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.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 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

"The plastic liner of the right front wheel well fell off."

Robert S., MA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Undercarriage lining on driver's side front is loose and falling out. Needs body work to re-affix this lining. Cost is over $1000.00."

Michael B., NV (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The front bumper came loose. I replaced it, and within two years it came loose again. This time I just had the mechanic drill a hole in the body and attach the loose bumper with steel wire."

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The front bumper comes unattached at the side junctions. Sometimes it won't bang back into place. This is the second bumper -- the first one was the same. Also, the front of the car is so low and long that it often catches on parking lot dividers; the bumper cracks and the paint peels"

Marjory B., ON (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Crack in armrest that now extends for full length of armrest. dealer says it wasn't covered either"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The arm rest between the driver and passenger seat cracked."

Robert S., MA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very low grade interior from flimsy seats and seating material, cheap carpeting, weakly fastened center console, many noises and rattles that for a car driven so few miles was more than disappointing."

Anonymous, (2010 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver side sun visor broke (kept falling down and had to be replaced) Console lid fell apart"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The inside rear view mirror fell off the windshield. The mirror has several functions, so is connected electronically. The repair required ordering a part plus being glued directly onto the windshield, i.e., the car was out of use for several days."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Center console fell apart"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Minor rust around rear lights"

Anonymous, NL (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on the bumper had been cracking and peeling."

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oops, I added it to the earlier issue. The front of the car is so low-slung and long (the rear-view mirrors don't line up with other cars' mirrors that the bumper often slides over parking barriers and catches when backing out. Then the bumper cracks and peels"

Marjory B., ON (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"hatchback starting to rust"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint chips easily and is rusting"

Mike W., CO (2010 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"The ABS failure indicator was on quite often in the winter time. A steady light means that the ABS system failed and seek immediate attention. However, this problem was caused by snow/sleet build-up on the ABS sensor. It was annoying and caused unnecessary concern. However, this was a normal problem with the sensor."

Anonymous, (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"calipers are sticking"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Impreza GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was in shop to replace tire sensor batteries when the mechanic discovered frozen caliper. Would not release the car to me because it was unsafe to drive."

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"bound up did not retract"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"The brakes, pads, and calipers were worn from general use. This was basic maintenance."

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"BREAKS WEAR FAST"

Jose F., CO (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brake pads/discs had to be replaced too soon"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Premature brake wear which involved a recall to address"

Ken C., MD (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear brakes have worn out at 34k and 53k"

Stanley S., NH (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I do alot of city driving and alot of hills. I wish the brakes were better"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"Back rotors out of true after brake reline (at the dealer) the previous year."

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"pulsating brake pedal due to warped rotors"

Michael J., HI (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"We keep having squeaking problems. They check it and there is nothing wrong, but it keeps happening off and on"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The squeaking on the brakes was caused by rust on the perimeters of the rotors. Before this final conclusion, other solutions were tried like cleaning the rotors, replace calipers, bleeding brake system, etc. Finally the rotors were replaced when they became too thin. However, the mechanic said that the squeaking will come back when the rotor edges start to rust."

Anonymous, (2010 Subaru Impreza 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

12V power plug

"Fuse blows repeatedly (as with the USB port) even though only an iPhone is recharged"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Turn signal switch replaced."

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake Lights Recall"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake light activation switch failed"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"Electric windows did not lower windows, and electric gauges do not work.... The problem is intermittent, and dealer cannot find problem"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Brought back car 4 times to fix intermittent turn signal problem. Dealer eventually replaced headlight assembly and wiring harness. Problem is now fixed"

Anita B., NY (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Expensive to fix"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
USB port

"Fuse blows repeatedly"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Left turn signal blinked too fast"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"TPMS, Valve blowback, Cruise Control, brake failure were the most frequent lights to come on indicating problems. The car was not driven hard or even all that much to have so many problems. Very cheap interior as well compared to any other car I've owned."

Anonymous, (2010 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The replacement indicators along with the installation costs are expensive."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"The intermittent function of the wipers stopped working. The regular low/high wiper functions work fine."

Anonymous, (2010 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

Air or water leaks

"water leaks into left rear tail light assembly within warranty period (even though I had also purchased ext warranty). coverage initially declined, but subaru america issued me a reimbursement check after i paid the dealer to repair. same problem wi"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"coolant leak due to coolant pump wearing out. Interestingly, replacement was over $1K, because you have to replace the belts and service the tensioners as well as just replace the coolant pump."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Wind noise is noticeble"

David M., NY (2010 Subaru Impreza GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Trunk latch inoperable .Trunk door must bungee cord closed"

Steven P., NC (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"dashboard rattle"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"car just makes noises"

David M., NY (2010 Subaru Impreza GT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rattles in passenger door"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Continuous rattle near front passenger side. We believe it to be the heat shielding and were told it would be very expensive to repair and that it is a common problem with Subarus"

Melanie R., WI (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a rattle in my engine, but none of the mechanics agree on what the problem might be; however, one is suggesting an engine replacement."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The noise appears to be coming from read underside of car. Dealer could not find cause."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Heat shields came loose and had to be replaced. Friend's 2010 Impreza had similar problem."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Because the cost of replacing cat conv on 10 year old car is more than its benefit, I am currently shopping for a replacement: 2015-2019 with lane assist and forward crash automatic braking."

Joanne H., MA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light - too costly to repair"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"IT REQUIRES REPLACEMENT AS IT SENDS CHECK-ENGINE LIGHT CODES"

David M., NY (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"very annoying. Mechanic worked to improve it, but still noisy"

Anonymous, AB (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"LOUSY DESIGN, SHEAP CONSTRUCTION"

David M., NY (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Rust"

Kevin F., NY (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"Mfr recall"

Anonymous, (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealer cannot get the airbag warning to go off."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"rotted out but had to replace all mufflers since they are welded together"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rust"

Kevin F., NY (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 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

Cylinder head

"Noticed oil leak. Took it to dealer and another garage and was notified by both that it was a head gasket problem. Both estimates were $2000 to $3500. They had to remove the engine, take the head off, resurface the head. I had them do water pump an"

Paul P., NY (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced the engine under warranty at 48000 km (internal rattling) then 80000km later the head gasket goes - $2200. No excuse especially as it was not a new problem. Should have been fixed many years earlier and Subaru should have covered the replace"

Peter H., ON (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Major oil leak causing engine failure"

Anonymous, IA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"had to have the head gasket replaced as it was leaking"

Richard M., NY (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Blown gasket"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Love this car but very disappointed the head gasket failed with less than 100,000 miles on a the car. Hopefully Subaru has addressed this issue so my next Subaru (if I get another one) won't have this issue."

Anonymous, NH (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil and coolant was leaking from the head gasket, so I had it replaced. Also had the heads ground and replaced water pump and timing belt."

Marcus M., MO (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Started leaking oil"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"showed wear on it when I had head gasket replaced so we replaced the timing belt also"

Richard M., NY (2010 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

Alignment

"Just routine alignment."

Anonymous, MD (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems to easily go out of alignment. You have to constantly monitor tire wear as all four tires must be replaced at the same time or the differential wears out. So you cannot just replace front tires. Also only the inside edge of the tires wear so it's hard to notice unless you are down on your hands and knees checking them. A constant annoyance."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering pump went on me at 75000."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The power steering pump is not perfect, but the problem is small and hardly noticeable, just a bit of a whine or squeal sometimes when turning sharply. For now, I have just had the clean up kit run through the fluid lines and new power steering fluid installed. The dealer indicated the pump may not get worse for many months or years so further repair may not be required"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Struts went on me at 75000."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Excessive noise when navigating uneven terrain."

Anonymous, MD (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Rattling sound near front passenger side. Were told that there was a problem with tie rods. We had it fixed, plus alignment. Rattle continues. We now believe it may be the heat shielding"

Melanie R., WI (2010 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 and pressure plate failed/wore out."

Delbert H., CT (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Complete clutch failure. Other problem; excessive oil consumption"

Michael S., OH (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"covered by bumper to bumper warranty (just barely), 3rd gear slipped out of engagement very easily. Required linkage and 2nd/3rd gear rebuild"

Henry M., NJ (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AWD stuttering. Solenoid failed"

Anonymous, PE (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission was stuttering when changing gears."

Anonymous, PE (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission housing was cracked at the time we bought it and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The sealed viscous coupling unit inside the transmission had to be removed and replaced. I have never had a viscous coupling fail with past Subaru Impreza Outback Sport cars even though they were also manual transmissions and had much more mileage (about 200, 000 when traded in) and had been used to tow a light weight boat for hundreds of miles"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 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)

"replacement of catalytic converter"

Anonymous, KY (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"no excuse for a fuel pump going at 120000km. Car was just out of warranty and things started falling apart"

Peter H., ON (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"One of the four oxygen sensors stopped working and needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Several warning lights came on...on the dashboard. I took it to be analyzed and was told I needed a new Catalytic converter and 2 Oxygen sensors."

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"3 warning lights lit up and the car ran a bit roughly. I took it in for repairs. They tightened some spark plug wires and hoped that would fix it. It didn't A new sensor assembly was required at a cost of $800. It has been fine since then"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 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 in my car is a combination CD player/radio. It stopped producing sound. At first, I'd turn it on and it would produce sound for a while, then it would make a mild pop and stop. It still seemed to be on, but it didn't produce any sound, no matter how high I turned up the volume. Over time, it began malfunctioning this way more frequently and finally got to the point that it would produce sound only once every couple of weeks or so."

Peter K., PA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Does not accept CDs any more. Does not play. Does not eject. Basically toast"

Henry M., NJ (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Radio lost sensitivity; could only pick up the very strongest stations."

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The problems I experienced with the radio are the same ones I experienced with the CD player because I have a combination radio/CD player unit."

Peter K., PA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio just stopped working"

Anonymous, (2010 Subaru Impreza 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

Coolers and lines

"The transmission cooler lines rusted through! Who ever heard of such a thing happening on a modern car. I was shocked. I had a flood of transmission fluid. The replacement lines I bought from Subaru were of the same metal and poor quality. THEY WERE IN STOCK at the dealer. This tells me it is a known and common problem."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"Rough shifting when vehicle cold"

Anonymous, NL (2010 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

"The hood latch rusted shut so I could not open the hood...something I have never before had happen on a car. I put in a new latch myself from Subaru. I was shocked to find out that my local Subaru had a new hood latch in stock....thats nuts! That means they know its a problem because no dealer would normally stock something like a hood latch. The new latch has the same bare metal piece that rusted in place on my original latch. I saved the original latch if you want a picture just call---914-357-3445 Tom"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Rear windows don't work. Been fixed several times and continue to not not work"

Mike W., CO (2010 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Difficult to fill up gas tank

"Auto went through a period of time when it would not allow you to fill it up by leaving the gas nozzle in it without you physically holding the nozzle. Problem they just went away."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Mechanic noticed slight oil leak around the rings. Not sure what this means other than they said I didn't need to fix it right away, because the cost is high, and I have to keep my eye on the oil level."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 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

"Blowing hot air"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"At 50000 miles condenser sprung a leak. 900$ to fix at dealer"

Anonymous, OH (2010 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

"The rubber boots decayed prematurely"

Wings L., ON (2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Had the radiator replaced."

Marcus M., MO (2010 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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
AIR BAGS
Jan 02, 2020
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Forester, 2003-2006 Baja, 2004-2011 Impreza, 2004-2014 WRX (including STI), 2003-2014 Legacy and Outback, and 2005-2006 Saab 9-2X vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming or "Zone C." These vehicles had their passenger frontal air bag inflators previously replaced under a prior recall using inflators of the same design. The inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify their owners. General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflators, free of charge. The recall began January 7, 2020. Subaru owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Saab owners may contact the Saab Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-955-9007. Subaru's number for this recall is TKC-20.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V003000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 111562
AIR BAGS
Jan 02, 2020
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Forester, 2003-2006 Baja, 2004-2011 Impreza, 2004-2014 WRX (including STI), 2003-2014 Legacy and Outback, and 2006 Saab 9-2X vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia or "Zone B." These vehicles had their passenger frontal air bag inflators previously replaced under a prior recall using inflators of the same design. The inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify their owners. General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflators, free of charge. The recall began January 7, 2020. Subaru owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Saab owners may contact the Saab Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-955-9007. Subaru's number for this recall is TKB-20.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V002000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 127547
AIR BAGS
Jan 02, 2020
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Forester, 2003-2006 Baja, 2004-2011 Impreza, 2004-2014 WRX (STI included), 2003-2014 Legacy and Outback, and 2005-2006 Saab 9-2X vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands or "Zone A." These vehicles had their passenger frontal air bag inflators previously replaced under a prior recall using inflators of the same design. The inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify their owners. General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflators with alternate inflators, free of charge. The recall began January 7, 2020. Subaru Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Saab owners may contact the Saab Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-955-9007. Subaru's number for this recall is TKA-20.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V001000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 258813
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Apr 11, 2019
The engine turning off unexpectedly can increase the risk of a crash. If a crash occurs under this condition, the air bag may not deploy, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, 2008-2011 Impreza vehicles, 2008-2014 WRX vehicles, 2005-2014 Legacy vehicles, 2005-2014 Outback vehicles and 2006-2008 Tribeca vehicles equipped with a mechanical key ignition switch installed as a replacement part. The ball spring inside the switch may break, reducing the strength of the ignition switch. If this occurs, the weight on the key ring and certain road conditions could cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position to the accessory position, turning off the engine.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the ignition switch, replacing the ignition switch, if necessary, free of charge. The recall began May 10, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WUF-91.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V297000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 511
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Feb 28, 2019
Brake lights that do not illuminate properly will not alert other drivers that the vehicle is slowing or stopping, increasing the risk of crash.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2014-2016 Forester, 2008-2016 Impreza sedans, 2012-2016 Impreza station wagons, 2008-2014 WRX sedans (including STI), and 2013-2017 Crosstrek vehicles. Exposure to certain contaminants may cause the brake light switch to malfunction, preventing the brake lights from illuminating and also preventing keyless ignition vehicles from starting and CVT/automatic transmissions from being able to be shifted out of Park.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake light switch, free of charge. The recall began April 15, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WUE-90.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V149000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1303530
AIR BAGS
Jan 09, 2019
An explosion of an inflator within the passenger frontal air bag module may result in sharp metal fragments striking the front seat passenger, driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2010-2013 Forester, 2010-2014 Tribeca, WRX, Outback, Legacy, and 2010-2011 Impreza vehicles sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru has notified owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began January 25, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is TKA-19.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V007000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 43394
AIR BAGS
Jan 09, 2019
An explosion of an inflator within the passenger frontal air bag module may result in sharp metal fragments striking the front seat passenger, driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2010-2014 Tribeca, WRX, Outback, and Legacy vehicles, 2010-2011 Impreza vehicles and 2010-2013 Forester vehicles sold, or ever registered, in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru is notifying owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began January 25, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is TKB-19.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V008000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 330120
AIR BAGS
Jan 09, 2019
An explosion of an inflator within the passenger frontal air bag module may result in sharp metal fragments striking the front seat passenger, driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2010-2014 Tribeca, WRX, Legacy and Outback vehicles, 2010-2011 Impreza vehicles and 2010-2013 Forester vehicles sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru is notifying owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began on January 25, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is TKC-19.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V009000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 452630
AIR BAGS
Jan 09, 2018
An explosion of an inflator within the passenger frontal air bag module may result in sharp metal fragments striking the front seat passenger, driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2010 Tribeca, Impreza, Forester, WRX, Legacy, and Outback vehicles sold, or ever registered, in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began on February 9, 2018. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is TKB-18.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V013000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 93209
AIR BAGS
Jan 09, 2018
An explosion of an inflator within the passenger frontal air bag module may result in sharp metal fragments striking the front seat passenger, driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Legacy, Forester, Tribeca, WRX and Outback vehicles, and 2009-2011 Impreza vehicles sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began on February 9, 2018. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is TKA-18.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V012000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 64179
AIR BAGS
Jan 10, 2017
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2005-2006 Subaru Baja, 2006-2011 Impreza (including WRX and STI models), 2006-2012 Tribeca, 2009-2012 Forester, Legacy, Outback, and 2012 WRX vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began March 6, 2017. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is TKA-17.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V014000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 53480
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Oct 13, 2016
If the air injection pump overheats, it may melt and increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2007-2009 model year Legacy and Outback vehicles, 2008-2014 Impreza vehicles and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, all equipped with turbo-charged engines. The relay that controls the secondary air injection pump may fail, causing the pump to continuously operate and overheat.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the secondary air injection pump relay, free of charge. The recall began December 2016. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WTM-73.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V738000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 100127
AIR BAGS
May 25, 2016
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Legacy, Outback, 2009-2011 Legacy, Outback, Forester, 2006-2011 Impreza, Tribeca, 2003-2006 Baja, and 2006 Saab 9-2x vehicles originally sold or that have ever been registered in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or "Zone A." These vehicles may be equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify their owners. General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began August 26, 2016. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-856-488-8500. Saab owners may contact GM at 1-800-955-9007. Subaru's number for this recall is TKA-16.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V358000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 302127
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Dec 31, 2014
Brake fluid may leak due to the brake line corrosion and may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2008-2011 Impreza, 2008-2014 WRX and STI, and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, currently, or formerly, registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia that were remedied under recall 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014. The brake lines may experience brake line corrosion due to salt water splashing on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will apply an anti-corrosion wax to the four-way joint connector area of the brake line system, free of charge. The recall began on January 27, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WQQ-52. Notes: This recall is specific to affected Forester, Impreza, WRX, and STI customers who had their car remedied under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014. Subaru has determined that this remedy was inadequate due to incomplete repair instructions provided to dealers. Affected Forester, Impreza, WRX, and STI vehicles that were not repaired under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014 will continue to be processed under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311. Affected vehicles not currently, or formerly, registered in the salt belt states identified in this recall are eligible for repair, at no cost to the customer, upon request.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V830000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 200064
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Jun 10, 2014
Brake line corrosion may result in brake fluid leakage. Fluid leakage may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2005-2009 Outback and Legacy, 2008-2011 Impreza and 2008-2014 Impreza WRX/STI, and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, currently, or formerly, registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Salt water could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, resulting in excessive corrosion of the brake lines. Note that affected vehicles not currently, or formerly registered, in the salt belt states identified above are eligible for repair, at no cost to the customer, upon request.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will test the brake system by depressing the brake pedal and inspecting for brake fluid leaks. If no brake fluid seepage is observed, the affected areas will be rustproofed with anti-corrosion wax. If brake fluid seepage is observed, the brake lines will be replaced followed by rustproofing with anti-corrosion wax. These services will be performed free of charge. The recall began July 2014 and second notifications will run through November 2014. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's recall campaign number is WQK-47. Note: This recall supersedes recall 13V-110 which applied to certain 2005-2009 Legacy/Outback vehicles. Vehicles that were remedied under the previous campaign still need additional areas rust-proofed.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V311000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 461338
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