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2010 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport repairs by problem area

Engine (32%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (15%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (14%)

Other (5%)

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2010 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport repair cost distribution

$2500+ (7%)

$1000 - $2499 (17%)

$500 - $999 (7%)

$100 - $499 (28%)

< $100 (42%)

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Chart based on 89 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2010 Subaru WRX STI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 305hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

Subaru WRX STI in Florida, United States
Jun 2010 - Mar 2018
Apr 2013

30200 mi
Emissions sensor was throwing check engine light; replaced sensor under warranty 
Aug 2014

45000 mi

US $100
Replaced exhaust oil control valve solenoid (driver side) 
Feb 2017

69000 mi

US $1800
Replaced clutch, throw-out bearing Rack and pinion replaced 
Subaru WRX STI in Washington, United States
May 2014 - Oct 2016
Oct 2015

59500 mi

US $300
Replaced power steering hose that had hardened, and flushed the power steering fluid. 
Dec 2015

62000 mi

US $2000
Replaced power steering pump and steering rack 
Mar 2016

66000 mi

US $100
Original battery finally required replacement 
Subaru WRX STI in Quebec, Canada
Jan 2013 - Jan 2014
Dec 2013

48360 mi

C $300
Injector changed because of hesitation. Problem still there. 

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2010 Subaru WRX 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru WRX in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2009 - Jul 2012
Jan 2010 Exhaust louder than usual for about 2 wks. The problem got away simply by moving the flexible joint around (during inspect.) Probably foreign material got caught between the flange and the gasket while going through a large puddle in cold weather 
Aug 2011

26320 mi
Trunk lid had started to rust under the paint (ballooning) around the licence plate holder. Tunk lid repainted through dealer. Excellent job. 
Nov 2011

29500 mi
Chrome flaking off the front Subaru logo. Replaced under warranty. 
Mar 2012

33480 mi
Clutch action would become rough after a hard pull to the red line. Dealer replaced pressure plate and release bearing under warranty. 
Jul 2012

37200 mi
Rough clutch action came back. Mechanics took it for a road test and could not replicate the issue. Nothing was done but clutch action remains intermitently rough. 
Subaru WRX in Michigan, United States
Jan 2010 - Dec 2017
Mar 2017

52000 mi

US $450
Fuel leak. Not a successful repair. 
Subaru WRX in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2011 - Mar 2018
Sep 2011

30000 mi
When the dealer installed a Subaru Performance Technology boost gauge about a year ago, they apparently damaged the pressurized air line between the intercooler and throttle body. Over the past year it continuously got worse. 
Dec 2011

30000 mi

US $1400
The clutch and flywheel had to be replaced. Lining wore out, doesn't handle stock torque well. Had them replaced with aftermarket parts rated for 420 torque, so it should last a while. I would recommend getting an aftermarket clutch. 
Jan 2015

34300 mi

US $107
AC Compressor pulley was beginning to seize and had to be replaced. 
Apr 2017

67000 mi

US $900
Clutch fork broke 
Subaru WRX in Missouri, United States
Jan 2017 - Jun 2017
Feb 2017

73300 mi

US $11000
Car developed knock at 73,000 miles. Diagnosed as spun rod bearing. Entire engine and turbo destroyed itself. $11K repair. 
Subaru WRX in Minnesota, United States
Dec 2014 - Mar 2016
Mar 2016

35000 mi

US $2200
Clutch plate, throw out bearing, had to be replaced 
Subaru WRX in Washington, United States
Apr 2015 - Mar 2018
Dec 2016

74000 mi

US $1100
Failed seal in rack and pinion steering assembly, replacement performed. 
Subaru WRX in Maine, United States
Mar 2012 - Apr 2012
Apr 2012

78000 mi
Transmission had a major issue. When trying to back up out of a parking space one day, the car wouldn't move easily. I eventually backed up but then after that the transmission made bizarre noises. 
Subaru WRX in Michigan, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2015
Sep 2010

2000 mi
There were squeaks and rattles coming from the rear deck lid and center console area (noticed at delivery and continued). Most of the squeaks were completely addressed. There was also a bent piece of metal in the trunk, and that was unbent. Dealer damaged rear deck lid on first (and only other) repair. Ordered new deck lid and rechecked for squeaks/rattles after installation. Some squeaks still present, but not serious ones. 
Jan 2011

7000 mi
Three plastic clips in the driver front wheel well fell out, and the dealer replaced them.  
May 2011

11000 mi
Clock area was rattling each time sun shined on the dash surface. Problem first noticed just after original (Aug. 2010) delivery, but initially not significant enough. No noise over winter, but very persistent in spring. 
Jun 2011

16000 mi
Right wiper arm had begun to rust on a corner -- about 2" long of small rust spots. Nothing major, just slightly unsightly. Dealer replaced without question or charge. 
Jun 2012

23000 mi

US $120
Stud on wheel cross-threaded; could not remove lugnut during tire rotation. Dealer informed of cross-threading and replaced two studs. 
Jan 2013

39800 mi
Bad release bearing Dash cluster clip broken; replace dash cluster 
Apr 2013

35300 mi
Same squealing noise as before; did not replace release bearing but instead just greased some component (not sure which). 
Jun 2013

37000 mi
Same squealing noise as before but unable to reproduce at dealer. The noise is temperature and humidity-related -- on warmer days (or when the transmission is warm) it's hard to pinpoint the noise. In this trip to the dealer, we could not. 
Jul 2014

52700 mi
Squeal noise from release bearing. No issue found (however, squealing noise persists) and no repair made. 
Jan 2015

47000 mi

US $1000
1) 60k service 2) Same clutch squeal issue as before; called Subaru North America to investigate also. Subaru extending goodwill on throwout bearing. 3) Clutch at 30% life left - deciding whether to replace 4) Front underside skirt fell off 
Mar 2015

62000 mi
Cross-threaded wheel bolt. Dealer replaced bolt and nut. 
Subaru WRX in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2010 - Jun 2011
Oct 2010

8000 mi
Clutch making squealing sounds..  

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2010 Subaru WRX 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru WRX in California, United States
Dec 2009 - Dec 2015
Jan 2015

94000 mi

US $150
CEL indicated misfire on all cyl. Exhaust rattle noise only at idle & only when engine is at operating temp. Apparent loss of HP. 
Apr 2015

99200 mi
engine noise ( rattling sounds in exhaust ) persists at idle when engine is at operating temp. 
Jun 2015

105000 mi

US $800
Noisy exhaust note @ idle. Problem identified as issue with muffler. muffler was replaced. time in shop included 105k service which included timing belt replacement. 
Subaru WRX in California, United States
Dec 2009 - Jun 2016
Jun 2011

35000 mi

US $4300
piston ringlands were busted 
Apr 2014

80000 mi

US $75
oil leak, turbo replacement 
Subaru WRX in British Columbia, Canada
Jul 2010 - Mar 2018
Jan 2016

70680 mi

C $1400
Steering rack was leaking and needed replacement 
Jan 2018

98890 mi

C $1600
Broken clutch fork. Clutch replaced at the same time as repair. 
Subaru WRX in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2015 - Mar 2018
Oct 2015

58060 mi

C $45
Corrosion developed in the turn signal connection, so it shorted and reported as burned out (flashed faster) and at lower intensity. 
Feb 2016

60140 mi

C $78
Driver side sun visor broke. The friction material that keeps it in place broke and the visor would swing down and block my vision. I ordered a replacement visor and replaced it myself. Replacement took less than 5 minutes (2 screws). 
Mar 2016

61380 mi

C $40
Driver side headlight burned out. I've replaced it twice already (passenger side is still going on original bulb). I wore fresh gloves and have not gotten oil on the halogen bulb to the best of my knowledge. Could be my fault though. 
Oct 2016

64480 mi

C $400
A pair of bushings in the front suspension needed to be replaced. 
Mar 2017

68200 mi

C $480
Two of the bushings in the front suspension needed to be replaced. I don't recall exact names. Cost for the part was $40 each, labour for the work was 4 hours at $100/hour. This bushing was different than the pair replaced in October. 
Subaru WRX in Virginia, United States
Nov 2009 - Mar 2018
Dec 2016

53000 mi

US $1
Exhaust has developed a mild drone at ~2500-3000 rpm. Shop was unable ot locate any leaks or loose hardware. 
Subaru WRX in Delaware, United States
Sep 2013 - Apr 2016
Nov 2013

60700 mi

US $700
dash squeaks and rattles. dealer tightened instrument cluster. less squeaks for awhile. now worse than before. Rattle coming from final muffler. Dealer used a rubber mallet on bottom of muffler and rattle stopped then. 3000 miles later, rattle has returned 
Oct 2014

73300 mi
plastic trim along front bumper and wheel wells coming loose and plastic "clips" broken and not about to be replaced. Shop used cable ties to hold together. 
May 2015

80000 mi

US $1700
steering rack was leaking fluid. Rack replaced 
Sep 2015

83000 mi

US $275
Traction control light and hill brake light on. Problem related to previous work. Steering realigned and computer reset corrected the problem. 
Dec 2015

84000 mi
steering position sensor malfunctioning. was reset when steering rack was replaced months ago. Stabilization light comes on, and the hill brake does not hold. Repair shop says that sensor in steering column needs to be replaced. $2000 
Subaru WRX in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2009 - Nov 2016
Aug 2011

17800 mi
Exhaust rattle at idle. I thought it was a hanger, but it turned out to be stuff broken off inside of the muffler. Dealer replaced muffler under warranty at no charge to me, except some lost time. 
Apr 2015

51700 mi

US $160
Check engine light came on for VVT Cam lockup and CANBUS comm error 
Nov 2016

66000 mi

US $4000
Piston slap, need I say more? Needed a new engine, which I declined. 
Subaru WRX in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2010 - Dec 2012
May 2011

24000 mi
Driver side windshield wiper stopped working. Dealer diagnosed it as a linkage bolt that had worked loose. Dealer tightened bolt and remedied problem in less than 20 minutes. Problem has not returned after more than a month. 
Mar 2012

37000 mi
Replace clutch master cylinder. 
Subaru WRX in New York, United States
Mar 2010 - Sep 2011
Jul 2010

13000 mi
Unable to shift car out of neutral (manual transmissions) 
Jun 2011

34000 mi
Rattling at low speeds from rear of vehicle. 
Sep 2011

34000 mi
Rattle from rear of vehicle 
Subaru WRX in Florida, United States
Jul 2010 - Apr 2018
Sep 2010

1000 mi
Exterior trim under the front bumper was coming loose. Dealer attempted fix, but didn't work. Started to rub tire and so manually removed the offending piece. Working with SOA about providing a replacement... 
Oct 2014

110800 mi

US $700
Leaky slave cylinder required replacement 
Nov 2015

132000 mi

US $200
Leaky power steering seals. The long repair time was due to a part that was slow to ship to my mechanic 
Dec 2015

136000 mi

US $170
AC stopped working, took it to the shop and they refilled with coolant. They did a mechanical inspection and cautioned about a potentially bad line, but will need to see if it leaks again... 
Mar 2016

140000 mi

US $250
AC repair. Need to take in again, as AC is now not working again. Will require a third trip for repair. 
Jul 2016

148300 mi

US $300
Finally got the AC working. Evaporator core had a leak and needed replacement. On reassembly had to have the car towed to dealer to fix multiple check engine lights (on their dime). Dealer eventually found 2 harnesses switched. 
Sep 2016

150000 mi

US $2200
Clutch never released on a 1 > 2 shift. Was able to make it to the shoulder and stall. Towed to dealer and clutch master cylinder replaced. Also found a leaky power steering pump and axle that were also replaced during the trip. 
Apr 2018

158000 mi

US $8700
Almost certainly got a bad tank of gas. Car was on a long trip and running great. Refueled and immediately started knocking. Should have pulled over, but was on hour four of a five hour drive so kept going. Engine ate itself about 60 miles later. Not catastrophic (no hole punched in the block) but small block needed replacement. Heads are being refreshed, original clutch & flywheel are being replaced. Installing ARP studs and killer b pickup for future safety. 
Subaru WRX in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2010 - Nov 2017
May 2016

60760 mi

C $2200
Clutch and flywheel replaced due to worn liner. 
Subaru WRX in Alberta, Canada
Jun 2010 - Sep 2016
Dec 2010

3720 mi
light fog appears to be in headlight. they checked under warranty and said could not replicate. took it back when -30 and very evident. they have driver's side on order to see if that fixes problem. passenger side also foggy but not as bad 
Feb 2016

56500 mi

C $1400
the steering rack needed to be replaced when I realized issue with steering, tried to add power steering fluid so could prolong before had to fix before could drive again, hood release would not work, cable not attached to latch. With little effort could grab cable end to open 
Jul 2016

58900 mi
took car across the street to a small mechanic shop as thought needed a re-charge. Looks like compressor but haven't found the part yet and buying new is 1100$ touch, plan on fixing with refurb. and selling car 
Aug 2016

58900 mi

C $1000
Repaired A/C. 
Subaru WRX in New Mexico, United States
Jul 2010 - Sep 2011
Jan 2011

14000 mi
Blown Right speaker 
Sep 2011

23000 mi
Blown Baffles in muffler, will replace under warranty next week. 

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2010 Subaru Impreza 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Impreza in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2011 - Mar 2018
Apr 2012

25000 mi
Had to de-carb the engine. 
Jun 2013

37000 mi
Condensor broke and had to be replaced. Screeching noise from power steering pump. 
May 2014

43100 mi

US $50
Heat shield came loose and was vibrating, causing a metallic noise on starting the car. 
Jun 2015

51000 mi

US $600
AC expansion valve blew, causing refrigerant to leak. 
Subaru Impreza in Florida, United States
Sep 2011 - Dec 2012
Sep 2011

35034 mi
Condenser Assembly replaced after leaking out while driving. Also, Power Window regulator assy was replaced for several windows that weren't functioning properly. Driver Visor was also loose and was replaced. Condenser Assembly replaced after leaking out while driving. Also, Power Window regulator assy was replaced for several windows that weren't functioning properly. Driver Visor was also loose and was replaced. Warranty repair (free). 

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2010 Subaru Impreza 4dr Sedan

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

Subaru Impreza in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2010 - Feb 2013
Jul 2011

13000 mi
Speaker blown, new one ordered by dealer, repair not made. 
Subaru Impreza in Indiana, United States
Mar 2014 - Mar 2018
Jun 2015

65000 mi

US $95
Power steering belt coming apart. Replaced belt. 
Jan 2016 Heavy steering at low speed. Traced problem to failing serpentine belt. Replaced for free under warranty as the belt was replaced only seven months ago. 
Subaru Impreza in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2010 - Aug 2013
May 2013

35960 mi
Heat shield was loose and making noise while accelerating 

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2010 Subaru Impreza 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Impreza in British Columbia, Canada
Sep 2017 - Mar 2018
Feb 2018

101680 mi

C $3300
Head gasket and timing belt 
Subaru Impreza in Michigan, United States
Dec 2010 - Sep 2017
Dec 2013

146000 mi

US $200
Check engine 
Oct 2014

174300 mi

US $1600
Replace gasket heads 
Mar 2016

232000 mi

US $1000
Oil leak in engine 
Jul 2016

240700 mi

US $400
Getting malfunction light in brake system. Electrical problem. 
Oct 2016

249000 mi
Getting oil blow by. Will not choose to rebuild engine. 
Subaru Impreza in Illinois, United States
Dec 2011 - Mar 2012
Jan 2012

25000 mi
Driver side wiper arm quit working. Dealer replaced fastener to wiper linkage arm. 
Mar 2012

27000 mi
A/C evaporator leak, removed and replaced evaporator and recharged a/c. Bad connection to right front turn signal 

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2010 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Hatch

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport in Quebec, Canada
Sep 2011 - Apr 2014
Jan 2014

23020 mi

C $280
After only 3.5 years, the battery is at 50%???? 

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2010 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Hatch

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

Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport in Utah, United States
Jun 2012 - Jun 2013
Mar 2013

46000 mi

US $6500
Engine threw a rod & was replaced. Subaru refused to cover under warranty, despite report from independent mechanic stating that the engine was faulty. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2013 - Dec 2017
Jan 2016

44440 mi

C $445
rear wheel bearing replaced 
Jun 2016

78120 mi

C $110
Alternator belt was worn/cracked 
Dec 2016

81840 mi

C $730
Worn front wheel bearing. Making a whiring noise. Bearing was replaced Loose power steering belt 

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2010 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Hatch

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport in New Hampshire, United States
Jan 2015 - Feb 2016
Feb 2016

50000 mi

US $350
Caliper sticking 
Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport in Maryland, United States
Oct 2010 - Mar 2011
Nov 2010

28000 mi
I had the car serviced and had a problem with my driver's window control lever not making proper contact which made the window intermittently go up or down... They "tested" and found the motor to be fine, but "cleaned the contacts." 
Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport in Maryland, United States
Feb 2015 - Mar 2018
Apr 2017

49000 mi

US $400
Pads and rotors 
Mar 2018

52000 mi

US $250
Brake pads replaced 
Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport in Quebec, Canada
Jan 2013 - Dec 2013
Oct 2013

53200 mi

C $200
Muffler rattle, not yet repaired 

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2010 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual AWD

Subaru WRX in Washington, United States
Nov 2011 - Jan 2012
Dec 2011

25000 mi
minor rattles in the dash, car still under warranty, just need to get car into dealership for repair 

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