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

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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.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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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 (265 hp)
  • 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 2009 Subaru Impreza owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Because the car is so low to the ground, the plastic front lower trim has made contact with curbs, parking lot separators. Some body seam separation has been evident. Wheel-well plastic separating"

Michael M., CO (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The front bumper is very cheap. It is too low to the ground and scrapes against parking curbing"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Plastic deflectors in front of car behind bumber fell, repaired by Subaru and fell off again"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Some body trim panel clips were broken. Lower rear fender area and beneath the doors near the back"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Made a very loud noise- like a clattering."

Anonymous, ND (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Undercarriage molding became loose, causing contact with tires and/or road. Some fell off as a result and the remaining damaged pieces were removed to avoid further issues. It was noted that the clips/screws/fasteners had failed and parts of the frame they were attached to was damaged or stripped."

Anonymous, CO (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Exterior cowls and wheel wells clips have failed causing the pieces to rattle significantly."

Michael M., CO (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Worse than trim. Fasteners holding front fenders on car failed.. Fenders became loose and scraped on the ground"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Low profile of the Impreza has caused problems with from trim pieces"

Michael M., CO (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Plastic fasteners holding the fenders on broke. Fenders were loose and flopping around."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Problems with air vent louvers breaking. Problems with driver's side sun visor not going back to "up" position"

Michael M., CO (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Console/armrest lid came off. Rear ashtray housing broke. Driver side armrest on door split."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint is terrible on this car. Peeling spots on roof hood and hatchback. Subaru does not back there car paint up, did nothing for us"

R J P., UT (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"rust around edges of doors"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Two minor area of rust on the hatch door"

Yvan G., QC (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Stones fly up and ding the rail under the door and this winter's snow (110.5") and road salt have made several spots rusty"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint just forward of rear wheel fender wells is gone and metal is rusted"

Anonymous, ID (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Observed 2 small rust spots less than a 1/4 inch diameter developing on roof and side panel"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rock chips give way to rust pockets"

John C., CO (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust spots are showing up in the sheet metal at various points on the car"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rocker panels seem to be the most easily rusted. Two areas of concern are the rear right passenger side and the the driver's side both have rust spots"

Phyllis A., PA (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust forming around window of rear hatchback. I had this repaired previously 3 years ago and it is back"

Anonymous, NB (2009 Subaru Impreza 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

"The engine threw a rod. We had to replace the entire engine. Bummer for a 6 year old car"

Michael L., CA (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Possible oil pump malfunction leading to complete engine failure with engine cost exceeding the value of vehicle"

Kristina C., CO (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bad engine. High oil consumption. 3 major fixes; last was replace small block. Believe it is still having the issues so will be back again"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine replaced 2X same reason. 1st engine had oil leak Subaru said was normal seepage and did not fix under warranty. After warranty paid Subaru 2.5K to fix. Paid independent shop ~6K to for 1st replacement with used. 2nd replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A lot of engine work including short block just over 2 years ago. Major engine problems again now. Car in shop. Looks like head gasket"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the engine"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Head gasket leak started. this is a known Subaru problem that they have yet to fix"

Anonymous, ID (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru's apparently have a chronic problem with coolant leaks around the head gasket. This is the second one built since 2003 that had this problem"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket blew at 116000 miles. First sign was oil leaking onto the exhaust and causing smoke"

Anonymous, VT (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had hoped Subaru has solved their Head Gasket issues. Just leaking oil and performance has not been affected."

R S., NH (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The head gasket failed at 78000 miles. These should not fail. The repair is expensive and not covered under warranty."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"During the replacement of timing belt(it was coming due) the garage found that the head gaskets leaking. To expensive to fix for its age and misc smaller issues with the car. Just hoping to make it last a couple more years. Very disappointed in Subaru since I’ve now been told this is a very common problem with them forever."

Anonymous, CT (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cooling fluid leaking into oil."

Anonymous, VT (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Blown gasket"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Mechanic found head gasket leak at about 85K. External leak that causes car to use 1 quart of oil every 800- 1000 miles"

Jesse A., VT (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Experienced an oil leak that was diagnosed as a head gasket problem that is a common defect in this model and engine type"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had excessive oil leaks due to warped head gasket. I had engine work done to fix this problem."

Anonymous, WA (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The head gasket began leaking oil about 2.5 years ago. Since it was time to replace the timing chain, I had them replace the head gasket at the same time."

Anonymous, KY (2009 Subaru Impreza 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Inside the front fenders there are plastic shields held in place and together with small clips. Due to the Mudseason here in Vermont where you must force the car through, the mud and ice thrown up ripped the the protection out. About $ 550"

Ina A., VT (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"fender liner broke loose in collision heat shield rattle"

D G., WI (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"fit and finish on the dash board"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise when starting. Dealer repaired loose part"

Thomas G., NJ (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a squeak originating in the top of the front windshield, especially noticeable on bumpy roads.There is no safety risk but it would be expensive to repair ie they would have to remove/replace the whole windshield. So, I live with the squeak"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"this vechile sounds like your inside what I would imagine a tank sounds like. this was our first and last subaru. very disappointed with the complete vechile"

David P., NS (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Catalytic converter heat shield rattling"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rattling of exhaust system (heat shields) occurs regularly. Currently rattles at 75-80 km/hr."

R R., NB (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Punching through ice walls left from snow plows knocked loose and off some under body parts."

Charles G., NC (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a constant hum once I get above 25 MPH because of a bad wheel bearing. When the car switches to third gear the normal operating vibrations from the engine cause something loose in the engine bay to rattle. There is also a constant rattle coming from the trunk that I think is a loose seat belt dispenser or the trunks stability bar"

Kyle B., MO (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Wind noise blocking the radio. Also dirt and dust from the dirt road is 'sucked up' on the back window"

Ina A., VT (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Via the side view mirrors"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car has had lots of loose speakers in doors etc. we've had to go to dealer and have repaired. Car is crazy noisy inside going down the road"

R J P., UT (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind noise seems to becoming louder."

Charles G., NC (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Catalytic converter went at 116k miles as the one in my 2002 Subaru did. The catalytic converter in my Toyota lasted 250k miles"

Bill A., NM (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Catalytic converter was still covered under warranty but the heat shields still cost me $1000.00"

Peter D., WI (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine problems/oil 'blow through' ruined cat as well"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensor shows converter needs replacement. Never had that happen on a vehicle."

Mark K., MN (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to replace before it should have been replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Extremely annoying and loud rattling sound starts at approx 55k/h end once you go over 65k/h to replace heat shields I was quoted over $500CAD. I opted for using salvaged parts. it got better but it's far from perfect. I'm very unhappy about it. it"

Tom J., BC (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The heat shields come loose/rattle and need tightening every 10-15k miles"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"The inlet pipe on the muffler separated and had to be welded, also on a separate issue, the bolts on the flange to this pipe corroded away and had to replace bolts and gasket"

Doug P., NL (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"Part of Takata airbag recall"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"Both exhaust pipes separated right before joining the mufflers. Also lost a forward heat shield due to corrosion."

David C., NY (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Muffler brackets broke"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Rear calipers seized for the second time in two years. Had to replace calipers, pads, and rotors"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rusted, seized causing rotor replacement"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Calipers were starting to hang up causing the rotors to heat up and warp. Had all of the brakes, calipers and rotors replaced. I consider this routine maintenance"

Tim S., CO (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Calipers won't fully release rotors causing a noise especially when the car is driven on shorter trips, this also increases rotor and pad wear as well as being detrimental to gas mileage"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Frozen callipers had to be replaced again"

Anonymous, NB (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brakes needed replacing as well as factory recall work for rusting brake lines"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"parking brake light comes on and goes off intermittently"

Anonymous, VT (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"I expected brakes pads and rotors to last a bit longer, especially rotors. Again it was a costly fix"

Tom J., BC (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brake rotors seriously warped and failed inspection - pads still had more than 50% wear life left"

Anonymous, NH (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"over the course of owning this vehicle all four calipers have seized resulting in premature brake wear and very costly repairs"

Doug P., NL (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had premature brake pads wearing out several times in the past years. I think I have had to have them replaced three or perhaps four times"

Phyllis A., PA (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 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

Bushings

"Suspension sway bar bushings disentagrated"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"difficult steering and loud noise"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The design of the car makes the front lower control arm rearward bushings fail every 80,000 miles. Of course the crooked dealership hides that they are separating until you take it to an outside shop to find out what the squeaking is coming from."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Both front struts had to be replaced after 24000 miles"

Barbara B., CT (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car did not hold road well. Had a side to side sway. Fix included new struts and something about the bushings that I don't understand. Cost was around $1,000"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The front struts were leaking hydraulic fluid and needed replacement. Given our local roads, this does not surprise me"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"shock replacement"

Francis G., QC (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"The left bearing went out and when we had it repaired, we were told that the right one will probably need to be replaced soon"

Daniel K., GA (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very noisy front wheel bearings"

Anonymous, MA (2009 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

"Quit working"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"OEM A/C compressor broke at approx 32000 miles. Replacement wt refurbished unit cost $1,100+"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to recharge the compressor twice since I've owned the car."

Anonymous, VT (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"The middle fan has seemed to quit working Told them about it and they said it was OK. Some air blows out but not at the volume it used to. No brake problem but 2 recall fixes"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"Leaks, needs replacement."

Mark K., MN (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"you can not control the heating system. it puts out heat all year round. air conditioning will not over take heating system. not very comfortable in the summer months"

David P., NS (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I can't change the heat or AC flow from floor, dash vents, or to defrost, the control cable is stuck."

Anonymous, MI (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"it took 4-attempts to get the flywheel/clutch to not vibrate, Subaru used a 2-piece flywheel that apparently needs special tools if only 1-part (the wearing surface) is replaced. The 1-part was in stock and readily available, the other was not"

Bill A., NM (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noticed clutch had difficulties, had it replaced within 3 days"

Anonymous, (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Apparently a metal harness shattered and got inside the transmission, completely ruining it. Again, total bummer for a 6 year old car"

Michael L., CA (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a failure of the center differential carrier bearings and these had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The middle differential that controls the relative speeds of all four wheels has failed at 68,000 miles. I bought the extended power train warranty, which will about pay for itself with this problem. The dealership claims that they almost never see"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"bearing failure in trasmission/center-diff caused complete transmission failure requiring full rebuild"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"cylinder failure on 2.5 l SOHC engine"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel leaks

"Faint smell of fuel when stored indoors. Suspected crack at top of fuel filler neck and tank that may cause small fuel leak when tank is completely full."

R R., NB (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Had an oil leak behind timing cover; the front crankshaft seal was bad which coated the timing belt in oil. The car would smell and fill the garage with smoke after driving. The dealer fixed it"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have replaced to date: catalytic converter, head gaskets, radiator, timing belt. To be fair, I also drive far more than the average motorist--around 230k on mine now, and some if this is just wear and tear, but many of the issues that I've experienced don't seem as prevalent on later models. Body trim is only so-so. Seats are uncomfortable on long drives and the manually adjusting seats squeeze you into an awful position; combine that with the lack of telescoping steering wheel and it's nearly impossible to find a comfortable driving position. I'm the average 5' 10. Overall unimpressed and extremely disappointed with the reliability of this vehicle. Other years/models might fare better. It seems the Forest and Outback are Subaru's main attraction."

Matthew C., TX (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaks droplets of oil routinely."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was some oil leakage determined to coming though the head gasket"

James F., WA (2009 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

"The CD player made a static like noise and popped loudly and the music sounded distant and muffled"

Anonymous, NM (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CD player just quit playing CDs and had to be replaced...with an after-market unit."

Anonymous, OR (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"Sometimes when I start the car you cannot see the clock and the radio will not work. If you stop and restart it usually lights up again. Not sure what it going on with this"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"see the problem with the CD player"

Anonymous, NM (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Factory radio and CD player have become unusable due to intermittent static that plays at maximum volume. Prohibitively expensive to replace"

Anonymous, MA (2009 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

Differential

"Driving conditions over rough terrain likely caused differential failure. This model is not designed for rough conditions."

Anonymous, CO (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"Both rear bearings started to exhibit vibration and noise and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Replaced a broken driveshaft. Likely an issue with driving location rather than an engineering issue."

Anonymous, CO (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Axle, cv replacement"

Anonymous, VT (2009 Subaru Impreza Unsure 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)

"Valve at base of fuel fill stem became stuck. Could not fill with fuel, required replacement. Replacement included fill stem and emisison control canister"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace emission device; Lights came on and disabled some of the systems."

Anonymous, NE (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"The trouble presented as intermittent no start 140,000 miles. There was no Mil Light and no codes posted. At 146,000 it stalled so I took it in; shop cleaned the intake and flashed the computer. It was fine until 155,000 when it lost power on the freeway. Still no lights or codes. A shut down and restart cleared the trouble until 156,000 when the car wouldn't start. Ran the troubleshooting charts and found the fuel pump to be failed. I was out of town and I don't trust the dealers anymore so I had it towed home. The shop found the fuel pump completely failed, swapped it with a factory part and I had it back in a few hours. I cut open the old pump to look at the filter which is internal to the housing. The filter was never changed and was in good condition. The new pump came with a new filter as part of the housing"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Sensor on gas tank turned on the check engine light. As a result, constant flashing of various lights on the dash board as well as the cruise control becoming inoperable. Repairs, when completed, totaled in the thousands of dollars."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Impreza 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

Windows

"Ongoing front & rear passenger side windows would fail to open or close except by driver controls, which were intermittently failing as well"

Kristina C., CO (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Windows refused to roll down or refused to roll up at all, at times or partially on passenger side, causing us to discontinue using the passenger front window entirely and all other window's use sparingly."

Anonymous, CO (2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"radiator failed. most of the coolant leaked out. needed a tow"

Anonymous, PA (2009 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

Warning lights

"The ABS warning lights come on at random times for no reason. A code reader never picks up the problem so the Subaru dealership could never fix it. We replaced some fuses but that only kind of fixed the problem. They still come on whenever the tire p"

Daniel K., GA (2009 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

Spark plugs or wires failure

"wires failed, replaced by dealer via extended warrenty"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

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