2008 Subaru Impreza clutch NHTSA complaints: Power Train:Clutch Assembly

NHTSA — Power Train: Clutch Assembly Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,639 miles

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2008 Subaru Impreza clutch problems

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2008 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 032015


  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Impreza. The contact stated that the vehicle was driven by a valet service. When the vehicle was returned, the clutch failed and the pedals moved independently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to be diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 62,000.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #5

Dec 052014


  • 111,834 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Impreza. While driving 50 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal and the stopping distance was increased. In addition, the clutch became inoperable. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the bracket that holds the clutch and brake assembly needed to be re-welded. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 111,834.

- Manhattan, KS, USA

problem #4

Jan 012014


  • miles
I have a 2008 WRX and I'm getting the apparent common problem in which the clutch assembly is breaking away from the firewall! I noticed early in the year that I was getting a popping sound when I depressed the clutch pedal. It stopped for a while and then started doing it again. I did some research into what this could possibly be, and I found many complaints about this. I looked to see if my assembly had been broken, and sure enough it is! this is clearly a safety issue as stated by many others because of the firewall now having holes in it! this needs to be a recall!

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #3

Jan 012010

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


I bought used 11/2009 with approximately 27,000 miles. The clutch was always very stiff which I assumed was normal. Shortly after purchase I began to notice a squeak when I depressed the clutch. The squeak was fairly intermittent but became progressively worse for a time and then turned into a clicking noise. It was frequent enough to be annoying but I just assumed the clutch assembly was squeaky and there was no other problem. Over the last few months I have been having more and more difficulty engaging the clutch and assumed that I needed a new one. I took the car into a mechanic to replace the clutch but was turned away because of what he found: When the clutch pedal is depressed, it, along with the brake pedal, move to the left and forward. Furthermore, the slave cylinder inside the engine compartment moves out and up when the clutch pedal is depressed. After doing some research online I have found that this is not an uncommon problem for the Subaru clutch assembly, though no recall has be initiated. What happens is that the welds on the firewall break, causing the abnormal movement of the clutch and brake pedals and even a warping of the firewall, not allowing the clutch to disengage.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 082010

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
2008 Subaru Impreza. Consumer states problem with vehicle clutch the consumer stated there was a screeching/rubbing noise when the clutch was applied and a loud pop noise from neutral to 1st gear. The vehicle would pop out of 6th gear at high speeds. The engine made a loud rattle noise on cold starts, the right rear window washer was inoperable, the passenger air bag occasionally did not recognize a passenger in the seat. The hood was loose and rattled, the right rear door was difficult to close, the left rear wheel studs would not secure the lug nut, the battery and power steering pump was pumping.

- Lake Zurich, IL, USA

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problem #1

Jun 042009


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX (N/a). The contact stated that the clutch suddenly failed as it would grip then not grip which caused the vehicle to shift into neutral and not accelerate. The failure was intermittent. The clutch plate did not seem to be grooved properly. When the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, the contact was told that the problem was driver error. The failure mileage was approximately 10,000 and the current mileage was approximately 20,000.

- Sanibel, FL, USA

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