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  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    I have no rattles or squeaks in my OBS (now 6 months old). If I did, I would head to the dealer and ask them to fix them.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • Have the same, or similar, problem with my 2008 Impreza 2.5i auto transmission. After it has moved into 3rd or 4th gear, really have to gas it to get it to downshift - and until it gets around to downshifting, there's a lot of vibration - and engine pinging. I've had the transmission "relearned" twice at the dealership - with no luck. I think it must be a design problem with these models - the shifting is unpredictable. I've had a bit of luck with tapping the accelerator to get it to downshift when I need power - but it's really annoying to have to do this. If anyone has any luck getting this fixed - please post the specifics here, I'd like to hear more.
  • Hi, I have exactly the same problem. A vibration sound when accelerating up a slight incline at around 40mph. Sounds like it's it too low a gear and needs to shift up quicker. Also does it when on on-ramps joining highways. Was really quite loud and was doing it a lot. Took it to dealer who replicated the problem. The mechanic couldn't find anything wrong and then took the loaner car out, which made the same noise. So they then said it was 'normal' to make this noise as the loaner car was doing it as well. Think the mechanic reset the memory and it does make it less now, but I think it's coming back more. This was 8 weeks ago. Had the car 6 months now. It's a 2009 Impreza automatic.
    I traded in a 2003 Impreza outback sport that also made the same noise, very loudly. It didn't start to make this noise until a few years old though, and I didn't expect the brand new car to start having problems.
    Did you take it to the dealer - What did your dealer say?
  • Yes, I took it to the dealer this morning. I had recorded the sound on a hand recorder, which we listened to before the drive. I took the tech for a drive and reproduced the sound at about 1500 rpm and around 40 mph. He did something to a heat shield, which he said was touching an exhaust pipe where it shouldn’t. He also said there was something in the Subaru system about the air box causing noises so he worked on it too. It didn’t make the noise on the way from the dealer to work this morning. We’ll see how it does over the next week. They said to bring to bring it back if it's still making the noise and they will keep it and give me a loaner. I don't have the fail codes with me that the tech entered into the Subaru system with me. If you need them, I can post them.
  • The fail code that the Tech entered was EYA85 and a note that the exhaust heat sheilds were readjusted. It was considerably quieter this morning on the way to work. It still has a bit of a low vibration/growl if I coast into a low grade and put a load on the engine. So the shifting is not what I would should downshift sooner...but the vibration is much lower. I am guessing that the only true fix is for Subaru to put a 5 or 6 speed auto in the car instead of the 4 speed auto. I am going to unplug the battery, which I think should reset the CPU. I think that is what the Techs are doing when they say that they relearned the computer. My tech had never heard of it.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    has come at 6 months/5000 miles: the other night the cruise wouldn't set. The dash light was coming on as if it was setting but the speed just kept dropping when I let off the gas. Sigh. I hope this doesn't become a chronic problem with this car, as I use cruise a lot.

    Turning the whole system off, waiting, then turning it back on cured the problem that time. Hopefully it was a one-time glitch.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Keep us posted.

    That is odd though. Noone else has reported an issue like that on the current Impreza/WRX/OBS/Forester platform.

    No other electrical symptoms at all? Does the battery struggle to start the car?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    Nope, the battery does not struggle at all! ;-)

    No repeats since then, it has worked just right every other time I have turned it on.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • oh hi everybody. I had forgotten to check back at this forum about the problems with my Impreza. Well part of me is glad that I'm not the only one having this problem. For a moment I thought maybe I was being a little too picky about the car. But since many people are having the same problem it sounds like a design flaw. I'm taking my car to the dealership tomorrow to get it checked out. My fear is that they will say this is "normal," which they might. The other problems I'm having is that there are rattles coming from the driver side door, driver side pillar and various places along the front dash board when I go over any sort of bump. I may be being too picky about that but I definitely can stop the rattling if I hold the plastic with my hand. It's really annoying. Anyone else have THIS problem too?
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,269
    Interior rattles are pretty typical these past few years. I would take it in to have the rattles addressed as they will only get worse.
  • I'm so relieved to see others having the same problems, so I don't feel picked upon. I have the same loud vibration noise going uphill at 40 - 45 mph. I've had my '09 Impreza (less than 4 months old, 5700 miles) in for this problem 3 times now. My local dealer's service manager has been very condescending to me and no help what so ever. He told me the first time that it was a tire noise. The tires were way out of balance, but I couldn't accept this diagnosis, as the noise is definitely coming from the engine compartment. (The tires are another issue - they're been balanced twice, and are out of whack again.) I even took the mechanic for a ride with me on one visit so that he could hear the noise. He says it's probably one of the heat shields. When I picked it up yesterday, the service department told me, once again, that they can't find the problem, so they can't fix it.

    At least, you can sometimes get your car to shift by pressing the gas - my Impreza doesn't always respond to the gas pedal! Four or five times now, I've depressed the accelerator to - nothing. The car continues at the same speed it was going for a few seconds before deciding whether or not it wants to go faster. :lemon:
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    to the Subaru ownership experience is having to deal with the Subaru dealers for service, especially if you have something that actually needs fixing..... :-(

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • Ugh, yea my dealer was no help either. They took it around for a drive, but of course they couldn't replicate the problem so they did nothing. Also I posted earlier that the front left pillar was rattling when I go over bumps..well now the whole dashboard rattles..middle and right side too. Perhaps I was expecting too much from this car. I realize it's an entry-level car and not a BMW. But it's brand new and only has 3000 miles on it. I'm glad I'm leasing it though because once the lease is up, I'm giving it back and probably not getting another Subaru. I do like the size of it and that it's a hatchback. Maybe the AWD will come in handy this winter. But perhaps I should have gotten the Rabbit / Golf instead. This is my first car. Are these problems to be expected?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    VW has more reliability issues than Subaru does.

    Work with the dealer, they've helped Forester owners with similar complaints.
  • hi All,

    I'm considering getting a 5 door manual Impreza , either 2.5i, 2.5i Premium or Outback Sport. Just trying to see how they are different. Can i live with base model or there is something great i would be missing?

    Also, if I put third party alloy wheels on the base 2.5i , would that convert it to 2.5i Premium? :)

    Thanks in advance.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The Premium package is a bargain. So much so that it actually increases residual values. At least get that.

    The OBS has the AWP I believe, so in cold climates, I'd want it.
  • The premium adds alloy wheels, 10 speaker system, sunroof, 6-disc in-dash cd changer, auxillary audio jack. You can compare the models on Base model is doable if you don't want the above items. It's truly a matter of money and preference for features. Best of Luck!
  • Thanks! is sunroof standard or optional? i absolutely need alloy wheels but could get good ones from 10 speaker (vs. 4) is nice, sunroof is nice too. but who would need a CD changer these days? i stopped listening to CDs a long while ago, auxillary audio jack does the trick

    anyone has experience with exterior heated mirrors? My previous car had heated seats - i used to flip it on in the summer to get my g/f uncomfortable. :P That was the only thing it was good for.

    also, think Outback sport suspension is different from base models. Is that true?
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,269
    The heated mirrors are the best (and probably only useful) feature of the AWP. The heaters will dry off water spotting from rain/mist and clear off fogging/icing due to morning frosts or elevation/humidity changes. Unfortunately, they are tied into the wiper and rear defroster switch (which I think is a little annoying). And, they do it very quickly! I doubt it takes longer than a couple of minutes to completely clear them when iced or wet, and even less time if they are fogged.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    The moonroof is optional, on the Premium model only.

    The 10-speaker stereo is so much better than the crappy base Subaru stereo, there just aren't words to describe it. But you could also visit a reputable aftermarket car stereo installer....

    I am not the type to ever opt for frippery like heated seats, but they came as part of the deal on my Outback Sport, and after my first really cold morning, I would never be without them now. As mentioned above, the heated mirrors can be very useful too, and I don't find it a big deal that I have to leave the rear defroster on to get the mirrors cleared.

    Subaru SAYS that the Outback Sport has "heavy-duty raised suspension", but I have never really believed it. It has like 0.4 inches more ground clearance than the other Imprezas, and I bet that is because of the 17" rims. All the non-WRX Imprezas need a rear sway bar IMO, and none of them have one. The Sport has a somewhat less squishy ride than the Premium and the base Impreza because of the lower profile tires.

    I am one of the last people out there who prefers the two-tone paint of the Sport, and that with the factory 17s that I really like convinced me to go with that trim instead of the Premium. But don't discount that AWP in the Outback Sport - the heated seats and mirrors are a definite bonus.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

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