Castro Valley, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 032011


  • 83,550 miles
2006 Subaru sti driving home 20 mph oil light flickered then stayed on for 20 seconds engine starved of oil, shut down. Had engine removed to find oil pick up tube the weld had failed causing no oil to motor, now motor is junk. Now I find out this is a common problem. Subaru of America has made a up dated tube, my question is why? a problem. I have had my car for 3 months now its 6,000 dollar repair, for a poor weld job on a 20 dollar part. The sales on these tubes are not going to reflect on how many have failed because who can afford 6,000 dollars every time it fails. So after market pick up tubes are be purchased that are made to last. I have all old parts and photos of all old parts. I see tons of people have the same problem Subaru is making a killing, selling engines. We need some help here please its time. I paid 20,000 for this car used car lot now I need to find 6,000 more dollars this is not easy for a 21 year old man. Please help. I just scrolled back you asked for components name its not listed so I went with engine.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jan 172006

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 414 miles
2006 my Subaru Impreza sti with 414 miles and 1.5 weeks old the engine motors mounts failed, this caused a loud clunking as the engine would move violently when braking and accelerating. Were told that the motor mount would be replaced with the 2005 my motor mounts when available and we should take the car home and drive careful.

- Lebanon, PA, USA

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