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Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport repairs by problem area

Engine (59%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (18%)

Brakes and Traction Control (1%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (6%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 239 repairs.
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Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport repair cost distribution

$2500+ (33%)

$1000 - $2499 (67%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (0%)

< $100 (0%)

Chart based on 168 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2014 Subaru Impreza / WRX 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 305hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

5580 mi

C $2200
Clutch failure. Clutch was burnt but not the direct cause. Possibly the snap ring on the wedge collar failed. Bought new clutch, flywheel, and a Monoloc collar. 10000km maintenance done. 

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2013 Subaru Impreza / WRX 4dr Hatch

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

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. 
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. 
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. 

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2013 Subaru Impreza / WRX 4dr Hatch

148-horsepower 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

71000 mi

US $1400
Clutch replacement 

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2012 Subaru Impreza / WRX 4dr Sedan

148-horsepower 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

62000 mi

US $1000
Engine replacement under warranty. Replace shortblock and while in there replacement of clutch throwout bearing, pressure plate and flywheel 

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2012 Subaru Impreza / WRX 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

33000 mi

US $2800
Fixed cracked clutch pedal assembly welds. 

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2012 Subaru Impreza / WRX 4dr Hatch

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

105000 mi

US $1400
Replaced Transmission Valve Body due to a faulty solenoid Replaced rear passenger wheel bearing 
55000 mi

US $4000
Transmission failed 
115000 mi

US $200
Blue tooth system failed 
96000 mi

US $1200
The car has been burning a quart of oil every 1500 miles give or take and recently the smell of burning oil coming thru the vents is awful. I told the dealer about it when it was in for the 90,000 mile service in March but they don't care. 
107000 mi

US $255
complete engine failure while driving 60 mph on highway.Dashboard lit up with every light & engine cut out & would not start again.The dealer took 17 days to tell me a fuse blew in the wire harness between the computer & engine.Replaced ECM 

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2012 Subaru Impreza / WRX 4dr Hatch

148-horsepower 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

92000 mi

US $1100
Clutch, pressure plate, throwout bearing, primarily due to the latter. Now shifts more smoothly than ever, even when new. 

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2011 Subaru WRX STI 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 305hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

17000 mi

US $1000
Cracked ring land on the number four cylinder. Subaru found Youtube vide of me at an autocross event and denied warranty. Replaced on a good faith with a $1000 deductible. This was after two months in the shop. Never buy a Subaru again! 
42000 mi

US $250
Windshield washer fluid tank was loose. Mechanic corrected. Also performed routine maintenance - replaced Spark plugs, air filter, and cabin filter. 
46000 mi

US $1300
Rack and Pinion seal failed causing loss of power steering fluid. Low power steering fluid caused the power steering pump to fail. Rack and Pinion was replaced. Power Steering pump was replaced. Alignment done. Re-centered steering wheel and re-calibrated steering position sensor. 

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2011 Subaru WRX STI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 305hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

54000 mi

US $2400
secondary air pump recall https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/jaxrs/download/doc/UCM546139/RCRIT-16V738-2254.pdf rotor and pad replacement, $2400 

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2011 Subaru WRX 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

48360 mi

C $2000
Car slipping in all gears. Clutch replaced 

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2011 Subaru WRX 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

50300 mi

US $1600
Clutch going out, just worn out at 50,000 miles. 
57000 mi

US $130
Cracked power steering belt found when i went for oil change Belt repair prior installed incorrectly resulting in both belts failing and the original dealer not reimbursing in TX. The belt that was originally repaired that started all this had piece missing that was not caught by dealer visit thus necessitating another trip for repair 
89000 mi

US $350
Replaced Starter Motor assembly 
104000 mi

US $2200
Failure of clutch and clutch master. Replaced clutch master, flywheel, clutch, throwout bearing, pilot bearing, spring, clips, clutch fork. Also repaired transaxle assembly. 
43400 mi

C $1450
Front strut was blown after hitting a pothole. $1450 to replace both front shocks with stock Subaru parts. $2800 for set of 4 KW v1 aftermarket coil-overs. Decided on the KW system - way better than stock! Tire and wheel okay. 
68400 mi

US $1000
5th gear EXPLODED into 3 pieces. One piece hit the transmission case so hard, that it punctured it and made a hole. New case, 5th gears, syncros, and bonus throw-out bearing. 
72000 mi

US $2000
Making noises the day I got it back, and two weeks later 5th gear destroyed itself again. Had to pay for new transmission. Subaru of America said that the failure was due to using the emergency brake in 5th gear. Most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. 

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2011 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Hatch

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

97000 mi

US $2000
replaced steering power rack 

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2010 Subaru WRX STI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 305hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

45000 mi

US $100
Replaced exhaust oil control valve solenoid (driver side) 
69000 mi

US $1800
Replaced clutch, throw-out bearing Rack and pinion replaced 
92000 mi

US $2000
Head gasket leaking- gasket replaced on both sides, heads planed 
59500 mi

US $300
Replaced power steering hose that had hardened, and flushed the power steering fluid. 
62000 mi

US $2000
Replaced power steering pump and steering rack 
66000 mi

US $100
Original battery finally required replacement 

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2010 Subaru WRX 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

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. 
43100 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 
35000 mi

US $2200
Clutch plate, throw out bearing, had to be replaced 
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. 
55200 mi

US $107
AC Compressor pulley was beginning to seize and had to be replaced. 
67000 mi

US $900
Clutch fork broke 
73300 mi

US $11000
Car developed knock at 73,000 miles. Diagnosed as spun rod bearing. Entire engine and turbo destroyed itself. $11K repair. 
74000 mi

US $1100
Failed seal in rack and pinion steering assembly, replacement performed. 

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2010 Subaru WRX 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

60760 mi

C $2200
Clutch and flywheel replaced due to worn liner. 
110800 mi

US $700
Leaky slave cylinder required replacement 
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 
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... 
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. 
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. 
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. 
35000 mi

US $4300
piston ringlands were busted 
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 
80000 mi

US $1700
steering rack was leaking fluid. Rack replaced 
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. 
51700 mi

US $160
Check engine light came on for VVT Cam lockup and CANBUS comm error 
66000 mi

US $4000
Piston slap, need I say more? Needed a new engine, which I declined. 
70680 mi

C $1400
Steering rack was leaking and needed replacement 
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 
58900 mi

C $1000
Repaired A/C. 

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2010 Subaru Impreza 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

146000 mi

US $200
Check engine 
174300 mi

US $1600
Replace gasket heads 
232000 mi

US $1000
Oil leak in engine 
240700 mi

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

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2010 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Hatch

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

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. 

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2009 Subaru WRX STI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 305hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

41300 mi

US $5000
Engine failure 

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2009 Subaru WRX 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

81000 mi

US $550
power steering rack leak 
91300 mi

US $8000
Spun rod bearing, had to replace entire short block and do major service on the heads. New shortblock, machined & cleaned cylinder heads/cams/valves/etc, New variable valve timing controllers (AVCS or VVTI, whatever they're called), oil pan, pump, p 
94700 mi

US $600
Bushings for shifter worn out so shifter would rattle. Replaced shifter. 
98000 mi

US $1500
Clutch bracket welds separating from firewall, which would eventually result in inoperative clutch pedal. 
99000 mi

US $450
Power steering pump failed. First had dealer replace pump. But wrong one, so got correct one and replaced it myself. 

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2009 Subaru WRX 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

10000 mi

US $8000
Crankshaft bearing went bad. Outcome was that the vehicle needed a new engine. 
160000 mi

US $2900
Secondary air pump failure Intake valve replacement 
13000 mi

US $2400
Spun bearing. New short block. 
51000 mi

US $100
A/C Compressor failed. Quoted $560 for the part and $250 for 2.5 hours of labor. Paid $100 evaluation fee and declined repair. Living with issue for the time being. 
57000 mi

US $150
Ordered AC compressor from dealerpartsdirect.com. Paid for 2.5 hours of labor.  
78200 mi

US $1450
Clutch replacement 
43400 mi

C $100
 
65600 mi

C $100
Water leak in roof from bad door seal. 
111600 mi

C $550
Leaking oil pump. Resulted in having to also having to replace timing belt as it was damaged from the oil. 
130200 mi

C $2500
Needed a new clutch, mechanical failure. 

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2009 Subaru Impreza 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

106000 mi

US $3200
Center differential wore out due to mismatched rim. Also preformed timing belt/ various other scheduled maintenance. 

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2009 Subaru Impreza 4dr Sedan

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

53400 mi

C $700
Radiator leak. Replaced radiator. Rear driver wheel leaking air. Replace tire. Check engine light p2096. Bad rear o2 sensor 
69720 mi

C $180
Leaking transmission cooler lines replaced. 
74400 mi

C $1800
head gasket blown and leaking on driver side 

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2009 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Hatch

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

75000 mi

US $100
Got a CEL, pulled a P1443 code. Usually the result of a loose gas cap or a leak in the evaporative system. After much trial and error, the gas cap was replaced. 
145000 mi

US $2000
Cam seal failed, sprayed oil on the timing belt causing the belt to slip. The engine lost timing and the valves on cylinder 2 were damaged as a result. 

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2009 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Hatch

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

25100 mi

C $1100
Had to flush transmission oil after 40 000 km. Had to flush power steering oil too. Both oils had metal particles in and were gray-black. Shop suggested to change oil. 
27280 mi

C $850
Rear right caliper was stuck (piston stuck). Disc was worn out because of brake overheating on highway. Shop suggested to replace the whole rear braking system which was done. 
27900 mi

C $230
Cylinder missfire due to short in spark plug cable. Cable was replaced and the car now has its lowest ever recorded MPG. 
29220 mi

C $100
Heat shield was loose under the car. 
36780 mi

C $300
3 rust spots repaired. 
41540 mi

C $200
Oil valve near engine was rusted and leaked. Was replaced. 
67000 mi

US $1500
Front suspension needed replacing 
89000 mi

US $600
Worn out front brakes. Frozen calipers. 
93500 mi

US $300
Repair to heat shield, rear view mirror. 
96000 mi

US $3000
Head gasket coolant leak 

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2008 Subaru WRX STI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 305hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

53000 mi

US $110
Replaced accessory belts due to excessive wear. Replaced accessory belts due to excessive wear. 
59000 mi

US $100
Loud whining noise near power steering pump. Noise loudest at cold start. Dealer recommended belt replacement and fresh power steering fluid. 
60700 mi

US $540
Power steering pump was failing. Replaced with new pump out of warranty. Power steering pump was failing. Replaced with new pump out of warranty.  
95000 mi

US $882
Both secondary air injector valves and connecting air pump were either failed or failing. SOA covered half of the bill due to original 2k estimate. Design change in 2010, metal to non-metal, shold no longer be an issue. 
118000 mi

US $2000
Blown headgasket 
151000 mi

US $275
Control arm bushing cracked 
156200 mi

US $650
Radiator failed 
165000 mi

US $6100
Spun bearing in Piston #3, extensive metal damage throughout. New shortblock required. Rack and Pinion leaking, replaced 
33300 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 
47000 mi

US $220
The passenger fender liner tore off at the bottom. I guess this is common in snowy places. The passenger fender liner tore off at the bottom. I guess this is common in snowy places. 
57000 mi

US $1600
Catastrophic engine failure. Factory replacement of short block, heads, turbo, oil pump, flywheel, clutch, etc. 
69000 mi

US $1000
Replacement of failed A/C compressor. Failure of clutch mechanism on compressor. 
62500 mi

US $2500
Piston Ringland failure; 
50000 mi

US $8000
Engine catastrophically failed, rod through block, #1 piston destroyed. Replaced entire longblock. 

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2008 Subaru WRX 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

110000 mi

US $1700
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. 
76000 mi

US $107
Driver side visor would not stay up. Internal trunk release will not open trunk 
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. 
126200 mi

US $1000
Secondary Air pump failure Headgaskets became weepy Intake manifold gasket not always sealed Clutch replaced 
131000 mi

US $1600
Struts and springs were wore out. 
129200 mi

US $225
MAF sensor voltage reading incorrectly. MAF sensor replaced, causing no reading at all and CEL. Connector replaced/harness repaired. 
142000 mi

US $100
Compressor clutch seized and replaced. Expansion valve and condenser need to be replaced for full cooling, but were not at this time. 

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2008 Subaru WRX 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

49600 mi

C $2200
Engine Long block replaced under warranty after 2 week fight with dealer. Failure due to issues identified in a number of web forums but not easily admitted to by dealer turbo charger replaced and engine block flushed. Failure due to clogged turbo oil inlet filter. Dealer blamed lack of mtc, but all oil changes done, not all paperwork avaialbe at time. I suspect clog was due to main bearing failure occurg 
96100 mi

C $470
camshaft oil seal, crank oil seal failed and pushed out into timing belt, timing belt and seals replaced 
128620 mi

C $175
Rear wheel bearing 

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2008 Subaru Impreza 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 4dr Sedan

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

43000 mi

US $250
a/c was blowing out warm air 
47000 mi

US $300
dealer replaced brake switch . due to traction and abs light on. 
50000 mi

US $1100
will get the front and rear struts replaced. plus it's going to need a wheel alignment. driver's side sun visor bad . ordered part already. 
50000 mi

US $900
front and rear struts replaced . brought struts had dealer install them. 
53000 mi

US $1000
dealer replaced ball joint. 

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2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport

Engine not specified

70000 mi

US $2500
Stock turbo failed causing major oil to leak through to the exhaust system resulting in catalytic converter failure,also. Replaced turbo, oil lines to turbo and exhaust downpipe. 

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2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Hatch

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

50500 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. 
98400 mi

US $2000
Head gaskets leaking oil onto exhaust manifold. Causing oil smell in passanger area. 

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2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Hatch

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

81000 mi

US $1100
Seized AC compressor. 
114000 mi

US $2200
Head gaskets, plus complete timing belt repair 

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2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual AWD

68200 mi

$100
steering pump failure cooling coil leaking in 2010 and compressor failure in 2013 piston cracked in 2011 coil pack failure 
68200 mi

$500
Valve shim making noise 

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2007 Subaru WRX STI 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 293hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

119500 mi

US $3000
cracked ring-lands caused by bad turbo inlet 
129000 mi

US $250
Blew a rear strut 
143000 mi

US $150
o-ring was leaking on AC compressor, also replaced condenser, was not needed for repair 

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2007 Subaru WRX 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

105000 mi

US $320
Struts were replaced. At the time, aftermarket springs were also fitted. 
116300 mi

US $1400
Turbocharger had worn out oil seals, causing oil and smoke in exhaust. 
136000 mi

US $300
AC idler pulley let go and crashed into timing cover. Cover and pulley were replaced. 
153000 mi

US $150
Air conditioner had o-ring leak, was fixed along with a recharge. 
103000 mi

US $500
Broken hose replacement and system recharge 
106000 mi

US $5000
Engine lost oil pressure and needed complete rebuild 
160700 mi

US $5085
Developed cyl #1 misfire just prior to clutch overhaul appointment. Found burnt valve and then bilateral cracked cylinder heads. 
164500 mi

US $140
Replaced right front drive axle, 
97700 mi

US $1320
Secondary air pump valves failed. $1320 was dealer quote to fix system. 
103600 mi

US $800
Replaced transfer case bearings following failure 
119000 mi

US $650
Radiator cracked, was replaced by shop along with upper and lower rad hoses. 
108200 mi

US $230
Valve cover gaskets leaking oil, replaced gaskets on both sides 

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2007 Subaru WRX 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

88893 mi

US $2500
Replaced Clutch and Flywheel. My 17 year old son finished off the clutch which evidently was already at its wear limits. repaired CV Joint Replaced Clutch and Flywheel; repaired CV Joint 
97000 mi

US $100
Replaced O2 Sensor 

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2007 Subaru Impreza 4dr Sedan

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

79000 mi

US $1300
Catalytic converter inefficiency fault code. Converter replaced at no charge under state emissions warranty. Repair necessitated replacement of rusted exhaust mid pipe and muffler. Engine accessory belts & rusted idler pulley also replaced. 
89800 mi

US $415
Valve cover gaskets leaking oil into spark plug tubes and external motor components. 
129000 mi

US $875
AC was blowing warm air. Condenser was found leaking and was ordered. It was replaced on a return visit along with recharging the system. The high pressure line was found heavily corroded and was also replaced. 
141000 mi

US $1675
Upon service inspection the alternator and idle pulley were found to be nearing failure and were replaced. Replaced rear wheel bearings. 
146500 mi

US $1700
The throw out bearing was getting noisy and needed to be replaced. While the transmission was being serviced, the original clutch assembly was also removed and replaced. The driver side inner CV axle boot was found to be leaking grease and was replaced. 
150700 mi

US $100
While in for scheduled maintenance, the dealer found the passenger side inner CV boot to be leaking grease. The boot was replaced. The car was later found to be leaking fluid and was returned to the dealer to correct a leaking axle seal. 

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2007 Subaru Impreza 4dr Sedan

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

75000 mi

US $750
Evap system, replaced the charcoal canister but check engine light ended up coming back on and being related to larger issues. 
79000 mi

US $1300
Evap system leak, don't recall what all was replaced but it was a lot of parts. Subaru gave me coverage due to low miles even though the car was out of warranty, otherwise repairs would have exceeded value of the car. 

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2007 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

152000 mi

US $1600
New clutch, flywheel and snout kit for transmission.  Also needed leaky CV Boot replaced. 
165000 mi

US $150
Bearing in A/C motor was bad. Replaced with part from junkyard. 
70000 mi

US $614
check engine light was a fuel system error due to a gas cap that wouldn't lock. Corrected with new OEM gas cap during routine 60,000 mile service. 
74000 mi

US $275
Check engine light related to fuel system leak. Independent shop diagnosed the problem as a crimped gasket in the fuel tank access---owner suspects that this was probably introduced by the dealer during a recall trip in Dec 2009. 
77000 mi

US $1800
High pitched whining from trans at 50 mph and higher. Diagnosed as viscous coupling bearing in front differential. 
140300 mi

US $1140
Replaced head gaskets, decked heads, replaced water pump, plug wires, etc 
148000 mi

US $317
Replace steering pump, reservoir, and return hose. 

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2007 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

48900 mi

US $890
Replace front and rear brake rotors and brake pads -corrosion 
67104 mi

US $1020
Replace water pump, thermostat, timing & drive belts, coolant 
82000 mi

US $780
Replace ignition coil, spark plugs, ignition cables - CEL - 2nd repair in 24K mis Gearshift cable and pivot stiff - relube - 2nd repair 
95030 mi

US $743
Replace drive belts (V-belt and A/C) Replaced fan blower motor resistor Replaced oil sender switch - leaking 
103298 mi

US $891
Replace drive shaft axle Replace gearshift selector cable, nut and connector selector. Damaged by corrosion and repeated repair attempts. 
134000 mi

US $2800
Replaced failed turbocharger. This occurred due to clogged filters. 

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2006 Subaru WRX STI 4dr Wagon

63240 mi

C $1000
Replace front calipers. Exhaust replacement. 

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2006 Subaru WRX STI 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

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. 
57040 mi

R 66000
overall motor (blown), replace turbo, replace clutch plate 
58900 mi

R 33000
Overall motor 
62000 mi

R 15000
Repair turbo, replace clutch kit 
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 
63860 mi

R 8000
Radiator hose also perished.  
63860 mi

R 15000
Car still breathing oil from vent. Vent routed to ground. 

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2006 Subaru WRX 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 230hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

128000 mi

US $1200
A/C compressor needed replacement and the condenser was damaged by a stone. 
68500 mi

US $1050
Clutch, pressure plate, engine rear oil seal (possibly seeping a little), throwout bearing, clutch fork and pivot. 
146500 mi

US $201
Leaky radiator hose led to coolant levels being too low to circulate. 
149000 mi

US $470
Radiator leaking 
150000 mi

US $120
Power steering pump seized Ac compressor clutch became unable to stay engaged. No need to fix given time of year. 
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. 
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. 
83000 mi

US $1500
Timing chain, tensioner, water pump, thermostat, belts 
75000 mi

US $430
Front CV boots cracked and leaking. Replaced prior to CV failure. 
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. 
57000 mi

US $147
Timing belt snapped from age. Battery dead. 
66000 mi

US $400
Mechanic found transmission leak. Blown fuse caused the power mirrors to stop working. 
69200 mi

US $1146
Replaced 2 IMR control valve. Repaired cose P2009. Intake Manifold Running control circuits low both banks. 

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2006 Subaru WRX 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 230hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

8060 mi

C $2400
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 
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. 
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. 
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. 
132000 mi

US $2000
Engine failure 

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2006 Subaru WRX 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 230hp 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

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 Sedan

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

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 
125000 mi

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

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2006 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

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. 
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. 
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. 
112000 mi

US $1100
Follow up from previous visit (noise from throwout bearing). Removed transmission and installed clutch kit. Also discovered leaking transmission seal inside bell housing. 
117300 mi

US $132
Tailgate latch failed. Unable to open tailgate. Replaced exterior handle. 
121500 mi

US $250
Replace muffler and other exhaust components to address previously diagnosed exhaust leak. 
127000 mi

US $200
ABS light on. Multiple whees speed sensor codes. Tried cleaning sensors and connections. Unable to resolve problem. 
79700 mi

US $2800
Replace head gaskets, resurface heads Clutch shudder, flywheel surface worn prematurely. clutch still had 50% life. Clutch and flywheel replaced. 
87300 mi

US $270
Muffler whistles, rear muffler replaced (broken baffles) 
90000 mi

US $576
Overheat at sustained high speed, cooling escaping. Replaced Radiator, thermostat, and cap. 
107800 mi

US $600
Ignition coil cracked at wire connections. Replaced coil wires and plugs. 
151000 mi

US $673
left front ball joint loose; tech replaced it right front corner marker bulb out; tech replaced the bulb 
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. 
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. 
113000 mi

US $1000
Battery and lead replacement 

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2006 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

88100 mi

US $300
wheel bearing needed replaced 
91000 mi

US $2000
Head gaskets needed replacing. oil and antifreeze leaking everywhere 

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2005 Subaru WRX STI 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

100000 mi

US $6500
Piston and rings needed replacement along with the head. No compression cylinder 4. Entire bottom end replaced. 
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. 
97400 mi

US $322
Passenger side cam cover gaskets were leaking. Indy replaced both sides. 
101000 mi

US $1040
A/C Compressor failed. A new compressor, dryer and condenser were installed. 
114000 mi

US $365
AC hose had cracked and required a replacement piece plus a recharge and leakdown test. 
115000 mi

US $190
I thought the rear wheel bearing were going out. Instead it turned out to be a rusty pgr side rear brake shield rubbing on the back of the rotor. The shield was modded to work but will be replaced when the rear bearings get changed some day. The rotor was "trued" in case the shield caused any unusual wear. 
104000 mi

US $3500
Burned exhaust valve in cyl 4 
111600 mi

US $850
replace radiator, thermostat 
73000 mi

US $175
Leak in o-ring on high-pressure outlet of A/C compressor. 
73500 mi

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

US $130
Radiator plastic end-tank developed a hairline crack which required the complete replacement of the radiator. 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 $150
Alternator failed 
104200 mi

US $550
Passenger side, inner CV boot failed. Passenger side valve cover gasket leak 
109000 mi

US $1200
R&R passenger rear wheel bearing 
128000 mi

US $500
Replaced faulty reverse light switch Repaired leaky oil pan Rebuilt power steering rack - replaced all internal seals. Replaced front, passenger outer CV boot Replaced engine PCV and breather hoses, vacuum lines, etc. Many were glass hard and very brittle. Replaced PCV valve as some blow by was noticed. 
55000 mi

US $1600
Seized water pump - blown radiator resulted in severe heat. This CAR IS AN STI AN STI AN STI 

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2005 Subaru WRX 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 227hp 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

97000 mi

US $422
Non-OEM spark plugs failed. Caused one of the coil packs to also fail. 
107000 mi

US $100
Steering pump needed replacement. 
110000 mi

US $1200
A couple bearings and input shaft needed replacing after day at the track. 
98000 mi

US $2500
Original engine spun a bearing so I replaced it with a JDM replacement with AVCS. Didn't go to a shop, I did the swap myself. Not including any the price of mods 
122450 mi

C $332
Steering was very stiff, replaced power steering pump 
125860 mi

C $150
replaced inner front right cv boot. 
126790 mi

C $200
Leaking O-ring between highside hose and compressor replaced. AC system vacuumed and leak tested. R134a refill + pag oil. 
129890 mi

C $1500
Radiator cracked and was leaking. Replaced radiator plus coolant flush/replacement HVAC Blower motor would only work on higher settings. Replaced blower motor and cabin filter. 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 Hvac fan replaced. Rear shock housings removed and lubed. Radiator cracked and was leaking. Replaced radiator plus coolant flush/replacement 
132680 mi

C $500
Alternator required replacement, would not charge battery (battery was good). 

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2005 Subaru WRX 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 227hp 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

65000 mi

US $5000
Spun rod bearing in engine, replaced with new OEM engine. The engine was actually replaced before but they did a bad job of cleaning up the metal fragments so over the year I owned the car the metal shavings continued to circulate throughout my engine. 
92000 mi

US $220
right front cv axle tore and needed replacing 

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2005 Subaru Impreza 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

117500 mi

US $1500
Head Gasket 
72000 mi

US $170
2005 Impreza 4EAT with the dreaded drivetrain binding on low speed turns. In this case the problem was resolved with a complete transmission flush and the addition of Ford Friction Modifier. To date, no binding; transmission seems reborn. 
78000 mi

US $2100
Head gaskets, timing belt, water pump. Shop detected head gaskets starting to fail through test, not detectable otherwise. 
84300 mi

US $200
Stopgap measures taken to stabilize an exhaust system needing replacement. 
90000 mi

US $1400
The starter was making scary noises. Starter replaced. Exhaust pipe covers were jangling, then falling off. Then pipes as well seemed about to fail. Entire system following cat converter redone. 

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2005 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

126000 mi

US $800
Cracked inner boots on front axles. Replaced axles and did a 4 wheel alignment. 
157000 mi

US $900
Replaced water pump and timing belt, and tensioner 
174000 mi

US $2800
Replaced head gaskets Replaced plugs and ignition wires Replaced clutch. Engine was out for gaskets. clutch was very worn. 
186500 mi

US $200
Heater blower motor failed. went to recycling yard and got working replacement for 35.00 
208000 mi

US $300
Leaking radiator, replaced radiator, water pump, timing belt, acc. belts pct valve, trans axle gear oil, neutral safety switch and cabin air filter. 
108440 mi

C $2200
Oil leak, change the motor gasket and due change of timing belt. 
50840 mi

C $1650
Replaced head gasket to fix intermittent overheating problem. Problem may still exist though, but not to previous extent. 
166200 mi

US $223
CEL on, misfires. Replaced air filter, plugs and wires. Also changed oil and filter. 
174000 mi

US $1500
Head gaskets. Also replaced during repair: valve cover gasket, plugs, timing belt, water pump, A/C and alternator belts. Plus exhaust repair. 
194000 mi

US $278
One ball joint was slightly loose, so both were replaced. 
221000 mi

US $1200
Head gaskets we're starting to leak, so a friend pulled apart the engine and did a complete rebuild, including all gaskets, water pump, oil pump, timing belt, plugs, wires, clutch, flywheel. 

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2005 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

97000 mi

US $1400
Went in for a recall item and noisy air conditioner, was told the head gasket was leaking. Tightened belt for air conditioner, completed recall (SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:LOWER ARM) 

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2004 Subaru WRX STI 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 300hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

110000 mi

US $6000
Spun a rod bearing, requiring full engine rebuild. The engine had previously been replaced at 104k miles, and was a crate smallblock from Subaru. 
113000 mi

US $600
Worn out Turbo, required replacement 
115000 mi

US $150
Transmission refused to go into gear. Strangely, the problem was fixed by putting the car onto the flat-bed tow truck. 

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2004 Subaru WRX STI 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

81000 mi

US $4500
Rear transmission bearing blew up. Metal particles found on tranny magnet indicate metal traveled throughout transmission. Rebuild cost prohibitive. New tranny $4.5k +1k labor on West Coast.  Steering pump leaking. Dealer quote $700 for part + $200 labor. Air conditioning leaking coolant. Replaced old oring. 
149000 mi

US $9000
Replaced entire drivetrain including transmission, axels, and diffs as well as suspention, rotors and pads. 
150000 mi

US $4500
Replaced the turbo. Replaced fuel injectors and fuel rails. 

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2004 Subaru WRX 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 227hp 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

92000 mi

US $985
Thermostat failed;cracked radiator. Bill $1,050 including tax. 
119000 mi

US $1100
Starter sticking. Replaced with remanufactured unit Raw fuel leak faulty hose common problem up to 2009 models 

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2004 Subaru WRX 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 227hp 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

89000 mi

US $6000
hot day. accelerated up a slight hill. heard severe engine knock. Cam bearing failure. Engine toasted. Was told by friend who races cars that they had lost a few engines due to lightweight synthetic oil problems during very hot weather. 
156100 mi

US $400
misfire on cylinders 1,2,3,4. replaced coil packs. Still misfire on cylinder 2. Cylinder 2 compression down compared to 1,3,4. Most probable cause is a bad exhaust valve. Able to coax car to an emission test pass. Drives well. car stalled. alternator replaced. 
170300 mi

US $700
oxygen sensors replaced  repair of exhaust leaks 
133500 mi

US $480
clamps on fuel lines not holding hoses on and gas was leaking.clamps were placed at earlier visit 2 years ago when hoses had worn out and were leaking coolant hoses leaking/loose 
146000 mi

US $1200
new clutch and flywheel after 146,000 miles. stock clutch lasted 10 years beyond turbo upgrade, 340 lb/ft at the crank new power steering pump. original one was cracked and leaking after ~ 139,000 miles 
102000 mi

US $1600
100k on OEM Struts, finally showed signs in need of repairs 2 months after having my struts replaced my second gear failed 
79000 mi

US $1300
Replaced A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator. AC would blow cold for 20 seconds then hot.  
133000 mi

US $1800
Clutch replacement 
143000 mi

US $303
Leaking defective radiator which was replaced with a new aftermarket radiator 

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2004 Subaru WRX 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 227hp 2.0L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

184000 mi

US $270
The rack and pinion rubber bushings were worn allowing some play. rubber OEM pieces were replaced with poly-urethane bushings. 
195200 mi

US $506
Passenger side rear caliper/caliper bracket worn and required replacement. Both rear brake pads and rotors replaced at the same time. Parking brake cleaned/adjusted. 
201000 mi

US $350
Turn signals work intermittently. Turn signal switch & relay replaced by owner. Didn't correct issue. Dealer confirmed short in harness & offered 2 options: Install a new harness or use jumper power lead to fuse box. Jumper lead performed 
205000 mi

US $1800
Water pump leaking. Also replaced all timing components + belt. Replaced hydraulic tensioner and all four idler pulleys while in there. All had various amounts of play. Oil pump/seal was also leaking and oil pump had to be replaced. 
194500 mi

US $160
Drivers side front caliper sticking. Both front calipers, front rotors and pads all replaced. 
215000 mi

US $639
Replaced rotors, replaced calipers age pads Cv joint seal blown. Replaced drivers side CV joint 
208300 mi

US $237
#3 coil failed causing misfire and flashing CEL. 
221000 mi

US $300
#3 cylinder coil failed again causing #3 cylinder misfire. #3 coil was replaced as we're all 4 spark plugs. 

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2004 Subaru Impreza 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

102000 mi

US $2000
Replaced transmission (purchased used for $1100) + clutch/flywheel, master, slave cylinders ($600) + labor ($300) 

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2004 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

154900 mi

US $2500
Replace leaking head gaskets. 
126000 mi

US $500
Replace wheel bearing 
106000 mi

US $484
Original hub was scored so hub assembly, bearings, and seals were replaced. 
132000 mi

US $922
The passenger-side rear strut was damaged severely, and I had both rear strut assemblies replaced. 
148000 mi

US $505
Check Engine light was on for over two weeks. Diagnostic test indicated oxygen sensor malfunction. Replacement of the sensor was necessary. 
149000 mi

US $845
My exhaust pipe rusted completely through between the 2nd & 3rd catalytic converters. I needed to replace 2/3 of my exhaust system, and since the cost was about the same as for OEM parts, I replaced it with a Flowmaster cat-back system. 
156000 mi

US $600
In March 2012 I learned that my left headlight cluster required replacement because of a broken element. I postponed replacing the headlight assembly until now. Head gaskets leaking externally, possible damage to cylinder heads; also, faint clanking sound emanating from engine suggestive of damaged bearings A faint clacking or knocking sound from the rear when I turn. Most noticeable when I accelerate into either a sharp turn or a wide sweeping turn. It is more noticeable upon turning left than right, but intermittent. Technician could not detect it. 
157800 mi

US $1200
Head gasket & oil pan leak and shifter cable frayed All parts were replaced including belts, water pump, seals, bushings, and related fluids. I am unable to separate these costs. Routine work performed at same time that I did not include. Shifter cable frayed. 
159000 mi

US $325
During replacement of brake rotors and pads, the technicians noticed that the rear calipers were malfunctioning and recommended their replacement. I complied. 
162000 mi

US $600
Front passenger-side CV boot ruptured. Boot, axle shaft including joint, front wheel bearing assembly, and inner and outer bearing seals were all replaced. 
177000 mi

US $120
The evap canister drain valve failed and needed replacement. Two electronic codes--P0457 and especially P1443--led to this diagnosis. The canister evap vent valve was replaced with new unit. 
189800 mi

US $108
A/C belt drive idler pulley assembly contained damaged/worn bearings. Drive belt idler pulley was replaced. 
194000 mi

US $618
External coolant leak in rusted metal bypass tube from water pump to heater hose resulted in damaged head gaskets and blown seals. All damaged parts plus water pump, thermostat, and timing kit were replaced. Front passenger-side wheel bearing assembly damaged. 
199000 mi

US $918
One rear caliper seized effectively destroying pad and rotor on that brake assembly. Both rear calipers, rotors, and pads were replaced. 
201000 mi

US $285
The driver-side axle-shaft boot was rotted, cracked, and leaking oil, and the entire assembly was replaced. 
202000 mi

US $497
My car had a faulty ignition coil and ignition wire leading from coil to cylinder 2. Both coil and wire replaced. 
95000 mi

US $500
Replaced head gaskets as preventative measure after they were found to be leaking oil. 
102000 mi

US $1500
Replaced rusted exhaust components including new catalytic converter & O2 sensor. 
112000 mi

US $500
Raw fuel smell when very cold out (less than 15F) 
65700 mi

C $850
2) Electrical short causing passenger side headlight to prematurely burn out (still not fixed) 3) gas fumes during winter months when gas lines leak into the air vents (can only fix via recirculating int air) 
68200 mi

C $200
Check engine light, and error codes pointed to the Emissions controls. Checked fuel cap, hoses. Reset the computer code, light went quiet for 1 week and is back on. 
71300 mi

C $5000
Manifold gasket leak / replaced. EVAP repaired 
62760 mi

C $2000
Timing belt, water pump, ignition system, head gastkets 

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2003 Subaru WRX 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 227hp 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

79300 mi

US $3000
Turbo seals were bad, new wheel bearings needed new axle bad a/c compressor 
182200 mi

US $6500
burnt valve on no 4 cylinder. completely rebuilt motor while it was out 
69000 mi

US $300
Wiper arms 
70200 mi

US $1000
Leaking radiator replaced. 

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2003 Subaru WRX 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 227hp 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

136400 mi

US $200
AC was leaking badly when I bought the car. With summer coming I had the system checked for leaks and repaired and charged. No biggie. Also had oil changed. 
143300 mi

US $318
Front axles replaced after torn boots had occurred and let the grease out. As labor was the main expense, I replaced the axles along with the boots so I won't have to worry about them for a very long time. 
145000 mi

US $506
Small leak from radiator noticed during oil change. Replaced radiator one week later after symptoms of cooling system failure began to show up and didn't want to risk further problems. 
150000 mi

US $500
Front end links replaced to reconnect the front stabilizer to the suspension. Slight seepage from valve cover gaskets noted. Time to replace them before oil seeps onto some electrical components nearby and cause more problems later. 
158000 mi

US $1100
Rust remediation/repainting roof, rear driver side door, and a couple spots on front. Standard midwest preventive maintenance to prevent stone chip corrosion from killing a great car over time. New windshield to replace original pitted one. 
148800 mi

US $1300
Factory struts needed replacing and I had OAKOS replace them with KYB AGX adjustables. It's like having a new car! 
174900 mi

US $350
Replaced the worn out and catalytic converter that also had a hole in it with down pipe and cat from another WRX whose owner had upgraded the factory exhaust and sold the original parts to me. 
166000 mi

US $4200
Timing belt pulley seized, taking the engine with it. OAKOS is replacing the top halves of the engine and we're doing other things while in there like an STI oil pump, Killer B oil pickup, and replace the clutch. Bad luck! 
186000 mi

US $3100
Rebuilt the manual transmission. 
198000 mi

US $100
The belts that had been new after the engine rebuild had loosened with use such that they were starting to squeal on cold mornings. So I had them tightened and they are fine. 
102400 mi

US $1400
Front axles replaced. Boots had been damaged and grease leaked. 
106700 mi

US $1100
Oxygen sensor replacement Timing belt replacement 
114000 mi

US $120
Replace dead battery 
175000 mi

US $1200
Check Engine Light with code P0420. Further computer report showed no presence of a front catalytic converter. Replaced front catalytic converter. 
180000 mi

US $1615
Timing belt tensioner was failing. Mechanic replaced timing belt, tensioner, rollers, water pump, crank seal and cam seals while the car was being serviced. 

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2003 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

195800 mi

C $1000
fuel tank changed change front left calliper 
204600 mi

C $300
Caliper jam 

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2003 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

123000 mi

US $1800
Noise in transmission, bearing worn out. 
145000 mi

US $700
Replaced steering rack. 
122000 mi

US $120
Idler arm pulley bearing fried, replaced idler arm pulley for AC. 

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2002 Subaru WRX 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 227hp 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

55300 mi

US $2000
A/C Belt Tensioner replaced on 1st trip. Probably not the real problem due to "discovery" of bad timing belt tensioner. Dealer gave me free parts to compensate. Timing Belt Tensioner leak/rattle 
75000 mi

US $2200
Replaced clutch. Was still working but slipped when doing extreme acceleration ; ) Abuse related repair : p. Not Subaru's fault. Known 2002 wrx plastic radiator issue. Very slow micro leak at seam. Holds up during 1 hr pressure test but randomly leaks and makes a little stink while driving when engine is hot. Was sufficiently annoyed to finally change it. 
127580 mi

C $1000
Both head and valve gaskets. 
126000 mi

US $4400
A rod bearing clicking between 2500-3500. Waiting for a failure of the bearing could have damaged the heads. The short block (engine block with pistons etc. already installed) was replaced. Valves were adjusted. Car had been protuned:+30%HP 
74400 mi

C $1200
Clutch replaced with Exedy competition Stage I as the stock clutch which was replaced at 54,000 kms was slipping. 
65000 mi

US $200
neutral interlock shift replaced 
75000 mi

US $300
caliper frozen 
88000 mi

US $150
alternator belt pulley loose from rusting replaced 
94000 mi

US $1400
clutch wore out, 13 yrs old, they replaced the pressure plate, clutch disc, bearing 
99000 mi

US $420
o2 sensor replaced 
101000 mi

US $180
oil pump sensor repalced 
112000 mi

US $1900
leaking tranny fluid, seals replaced 

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2002 Subaru WRX 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 227hp 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

186000 mi

US $4800
Whole Engine Replaced because of cracked piston. Also rack and pinion replaced clutch assembly and thermostat. 
170000 mi

US $290
CV Boot torn. 
212000 mi

US $1500
Burnt valve. Replaced all valves. 
69000 mi

US $1400
Prior problem as selected above: After the car warms up (30+ mins of driving), the car clunks when performing low-speed turning. 
108100 mi

US $1100
Timing belt, water pump, seals and gaskets 
110000 mi

US $950
struts replaced 
57000 mi

US $185
Coolant hoses leak Coolant hoses leak. Replaced. 
67000 mi

US $135
Subaru recall # WVK-21. Strong fuel smell under the hood during cold morning startups, lasting more than 5 minutes. Two gaskets on engine replaced; as recommended by dealer service manager. Replaced two engine gaskets. Subaru recall # WVK-21. Strong fuel smell under the hood during cold morning startups, lasting more than 5 minutes. Fixed under warranty. 
71000 mi

US $1200
Mechanic misdiagnosed crank sensor problem and replaced clutch system first instead. Mechanic misdiagnosed crank sensor problem and replaced clutch system first instead. 
96250 mi

US $160
Dealer found the water leak in trunk. One area of chassis weld has split apart. Dealer said unable to fix. I sealed the split weld line myself. 

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2002 Subaru Impreza 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

97000 mi

US $500
Replace wheel bearings on passenger rear . 
99000 mi

US $700
Replace drive axle 
120150 mi

US $2500
Replace Headgaskets & rebuilt heads. 
56016 mi

US $1980
Head gaskets replaced under warranty. Timing belt, brake rotors and pads, plugs, all fluids replaced, suspension pin. 

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2002 Subaru Impreza 4dr Sedan

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

43100 mi

C $2500
head gasket 

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2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport

Engine not specified

112840 mi

C $1400
Right rear strut oil leaked out and required replacement of both right and left rear struts. 
81220 mi

C $1700
Precat pipe was poorly welded at factory 

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2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

96000 mi

US $2000
Wiring harness was modified by previous owner and is now requires complete replacement. 
116600 mi

US $2000
Headgasket replacement, water pump change. 
41000 mi

US $170
Replaced evaporative vent valve. 
49000 mi

US $1208
Right front lower control arm broke while on the road. Replaced conrol arm, suspension link and rust-riddled front subframe. 
51000 mi

US $990
Exhaust pipe and catalytic converter connections rusted almost to breaking point. 
51600 mi

US $459
Left side lower control arm broke. Replaced same. Right side lower control arm and front subframe broke January 2011. Subaru denies any responsibility. 
105300 mi

US $380
The radiator was cracked and needed to be replaced 
113000 mi

US $3000
Needed a new CV joint Replaced catalytic converter Knock sensor replaced Spark plugs and engine working coil replaced. Coil had failed and was sparking to ground causing engine to surge erratically. 
80000 mi

US $400
rack bushings replaced, steering realigned, tires balanced; purchased car knowing these repairs would be needed. 
83400 mi

US $300
replaced cracked exhaust 
90300 mi

US $1700
Replaces timing belt, clutch, water pump and AC fan belt. 
98000 mi

US $367
Steering was catching on sharp turns. Fixed by topping up power steering fluid. Spark plug hole seal was leaking, high oil consumption, replaced valve cover gasket 
106000 mi

US $1400
Muffler and catalytic converter replaced. 

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2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 4dr Wagon

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

65000 mi

US $143
Check Engine light went on then off, no charge. Exhaust heat shield came loose 
67000 mi

US $350
Air conditioning blowing hot. Freon recharged. 
87000 mi

US $273
air conditioning was not working (was last repaired last year - freon was recharged). but within the week of the repair, could hear a hissing sound when air cond. was running and am now taking it back because it is blowing warm air again. 
88000 mi

US $300
Compressor, receiver and dryer failed, shop replaced these to repair the air conditioning problem (was not blowing cold), but the A/C was insufficiently cold from day two after getting the car back. 3rd attempt to fix the A/C. Told me that there was a "high pressure hose" that was leaking in addition to the previous defective compressor, dryer, receiver (trip #1), and two additional leaks (trip #2). So far so good, but took three recent trips. 
146000 mi

US $1000
replaced CV joints as they were clicking when turning. Needed to try 2 different brands as 1st installed set cause lots of vibration at stop lights. Also had transmission pan drop, new front brake pads and capilers 
103000 mi

US $4500
Head gaskets 2nd time. Once at 30K now again. Brakes (rotors, wheel kits, pads), ball joints, timing belt, struts, knock sensor 3rd time, fuel filter and fluid maint. There is a computer problem, but haven't been able to find it. 
124000 mi

US $114
Based on dealer computer, replaced rt rear speed sensor. Still not fixed, and no one yet knows what is wrong. Will take to different shop on 1/6 since I, nor anyone else yet, can fix it. 

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