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2013 Subaru Impreza / WRX repairs by problem area

Engine (32%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (11%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (17%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (15%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 66 repairs.
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2013 Subaru Impreza / WRX repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (6%)

$500 - $999 (6%)

$100 - $499 (15%)

< $100 (72%)

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Chart based on 53 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2013 Subaru Impreza / WRX

Engine not specified

Subaru Impreza / WRX in Tennessee, United States
Feb 2016 - Mar 2016
Feb 2016

28000 mi
oil level low 

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2013 Subaru Impreza / WRX 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Impreza / WRX in Colorado, United States
Aug 2012 - May 2018
Dec 2014

17000 mi
Clutch release bearing was chirping, dealer replaced under warranty. 
Oct 2015

21300 mi
Entire clutch end was replaced. This is a difficult one to report on as I am not sure how much was a factory defect and how much was a botched repair attempt from a few months ago. Regardless, a factory defect started the problem. 
Jun 2016

26000 mi

US $5
Windshield washer reservoir fell into wheel well, mounting bolt was missing. Either the bolt fell out or was never installed. I am reporting this because it seems to be a common problem. 
Apr 2017

30760 mi
Transmission assembly was replaced under warranty. The transmission was never right and now has been replaced entirely. I do not know if there was a single factory defect that led to over three years of problems and several repair trips e.g. should this be viewed as many or just one problem. Regardless, I have owned many cars with manual transmissions and none had problems beyond needing clutches replaced on rare occasions so this wasn't a case of any inexperienced driver abusing the gears. So, unless this transmission is a lemon the problem should be solved. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in Louisiana, United States
Jul 2013 - Jan 2017
Nov 2016

61400 mi
Steering rack leaking 

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2013 Subaru Impreza / WRX 4dr Sedan

148-horsepower 2.0L H4 CVT AWD

Subaru Impreza / WRX in Utah, United States
Jul 2017 - Feb 2018
Sep 2017

75000 mi
Oil consumption problem 
Dec 2017

78000 mi
Oil consumption. No solution found. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in New York, United States
Feb 2016 - Apr 2018
May 2016

35000 mi
The rear brake got some noise sometimes. 
Apr 2018

65000 mi

US $25
Car vibrate. Brake pad stuck. Cleaned and greased front brake, changed rear pad. 

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2013 Subaru Impreza / WRX 4dr Sedan

148-horsepower 2.0L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

Subaru Impreza / WRX in New Jersey, United States
Dec 2012 - Jun 2018
Feb 2017

63080 mi

US $666
Replace and refurbish front and rear brakes 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2013 - Jun 2016
Aug 2015

28000 mi
headlight out 

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2013 Subaru Impreza / WRX 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 305hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

Subaru Impreza / WRX in California, United States
Apr 2017 - Jul 2017
Jul 2017

38000 mi
Leaking power steering rack. Replaced under extended warranty. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in New York, United States
Dec 2014 - Jun 2018
May 2015

39700 mi
Steering rack was leaking fluid. Dealership replaced entire rack and pinion under my Bump to Bumper warranty (not the standard warranty). 
Jan 2016

37800 mi

US $150
Battery completed dead. Subaru OEM must not be very good. Replaced with Bosch. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2014 - Jul 2014
Jul 2014

7440 mi
Loose steering pump. Squeal when turning. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in Virginia, United States
Feb 2013 - Jun 2018
Oct 2015

20300 mi
center console won't close 

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2013 Subaru Impreza / WRX 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Impreza / WRX in Minnesota, United States
Dec 2012 - Sep 2016
Dec 2013

16000 mi
Dash had squeak. Dealer repaired under warranty. 
Sep 2014

26000 mi
Center console would not close. Replaced under warranty 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in North Carolina, United States
Jul 2016 - Mar 2017
Mar 2017

39000 mi
Driver's side door glass smashed in robbery attempt. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2013 - Oct 2016
Jun 2014

6200 mi
driver and passenger windows hard to raise 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in Utah, United States
Oct 2017 - Jun 2018
May 2018

61500 mi

US $35
Diagnostic tests for nonworking headlights. 

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2013 Subaru Impreza / WRX 4dr Hatch

148-horsepower 2.0L H4 CVT AWD

Subaru Impreza / WRX in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2012 - Jun 2018
Sep 2015

28000 mi
ABS/traction light came up on dashboard. Dealer said traction/abs was failing and parts needed replacement. This work was done but it was still under warranty. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in California, United States
Feb 2015 - Feb 2018
Feb 2017

60800 mi

US $650
Complete replacement of brakes that were put on brand new when I bought the car. It eats brakes. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2014 - May 2016
Aug 2014

18700 mi
Check Engine Light Up, Cruise Control Disabled, Traction Control failure light on, Limp-home mode enabled. Dealer reports it was an oil-related CEL and reset it after confirming no issue existed. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2013 - Jun 2018
Apr 2017

66340 mi

C $870
Replaced leaking radiator. Flush and fill. Checked thermostat for proper function. 

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2013 Subaru Impreza / WRX 4dr Hatch

148-horsepower 2.0L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

Subaru Impreza / WRX in Colorado, United States
Oct 2012 - Jun 2018
Sep 2013

14000 mi
Drivers Seat back broke. Seat was rebuilt by dealership under warranty. Subaru fixed the seat but I thought the headrest was loose and not like it was before. The passenger side front seat headrest did not have the same looseness present. Subaru is ordering the parts that affect the headrest. 
May 2017

55000 mi

US $1289
ignition switch and 3 sets of keys needed to be replaced along with reprograming the car along with all locks being re-keyed. The key had been getting harder and harder to remove over several months and I couldn't figure out why. Dealership said because I had a group of keys dangling from the ignition key and the swinging weight over time caused excessive wear on the lock. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in Indiana, United States
Aug 2012 - Jun 2018
Sep 2014

29000 mi
blower motor was making a loud sound when turned on. Suspected the bearing was out on the fan itself. Dealer had to order part. Returned 2 days later and part was installed for no charge under warranty. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in Wisconsin, United States
Oct 2012 - Jun 2018
May 2017

79000 mi

US $290
Passenger Rear Wheel Bearing replaced. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in California, United States
Apr 2016 - Jul 2018
Jun 2016

57000 mi

US $55
The left front CV joint was popping & needed replacement. Repaired under dealer warranty. Passenger-side front strut inexplicably failed. Loud bang, bouncy car, some squeaking while driving, no other major symptoms. 
Oct 2016

59700 mi

US $151
Car would flash ABS & traction control & hill-start warning lights & keep them on, then would not engage drive after next cold-start. Computer would supposedly relate to a blown/mis-firing brake-light fuse. 
Apr 2017

65000 mi

US $100
Trip was for diagnosis of a problem, which I would have had repaired if I'd had time (before leaving on a trip). Car has excessive bounce & vibration (initiating in the steering wheel but it has now spread to the whole car), high tire noise, and will nosedive when braking. Rear passenger side suspension is also apparently sagging. Mechanic informed me that *all* of my struts were bad & slowly leaking - this in spite of having my front passenger strut replaced less than 10,000 miles ago. Will have my struts replaced when I have the funds. 
Nov 2017

71000 mi
The intake hose literally separated from the intake on the front grill, and also separated from the engine. Car stalled on road. The attachment screws had either shaken loose and/or were missing. Shop reordered screws, reattached hose to engine, retightened fuel line as well. Not sure why this happened - whether it was excessive engine vibration, or if my previous shop didn't record that they touched my intake line when they replaced my air filter, and then didn't torque the screws/bolts enough. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in Oklahoma, United States
Nov 2012 - Jun 2018
Sep 2017

30000 mi

US $1500
Ran into a large puddle and got water into the intake. This broke the MAF sensor, as well as the fog light bezels. Because if this several other items were done as preventative maintenance at the same time. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in New York, United States
Sep 2012 - Jun 2018
Oct 2016

88800 mi

US $4000
Transmission failed at 87,900 miles, in a 2013 model. I had a window of 15 minutes or about 10 miles from where I noticed the problem to when the car actually gave up. Car was out of warranty and Subaru took care of half of the bill. --------------- UPDATE: A year after the event above, I received a letter from Subaru notifying me that I could be eligible for a refund for the totality I spent fixing the CVT transmission. About three months after that I had a check from them with the sum I spent fixing it. 
Nov 2017

117000 mi

US $150
Brake switch 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2015 - Dec 2015
Nov 2015

23000 mi
During scheduled 20,000 mi maintenance, left rear strut was found to be leaking fluid. Replaced as a warranty item. Mechanic said it was likely due to large potholes/poor road conditions. Rear tires had begun making fairly loud, rhythmic noise. Asked mechanic to diagnose. Result was: original tires had plenty of tread left, but they showed signs of cupping & feathering. Since it wasn't a safety issue, rotated to front. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2013 - Dec 2014
Aug 2014

11000 mi
Driver seat cushion split under the seat cover. Attempt to repair was unsuccessful as the replacement seat cushion was torn during the installation process. Dealer ordered a new seat cushion and seat cover. Has not yet arrived. 
Nov 2014

11000 mi
Drive seat cushion split. Took 4 visits (order parts, unsuccessful repair and reorder parts, ordered wrong parts so repair incomplete, and finally received part and repaired seat cushion). 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in Connecticut, United States
Aug 2013 - Jun 2018
Dec 2013

8000 mi
Check engine light came on, faulty oil control valves needs replacement 
May 2015

29700 mi
Extended crank when starting, updated ECM with new software. Car still occasionally has extended crank. 
Aug 2015

34000 mi
CVT pressure sensor went causing metal belt to scrape against pulleys requiring transmission replacement. 
May 2018

87000 mi

US $300
Replaced front passenger wheel bearing. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2012 - Sep 2014
Jan 2014 Returning to the airport after a trip. The car would not start. No lights were on. Subaru sent out an independent company that jump started the vehicle and it worked normally the rest of the day. Unable to start the car. Cranked for long time and would not start. Waited hours - still wouldn't start. Subaru sent out flatbed - driver unable to start car. Car towed to dealer. Next day dealer reported that it started like it was flooded 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in California, United States
May 2015 - Dec 2016
Sep 2015

28000 mi

US $5
Passenger side brake light went out 
Oct 2016

46500 mi
Changed the brake switch. it was failing causing ABS light to turn off along with TC and CC lights 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in Florida, United States
Aug 2015 - Nov 2017
Apr 2016

55300 mi

US $230
AC compressor and serpentine belt tensioner failed. 
Mar 2017

64000 mi

US $89
excess oil consumption. took car to dealer, they (at my cost) changed oil and filter again ( i have been changing it regularly and changed it last time a couple months ago) to baseline oil fill quantity then advised return visit in 1000 miles so they can measure oil level, and then confirm for themselves whether excess consumption or not. 
Apr 2017

64000 mi
Gauge cluster Warning light for low engine oil illuminated within couple months of the last oil and filter change. To verify excess oil consumption Dealer changed oil again and required oil level check again in 1000 miles. Prescribed check completed and problem confirmed. dealer replaced engine short block with new assy. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in California, United States
Jun 2013 - Jul 2016
Jul 2014

20700 mi
Right front strut heavily leaking hydraulic fluid, strut mount sustained damage. 20310FJ021 STRUT COMPL F RH 20320FG011 MOUNT STRUT F 902350027 SELF LOCK NUT M12 

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2013 Subaru Impreza / WRX 4dr Hatch

148-horsepower 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Impreza / WRX in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2013 - Dec 2014
Dec 2014

32000 mi
Extreme oil usage 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in Maryland, United States
May 2013 - May 2015
Sep 2014

14000 mi
Burning oil. Turned out to be a factory defect in that year Impreza. Replaced entire bottom half of engine. 
May 2015

23000 mi
Subaru bought our car back. They admitted to persistent problems with the manual transmission of our year/model and were not able to repair. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2016 - Jun 2017
Sep 2016

83000 mi

US $300
The rear wheel bearings required replacing Plus spark plugs, belts. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2013 - Jun 2015
Mar 2015

16000 mi
Engine is using oil. Dealer says it's within spec. 
Jun 2015

18000 mi
Car still using oil. Dealer replaced oil level sensor and flashed ECU. It's still using oil. 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in Washington, United States
Mar 2017 - Jun 2017
Jan 2017

63000 mi
Warranty short block replacement due to oil consumption 
May 2017

71000 mi

US $1400
Clutch replacement 
Subaru Impreza / WRX in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2015 - Dec 2017
Sep 2016

31000 mi
Oil consumption. 
Oct 2017

45000 mi

US $35
Headlight bulb 

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