2013 Subaru Impreza steering NHTSA complaints: Steering

NHTSA — Steering Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,233 miles

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2013 Subaru Impreza steering problems

steering problem

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2013 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 022015


  • miles


3 X in 10 days, I start the car and the steering immediately feels wrong and continues until I turn it off. I have to grip the wheel more firmly, the tires almost feel like they want to pull away from me; turning the steering wheel feels bumpy, like something is clicking over knuckles, or cogs. No leaking fluid has been seen, or noise, although this evening when I turned into my drive, there was briefly a low, rubber and agn rubber sound (no metal sound, no squeak) the dealer said they drove my car this morning, checked everything, saw nothing wrong, said it was safe to drive, but to come in again when it happens next....but they aren't open 24/7 and are 15 minutes away on hills and in traffic. In between the 3 incidents, the car has driven normally. The car was purchased in July 2013, , and has a bit over 112,000 miles on it. Can someone suggest something for me to pass on to the dealership's repair department- they seem sincere in their efforts to help.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #2

Dec 112013

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 13,700 miles
Brake failure at low speed coming to stop at traffic light, traction control light came on, brake light came on and check engine light on. Returned to dealer to repair. Dealer took 2 days to repair. At witch it lasted till today(12/30/2013). The same thing has happened again. Very scary you wonder if the car is reliable and always afraid to travel now. Have grandchildren and cannot trust this car. I hope someone can help. Have to return to dealer (again) to have them look at it (again). Wonder if they know how to fix it.

- Mentor-On-Lake, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 012012

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
The malfunction described in the following always occurs under the conditions described. This is a potentially life-threatening malfunction that in many cases would result in the total loss of steering control while the vehicle is in motion. 1. car is parked, with the engine off. 2. driver enters car, depresses clutch pedal, and releases parking brake. 3. vehicle rolls (even slightly) before engine ignition is turned on and engine starts. 4. engine starts and the steering malfunction light illuminates and the electric power steering servo powers on and actively locks the steering wheel in position, preventing the driver from turning the steering wheel. This condition continues to exist when the clutch is released and the vehicle is in motion under engine power. This condition lasts 4-10 seconds, and then the vehicle begins operating normally. In order to turn the wheel, the driver must overpower the power steering, something many drivers would be unable to do. This is not a case of "dry steer" (engine off steering) or attempting to steer without power steering. The vehicle can be steered (with increased steering effort, as expected) under "dry steer" (engine off) conditions, the first time this malfunction occurred, the vehicle was moving at approximately 10 mph before the driver (myself) noticed the inability to steer. I narrowly missed crashing into a curb/divider by performing a "panic stop" with the brakes. I was unable to steer to avoid the curb, I was forced to come to a rapid stop using the brakes.

- Everett, WA, USA

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