hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,138 miles

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2006 Subaru Impreza engine problems

engine problem

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2006 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 032011


  • 83,550 miles


2006 Subaru sti driving home 20 mph oil light flickered then stayed on for 20 seconds engine starved of oil, shut down. Had engine removed to find oil pick up tube the weld had failed causing no oil to motor, now motor is junk. Now I find out this is a common problem. Subaru of America has made a up dated tube, my question is why? a problem. I have had my car for 3 months now its 6,000 dollar repair, for a poor weld job on a 20 dollar part. The sales on these tubes are not going to reflect on how many have failed because who can afford 6,000 dollars every time it fails. So after market pick up tubes are be purchased that are made to last. I have all old parts and photos of all old parts. I see tons of people have the same problem Subaru is making a killing, selling engines. We need some help here please its time. I paid 20,000 for this car used car lot now I need to find 6,000 more dollars this is not easy for a 21 year old man. Please help. I just scrolled back you asked for components name its not listed so I went with engine.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #3

Oct 152009


  • 65,000 miles
Oil pickup tube broke causing engine damage.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

May 142008


  • 40,000 miles
Oil pump pickup tube fractured, causing no oil pressure in engine, and possibly could have caused catastrophic failure, loss of control of vehicle.

- Phila, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012007


  • 40,000 miles
While driving my 2006 Subaru WRX sti the engine suddenly seized up on the highway. There was a loss of power to everything including the power steering and brakes. I had to perform emergency maneuvers and steer into the emergency lane on the highway. I had the car taken to Subaru, they refused to honor the power train warranty on it and wanted $1500 to even look at it. I think took the car into a private mechanical shop and they found the cause of the problem, the oil pick up line cracked in half. The motor started to suck in air instead of oil which caused critical failure and subsequent seizure. Apparently this is now a common problem with 2006 Subaru's which is caused by a manufacturing defect on the oil pick up line. I would like Subaru to acknowledge the problem and compensate me for the cost of rebuilding my engine.

- Pacific Grove, CA, USA

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