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2.3

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,733 miles

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2008 Subaru Impreza drivetrain problems

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2008 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #44

Jul 312016

Impreza

  • 148,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Impreza. While driving at any speed, when the clutch was depressed, it became stuck and made an unknown noise. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the clutch assembly was peeling away from the firewall. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the warranty was extended until November of 2015, but could not provide any assistance. The failure mileage was 148,000.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #43

Jan 012013

Impreza

  • 50,000 miles
Failed welds connecting pedal panel to the firewall. Results in loud squeaking when clutch pedal is depressed/released and the panel welds may fail entirely on my '08 sti.

- East Greenville, PA, USA

problem #42

Mar 292015

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 10,700 miles
Head gasket prematurely leaking oil. Leak finds itself near exhaust. A little bit of research finds that this problem is very common up until 2010 and the introduction of the newest engine. An improved gasket is available, but replacement is very expensive. This is clearly a defective part and the affected cars should be recalled.

- East Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #41

Feb 152014

Impreza

  • 36,800 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Impreza. While driving at various speeds, the clutch was difficult to engage. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the clutch well assembly that was attached to the firewall needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 36,800.

- Redlands, CA, USA

problem #40

Apr 012013

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
I own a 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX with a stock clutch. For approximately 2 years I have been hearing creaking and/or clicking noises when engaging the clutch pedal. In April of 2013 chatham Subaru in ga replaced my clutch due to the metal clutch fork wearing through at the pivot point within the bell-housing. They also noted a very hard clutch pedal and spongy brakes before the repair. They replaced the clutch, flywheel, pressure plate, fork and master cylinder (I replaced the slave cylinder before I brought it in) all of which I paid for. Initially the clutch felt great (brake feel was unchanged), but has since began to harden again. I began to look online for a solution and found that there are spot welds that break between the firewall and the mounting bracket the clutch pedal assembly is attached to (https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#Q=WRX+spot+welds). I removed the necessary items to inspect the welds and they did unfortunately fail.

- Garner, NC, USA

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problem #39

Dec 222014

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The fire wall is cracked and the welds are broken which is causing my clutch to not disengage properly and the clutch pedal to not function correctly.

- Center Valley, PA, USA

problem #38

Aug 092014

Impreza

  • miles

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

Cpsc:I1490369A. 2008 Subaru Impreza. Consumer stated the welds that hold the clutch bracket to the firewall failed, causing creaking, popping and increased pressure to fully depress the clutch pedal.

- Burien, WA, USA

problem #37

Oct 152014

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
As many others have noted regarding the Subaru Impreza WRX, the welds that connect the clutch to the firewall have been broken. Took it into a local dealer and he said that this was a common problem and that I would need to take it to an auto body shop.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #36

Aug 222014

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
While getting into gear and switching gears, the clutch pedal was squeaking. The squeaking would come and go. The clutch eventually gave out making the car undriveable. The car was difficult to put into gear at low speeds and experienced a slipping clutch at high speeds. I took it to the dealership and the mechanic discovered that the welds in the firewall were broken which caused the clutch failure. The mechanic estimated the cost of repairing the welds to be approximately $2,000 and the cost of repairing the clutch and flywheel approximately $1,600. The total approximate cost of the repair would be $3,600 for defective welds in the car's firewall. I have yet to have the car repaired as the dealership is attempting to contact Subaru to find out if they will cover some of the costs of the repairs.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #35

May 012013

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
The vehicle developed a crack in the fire wall. Every time I press my clutch pedal there is flexing in the assembly and makes a loud crack/squeak sound. Its a daily driver vehicle so its never been raced or tracked. Due to this fire wall crack (which might be dangerous in fire/accident) my transmission gears and syncros have been worn out due to the clutch not releasing properly. I know I am not the only one with this problem, I would hope that Subaru of America will one day make a recall for this terrible problem because I don't think that I should be responsible for a huge defect like this, the vehicle is no longer safe for many reasons and is wearing out my internal components every day. Please help me!

- Derwood , MD, USA

problem #34

Feb 192014

Impreza

  • 96,000 miles

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

This car was purchased by myself brand new with a few miles on the odometer. The clutch pedal was always stiff and squeaky and two local dealerships reassured me this is normal and nothing to worry about. Since about 50K miles my clutch pedal has been unresponsive and requires constant lubrication and bleeding of clutch master and slave cylinder. When pressing either clutch or brake pedal, the other would also move which causes loss of rod travel thus reduced fluid volume to necessary hydraulics. With clutch pedal fully depressed and in gear, the car will roll as if clutch is dragging. With clutch depressed and in gear, the car would lurch forward when turned on. While shifting normally the gears would grind and I'm certain this has worn my synchromesh gears. Dealer continued blaming one part, another part, and my driving habits. They charged me out of pocket for repairs and replacement with no actual progress fixing the issues. Today I stopped by the closest dealership requesting more information on this common clutch pedal assembly to firewall problems. They acknowledged this is an issue and gave me a verbal estimate of at least $900 to fix the broken welds. In my neighborhood I am leaving a stop sign as usual and go to shift into second gear. The clutch pedal linkage broke completely with pedal stuck on the floor. Clutch is now 100% inoperable, luckily I was on a quiet street and this did not break while on the highway. This is a very real safety issue and the manufacturer should fix this without charging we the customers. There were numerous symptoms for years on this exact problem, each getting progressively worse until this final breakage.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #33

Jan 012014

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 139,000 miles
The welded clutch bracket behind the dash board broke, making my clutch pedal useless and my master cylinder flex forward badly. This is unacceptable. My car is not under warranty anymore and this is a 14 hour labor job. Any other power train related repair would be expected at this mileage, but there should never be a welded bracket that breaks.

- Newhall, CA, USA

problem #32

Mar 132013

Impreza

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX. The contact stated that when shifting gears, a crackling noise was present. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact notified the manufacturer and no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Lakewood , WA, USA

problem #31

Dec 142013

Impreza

  • 25,000 miles
Since I have purchased this vehicle brand new with only 85 miles on it. I have been having issues with the clutch being extra tight, and after a month or 2 the clutch kept making a squeaking noise. I have sent it to Subaru many times and they have always stated that the clutch is fine and they did not hear anything. I would like something to be done...it has cost me over $5,000 to try and fix the problem over the course of 5 years and I still have the same issue as when I first purchased the car.

- Port Murray, NJ, USA

problem #30

Nov 012013

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
For several months now on my wife 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX when the clutch is depressed I have heard a cracking/squeaking noise. I brought it to a mechanic and he told me that he sees the firewall flexing when the clutch is beginning to engage. It looks as if the welds on the firewall are cracked and no matter what parts he changes it will not fix the problem that is why it is hard to get the car in gear and will eventually break completely. We looked online and this is a common problem with this car, dealerships are changing several parts and nothing will fix this safety issue. This is most definitely a manufacturer issue and should be recalled since it is a major safety concern.

- Atco, NJ, USA

problem #29

Nov 042013

Impreza

  • 62,000 miles
This 2008 Subaru Impreza has been plagued as have many others by a manufacturer chassis defect. The firewall/bulkhead between the driver and engine has 5 spot welds broken which initially are meant to secure the clutch and brake assembly. These weld breaks are a serious safety issue as they are causing difficulty in engaging clutch and brakes, as well as a squeak noise every time the clutch is depressed. As this is not an insignificant wear item but part of the chassis/frame which is a dangerous defect as complete failure during operation of the vehicle can cause catastrophic accidents, further investigation and action on this matter should be taken by the NHTSA. This is certainly a recall issue.

- Rancho Cordova, CA, USA

problem #28

May 302013

Impreza

  • 62,000 miles
This 2008 Subaru Impreza has been plagued as have many others by a manufacturer chassis defect. The firewall/bulkhead between the driver and engine has 5 spot welds broken which initially are meant to secure the clutch and brake assembly. These weld breaks are a serious safety issue as they are causing difficulty in engaging clutch and brakes, as well as a squeak noise every time the clutch is depressed. As this is not an insignificant wear item but part of the chassis/frame which is a dangerous defect as complete failure during operation of the vehicle can cause catastrophic accidents, further investigation and action on this matter should be taken by the NHTSA. This is certainly a recall issue.

- Diamond Bar, CA, USA

problem #27

Sep 022013

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The weld that holds the bracket for the clutch and brake to the fire wall is cracked. This crack represents a possible safety issue if it should completely fail. Without the bracket being properly attached to the firewall, the brakes and clutch become inoperable. This is a known issue by Subaru and their lack of action shows a carelessness that is putting american consumers at risk. Thank you for your immediate assistance.

- Maize, KS, USA

problem #26

Aug 282013

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Clutch pedal on 2008 WRX has developed a creaking noise every time it is depressed. Brake pedal shifts forward and to the left upon depression of clutch pedal. This is a reasonably well documented problem of the clutch pedal assembly spot weld joints failing. This is a safety issue that should result in a recall.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #25

Oct 052013

Impreza

  • 137,100 miles
2008 WRX firewall welds are bad. Dealership wrote up "dangerous. Should not drive vehicle" and gave me an approximate price to fix it telling me they've never seen or heard about this before. Forums state this is an ongoing problem since 2008 and many people have attempted to spot weld it in place or have done non-ome fixes. Dealership told me basically corporate won't help because the car has 137,000 miles on it so its my problem. Car is too dangerous to drive or sell in this shape. I have called the dealership and complained about this problem starting 6 months after I purchased the car new and they always said the same thing "we have no known issues related to what your explaining". 6 years later and now its turned into a dangerous situation where clutch will go while driving.

- Brick, NJ, USA

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