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2002 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport repairs by problem area

Chart based on 183 repairs.

2002 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport repair cost distribution

Chart based on 111 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2002 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 227hp 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in New Jersey, United States
Aug 2007 - Apr 2011
Sep 2007

78000 mi

US $270
O2 sensor 
Feb 2010

90500 mi

US $270
Ruptured inboard CV boot on passenger side front driveshaft, was depositing grease on exhaust/cat. Driveshaft replaced. 
May 2010

93000 mi

US $500
Ruptured turbo inlet hose caused poor running, but vehicle still drivable. Factory inlet replaced with flexible silicone aftermarket (Samco) one. Primarily because it is easier than using factory part (intake manifold can stay on) 
Apr 2011

95000 mi

US $191
A/C found to be not working (the day before I had someone lined up to buy the car). O ring on AC Compressor found to be leaking by garage. Replaced. Car sold hours later. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Wisconsin, United States
Aug 2008 - Jun 2011
Mar 2009

100000 mi

US $400
Whine/whistle upon acceleration; AC not functioning. New AC line and belt installed. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Illinois, United States
Sep 2007 - Jun 2015
Oct 2007

37000 mi
replaced self dimming mirror 
Jan 2008

38000 mi
Fuel line leak. 
Dec 2011

65000 mi

US $200
neutral interlock shift replaced 
Mar 2013

75000 mi

US $300
caliper frozen 
Dec 2013

88000 mi

US $150
alternator belt pulley loose from rusting replaced 
Aug 2014

93700 mi
rusted parking brake, caliper pin boot broken 
Feb 2015

94000 mi

US $1400
clutch wore out, 13 yrs old, they replaced the pressure plate, clutch disc, bearing 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2004 - Mar 2010
Dec 2004

33480 mi
Transmission syncho 2-3 went, as new trannys were unavailable (lots of demand) they rebuilt it. Put in a new clutch at my request 
May 2006

52080 mi
Whining sound from 3rd gear at steady speed or on deceleration. Replaced transmission under warranty. 
Feb 2007

74400 mi

C $1200
Clutch replaced with Exedy competition Stage I as the stock clutch which was replaced at 54,000 kms was slipping. 
Jun 2008

93000 mi

C $300
Front brake job 

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2002 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in New York, United States
Feb 2009 - Jul 2012
Mar 2009

41000 mi

US $170
Replaced evaporative vent valve. 
Mar 2010

44000 mi

US $50
Rattling heat shield removed. Not replaced. 
Jul 2010

44000 mi

US $318
Warped front brake rotors, worn pads. Replaced all. 
Jan 2011

49000 mi

US $1208
Right front lower control arm broke while on the road. Replaced conrol arm, suspension link and rust-riddled front subframe. 
May 2011

51000 mi

US $990
Exhaust pipe and catalytic converter connections rusted almost to breaking point. 
Aug 2011

51700 mi

US $459
Left side lower control arm broke. Replaced same. Right side lower control arm and front subframe broke January 2011. Subaru denies any responsibility. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2007 - May 2010
Jul 2008

119660 mi

C $500
Stalling and hesitation which was cured with new oxygen sensor - routine maintenance at this mileage (190000)? Note. Total bill for two problems was $1400, it seemed like $500 for oxygen sensor and $900 for new shocks on the rear of the car - again could be routine maintenance for a car with 190000 kms. 
Apr 2010

135780 mi
starter broke 

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2002 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Maryland, United States
Aug 2007 - Jun 2011
Oct 2007

65000 mi

US $143
rotors warped Check Engine light went on then off, no charge. Exhaust heat shield came loose 
Jun 2008

67000 mi

US $350
Air conditioning blowing hot. Freon recharged. 
Jan 2009

82000 mi
I have a slow head gasket leak they are doing nothing about at this time. 
Jun 2009

87000 mi

US $273
air conditioning was not working (was last repaired last year - freon was recharged). but within the week of the repair, could hear a hissing sound when air cond. was running and am now taking it back because it is blowing warm air again. 
Jul 2009

87000 mi
Would cost $1,100 to fix the A/C, so didn't fix. 
Sep 2009

88000 mi

US $2125
Compressor, receiver and dryer failed, shop replaced these to repair the air conditioning problem (was not blowing cold), but the A/C was insufficiently cold from day two after getting the car back. Upon putting dye in and checking system, found that there were additional leaks. Fixed those and charged for parts, no labor, no freon (which were required) given that the issue had not been found previously. 3rd attempt to fix the A/C. Told me that there was a "high pressure hose" that was leaking in addition to the previous defective compressor, dryer, receiver (trip #1), and two additional leaks (trip #2). So far so good, but took three recent trips. 
Nov 2009

90000 mi
Head gasket on engine leaking; repaired under Subaru manufacturers' extended warranty to 100,000 miles 
Jun 2011

101000 mi

US $75
Car had exhuast crack that was repaired. Needed new timing belt and water pump in 3000 miles, needed some other maintenance/repairs over next 5000 miles so decided to sell. 

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2002 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 227hp 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in New York, United States
Aug 2007 - Oct 2009
Nov 2008

68000 mi
After the car warms up (30+ mins of driving), the car clunks when performing low-speed turning. 
Dec 2008

69000 mi

US $1400
Prior problem as selected above: After the car warms up (30+ mins of driving), the car clunks when performing low-speed turning. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Colorado, United States
Dec 2008 - Apr 2012
Mar 2009

170000 mi

US $290
CV Boot torn. 
Aug 2009

177000 mi

US $32
Leaking radiator hose. 
Oct 2010

193000 mi

US $30
Air conditioning and ventilation, repair 
Dec 2011

212000 mi

US $1500
Burnt valve. Replaced all valves. 

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2002 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2007 - Mar 2012
Oct 2007

130000 mi

US $300
Head gasket failure. Replaced oil pump, water pump and headgaskets while disassembled. 
Feb 2009

166000 mi

US $85
Replaced faulty knock sensor after error indicated by check engine light. 

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2002 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport Repair Histories

143 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2002 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport. 66 of these members (46.2%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 183 repairs to 2002 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sports--an average of 1.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

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