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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,527 miles

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2009 Subaru Impreza engine problems

engine problem

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2009 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 202010

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 3,300 miles


2009 Impreza WRX there was no indication that a failure was going to occur before it happened. I had driven the car normally for almost 4 months. The engine began to make a loud knocking noise around 2000 RPM, sounding like metal hitting metal as I pulled up to a stop sign. Fortunately I had just entered my neighborhood so I was able to get home and have my car towed. Subaru road side assistance towed the car and I was given a rental for 20 days. Subaru dealer said it was a spun rod bearing and engine needed to be replaced. Even though I requested a long block replacement I only got a short block, so the turbo is the same. Since this occurred I have had numerous other problems, clutch throwout bearing replacement, starter, air conditioning problems. This car is a lemon but its impossible to convince Subaru of that fact. Engine blown at 3300 miles. Clutch problem at 7000 miles. Starter failure at 9600 miles (2/2011). Reported to soa.

- Mather, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 092010


  • 9,221 miles
I bought a brand new Subaru Impreza on July 27, 2009 from Subaru dealer, grand Subaru, at bensenville, il 60106 for $18,000 with warranty for 30-60K miles. It broke down when it had just 9,221 miles on it showing "engine failure" on Nov. 09, 2010. The Subaru dealer who fixed it after lot of hassle, stated in his invoice as some "coil" is cracked in the ignition. I can send you the receipt that I have in my possession for your record. I am disappointed with this and want Subaru to cover any such problems with its engine for another 1 years free of cost. I shall consider reporting this failure of the car via internet to make awry of other prospective and Subaru owners, if I do not get a satisfactory response within 10 days. Thanks you [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bensenville, IL, USA

problem #3

May 162010


  • 25,500 miles
2009 Subaru Impreza WRX, ~25K miles. Driving on a back road, all of a sudden engine starts knocking. Have to get it towed to Subaru dealership. They need to replace the engine. I was on my way back to boston visiting family with my dog in the car. This caused me to have to pay for a flight back home and miss half a day's work. My car is out of commission in NJ while I'm up in boston for 2 weeks. This problem has happened to over a hundred people so far with this model car. Subaru admitted a default in manufacturing for those people with cars in a build date range of 7/08 and 8/08 but did not send out letters to owners in that build date range. This is a catastrophic engine failure and should result in a recall, especially since they know about the issue and refused to do anything to notify the users or preemptively fix the problem. By willingly knowing that a customer's engine could fail and waiting until the failure occurs, causing hardship on the owner, this is a very dangerous situation that warrants a recall.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #2

May 122010


  • 18,655 miles
Engine failure.

- Potomac Falls, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 072010


  • 5,960 miles
2009 Subaru Impreza WRX wagon has 5960 miles was a new vehicle purchase in October 2009. Vehicle new car guidelines were followed as were the maintenance procedures. The vehicle engine I feel has a mechanical defect in the engine. The engine has spun a bearing blown a rod and damaged the crankshaft. This from what have researched is not an uncommon problem.

- Sussex, NJ, USA

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