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2006 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport repairs by problem area

Engine (46%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (17%)

Brakes and Traction Control (1%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (15%)

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

Other (3%)

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2006 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport repair cost distribution

$2500+ (7%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (9%)

$100 - $499 (36%)

< $100 (36%)

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2006 Subaru WRX STI 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

Subaru WRX STI in Wisconsin, United States
Feb 2011 - Jun 2013
Apr 2011

49000 mi
Three 8mm bolts on cam gear that secures on a plate came loose. The plate is part of the variable valve timing system which uses oil pressure to control the timing so as the bolts came loose oil was leaking past the plate.  
Jun 2011

52000 mi

US $300
Intake pipe developed a vaccum leak from a rip that went about halfway around it where it attaches 2 the turbo. Replaced the oem plastic pipe with an aftermarket metal one which was a mistake because the fitment was horrible.  
Jul 2012

64700 mi
Turbocharger had an external oil leak on a non-serviceable seal and also a whine associated with the part failing internally. Replaced turbocharger to correct the concern. 
Aug 2012

65700 mi

US $400
Radiator started to develop a slow leak at the top. Also cooling hoses started leaking slightly where they attach to the thermostat housing and at the other end of the motor due to corrosion 
Dec 2012

70000 mi

US $10
Both license plate bulbs burnt out at about the same time. Replaced both bulbs and the lights now work again 
Subaru WRX STI in New York, United States
Apr 2010 - May 2011
May 2011

24000 mi

US $75
Battery losing charge. Replaced. Died again when car left alone. Still unsure of cause of power drain. 
Subaru WRX STI in South Africa
Oct 2007 - Feb 2010
Mar 2007

18600 mi
Replace clutch plate Replace motor sub-assembly Repairs covered by motorplan 
Dec 2007

38440 mi
Replace motor sub-assembly (coverd by motorplan) 
Sep 2008

57040 mi

R 66000
overall motor (blown), replace turbo, replace clutch plate 
Jan 2009

58900 mi

R 33000
Overall motor 
Sep 2009

62000 mi

R 15000
Repair turbo, replace clutch kit 
Nov 2009

63240 mi

R 3000
Turbo broke down immediately after leaving the repair shop Repair turbo, repair waste gate, repair oil leak, replace radiator hoses, replace turbo hosing 
Dec 2009

63860 mi

R 8000
Radiator hose also perished.  
Feb 2010

63860 mi

R 15000
Car still breathing oil from vent. Vent routed to ground. 
Subaru WRX STI in Texas, United States
Oct 2008 - Oct 2017
Dec 2012

22000 mi
Threw a P0422 CEL. I couldn't find anything so I reset it but it kept coming back so it went to the dealer. They couldn't find anything either so they did a full diagnostic and reset it. Hasn't come on again. 
Dec 2015

34000 mi

US $1030
Both fuel cut valves in the gas tank cracked due to age and turned on P0442 CEL. It did not affect drivability. This is a labor intensive repair - 86% of the cost was labor. 
Subaru WRX STI in Colorado, United States
May 2012 - Nov 2016
Dec 2015

98000 mi

US $200
Radiator blew at 103,000 miles. Could drive home but definitely needed a replacement. 
Nov 2016

113000 mi

US $108
Lower radiator return hose clamp got loose and started leaking coolant. Replaced both upper and lower radiator hoses. Should have replaced them when I replaced the radiator 10k miles ago. 
Subaru WRX STI in Texas, United States
Oct 2008 - Dec 2013
Mar 2013

90000 mi

US $200
One of the o-rings had gone bad causing leaking of AC charge. Part was replaced and system was recharged. 

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2006 Subaru WRX 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 230hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru WRX in North Carolina, United States
Aug 2010 - Sep 2015
Feb 2015

122600 mi

US $450
Replaced both (left & right) front axle boots. 
Mar 2015

124000 mi

US $100
Leaks in A/C system. Replaced seal & recharged. Power steering pump was whining. Replaced fluid eliminated whining. Right rear wheel bearing had to be replaced. Bolts holding in place were frozen and head snapped off -- had to be heated to break loosed. Heating up required replacing several bushings in additional to replacing bolt & wheel bearing. 
Subaru WRX in California, United States
Oct 2006 - Nov 2016
Sep 2012

56000 mi

US $900
A valve in the air intake system failed. 
Subaru WRX in Utah, United States
Mar 2011 - Dec 2016
May 2014

75000 mi

US $430
Front CV boots cracked and leaking. Replaced prior to CV failure. 
Dec 2014

85000 mi
Air pump solenoid failed. System disabled, car passes emissions fine without it. Common WRX problem. 
Sep 2015

100000 mi

US $2000
Clutch and flywheel replacement. The lining wore out. Engagement was getting higher/harder to achieve smooth transitions, and was replaced prior to failing. Car gave plenty of warning to the end of life for the clutch. 
Subaru WRX in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2012 - Oct 2013
May 2012

85000 mi
Oxygen pump, an emissions related issue had 7 codes stored in the ECU. Diagnosed and correct parts are in order... The previous oxygen sensor issue was resolved with the correct parts 
Nov 2012

94000 mi

US $289
Alternator bracket cracked, replaced with parts I bought online from other subaru dealer Than one visited for repair and labor charged. 
Subaru WRX in California, United States
Dec 2016 - Sep 2017
Apr 2017

82000 mi

US $700
new rear struts 
Subaru WRX in Colorado, United States
Jul 2011 - Dec 2014
Nov 2013

71000 mi

US $75
Leaking steering pump seals replaced 
Nov 2014

83000 mi

US $1500
Timing chain, tensioner, water pump, thermostat, belts 
Subaru WRX in Maryland, United States
Oct 2008 - Jun 2015
Jan 2009

42000 mi

US $65
CEL at 42,856. Mechanic says OBD - fuel cap loose. Mechanic tightened fuel cap, problem went away. 
Mar 2011

57000 mi

US $147
Timing belt snapped from age. Battery dead. 
Mar 2012

66000 mi

US $400
Mechanic found transmission leak. Blown fuse caused the power mirrors to stop working. 
Jan 2015

66700 mi

US $1146
Replaced 2 IMR control valve. Repaired cose P2009. Intake Manifold Running control circuits low both banks. 
Subaru WRX in California, United States
Jun 2016 - Jun 2017
May 2017

128000 mi

US $1200
A/C compressor needed replacement and the condenser was damaged by a stone. 
Subaru WRX in Alberta, Canada
Feb 2010 - Nov 2013
Jun 2013

58280 mi

C $50
Emissions air pump valve had failed from corrosion. Replaced with block-off plate, tune updated to ignore resulting emissions codes. 
Subaru WRX in Colorado, United States
Jun 2008 - Jan 2012
Oct 2010

97000 mi

US $100
In for 90k service with clutch replace. Trans snout worn - tech installed "Speedy Sleeve" and new throw out bearing. In for 90k service with clutch replace. Found shift shaft seal leaking - replaced. In for 90k service with clutch replace. Found left/front inner CV boot leaking - replaced boot. 
Jan 2011

100000 mi

US $30
Replaced squeaking A/C idler pulley 
Subaru WRX in Arizona, United States
Nov 2006 - Sep 2014
Jul 2010

100000 mi

US $95
Recharge AC and check for leaks 
May 2012

146500 mi

US $201
Leaky radiator hose led to coolant levels being too low to circulate. 
Sep 2012

149000 mi

US $470
Radiator leaking 
Oct 2012

150000 mi

US $120
Power steering pump seized Ac compressor clutch became unable to stay engaged. No need to fix given time of year. 
Nov 2012

152400 mi

US $1100
Replaced clutch, release bearing wore out. Then had to bring the car back the next week because they did not firmly attach the prop-shaft hangers (thus the 2 days). They did not charge for the second repair, as it was their fault. 
Mar 2014

-2000 mi
Head gasket went. Extracted engine myself, had heads rebuilt. Update: later discovered it was just a very hard to locate hose was spraying coolant. I took the opportunity to do a rebuild regardless. Replaced the AC compressor with one I bought for $100 from the junkyard myself. 
Sep 2014

170000 mi

US $6000
Cost 6k all in for labor to reassemble the drivetrain and replace the short block (cylinder walls were corroded by coolant from head gasket failure). Had I not tried to fix it myself it would've been more like $3,500. 
Subaru WRX in Washington, United States
Oct 2006 - Sep 2017
Aug 2012

41900 mi

US $300
Turbo wastegate was not moving freely, boost was not being controlled properly. Sometimes overboosting and sometimes under boosting. Replaced turbo exhaust housing from a used turbo. 
Jun 2015

55000 mi

US $145
Noisy front left wheel bearing. Replaced wheel bearing. Front right inner axle boot leaking grease. Replaced grease, boot and clip. 
Sep 2016

60000 mi

US $100
CEL due to stuck air valve. Air pump also noisy. Replaced air pump and air valve with used parts. Old valve was badly corroded and full of water. 
Subaru WRX in New York, United States
Mar 2008 - Jun 2011
Apr 2008

55000 mi

US $380
The driver's side secondary air combi valve failed in the open position. As a result exhaust was leaking via the air pump, and the CEL light came on. The part was $380 retail from Subaru. I did the troubleshooting, servicing and mechanical work myself. 
Subaru WRX in Oregon, United States
Jul 2006 - Sep 2017
Jun 2006

3300 mi
Replaced outside temperature sensor under warranty. 
May 2010

29000 mi

US $4
Water leaked into driver's foglight and misted lens. Replaced sealing gasket and realigned housing 
Mar 2017

68000 mi

US $85
Inner Right CV Boot cracked - due to turbo heat. Replaced BOTH axles to be safe. 
Jun 2017

68500 mi

US $1050
Clutch, pressure plate, engine rear oil seal (possibly seeping a little), throwout bearing, clutch fork and pivot. 

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2006 Subaru WRX 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 230hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru WRX in Oregon, United States
Aug 2011 - Nov 2011
Sep 2011

56000 mi
Loud clock spring that dealer quoted $300 to replace. Forget it. 
Nov 2011

58000 mi
Loud clock spring when sold. 
Subaru WRX in British Columbia, Canada
Nov 2006 - Mar 2010
Dec 2006

8060 mi
First and second gear teeth were damaged so that the transmission would not shift into either gear. Dealership said it was caused by abuse and therefore would not cover it under warranty. Subaru has an issue with their transimssions that they won't admit Driveshaft hanger bracket was installed incorrectly and is now hitting the exhaust. 
Subaru WRX in Ohio, United States
Oct 2006 - Dec 2016
Subaru WRX in California, United States
Jun 2014 - Jul 2015
Sep 2014

110000 mi

US $950
Throwout bearing seized. Had to replace clutch, throwout, pilot, and clutch master cylinder Crack in radiator necessitated replacement 
Subaru WRX in Texas, United States
Sep 2007 - Jun 2016
Feb 2013

95000 mi

US $400
Leak in high pressure side of A/C. O-rings and high side hose replaced. System refilled with refrigerant and oil to OEM spec. 
Nov 2015

132000 mi

US $2000
Engine failure 
Subaru WRX in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2009 - Jul 2011
Nov 2010

64000 mi

US $425
Heard warbling noise (wom-wom-wom) at speed. Suspected wheel bearings. Shop replaced front wheel bearings, which did reduce some noise while turning, but did not fix the initial problem. 
Jan 2011

66000 mi

US $25
Had both front wheel bearings re-replaced, since original replacements failed during January. Now, a week later, noise is back. Suspect hubs. Will return to shop this month. 
Apr 2011

68500 mi

US $1000
Wheel bearings were still making noise. Brought car to different shop, replaced front bearings + hubs, problem solved. Front-right tie rod end was leaking grease, causing loose steering. Replaced part, steering tightness restored. 

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2006 Subaru WRX 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 230hp 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru WRX in Illinois, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2013
Jun 2013

118000 mi

US $3000
Cylinder #2 intake valve sleeve caused valve to be sticky in closing and thus causing damage to other valves in cylinder - bent one, caused valve seat insert to be dislodged slightly. Misfire CEL, low compression and leak-down. 

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2006 Subaru Impreza 4dr Wagon

Subaru Impreza in New Brunswick, Canada
Feb 2015 - Sep 2017
Apr 2015

63240 mi

C $1000
Replace front calipers. Exhaust replacement. 

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2006 Subaru Impreza 4dr Sedan

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Impreza in Maryland, United States
Sep 2007 - Sep 2013
Jun 2007

40000 mi

US $150
Front Windshield Crack replaced 
Subaru Impreza in Pennsylvania, United States
Apr 2008 - Sep 2017
Jan 2015

31200 mi

US $100
Alternator replaced. 
Subaru Impreza in Arkansas, United States
May 2016 - Sep 2017
Sep 2017

132000 mi

US $230
Clip holding the throw-out bearing snapped and cause bearing to rub on pressure plate in clutch. Full clutch failure in 4 days. Had to purchase a new clutch kit, throw-out bearing clips and gasket for exhaust. Took about 8 hours to replace. Replaced driver side headlight. Throw-out bearing clips broke, causing it to grind on the pressure plate. Within 1 week, car was undriveable. 
Subaru Impreza in Virginia, United States
Oct 2006 - Jan 2015
Feb 2011

67000 mi

US $235
Replace leaking valve cover gaskets. 
Aug 2011

72000 mi

US $40
Check engine light came on, then cleared itself after 1 day. Shop determined error code was "no start condition". Problem has not reappeared. 
Feb 2013

85700 mi

US $140
belt was slipping, was replaces 
Jun 2014

96000 mi

US $140
Idler pulley squealing 
Jan 2015

84000 mi
Intermittent code for converter low efficiency 

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2006 Subaru Impreza 4dr Sedan

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Impreza in Illinois, United States
Apr 2012 - Mar 2017
Jun 2012

100000 mi

US $1700
Right around 100,000 miles I needed the head gaskets replaced and went ahead and changed out the whole lower end at the same time. Water Pump, timing chain ect... Cost $1700 
Jul 2014

125000 mi

US $250
Around 125,000 miles I needed the front left Wheel bearing replaced. No big deal. Cost $250 
Nov 2016

186100 mi

US $240
Miss fire in Cylinder 1. New plugs and wires as well as a new Main Drive Belt to stop the squealing. 
Subaru Impreza in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2014 - Nov 2014
Sep 2014

186000 mi

C $900
Replaced all the wiring. Car kept stalling and wires were brittle. Oil pan rusted through. Replaced pan. 
Subaru Impreza in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2008 - Mar 2010
Oct 2008

44640 mi
Blinking check engine light. They could never replicate it nor found it from ECU. It goes on usually after cold start; then went away after 5 to 10 mins of slow driving. 
Subaru Impreza in Barbados
Feb 2008 - Mar 2009
Feb 2008 Replacement of Driver side power window motor. 

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2006 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport

Engine not specified

Subaru WRX in Vermont, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

23000 mi
valve timing sensor replaced. 

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2006 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport in Alberta, Canada
Sep 2014 - Oct 2015
Oct 2015

77500 mi

C $450
Blower motor failed. Cannot just swap out the motor so I had to replace the entire Blower assembly. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport in Ohio, United States
Oct 2014 - Sep 2017
May 2017

113000 mi

US $1000
Battery and lead replacement 
Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport in Washington, United States
Sep 2010 - Sep 2017
Jan 2012

79500 mi
Adjust frameless windows to reduce wind noise. Used subaru forums to get basic understanding of adjustment. Partially successful, but not entirely. 
Aug 2013

67000 mi
Compass in mirror backlight failure, no longer can be read in daylight 
Mar 2014

71000 mi
Slight seepage around head gaskets. Not fixed yet. Left inner axle boot seeping at outer clamp. Not fixed yet. 
Aug 2014

76000 mi

US $50
Broken wheel stud on right rear corner, replaced. Wheel felt funny, found they were all loose, one snapped off when tightened. 
Jul 2015

79700 mi

US $2800
Replace head gaskets, resurface heads Clutch shudder, flywheel surface worn prematurely. clutch still had 50% life. Clutch and flywheel replaced. 
Oct 2016

87300 mi

US $270
Muffler whistles, rear muffler replaced (broken baffles) 
Mar 2017

90000 mi

US $63
Overheat at sustained high speed, cooling escaping. Replaced Radiator, thermostat, and cap. Broken Wheel Stud replaced. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport in Ohio, United States
Aug 2006 - Sep 2016
Oct 2006

12000 mi
Minor hesitation off idle solved with ECU (engine computer) software update. 
Dec 2010

68000 mi

US $150
Shifter was extremely stiff/slow when cold (manual transmission). Difficult to shift into reverse. Lubed and adjusted shift linkage, replaced transmission oil with synthetic. Problem resolved. 
Mar 2012

86000 mi
Diagnose rattle/resonance from rear of car at 65 mph. Noise traced to very rusty, loose exhaust system. Driveability/reliability not affected. Elected to replace at later date. Was not charged for diagnosis. 
Jul 2013

102300 mi
Attempt to locate rattle under car. Unable to locate and not charged. 
Aug 2013

102900 mi

US $50
Diagnose exhaust rattle. Located broken weld. Referred to other shop with welding capability. Welded exhaust to fix rattle. Was diagnosed but not repaired by dealership. 
Oct 2013

104200 mi

US $200
Shifter became immobile and engine would stall whenever clutch was released. Flatbed towed to dealership. Problem could not be duplicated once the car was at the dealer. Still unresolved. 
Aug 2014

110400 mi

US $600
Replace both front inner CV boots. Diagnose multiple odd noises. Whistling/squealing diagnosed as pinhole exhaust leak. Noise from bell housing diagnosed as failing throwout bearing. 
Sep 2014

112000 mi
Follow up from previous visit (noise from throwout bearing). Removed transmission and installed clutch kit. Also discovered leaking transmission seal inside bell housing. Approximately one week after previous repair, car began shaking violently upon clutch engagement. Returned to dealer, problem diagnosed as defective replacement clutch. Repaired free of charge. 
Oct 2014

113000 mi
Noticed extensive transmission oil leakage. Returned to dealer. Axle seal improperly installed during previous repair trip. Fixed free of charge 
Apr 2015

117300 mi

US $132
Tailgate latch failed. Unable to open tailgate. Replaced exterior handle. 
Jul 2015

121500 mi

US $250
Replace muffler and other exhaust components to address previously diagnosed exhaust leak. 
Jan 2016

125000 mi
Little to no assist from power steering immediately after cold start on days below freezing. Also noticed excessive whine from power steering pump. Shop unable to duplicate problem (warmer day). Elected not to pay for further teardown. 
Aug 2016

127000 mi

US $200
ABS light on. Multiple whees speed sensor codes. Tried cleaning sensors and connections. Unable to resolve problem. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2011 - Sep 2017
Apr 2012

107800 mi

US $600
Ignition coil cracked at wire connections. Replaced coil wires and plugs. 
Dec 2013

141000 mi
The car needed two quarts of oil on our trip to South Carolina- approximately 1400 miles round trip. We thought we saw an oil leakage. The shop couldn't determine the cause, saw no evidence either. Was told the headgasket was leaking oil. 
May 2014

149400 mi
Headlight bulb. Very difficult to access, but at least it wasn't the headlamp on the driver's side which requires one to take out the battery. 
Jun 2014

151000 mi

US $673
left front ball joint loose; tech replaced it right front corner marker bulb out; tech replaced the bulb 
Nov 2014

155000 mi

US $1200
I had a leaking head gasket on the passenger side. Had both replaced. They also replaced the timing belt and kit (?). Radiator hoses replaced. Also, o -rings on oil dipstick (?). Had to take it back for this a week later. No charge. 
May 2015

165000 mi

US $800
The front catalytic converter was replaced. My check engine light had been going on and off for well over two years. I finally decided to get the repairs done. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2014 - May 2015
Jul 2014

67300 mi
One rear strut leaking; recommend replacing both and rebalance. Not addressing right now; may replace this car in early 2015. 
May 2015

72000 mi
Car used oil between oil change intervals from the beginning. Sometimes the oil got lower than it should have before owner added oil. Piston rod bearing eventually deteriorated and a new short block was recommended. 

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2006 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport in British Columbia, Canada
Mar 2008 - Aug 2011
Jan 2010

68820 mi

C $420
Left rear wheel bearing worn/failed - replaced. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2011 - Oct 2012
Oct 2012

130000 mi

US $400
Needed new throttle body. Transmission gasket failure, leaking fluid.  
Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport in North Dakota, United States
Feb 2012 - Apr 2013
Dec 2012

85000 mi

US $289
electric window failed to work properly 
Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport in Ohio, United States
May 2012 - Jun 2012
Jun 2012

110000 mi

US $800
Alternator replaced Fuel injectors cleaned Oil change 
Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport in Connecticut, United States
Jan 2014 - Mar 2017
Aug 2014

88100 mi

US $300
wheel bearing needed replaced 
Dec 2014

91000 mi

US $2000
Head gaskets needed replacing. oil and antifreeze leaking everywhere 
Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport in Tennessee, United States
Apr 2013 - Jul 2013
May 2013

91000 mi

US $300
Bad wheel bearings 
Jul 2013

91000 mi

US $200
Bad rear end bearing. Rebuilt the rear-end. Throttle body dirty, causing check engine light to engage. $115 to diagnose and $85 to spend 15 min. cleaning the part. 

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