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2.4

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,253 miles

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2009 Subaru Impreza drivetrain problems

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2009 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #20

Feb 012016

Impreza

  • 115,000 miles

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

The clutch pedal on my 2009 WRX constantly requires adjustment to enable the release of the clamp pressure on the driven plate of the clutch assembly when the clutch foot pedal is depressed. Upon investigating a creaking noise, I noticed that the entire clutch pedal bracket assembly (attached to the forward firewall) shifts approx 1/4 inch to the left and down each time the clutch pedal is activated. This clutch pedal bracket assembly has three broken spot welds securing the clutch pedal bracket to the forward firewall. From the outside of the firewall, underneath the driver's side windshield wiper, I confirmed the manufacturer's spot welds are pulling away from the firewall each time the clutch pedal is depressed. This weld defect stemming from the manufacturer allows the entire clutch pedal bracket assembly to move unsecured, ultimately preventing the transmission to engage the vehicle into 1st, 2nd, or reverse gear. I have been able to make clutch pedal adjustments to temporarily engage the gears, however if the bracket completely separates from the firewall, the clutch may become inoperative. This notorious defect is well known among Subaru car owners and is indeed a safety issue that can directly cause a vehicle collision.

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #19

Sep 252015

Impreza

  • 71,000 miles
When I push clutch in its popping and flexing. I found that the whole pedal assembly is moving back and forth causing firewall to flex at spot welds.its causing clutch engagement difficult.

- Roanoke Rapids, NC, USA

problem #18

Aug 112015

Impreza

  • miles
I bought my 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback a little over a year ago because it is supposedly a reliable vehicle. I have always noticed a slight shift in the brake pedal when engaging the clutch. We were told by many Subaru owners that that is normal. About a month ago it became very hard to put the car into reverse. It is now almost impossible to put my car in reverse as well as shift between gears. We were going to replace the clutch but after looking online noticed the hundreds of complaints about the same exact thing. The clutch will not engage because the firewall is cracking where the master brake cylinder mounts for it are. Apparently Subaru is aware of this defect but has not done anything to remedy the situation.

- Juneau, AK, USA

problem #17

Nov 052014

Impreza

  • 96,000 miles

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

Car used as daily driver to commute less than 14 miles round trip for work. Clutch began to develop a pop noise which then turned into a loud squeak followed by more than a 1/2" of movement to the left that the brake pedal would start to move when the clutch would be depressed. After further investigation of reading local owners threads and asking around I have found that the welds that hold my brake and clutch together have broken and are continuing to break which could lead to my clutch pedal assembly falling down to the floor board which could potentially render me from using my brake pedal. This is a common issue with all Subaru Impreza WRX and sti owners which can be found on multiple local owners club websites and could affect bodily harm to drivers of the cars and other drivers on the road! Subaru refuses to acknowledge that this is a problem and in most cases will not cover repair costs!

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #16

Sep 052014

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 69,950 miles
Starting to have problems shifting into gear especially getting into reverse. I took my vehicle to a local auto repair shop. The tech wanted to replace the entire box pedal clutch assembly. After the pedal box was received they noticed it wasn't the box at all, but the firewall welds holding the clutch/break pedal box were broken on the firewall. Because the welds snapped the clutch/brake cage moves and it can't let the clutch travel far enough to properly engage causing the clutch to work properly and also the breaks cant be pressed correctly to stop the car. The mechanic told us not to drive the car for safety sake till the welds were repaired or we could have an accident.

- Oak Harbor, WA, USA

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problem #15

Jul 242014

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Was starting to have problems shifting into gear especially getting into reverse. Took my vehicle to a Subaru dealership for a cause. The tech wanted to replace the entire clutch assembly for 1800 bucks. I took my vehicle to another shop for a second answer, immediately was told it was the firewall.the welds have snapped. Because the welds have snapped the clutch can't engage properly causing one to have either terrible shifts or possibly grinding of gears!

- Hill Afb, UT, USA

problem #14

May 082014

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 64,765 miles

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

When attempting to fuel the vehicle (the tank was less than one-quarter full), the gas splashed back out of the vehicle on me and allover the ground. I tried several times to fuel, but the tank will not accept gas. This issue can cause injuries from the gasoline splash, and it can cause stranded drivers because the vehicle cannot be refueled. It must be investigated. There are plenty of forums online where people complain of the same issue in their 2009 Imprezas... there must be a known defective part, but Subaru is not recalling it? please investigate.

- Royal Oak , MI, USA

problem #13

Nov 032013

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 39,195 miles
Started having issues getting the car into gear. Thought it might be the clutch brought it into a shop to get the clutch disc replaced. They determined that the issue was from a broken weld on the firewall.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #12

Sep 022013

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Welds attaching the clutch pedal to the firewall broke. The clutch is now nearly impossible to engage and the brake pedal moves 3/4 of an inch when the clutch pedal is depressed. According to the mechanic, the car is now at risk of losing ability to brake if the welds completely detach from the firewall. The welds hold the entire pedal assembly in place.

- Sugar Grove, IL, USA

problem #11

Jul 172013

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
2009 Subaru Impreza WRX - clutch pedal started to malfunction, began making a creaking noise when depressed, and wouldn't shift cleanly into most gears. We originally thought it was something that needed to be lubricated or adjusted but this was not the case. Over a short time, this creaking noise turned into a clicking noise when the clutch was depressed. We took the vehicle to the dealership where it was purchased 8 months prior - the dealership service foreman and service manager both advised us that some of the spot welds that hold the pedal assembly to the forward firewall have broken. Both men insisted that they had never seen anything like this before (not comforting coming from trained Subaru service specialists) and had no indication as to how it had happened (other than being in a serious accident since we purchased it, which is not the case and there is no evidence to the contrary, I.e. body damage, vehicle history reports, etc). Upon researching further, we found that there have been many instances of this issue happening. Stohlman Subaru of vienna, va told us that it was our problem and that if it was their car, they wouldn't even bother fixing it! I find this very hard to understand, as the car is not cheap, it is made for rallying and racing, and while the repair is extensive (so we were told), it definitely would not be more than the vehicle is worth. Why would they recommend to us to not fix the car? this appears to have been a relatively common issue on Subaru Impreza wrxs, and just that fact alone points to defective equipment. Although there has been no official recall on these parts, it is a huge safety concern. Each time the clutch is engaged, we run the risk of breaking the final welds, which leaves you with zero control of the car. The vehicle is currently not being driven. The dealership has been utterly worthless for any help or guidance.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #10

Apr 242013

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles

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

I noticed a consistent squeak when the clutch pedal was depressed, at all speeds, at all times, even when the car was off. I tried to lubricate it, but the noise did not go away. I took it to the dealer and they also tried to lubricate it, but the noise did not go away. The dealer asked to keep the vehicle for a day so the clutch could be disassembled to determine the cause. I had purchased a new clutch from the dealer for $1600 in September, 2012 which was still under warranty. The dealer determined the cause was broken welds between the clutch assembly and firewall. The dealer and I both called Subaru of America to find a resolution. My case number was sr #:[xxx]. I told the Subaru rep that this was a common and widespread problem with this model of Subaru based on my own internet research, but the rep denied any knowledge of similar problems with imprezza wrxs. The repair is expensive (>$2000) because the entire dash of the vehicle must be removed in order for the broken welds to be fixed by a third party body shop. Then, the dash must be replaced. The repair took two full weeks. Others have reported repair times of up to two months. With new welds, the clutch squeak is gone. Subaru informed me that the dealer would cover the repair expense as a "one time good will gesture" and I am grateful about that, but concerned for other owners that Subaru is sweeping this problem under the rug. If the clutch completely breaks apart from the body at highway speeds, the transmission could be severely damaged and loss of vehicle control may result. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

problem #9

May 152012

Impreza

  • 80,000 miles
My 2009 Subaru WRX has a broken clutch pedal bracket, this has led to extremely hard shifting. I took my car to a clutch shop and they did not want to touch it, they suggested I take it to the dealer. They called the dealer for me and asked if there were any recalls, to which the dealer said no. I believe Subaru is being dishonest as I have found many consumers on online forums experiencing the same problem I am.

- La Habra, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 252013

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 79,782 miles
The clutch pedal on my 2009 WRX makes a loud creaking noise every time it's depressed. When I investigated the noise, I noticed that the entire clutch pedal bracket assembly (attached to the forward firewall) shifts approx 1/4 inch every time the clutch pedal is depressed. I found that the three spot welds securing the clutch pedal bracket to the forward firewall were broken. From the outside of the firewall, just under the windshield wipers, I saw the spot welds pulling away from the firewall every time the clutch pedal was depressed. This allows the entire clutch pedal bracket assembly to move, causing the creaking noise. If the bracket completely separates from the firewall, the clutch may become completely inoperative - especially dangerous while driving. Reference links: www.faqs.org/car/Subaru-impre...power-train/#B www.wrxforums.com/forums/84-D...on-needed.html www.wrxforums.com/forums/37-C...inkage-45.html www.wrxforums.com/forums/84-D...ewall-fix.html www.wrxforums.com/forums/37-C...bly-issue.html www.wrxforums.com/forums/84-D...S-story-2.html www.wrxforums.com/forums/84-D...L-problem.html www.wrxforums.com/forums/84-D...olt-style.html forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php"T=2128617 forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?T=2184210 forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php"T=2305937.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #7

Oct 172012

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 47,850 miles
I have a horrible squeak coming from my clutch pedal. For several months now, when I depress and release the clutch a loud squeak squeaking noise is produced. This week the clutch pedal began to squeak constantly while driving as if were loose. I have to brace the clutch pedal with my left foot in order to stop the noise which is constant at most speeds and especially over bumps. A closer look revealed that it appears the welds on the clutch pedal are beginning to fail where it attaches to the vehicle's firewall. This would eventually lead to the pedal breaking off during driving and the potential of a crash.

- Sugar Grove, IL, USA

problem #6

Sep 242012

Impreza

  • 40,000 miles
The bracket that attaches the clutch and brake pedals to the inside firewall has separated from its spot welds and is causing a loud creaking noise, as well as difficulty with shifting gears, and decreased braking ability. Very dangerous situation as it affects your ability to control the vehicle properly.

- Patchogue, NY, USA

problem #5

Sep 302012

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 48,008 miles
The clutch pedal makes a loud creaking noise every time it's depressed. When I investigated the noise, I found that the entire clutch pedal bracket assembly (attached to the forward firewall) shifts approx 1/4 inch when the clutch pedal is pressed. I noticed that the three spot welds securing the clutch pedal bracket to the forward firewall are broken. From the outside of the firewall, just under the windshield wipers, I saw the spot welds pulling away from the firewall ever time the clutch pedal was depressed. This allows the entire clutch pedal bracket assembly to move, causing the creaking noise. If the bracket completely separates from the firewall, the clutch may become completely inoperative - especially dangerous while driving.

- Yukon, OK, USA

problem #4

Aug 162012

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
My clutch started squeaking while driving on the highway. When depressing the clutch, the brake pedal moves toward the drivers side and down. Upon further inspection, I noticed the spot welds that hold the clutch and brake assembly to car were broken and starting to separate from the firewall. Eventually, the welds will fail and completely remove the assembly from the firewall. Thus, clutch and braking abilities will be gone and cause an accident.

- Indiana, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 122012

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
The spot welds holding the clutch, brake and gas pedal assembly to the firewall failed entirely, allowing the pedal assembly to become detached from the vehicle and move toward the firewall with any pedal action. I was no longer able to disengage the clutch and the brakes delivered inconsistent performance.

- Buffalo, MN, USA

problem #2

Dec 122011

Impreza

  • 67,000 miles
My Subaru's clutch pedal is breaking the spot welds. Pretty soon the clutch pedal will fall off. Subaru wont replace it although it is clearly a manufacturer defect because the car is out of warranty. God forbid I am coming off the highway and this clutch pedal finishes falling off and I can not disengage the car out of gear. This is now happening to the 2008 and 2009 WRX but not the sti because they have a pull type clutch and the pedal engages differently.

- Jackson , NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 212010

Impreza

  • 16,500 miles
Total engine failure due to rod knock / spun bearing due to manufacture to incorrect tolerances.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

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