pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,855 miles

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2004 Subaru Impreza clutch problems

clutch problem

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2004 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 142004

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,415 miles


Unable or difficult to place car in gear while driving on multiple occasions. First total failure occurred in roadway during rush hour traffic and left me stranded roadside. Second total failure occurred while exiting freeway and was able to eventually put car in gear after several minutes. Original dealer, regional service manager and corporate offices were unresponsive and/or uncooperative relative to my requests for visual inspection of the clutch. After multiple requests, assurance of legal action and refusal to drive the vehicle due to fear of being involved in a collision, other dealership agreed to replace entire clutch assembly under warranty.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #2

May 112004

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 3,500 miles
Was at the local track on run what you brung night. Lined up against an srt-4. light turned green. I accelerated trying to get a holeshot. I heard a loud banging noise. Sounded like the transmission/clutch giving up. The srt-4 was way ahead of me. I shifted through the gears and was not able to catch up. That srt-4 was fast. The lack of power in my sti really dishonored my family. It forced me to be humiliated. I took the car to the dealer and was told that the car was normal and to expect to be outmatched by cars like the Dodge srt-4. they never did tell me anything about the transmission/clutch noise.

- Shrewsbury, MA, USA

problem #1

Sep 112003

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,651 miles
I bought a 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX sti in July 2003 from bob baker Subaru in el cajon, California and ever since then I have had one problem after the next. Please be advised that all servicing is completed at the lancaster Mazda-Subaru location where I live. Several cosmetic parts were defective when the car was purchased such as: The trunk latch did not function, the back seat was unhooked, the seat lever that moves the seat in half, the cup holder does not function properly, and the head lights fogged up. Mechanical failure has also occurred. It has had an odd noise in the engine since the beginning which Subaru claims is normal for this car because it is a "racecar". the starter sometimes grinds when attempting to start the car, Subaru could not diagnose this problem. The left rear chassis makes an odd noise when rolling that Subaru could not diagnose. It has gotten progressively worse and now when you turn the vehicle it makes a loud metal against metal screech. As of 6/18/2004 the engine has begun to fail. When the rpms reach between 4000-5000 the car cuts out prior to accelerating and a burning smell is detected. I spoke with the original dealership I bought the car from and they acknowledged that when this car is driven a little bit harder than normal they are noticing that several of the Impreza WRX sti's are being brought back in with engine failure. They have noted several problems such as turbo bog, overheating, poor performance, and the catalytic converters burning up. There is obviously a distinct problem with this over $30,000 and I think a complaint should be filed against Subaru. When it is out of warranty and it breaks, as it will, it will just sit in a garage because I cannot afford to fix a car that is manufactured poorly. Subaru has advised that this car is a race car and it is far from that. They should be held responsible for all problems arising from this car since they obviously manufactured a poorly made vehicle.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

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