2005 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 2005

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2005 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport repairs by problem area

Engine (44%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (11%)

Brakes and Traction Control (2%)

Suspension and Steering (16%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (19%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (4%)

Other (3%)

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2005 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport suspension repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (13%)

$100 - $499 (40%)

< $100 (40%)

Chart based on 30 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2005 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 227hp 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

122450 mi

C $332
Steering was very stiff, replaced power steering pump 
129890 mi

C $1500
right rear shock was making creaking sounds over uneven ground. This is due to poor design of the shock housing and losing it's lubrication Rear shock housings removed and lubed. 
102000 mi

US $240
cv boot burst. driver side boot replaced and greased. 
114000 mi

US $220
Replaced power steering fluid hose 
114000 mi

US $869
New power steering pump Tighten accessory belt 
78300 mi

US $40
Rebuilt power steering pump due to external leak 
107000 mi

US $100
Steering pump needed replacement. 

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2005 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

194000 mi

US $278
One ball joint was slightly loose, so both were replaced. 

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2005 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

89800 mi

US $250
Tie rod end rubber bushings had to be replaced, both sides. 

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2005 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

110900 mi Rust on the wheel hub was causing brake issues, rust had to be cleaned out 
52216 mi Low speed "clunk" from rear strut. Removing strut and regreasing the bump stop seems to fix it. 
89000 mi

US $185
R&R front passenger wheel hub/bearing. 
96500 mi

US $484
Driver's side wheel bearing. Passenger side was replaced 12 months ago. 
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. 
120000 mi

US $550
Feal Fixed Perch Struts replaced worn out factory KYB units. New rear backing plates for rear rotor, new rear wheel bearings as a precaution since the originals had 120K on them. 
55000 mi

US $9
Lubricate rear struts to eliminate squeak every other tire rotation. Subaru's solution is to replace the struts. 
73500 mi

US $650
Car made loud whoo-whoo'ing noise from rear of car. Rear wheel bearing replaced.  
92000 mi

US $130
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. 
101000 mi

US $50
Power steering pump leak 
109000 mi

US $1200
R&R passenger rear wheel bearing 
81700 mi

US $10
Air entering power steering pump. 
128000 mi

US $500
Rebuilt power steering rack - replaced all internal seals. 
43000 mi Rear struts leaking, make clunking noise during low speed driving. 
28000 mi Rear strut "clunk" 
49000 mi Lubed rear strut mounts. 
31000 mi

US $150
Front swaybar connection broke on passenger side. 
113000 mi

US $200
Very strong vibration in steering during certain conditions. Air in power steering lines was the cause, which is semi-common among WRX/STIs. Requires rebuild or replacement of power steering pump to correct leaking seals.  

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2005 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 227hp 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

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. 

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2005 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

13800 mi

US $435
Replaced front ball joints, and stabilizer links 

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2005 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

174000 mi

US $80
Turning noise when making all the way to left or right. 

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