2008 Subaru Impreza engine NHTSA complaints: Engine And Engine Cooling:Engine

NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,180 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2008 Subaru Impreza engine problems

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2008 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 032010

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,000 miles


2008 Subaru WRX manual trans. 22,500 miles. Between the time the engine comes off high idle (after being started cold) and when it is completely warmed up, the engine will drop its RPM to 0 causing an engine stall when the clutch is depressed in order to change gears. This recently happened when entering a roundabout when I was going to shift down from 3rd to 2nd gear. At this point I only have my left hand on the steering wheel and right on the shift lever. The engine stalls and I loose power steering. Power braking also seems decreased as I was unable to prevent the car from running into the central island of the roundabout. This happens consistently in cold weather. Dealership has tried repairs, but is unable to find anything wrong (3 separate admissions for service for this problem over last 9 months). Computer error codes returned were 301,302,303,304. As of today the car is at the local Subaru dealer for the second day this episode.

- Menasha, WI, USA

problem #4

Jan 202009


  • 12,500 miles
Smoke coming from the exhaust, rough idle, oil consumption were my first signs. The dealer wouldn't do a compression check on the motor since there was no check engine light on, so I had to pay with my own cash and take it to a private shop and found out that in fact cylinder #2 had a shot ringland. They replaced the piston but the motor doesn't seem to be right still since I have a car that was involved in a "stop sale" that involved some engines having some debris in the motor and was causing knocking and throwing bearings. Subaru should have replaced the short block but didn't.

- Bayville, NJ, USA

problem #3

Mar 012009


  • 3,400 miles
Engine started stuttering and would almost die when trying to accelerate, then started blowing smoke out tale pipe. Car had 3400 miles. Dealer diagnosed as ringland/piston failure.

- St. Marys, GA, USA

problem #2

Oct 272008


  • 15,000 miles
I own a 2008 WRX sti Subaru that had complete engine failure due to fact the dealer could not perform a critical ECM recall that was a direct result of engine failure. Subaru refused to cover it under warrenty. The car has been a problem from the start also had brake system issues they refuse to repair.

- Fruitland, MD, USA

problem #1

Sep 112007

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Impreza. The contact stated that the engine vibrates and rumbles every time the vehicle is started. He took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed that nothing was wrong. The contact also stated that the vehicle had 19.5 miles when it was purchased but, when he received the paperwork, it read 99 miles. He believes that he was shown one vehicle and was sold another. The VIN and mileages were unavailable.

- Muncie, NY, USA

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