2009 Subaru Impreza engine NHTSA complaints: Vehicle Speed Control

NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,539 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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2009 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 052016


  • 91,000 miles


I had just turned and pushed on the gas to get up to speed-about 45mph. The car would not stop accelerating/revving. I was heading to a light turning red. I pushed on the brake as hard as I could and also but on the emergency break. Between the two, I overcame the acceleration. Once stopped, I put the car into neutral and then into park. At that point the acceleration finally stopped and the car seemed to reset itself. I took it in to be looked at-it had never done that before-very scary. I have heard of this problem with Toyota's, but never Subaru.

- American Fork, UT, USA

problem #5

Apr 202014


  • miles
My car started making this really loud popping noise everytime I would engage the clutch. What has happened in the past when I press on the brake pedal my foot has shifted off the pedal due to a fast sudden move from the clutch and brake assembly. I drove the car to Texas to visit family and decided to take the car for oil change before returning to California. There the service manager at Subaru in Texas, which drove my car to the service area, asked me if I had noticed the clicking noise and I told him yes. He then informed me that many 2008-2009 Impreza WRX have problems with weld spots which hold the brake and clutch assembly to the fire wall that then fail and brake off. He gave advice on how to look for broken welds, so as soon as I arrived to California I further inspected for the broken welds and sure enough he was right. So I contacted Subaru of America and described the defect on my car to have them repair it since it's a safety defect, specially with critical components of the car which are the clutch and brake pedal. As of today 11/5/2014 they have yet to decide if they are covering the repairs because my car is currently 85K and its no longer under warranty. Also, they are blaming the clutch because it has been replaced prior to me purchasing the car with an oem replacement clutch. I have never experienced such a nightmare with any vehicle that I have ever owned. I really hope NHTSA does something before any fatalities or accidents occur. I am currently going threw this right now, so I have yet to find out what they are going to do with my car. I really need help from NHTSA, even if they fix my car, Subaru needs to notify owners of this year and models of this problem. All over the internet there are people with the same issue and others that are yet to go threw. Owners need to be aware and cautious about this important fabrication defect.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 262014

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 44,100 miles
I am experiencing issues with the firewall where everytime I depress the clutch the firewall flexes and it is making it difficult to shift gears under normal operation of the vehicle.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 242012


  • 40,000 miles


The bracket that attaches the clutch and brake pedals to the inside firewall has separated from its spot welds and is causing a loud creaking noise, as well as difficulty with shifting gears, and decreased braking ability. Very dangerous situation as it affects your ability to control the vehicle properly.

- Patchogue, NY, USA

problem #2

Mar 122012

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
The spot welds holding the clutch, brake and gas pedal assembly to the firewall failed entirely, allowing the pedal assembly to become detached from the vehicle and move toward the firewall with any pedal action. I was no longer able to disengage the clutch and the brakes delivered inconsistent performance.

- Buffalo, MN, USA

problem #1

Dec 212011


  • 52,135 miles
When the clutch is pressed, a squeaking sound appears as if an old wooden door is opening. Upon search was found that the welds holding the pedal assembly are breaking. There are only spot welds holding the assembly down and is a safety problem if all welds break.

- Apo, AE, USA

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