The Impreza is a pleasant and practical car with the most comfortable ride of any small car we'd tested up to that point. This revsed version brought more rear-seat room, a quieter cabin and better fit and finish than the previous model. While its handling was still fairly agile, this Impreza wasn't as sporty to drive as its predecessor.
Alerts
There are 15 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2002. Side air bags available from 2002, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2008. ESC available in 2008, standard from 2009.
Road Test

The Impreza is a pleasant and practical car with the most comfortable ride of any small car we'd tested up to that point. This revsed version brought more rear-seat room, a quieter cabin and better fit and finish than the previous model. While its handling was still fairly agile, this Impreza wasn't as sporty to drive as its predecessor. Its standard all-wheel drive helps in slippery conditions but saps fuel economy; expect only 24 mpg, which is low for this category.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (305 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (170 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (224 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Subaru Impreza owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Calipers stuck on causing the car to vibrate, required replacement of rotors due to over heating"

Wayne M., NB (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"seem to need greasing on regular basis or freeze up"

Anonymous, NS (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brakes have been replaced like normal"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Front break pads wear out every 20,000 miles and I am very easy on the breaks"

Jon H., IL (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes needed to be replaced in a little over a year"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Related to the warped rotors"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My car has had brake problems ever since I clocked 75 000 km . I've had to change calipers, brake pads and disks about once a year."

Anonymous, QC (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Brake pads are certainly a wear item but it is annoying and expensive that rotors always need to be replaced at the same time. This doubles the cost and makes no sense"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Annual safety inspection indicated rotor wear, and service was performed to fix the problem"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors were completely warped and all had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Was told by Subaru dealer that with only 22,000 all 4 rotors should be replaced (told me they were warped- perhaps due to excessive braking and/or going through water puddles when hot. Neither of these were accurate. Excessive price for replacement"

Monte H., NY (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"warped rotors for the 2nd time since owning it..needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake pedal pulsating due to warped rotors."

Bruce J., MN (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"warped rotors"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"Ball Joints & Bushings (top end) wore out after 10 years normal wear. 10 years of problem-free use is OK; no on-the-road problems, but regular maintenance showed they were worn and loose, so we replaced them."

Jack T., IL (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"Noise in front end. Had to replace front suspension parts"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Replaced gasket on power steering pump intake causing whining noise"

Anonymous, MB (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Failure of power steering pump at about 40K miles. Estimate of excessively high replacement cost at Subaru dealer. Instead, used an independent shop that used Subaru reconditioned replacement. No problems. Pricing much more acceptable than Subaru's"

Monte H., NY (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking power steering pump. Replaced it, but most shops replace it with rebuilt pump, not OEM new part. The rebuilt pump was also defective, and so was the third one. Apparently, it is a common issue with Subaru."

Anonymous, HI (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Pump leaking"

Anonymous, HI (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Leaking"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"broken sway bar end conectors"

Anonymous, RI (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is old enough this is normal maintenance. But at the dealer it was $800 and at a local shop using OME it was $200. Not going back to the dealer"

Skip S., MN (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Had some previous work done with oem parts. When tie rod problem developed the parts needed to repair did not match previous work. Everything had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both L/F and R/F link assembly kits were replaced by my local automotive service in less than 24 hours."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"See prior answer"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"engine light on every year for last 3 years, they never were able to figure out"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"Various exhaust pipes started failing at 10 years. Can't be repaired without replacement of expensive multiple catalytic converters."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"rattle for years"

Anonymous, NS (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Annoyed the driver. Had to have it welded to stop"

Emory P., NY (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rattling corroded heat shield corroded screws"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Mufler and connecting pipe had to be replaced because of leaks at 63000 Miles. Dealer cost would have been $1100 dollars. Independent shop quoted $900. Negotiated $740. I believe this is a stainless steel muffler so having to replace the assembly because of a pipe or connector is absurd"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Muffler rotted, center pipe, muffler and gasket replaced for $1100"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Muffler was rusted through."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"See previous comments about muffler"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Muffler became detached from exhaust pipe"

G J., BC (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Pipe fractured from muffler August 2019. Fixed September 20019."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Squeaking. Needed tightening"

John B., QC (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Difficult to fill up gas tank

"cable broke going to the fuel latch release. had to pry open latch to get gas in so i could drive it to the nearest dealer 60 miles away"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"Had engine pinging and knocking. Get serviced and it comes back within a few months"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Oil control valves had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I was told I have another leaky head gasket (second in two years). NOT a cheap fix"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking head gasket. Oil dripping onto hot exhaust elements. No oil in coolant or coolant in exhaust. Replaced head gasket"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil spot noticed on garage floor under engine slowly getting larger."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"During routine vehicle, mechanics (whom I trust totally!) detected that oil was leaking from somewhere (location not obvious) on the engine. They removed all signs of oil, grease, and dirt from all areas and added leak detection dye. After the car was driven for a number of days, they used ultraviolet light to pinpoint the source of the leak which was one of the two VVT Pressure Switches. They recommended that "both switches be updated to prevent the same problem from happening sooner than later." That was done."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"this has been going on for about a year and it is an expensive fix. We had a 2002 Subaru Outback sedan with a similar problem and kept adding oil to the engine as it was too expensive to fix it. I have been told it has been inherent in some Subaru models."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The OSV valve failed and oil was leaking out of the engine and the check engine light came on. Attempted to drive to get it fixed but smoke started coming out of the engine. Had to be towed to the service station for them to fix it."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Impreza leaks constantly and has made a huge mess on my condominium parking spot. Very disappointing."

Douglas R., ON (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Large trim piece fell off from front fender well, never replaced. trim on side came loose"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front bumper has been replaced twice - it does not seem to like very cold temperatures"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Exterior body plastic trim, including the expensive front bumper, is poorly attached and easily dislodged when driving in snow. Cannot be repaired because of poor design; must be replaced."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"the driver side sun visor has broken twice. the spring or tension bar inside has snapped in half. in my 45+ years of driving I have never had a sun visor break until the Subaru"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint has dulled and faded in several spots"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on the roof is pitted, full of tiny holes and some are through to the metal and beginning to rust. Often the areas surrounding these pits is fading abit"

Vince P., OR (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is starting to chip on the engine hood and a bit of rust on the aluminum of the trunk"

Anonymous, SK (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear bumper formed a blister in the paint, cracked, and has been peeling away."

Anonymous, NE (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Rear rocker panel began rusting after the first year and dealer does nothing even though subsequent years places a matching color plastic guard in the area that rusts"

Jon H., IL (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In 2019 a small area of rust appeared in on the bottom of the fender."

Anonymous, NE (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In the last year, rust has flowered everywhere on my car, even in places you would not expect, like the roof. It is worse around the door handles and near the wheel area. The driver-seat anchor is also full of rust. I previously owned a 2001 impreza and never had rust problems."

Anonymous, QC (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"heater core went out while I was driving to work one morning"

Charisse W., WA (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Part of the undercarriage heat shield came loose. I was able to jack up the car and fix it."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Loose heat shielding; had same issue with 2002 model previously"

Benjamin F., CT (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a noticeable rattling noise when accelerating sometimes, but haven't yet discovered the source"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattling in the front when accelerating"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"loose catalytic converter shield"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine has a rattling noise but doesn't seem to affect anything."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Heat shield* underneath car seems to be rattling more. It started a few years ago and slowly got worse despite reporting to dealership twice. Last time they installed some screws underneath to hold it in place, but it still vibrates. Doesn't affect driving though, just a scary vibration that can sometimes shake the garage walls from the intensity. *at least, it's what the mechanic said is probably the issue."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Rattle under the hood was loose air intake that was fixed, but the wind noise seems to be related to the luggage rack on top. We only get the "whistle" at certain speeds (28-32mph). Must be getting used to it since we have not attempted to narrow th"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"Dealership says we have a leaky head gasket"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Valve gasket cover replaced since leaking oil into spark plug tubes. Luckily head not damaged during service"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Gasket was leaking and had to be replaced at a cost of approx. $2,000. Was done by the dealer from whom we purchased the car. While they had the engine apart they also replaced the timing belt. We were told this was unfortunately a problem with Su"

Anonymous, ME (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket leaks. Cost 2500 to fix. Subaru didn't feel it was their problem"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking head gasket"

Jonathan B., NY (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Blown head gasket discovered at 90,000 mile maintenance. Added $1,800 to bill. Wrote to Subaru although car was out of 60,000/5 yr power train warranty. Subaru volunteered to reimburse me $1,000 of the repair cost"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace leaking head gasket. approx cost $2,000. Per the internet, seems to be a problem with this engine"

John B., QC (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leak found during regular maintenance."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leaks constantly. Was told head gaskets and seals would need to be done eventually. Quite costly."

Douglas R., ON (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"There is an electrical harness issue that affects the front right blinker and makes it blink twice as fast and dimly. The mechanics couldn't figure it out and said it would all have to be replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"simple: tail light bulb went out"

Michael P., MN (2008 Subaru Impreza)

"Turn signal light or head light have needed replacement more frequently than any other car I have owned in my lifetime. Supposedly due to defective wiring harness, but I still had to pay for"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Left turn signal has never worked properly - subaru and others unable to figure out what the problem is"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Passenger side signal light was very dimmed, like produced only a quarter of the normal light"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire pressure controller failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"tire pressure sensors failing due to low battery life"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tire pressure warning light started glowing even when tires had plenty of air. We had to spend over $275 to replace all four tire pressure monitors because there was no way to learn which of them was now defective. We have also had repeated problems with the battery and had it replaced twice. Your list did not include battery but I wanted you to know about it."

Vince P., OR (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Tire pressure management system produced false positive light. Took the dealership three attempts to fix the problem."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"The PCV failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"fuel sensor reading was one issue with check engine light"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noises and smell"

Donna D., PA (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We had to have the catalytic converter and two sensors replaced, at a cost of $2,100."

Anonymous, IN (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Failure has caused failure to various electrical sensors, such that all dash alert lights stay lit, and cruise control does not function. The car still drives fine, so we ignore it because it is an expensive fix."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Have had catalytic inefficiency code x 7 months- replaced both o2 and mass flow with spark plugs with no resolution"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine light on for this"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Clutch went twice 14 months apart"

Anonymous, NH (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch components were replaced"

Robert O., NY (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Frozen release bearing. Replaced clutch before any slipping from worn plate or flywheel"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch started making a very loud screeching noise, and then the clutch failed completely. Replacing it fixed the problem"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch needed to be replaced at about 90,000 miles. Most likely because the second driver of the car did not originally know how to drive stick and learned on this vehicle"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"I reported to the mechanics that the A/C had been running much too warm as the winter season began last fall. They found that the pressure was "on the low side indicating a minor leak somewhere." They fully charged the system and added leak-detection dye. After days of (limited) driving, they inspected the system and determined that the leak is coming from the A/C condenser which "most likely, by spring or summer, will need replacing.""

Anonymous, MA (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Overheating

"already had the head gaskets done and the car overheated again because of I assume another leak... put in an additive to seal it up"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Overheating warning light comes on occasionally...no leak detected, yet, but the coolant is low when this occurs. Had the car three months so verdict is still out on this situation. We are monitoring it"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"It died on a trip. It was outrageous to fix at a dealer but had limited options on the road"

Skip S., MN (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Just needed to refill the 134a coolant. No big deal"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaky head gasket requires very expensive repair to fix. So far we are not fixing but that makes us nervous for long trips."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

CV joint

"Leaked, had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Had to replace half axle"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"CD player does not play CD's"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Down control (both volume & tuning) button stuck. Then came a short in the radio/CD player. Radio changes stations when I stop, start, turn, or just cruising. Relatedly, when listening to cd, it changes tracks w/no warning"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"Became extremely stiff and detents unrecognizable"

Anonymous, VT (2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"Clutch fluid leaked onto the snow and I had to drive to the service station to get the master clutch cylinder replaced."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"Rear door lock stuck I'm locked position. Needs professional repair"

Luke G., MI (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Replaced head gasket at 30000 and timing belt issues"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
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