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2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport Problems and Repair Histories

138 TrueDelta members own a 2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport. 59 of these members (42.8%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 138 repairs to 2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports--an average of 1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport repairs by problem area

54% of the 2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport repairs were to the engine, 10% to the transmission, 8% to the brakes, 9% to the suspension, 16% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 1% to the body and trim, and 2% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 138 repairs.

2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport repair cost distribution

Of the 2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 7% cost less than $100, 46% between $100 and $499, 29% between $500 and $999, 15% between $1000 and $2499, and 3% more than $2500.

Chart based on 87 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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Repair costs are in local units.

2002 Subaru WRX 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 227hp 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru WRX in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2007 77000    
78000 270 O2 sensor 
90500 270 Ruptured inboard CV boot on passenger side front driveshaft, was depositing grease on exhaust/cat. Driveshaft replaced. 
93000 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) 
95000 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 WRX in Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 89000    
100000 400 Whine/whistle upon acceleration; AC not functioning. New AC line and belt installed. 
 
Subaru WRX in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 37000    
37000 0 replaced self dimming mirror 
38000 0 Fuel line leak. 
65000 200 neutral interlock shift replaced 
75000 300 caliper frozen 
88000 150 alternator belt pulley loose from rusting replaced 
92000  
Subaru WRX in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Transmission syncho 2-3 went, as new trannys were unavailable (lots of demand) they rebuilt it. Put in a new clutch at my request 
0 Whining sound from 3rd gear at steady speed or on deceleration. Replaced transmission under warranty. 
1200 Clutch replaced with Exedy competition Stage I as the stock clutch which was replaced at 54,000 kms was slipping. 
93000 300 Front brake job 
 

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2002 Subaru WRX 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 227hp 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru WRX in Colorado, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2008 166000    
170000 290 CV Boot torn. 
177000 32 Leaking radiator hose. 
194700 30 Air conditioning and ventilation, repair 
212000 1500 Burnt valve. Replaced all valves. 
 
Subaru WRX in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2007 57000    
68000 0 After the car warms up (30+ mins of driving), the car clunks when performing low-speed turning. 
69000 1400 Prior problem as selected above: After the car warms up (30+ mins of driving), the car clunks when performing low-speed turning. 
 

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2002 Subaru Impreza 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Impreza in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2007 126000    
130000 300 Head gasket failure. Replaced oil pump, water pump and headgaskets while disassembled. 
166000 85 Replaced faulty knock sensor after error indicated by check engine light. 
 

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2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 41000    
41000 170 Replaced evaporative vent valve. 
44000 50 Rattling heat shield removed. Not replaced. 
44000 318 Warped front brake rotors, worn pads. Replaced all. 
49000 1208 Right front lower control arm broke while on the road. Replaced conrol arm, suspension link and rust-riddled front subframe. 
51000 990 Exhaust pipe and catalytic converter connections rusted almost to breaking point. 
51700 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 / WRX / Outback Sport in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2007 112220    
119660 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. 
135780 0 starter broke 
 

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2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2007 64000    
65000 143 rotors warped Check Engine light went on then off, no charge. Exhaust heat shield came loose 
67000 350 Air conditioning blowing hot. Freon recharged. 
82000 0 I have a slow head gasket leak they are doing nothing about at this time. 
87000 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. 
87000 0 Would cost $1,100 to fix the A/C, so didn't fix. 
88000 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. 
90000 0 Head gasket on engine leaking; repaired under Subaru manufacturers' extended warranty to 100,000 miles 
101000 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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