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2008 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport repairs by problem area

Engine (24%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (19%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (17%)

Other (7%)

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2008 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport suspension repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (26%)

$500 - $999 (26%)

$100 - $499 (26%)

< $100 (16%)

Chart based on 19 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2008 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

115000 mi Leaking steering box. 

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2008 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

114040 mi

C $300
Replaced front struts (as well as brake pads while I was at it) 
127100 mi

C $2
Noisy power steering pump. Replaced o-ring on return line at pump. 

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2008 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

65000 mi Blown performance strut and aftermarket bushings installed 
50000 mi

US $1100
will get the front and rear struts replaced. plus it's going to need a wheel alignment. 
50000 mi

US $900
front and rear struts replaced . brought struts had dealer install them. 
53000 mi

US $1000
dealer replaced ball joint. 

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2008 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

107000 mi

US $300
front bushings worn. They were replaced 

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2008 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 305hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

59000 mi

US $100
Loud whining noise near power steering pump. Noise loudest at cold start. Dealer recommended belt replacement and fresh power steering fluid. 
60700 mi

US $540
Power steering pump was failing. Replaced with new pump out of warranty.  
151000 mi

US $275
Control arm bushing cracked 
58000 mi power steering pump went bad. Was replaced. Fluid was flushed. 

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2008 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

129620 mi

C $175
Rear wheel bearing 
138880 mi

C $50
Lower ball joint 
76440 mi

C $500
New shock absorbers and struts. I thought the car was making more noise over bumps etc and they had done 122,000km so I changed them. 
17000 mi wheel misalignment caused by defective parts repaired. 
16000 mi Steering rack replaced after spool valve blew. 
39000 mi Struts leaking when sold. 
40000 mi

US $250
Front suspension was squeaking. Took time to isolate issue, turned out to be a swaybar that was creaking in its rubber bushing. 

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2008 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Hatch

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

46500 mi Wheel bearing making noise. Took it to the dealer. Repaired under warranty as per dealer. 

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2008 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport Suspension Problems

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