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2005 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport repairs by problem area

Engine (41%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (11%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (20%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 175 repairs.

2005 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (14%)

$100 - $499 (51%)

< $100 (18%)

Chart based on 79 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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2005 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 227hp 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in California, United States
Dec 2009 - Oct 2015
Jul 2013

88300 mi

US $196
Radiator hose leak 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in California, United States
Apr 2012 - Mar 2016
May 2012

78500 mi

US $40
Rebuilt power steering pump due to external leak 
Jul 2012

79300 mi

US $60
Replaced torn CV boot, front passenger side inner. 
Apr 2013

84000 mi

US $20
Leaking seal between transmission and axle shaft 
Mar 2015

99000 mi

US $700
Replaced leaking radiator. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Illinois, United States
May 2008 - Dec 2015
Jun 2009

75000 mi
Plastic idler pulley for air conditioner replaced. 
Jun 2011

109000 mi

US $350
Axle CV boot cracked. Needed to be dismantled, cleaned, repacked with grease and a new rubber boot fitted. 
Jan 2013

128000 mi

US $23
The bearings went bad on the tension pulley for the belt driving the AC compressor. It made a loud screeching sound at all rpms. Replaced with similar sealed bearing pulley from an auto parts store. 
Jun 2015

149000 mi

US $100
AC switch behind HVAC panel not working. Switch replaced. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Maryland, United States
Apr 2008 - Feb 2014
Oct 2011

107000 mi

US $100
AC had stopped blowing cold. Diagnosed as low coolant, topped it up, good to go. 
Dec 2012

124000 mi

US $250
Foggy/oxidized headlight lenses. Had to refurbish to pass inspection. 
Sep 2013

136000 mi
Loose AC compressor belt. Re-tightened. 
Feb 2014

140000 mi
Coolant smell in cabin on occasion; apparent small leak above intake manifold (turbo?). No significant coolant loss. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2013 - Nov 2013
Jan 2013

122450 mi

C $332
Steering was very stiff, replaced power steering pump 
May 2013

125860 mi

C $150
replaced inner front right cv boot. 
Jun 2013

126790 mi

C $200
Leaking O-ring between highside hose and compressor replaced. AC system vacuumed and leak tested. R134a refill + pag oil. 
Aug 2013

129890 mi

C $1500
Hvac fan replaced. Radiator cracked and was leaking. Replaced radiator plus coolant flush/replacement Rear shock housings removed and lubed. 
Sep 2013

132680 mi

C $60
Replace tensioner pulley. It was chirping. 
Oct 2013

132680 mi

C $500
Alternator required replacement, would not charge battery (battery was good). 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Ohio, United States
Mar 2013 - Jun 2015
Feb 2014

125700 mi

US $200
Starter did not consistent disengage in very cold weather (brief grinding after starting engine). 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2014 - Mar 2016
Nov 2014

98000 mi

US $2500
Original engine spun a bearing so I replaced it with a JDM replacement with AVCS. Didn't go to a shop, I did the swap myself. Not including any the price of mods 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in California, United States
Jan 2013 - Jan 2015
Aug 2013

98000 mi

US $25
upper radiator hose burst and was replaced. coolant refilled. 
Oct 2014

102000 mi

US $240
cv boot burst. driver side boot replaced and greased. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in California, United States
Oct 2008 - Mar 2010
Jan 2008

36000 mi
A/C blows either very cold air or very hot when I was in very cold conditions (20F outside). Replaced under warranty. Have not checked the performance yet. 
May 2009

45000 mi
Squeaky clutch pedal. still there after repair, but somewhat intermittent. no functional problem 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in New York, United States
Nov 2007 - Mar 2010
Apr 2008

39000 mi

US $19
Fog light bulb needed to be replaced. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Indiana, United States
May 2007 - Feb 2011
Jun 2007

52000 mi

US $470
Needed to replace front pads and roters, and rear pads. 
Sep 2008

97000 mi

US $422
Non-OEM spark plugs failed. Caused one of the coil packs to also fail. 
Apr 2009

107000 mi

US $100
Steering pump needed replacement. 
Jun 2009

110000 mi

US $1200
A couple bearings and input shaft needed replacing after day at the track. 

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2005 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 227hp 2.0L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2007 - Feb 2016
Jun 2007

67000 mi

US $200
Car bucks after warmup, A/C stops working Intermitently. Thought I heard muffled backfires. Dealer says everything is fine, a week afterward still same problem. 
Dec 2007

82000 mi

US $27
Left fog bulb 
Dec 2008

109000 mi

US $280
Warped rotors. 
Apr 2009

118000 mi

US $88
AC idler pulley broke. Pulley put hole in timing belt cover. On seperate trip, ran over debris in road and destroyed tire. Took car into shop to have alignment and inspection done on running gear. 
Jun 2010

148000 mi

US $420
Replaced fuel/air sensor 
Oct 2010

158000 mi

US $760
New brake discs went bad 
Jan 2011

165000 mi

US $450
Top of radiator cracked, radiator replaced 
Jan 2012

192000 mi

US $727
Replace timing belt and waterpump with idlers. Timing belt was damaged when AC idler pully broke. 
Jan 2013

196000 mi

US $200
Replaced both fuel level sending units. 
Nov 2013

197000 mi

US $110
fROZEN RIGHT CALIPER 

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2005 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Vermont, United States
Feb 2011 - Mar 2016
Feb 2013

147700 mi

US $40
2 side light bulbs replaced in headlight assemblies. 
Dec 2013

156000 mi

US $150
Replaced rear pads and rotors. Calipers were good. For fun, painted rear calipers blue while we were in there. 
Jul 2014

166300 mi

US $223
CEL on, misfires. Replaced air filter, plugs and wires. Also changed oil and filter. 
Feb 2015

174000 mi

US $1500
Head gaskets. Also replaced during repair: valve cover gasket, plugs, timing belt, water pump, A/C and alternator belts. Plus exhaust repair. 
Mar 2016

194000 mi

US $278
One ball joint was slightly loose, so both were replaced. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Ohio, United States
Jul 2010 - Apr 2015
Aug 2010

126000 mi

US $800
Cracked inner boots on front axles. Replaced axles and did a 4 wheel alignment. 
Jan 2011

136000 mi

US $18
Corrosion on wheel caused tire to lose pressure. 
Nov 2011

157000 mi

US $900
Replaced water pump and timing belt, and tensioner 
Oct 2012

174000 mi

US $2800
Replaced head gaskets Replaced plugs and ignition wires Replaced clutch. Engine was out for gaskets. clutch was very worn. 
Oct 2013

187000 mi

US $200
warped rotors on front. worn pads on both front and rear Heater blower motor failed. went to recycling yard and got working replacement for 35.00 
Apr 2015

201000 mi

US $12
Check engine light came on. Went to AutoZone, had code read. Misfire on cylinder 2. Bought and used fuel system cleaner. Code cleared. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Quebec, Canada
Oct 2012 - Mar 2015
May 2014

108740 mi

C $2200
Oil leak, change the motor gasket and due change of timing belt. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Virginia, United States
Dec 2011 - Apr 2014
Mar 2012

146034 mi

US $292
Replaced valve cover and spark plug gaskets to remedy misfires due to oil on plugs. Also replaced plugs. 
Sep 2013

164000 mi

US $435
Both inner CV boots in the front were torn. Shop replaced both front axles with remanufactured axles. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Alberta, Canada
Mar 2007 - Jun 2013
Dec 2007

25420 mi
radiator cap failed 
Dec 2010

50840 mi

C $1650
Replaced head gasket to fix intermittent overheating problem. Problem may still exist though, but not to previous extent. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Alberta, Canada
Dec 2007 - Jun 2011
Nov 2008

48360 mi

C $100
Diagnosis for over-heating on highway was leaking left bank head gasket. Diagnosis for CEL was sticking EGR valve. Parts ordered. 
Dec 2008

48980 mi
Replaced left bank head gasket and EGR valve. Still waiting on new knock sensor to fix continuing CEL. 
Feb 2009

50220 mi
Replaced knock sensor. Still received CEL after a few days, so had all connections checked. So far, so good. 
Dec 2010

60760 mi

C $300
Car overheated on highway. Stuck thermostat replaced. Fan setting #2 not working. Replaced fan blower resistor to correct. 
Jun 2011

63860 mi

C $100
Radiator cap failed, replaced to repair. 

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2005 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in New Hampshire, United States
Jul 2013 - Apr 2016
Feb 2014

71700 mi

US $90
Bad Squeaking. Still squeaks! 
Sep 2014

75000 mi

US $250
Just standard work, nothing significant. 
Feb 2015

83500 mi

US $200
A portion of the exhaust pipe was replaced for excessive rust. It may have to be completely replaced before Summer is over. Plus 80,000 mile check-up. Window track mechanism. 
Apr 2016

89000 mi

US $250
Tie rod end rubber bushings had to be replaced, both sides. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in New Hampshire, United States
Feb 2012 - Mar 2015
Feb 2013

109500 mi

US $30
replace headlight bulb 
Aug 2013

114000 mi

US $40
Heat shield loose. 
Mar 2015

135000 mi

US $400
Rusting flanges on exhaust pipe. pipe replaced. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2011 - May 2015
Mar 2014

93000 mi

US $250
light switch not turning on parking lights. 

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2005 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Virginia, United States
Jan 2013 - Jan 2014
Dec 2013

100000 mi

US $6500
Piston and rings needed replacement along with the head. No compression cylinder 4. Entire bottom end replaced. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in California, United States
Jan 2009 - Mar 2010
Feb 2009

54000 mi
overheating 247 degrees 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Nebraska, United States
May 2012 - Mar 2016
Dec 2014

89000 mi

US $185
R&R front passenger wheel hub/bearing. 
Feb 2015

89000 mi

US $95
Oil feed line from from block, to AVCS port to turbo started leaking. 
Oct 2015

97000 mi

US $484
Driver's side wheel bearing. Passenger side was replaced 12 months ago. 
Nov 2015

98000 mi

US $322
Passenger side cam cover gaskets were leaking. Indy replaced both sides. 
Dec 2015

99000 mi

US $92
Power steering seals were completely shot with power steering fluid leaking from the pump housing. A rebuilt pump replaced the original and all is perfect again. 
Mar 2016

101000 mi

US $1040
A/C Compressor failed. A new compressor, dryer and condenser were installed. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2014 - Feb 2016
Dec 2014

104000 mi

US $3500
Burned exhaust valve in cyl 4 
Jun 2015

110000 mi

US $1300
Replace pads and rotors all corners 
Aug 2015

110700 mi
Rust on the wheel hub was causing brake issues, rust had to be cleaned out 
Nov 2015

112500 mi

US $850
replace radiator, thermostat 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in New York, United States
Apr 2007 - Jul 2012
Mar 2008

43000 mi
Rear struts leaking, make clunking noise during low speed driving. 
Oct 2009

46000 mi

US $400
Differential temperature sensor replaced after false alerts on dashboard. add forums for Impreza WRX STi iwsti.com nasioc.com 
May 2010

49000 mi

US $430
Starter replaced. 
Jul 2010

49300 mi

US $7
Battery replaced under warrantee. Customer paid $7 for corroded bolts and fittings. 
Jul 2012

54000 mi

US $700
Ac hoses were leaking, replaced and recharged. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Alabama, United States
- Feb 2010
Feb 2010

23000 mi
Radiator began leaking on the top seam. Warranty covered 100% of the bill. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Texas, United States
Dec 2008 - Jun 2011
Oct 2008

47544 mi

US $126
Replaced High pressure AC line because of a pinhole leak 
Dec 2008

50210 mi

US $229
Replaced windshield. 
Jan 2009

52216 mi
Low speed "clunk" from rear strut. Removing strut and regreasing the bump stop seems to fix it. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2009 - Apr 2014
Sep 2010

25420 mi

C $30
Wheel liner broke, ordered new one and replaced. 
Jan 2013

29940 mi

C $500
Radiator has small leak, replaced(upgraded) with Koyo Al racing one 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Nebraska, United States
Jun 2007 - Mar 2010
Jun 2007

2300 mi
Trim repair by SOA 
Sep 2007

28000 mi
Rear strut "clunk" Remote keyless buzzer 
Aug 2008

49000 mi

US $100
Replaced buzzer. Lubed rear strut mounts. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Minnesota, United States
May 2008 - Sep 2012
Mar 2009

44000 mi
Whining noise in engine heard inside vehicle. Most likely one of the belt idlers or tensioner. Could not determine which one was faulty. 
Jul 2010

55000 mi

US $125
Engine whine noise. Mechanic says it's either a valve or valves that need adjustment, or it's something in the timing-belt mechanism. Will pursue a repair in the not-too-distant future. Clutch squeak mentioned to shop, but shop didn't fix while car was in for service. I later repaired the squeak myself by lubricating part of the clutch mechanism. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in California, United States
Nov 2011 - Feb 2014
Aug 2012

73000 mi

US $30
Power steering/alternator belt broke while driving on the freeway. Was able to change it myself at a gas station. 
Feb 2013

79300 mi

US $45
The ac belt broke and I replaced it. 
Feb 2014

89000 mi

US $60
Had to replace window trim 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Texas, United States
May 2009 - Mar 2016
Jun 2009

55000 mi

US $9
Lubricate rear struts to eliminate squeak every other tire rotation. Subaru's solution is to replace the struts. 
Sep 2010

73000 mi

US $175
Leak in o-ring on high-pressure outlet of A/C compressor. 
Oct 2010

74000 mi

US $650
Car made loud whoo-whoo'ing noise from rear of car. Rear wheel bearing replaced.  
Oct 2011

92000 mi

US $130
Radiator plastic end-tank developed a hairline crack which required the complete replacement of the radiator. The o-ring on the suction side of the power steering was embrittled over time and allowed air to be sucked into the power steering pump. This caused a groaning noise. The o-ring was replaced along with all the power steering hose clamps. 
Jun 2012

101000 mi

US $295
Alternator failed Power steering pump leak Upstream wide-band O2 sensor started to fail 
Aug 2012

103500 mi

US $45
Upper radiator hose developed a large tear. Replaced hose, refilled coolant. 
Nov 2012

104000 mi

US $550
Passenger side, inner CV boot failed. Passenger side valve cover gasket leak 
Oct 2013

107700 mi

US $250
Brake rotors were worn out of spec. R&R rotors and pads. 
Dec 2013

109000 mi

US $1200
R&R passenger rear wheel bearing 
Jan 2014

109300 mi

US $10
Oil filler neck gasket replacement. Air entering power steering pump. 
Jun 2014

112000 mi

US $30
Evap recirculation purge value failed 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2011 - Apr 2011
Mar 2011

110000 mi

US $200
Replaced power steering pump 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in California, United States
Oct 2010 - Jul 2011
Dec 2010

103000 mi

US $50
replaced undercover, which had started to come off and was making noise 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Illinois, United States
Dec 2006 - Apr 2016
Jun 2006

11000 mi
valve spring 
Dec 2009

31000 mi

US $150
Front swaybar connection broke on passenger side. 
Feb 2012

47000 mi

US $215
Faulty/erratic Rear diff temp sensor. Part+labor $215 
Jun 2013

61000 mi
Fuse burned out. Used spare fuse housed in engine compartment. Fuse killed power windows, rear mirror, cig lighter. 
Apr 2016

84000 mi

US $180
R. DIFF sensor flickering. Replaced again. 

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2005 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 227hp 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2009 - Oct 2012
Feb 2012

145080 mi
Replace driver side window control panel 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2009 - Mar 2010
Jun 2009

43000 mi

US $80
Steering column shaft was bent causing steering issues. Friend with shop replaced with part from salvage yard. Only charged for alignment. 
Dec 2009

50000 mi

US $80
Replaced front driver side axle. Boot was cut and slinging grease. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in California, United States
Feb 2009 - Jan 2012
Nov 2009

64000 mi

US $15
Fixed a pinhole leak in upper radiator hose. 
Jan 2012

95000 mi

US $220
right front cv axle tore and needed replacing 

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2005 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2012 - Oct 2015
Jun 2012

13800 mi

US $435
Replaced front ball joints, and stabilizer links 
Sep 2012

144000 mi

US $350
Front CV boot failed, requiring axle replacement 
Jul 2013

156700 mi

US $525
Clutch master cylinder failed requiring replacement. Replaced slave cylinder and hoses as a precautionary measure. 
Oct 2015

176000 mi

US $300
New pads and rotors all around. New rear calipers 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Ontario, Canada
- Apr 2006
Jan 2006

12400 mi
Safety switch behind clutch pedal was making squeaky noise. Replaced under warranty. 
Apr 2006

16120 mi
Both rear lamp assemblies (bezels) were replaced under warranty as condensation could be seen inside, near the turning signal area. 

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2005 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in New York, United States
Jun 2007 - Mar 2015
Dec 2013

91000 mi
cruise control 
Mar 2015

92000 mi
Gasket blew out between oil and coolant system. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in North Carolina, United States
Oct 2011 - Dec 2012
Dec 2011

153000 mi

US $300
Car has sharp turning noise at parking. Torque binding is a common problem with Subaru 4eat Automatic transmissions if not regularly drained and filled. Drained and filled transmission twice (2 x $68). DRL bulbs replaced. Took the technician more than an hour. Probably not familiar with Subaru Impreza's DRL. First said $10. After struggling a bit to take apart to take apart grille and fender then said $50 and settled for $30. Touch-up and rust prevention oiled and painted ($50). Minor rust bubbling on the hood and near the exhaust. Surface rust in engine bay. 
Dec 2012

174000 mi

US $80
Turning noise when making all the way to left or right. Front Passenger side turning light failed. Two mechanics worked on it, took more than an hour to replace. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Michigan, United States
Jan 2009 - Mar 2016
Feb 2009

48000 mi

US $30
Passenger fog light. 
Dec 2009

55000 mi
Strong smell of raw fuel inside car. Needed to tighten fuel lines clamps on front of engine. 
Apr 2015

118000 mi

US $1500
Head Gasket 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Maine, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2013
Jan 2012

72000 mi

US $170
2005 Impreza 4EAT with the dreaded drivetrain binding on low speed turns. In this case the problem was resolved with a complete transmission flush and the addition of Ford Friction Modifier. To date, no binding; transmission seems reborn. 
Sep 2012

78000 mi

US $2100
Head gaskets, timing belt, water pump. Shop detected head gaskets starting to fail through test, not detectable otherwise. 
Apr 2013

84700 mi

US $200
Stopgap measures taken to stabilize an exhaust system needing replacement. 
Sep 2013

90000 mi

US $1400
The starter was making scary noises. Starter replaced. Exhaust pipe covers were jangling, then falling off. Then pipes as well seemed about to fail. Entire system following cat converter redone. 
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Colorado, United States
Dec 2015 - Apr 2016
Jan 2016

117700 mi
Before buying this car the used car company replaced the head gaskets (smelled burning oil during test drive) plus as preventive water pump, thermostat, timing belt, and spark plugs. 
Mar 2016

119000 mi

US $140
Replaced CV axle 
Apr 2016

119000 mi

US $82
Replaced leaking oil pan gasket. 

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2005 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport in Tennessee, United States
Mar 2013 - May 2013
Apr 2013

97000 mi

US $1400
Went in for a recall item and noisy air conditioner, was told the head gasket was leaking. Tightened belt for air conditioner, completed recall (SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:LOWER ARM) 
May 2013

97000 mi
Traded when head gasket started to fail. I already replaced it in 2009, and decided I wasn't going down that expensive road again! 

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