2008 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 2008

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2008 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport repairs by problem area

Engine (25%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (19%)

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

Other (7%)

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2008 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (28%)

$500 - $999 (17%)

$100 - $499 (33%)

< $100 (17%)

Chart based on 18 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

45000 mi

US $100
clutch bracket behind firewall cracked, needed replacement. 
30000 mi Clutch pedal assembly detached from firewall due to bad weld. Unrepaired 
110000 mi

US $2200
Cv joints were worn out. Ball joints also replaced Clutch would not shift into certain gears. Had the clutch replaced at an automotive transmissions shop. 
70000 mi

US $700
Clutch pedal assembly bearings and rods were worn out, causing pedal to squeak loudly. 
85000 mi

US $140
clutch is creating excess noise. dealer wants over $500 to diagnose. subaru is aware of firewall issues with this model, will not pay until it fails. 
116000 mi Clutch firewall was finally repaired. Bracket re welded. 
24000 mi Clutch release bearing fork making chirping / whirring sound. Lube of Release Lever Pivot Ball was the resolution.  

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2008 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

96000 mi

US $1600
Throw out bearing went out, clutch still felt like new, but eventually couldn't get it out of gear. It made a loud pulley noise on cold mornings up until it went out, thought it was just a pulley. 

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2008 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 305hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

33000 mi Damaged throwout bearing and pressure plate replaced. Was causing clutch squeak. 
14000 mi car got stuck in neutral and would not go into gear. 
21000 mi faulty clutch or faulty clutch ajustment. Dealer replaced clutch assembly at no cost to me. 
33700 mi

US $2000
Replacement clutch always felt like it was slipping under hard acceleration, never really felt "connected" to the flywheel as there was always a little slippage and it took too long to engage. Had an independent shop replace the clutch after the dealer di 

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2008 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

22000 mi Throw out bearing replaced under warranty, rotational noise heard at a stand still. 
24000 mi Right front axle leaking tranny fluid. Right front upper ball joint bad, and bearing had to be replaced. All fixed under warranty. 
39680 mi

C $160
Creaking noise when applying clutch pedal. Lubricated all related linkages. Noise still there. Welds on pedal assembly mounting bracket should be inspected for cracks as per SB.12.01.10. Unsure if under warranty so postponed repair. 
11000 mi Throwout bearing in clutch replaced. Clutch squealing at catchpoint when engine and outside ambient temps cold. Problem was still there at first cold start. It'll have to go back for further diagnosis and repair. 

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2008 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Hatch

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

50300 mi

US $348
Transmission shuddered when coming to a stop. Felt like torque converter locking up when stopping. Test drove and found nothing. Also computer showed no codes. Dealer advised a transmission power flush, AT fluid was dirty. Shifts like new. 

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2008 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport Transmission Problems

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