hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
114,137 miles

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2004 Subaru Impreza suspension problems

suspension problem

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2004 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 082016


  • 127,842 miles


Lower control arm failed causing a complete loss of steering due to rust.car was starting out just after traffic light turned green so a very slow speed.this would have been much worse if I was traveling at a faster speed. Car was previously recalled for this same issue and the repair was to inspect and spray rust proofing on lower control arms. This was not an acceptable repair as it failed anyway. I have a 2006 same make and model with the same recall and it was sprayed with rust proofing. I expect it will fail also if something more is not done like replacing them. So far dealer refuses to replace them.

- Ellington, CT, USA

problem #4

Nov 112015


  • 124,300 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Subaru Impreza. While braking, the vehicle veered to the left and right. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 11V464000 (suspension), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the driver side lower control arm was severely corroded and was bending to the point of detachment. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 124,300.

- Lagrange, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 142014

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 132,234 miles
While driving along a smooth, straight stretch of us-12 the right lower control arm broke at the hanger bracket. See I62.tinypic.com/2ajq7ex.jpg. control arm had been "rustproofed" as part of the 2011 recall. At one point along the break the metal measures less than 4 hundredths of an inch (0.0355") - see I62.tinypic.com/2Q3qa1T.jpg. the sway bar link also broke.

- Saline, MI, USA

problem #2

Apr 212014


  • 56,307 miles
I was driving on I190 in worchester MA merging into I290 when the lower control arm broke and the front end collapsed causing loss of control of the vehicle. At the Subaru dealer's the control arm and sub frame were found to be rusted clear through. There was a factory recall issued in 2011, which we were not informed of. The vehicle has been serviced by Subaru only since we purchased it.

- West Boylston, MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 042013

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
There was observed rust on a small section of the rear quarter undercarriage of the car. Work was begun on July, 4 2013 to treat what was thought to be surface rust with por-15 rust inhibitor. When the car was on the lift and work began, it was observed that this small section on both the right and left side of the car was inadequacy protected by factory undercoating. This section was where support arms for both left and right rear wheels attach to the chassis. This section is rusted through and is showing signs of fatigue and cracking. The chassis attachment point front braces for the rear differential is fully rusted through. This area of the chassis shows no sign of damage, or abuse which would lead to rusting. The rest of the undercarriage is either rust free, or shows limited surface rust. The body panels of the car are rust free. In short, lack of proper rust treatment of key structural areas of the car, have resulted in severe corrosion, which has rendered the car unsafe in my (the owner's) opinion, as well as the opinion of the mechanic assisting in the inspection. I welcome any inspections by Subaru of America or the NHTSA.

- Cleveland, TN, USA

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