A comfortable ride, responsive handling, good visibility, simple controls, and a relatively spacious rear seat all combine to make the Impreza easy to live with. The hatchback's cargo versatility gives it an edge in practicality over the sedan version. Sport models come with snazzy wheels and a bit more equipment than more basic Imprezas.
Alerts
There are 4 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 2013 Subaru Impreza owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"The problem was the valve springs that were covered under warranty although I didn't have the springs break. I am sharing this because of the frustration and disappointment I went through to get the springs replaced and it relates to an item reported in CR's review of the Impreza (I believe it was in 2015). I learned of the recall at the very end of a PROMOTIONAL email which directed me to a webpage to make an appointment to have the work done. While I was making the appointment I was instructed to call a toll-free no. to verify parts availability. When I called I was connected to the dealership who connected me to the parts dept. I was told the parts were not available but that since my appt. was 2 wks away the parts should be available by then and if not I would get a call to reschedule. Two days before my appt. I called again to check on the parts and was told they were in and that I should keep the appt. When I showed at the appointment there were no parts and there would be no parts for several wks. but I got no call to reschedule AND I had made every effort to check on their availability short of going to the dealership and putting my hands on the parts. After the springs were finally replaced, I noticed that the engine noise upon acceleration that was noted in the review was significantly reduced from the cacophonous clatter to a more pleasant roar above 3000 rpm and mileage has increased by almost 1 mpg to boot."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall due to potential valve spring failure."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Valve springs recall"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Factory recall, received new engine block"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall notice. Subaru dealer has not been able to repair since receiving the recall. It may be a 10 month wait according to the company."

Andy W., NM (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Manufacturer recall so it was fixed at no charge but we were without use of car for a week."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a widespread issue with rings in Subaru engines. The problem was fixed under warranty in a couple days, and a loaner was provided. We were very pleased with how Subaru handled the issue."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"All valve springs replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Valve spring replacement was performed under recall, now engine has a new abnormal noise."

Anonymous, NV (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Valve spring replacement recall, excessive oil consumption"

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Factory recall for faulty valve springs required engine rebuild"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall for valve lifters that had to be replaced - covered completely by the manufacturer"

Roland G., DE (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru Recall Notice for valve springs replacement inside of the engine. Scheduled to be done in May."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall due to faulty valve springs. They had to take the engine apart and put back together -- 2 1/2 days in the shop!"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This was a safety recall. Dealership had the car for almost a week while they replaced something in the engine."

Anonymous, DC (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine started burning oil. Found there was a recall on this but I did not get the info because the recall came out at the time I bought the car and the previous owner got the notice. The dealer did not give me this info. Consequently by the time I figured the oil burning was a recall, I was over the 100,000 mile limit for the engine rebuild. I appealed to Subaru and they offered to do the work if I paid a $500 deductible. I accepted this offer but I was not too happy that the dealer dragged out the complaint over several visits so I went over the 100,000 miles."

Andrea L., NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The 2.0 l motor was consuming more oil between oil changes (6000) miles than was acceptable per subaru standards so they offered a free small block replacement at 96000 miles which I accepted. They also replaced valve springs per recall."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Due to excessive oil consumption, subaru replace the short block ."

Paul P., NJ (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"valve spring recall"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"My 2013 Subaru Impreza sedan had a life-long problem with oil consumption which resulted in oil levels being 1 quart low at ~2K-2.5K miles. As I understand, this was a design problem, specific to certain engines in certain years, since resolved. Over time the problem got worse; at the point that my car failed Subaru's oil consumption test, my Subaru dealer replaced the short block and provided a loaner while doing the work. Since I traveled extensively during the oil consumption test process, several East Coast dealers had to coordinate / communicate with each other. There have been no problems since the work was done; I am very satisfied with Subaru's attention to the problem; and I would buy another Subaru in the future (though I won't need to any time soon, since I have a brand new engine!)"

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"my subaru engine was loosing more oil between oil changes than subaru said was normal. the service department did a free test for oil consumption on my car and it failed. subaru replaced the engine for free at 100000 miles."

Anonymous, UT (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall for engine rebuild to replace valve springs that took three days to complete."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The problem was not really understood even by mechanics, so I'll try my best... There was an ignition coil failure or cylinder misfire. It took a lot of time to diagnose and repair. It caused the engine to shudder at low RPMs, almost to the point where it felt like the engine would shut off or stall. The phenomenon was experienced relatively often. Like all car problems, it seemingly appeared from nowhere and lasted about two months before the check engine light came on. We took it to an independent shop to begin with where they "fixed" the problem. It came back almost immediately after getting the car back, and we returned it once more. After a couple of days, the problem was diagnosed and traced back to the CPU of the car, which either way, called for a visit to the dealership. From here on out the same thing happened. We got the car back, but the misfire was still there. Three months later we finally got the car back, and it was fixed. Since then we haven't experienced any engine shudder or loss of power. Luckily Subaru was very generous and loaned us a vehicle while the Impreza was in the shop."

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive oil consumption. Had two oil consumption tests. Failed second one"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive oil consumption beyond Subaru limit due to a manufacturing defect. Subaru is replacing the short block at their cost, even with over 100k miles on the car. Kudos to Subaru for addressing this issue"

Mike P., NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem with short block causing oil consumption"

Anonymous, NL (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced short block due to excessive oil consumption"

G C., WI (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"excessive oil use, company covered repair even after warranty was expired"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive oil consumption"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem for this generation; oil consumption was high and Subaru paid for the replacement"

Anonymous, ME (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"consuming oil; was a mfgr issue, completed the engine rebuild under warranty at no cost to me. Was completed in 5 days as promised and was provided a loaner car for the time it was in the shop."

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive oil consumption, monitored by dealer. Replaced engine block."

Anonymous, CT (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Engin oil was depleting more rapidly than normal. Vehicle failed an oil consumption test so the lower half of engine is being replaced. This was diagnosed and is being done under my extended warranty, but the car should not have had this problem."

James R., FL (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Three times I took the car to the dealer because of a concerning engine noise. On the third time the dealer found the engine bearings were bad. The only fix was to replace the shortblock and there was only about 13,000 miles on the vehicle"

Anonymous, ID (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"burns oil - as much as a quart per 1000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car was burning oil at an excessive rate. Subaru attempted to solve the problem in stages. Eventually they replaced a major part. All of this was at no cost to me other than time and some aggravation"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"excessive oil burn, dealer tested and determined small block needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NH (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine had oil leaks. The oil level sensor was replaced first, then the engine was rebuilt (new seals). Did not help. Finally, the short engine block with casting defect was replaced. Very poor Subaru service, the car went through 3 oil changes a"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil consumption problem. Had to have engine replaced with new 2015 engine block"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Had a recall on the engine; after fixing I developed an oil leak, which was coming from the head gasket that was replaced when the engine was repaired."

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Since 1999, my children and I have owned six Subarus. All were purchased new. All have had problems with bad head gaskets. All of the cars have had the standard 4 cylinder engine, and it appears that the gasket problem is a design flaw that Subaru has not or will not solve"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The gasket problem apparently caused the other issues because the AC worked fine until I took it to the dealer to have the gasket (covered under warranty) repaired. The AC didn't work when I got the car back, and although the Subaru dealership didn't admit they broke it, they repaired it free of charge. The vibrations from the mount and the oil leak also disappeared."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-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

"Hatch window on driver's side was letting water in. I personally sealed it w/silicone caulk, seems to have resolved the issue."

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The seal on my trunk has leaked for the past five years. I've cleaned it out and looked for damages in the seal, and everything looks fine, but whenever my car is outside in hard rain, I expect to find a puddle in my cargo tray."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"the water leak was from the cracked plastic part of the radiator system--& cost over $600 to replace"

Anonymous, NH (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Poorly designed doors allow water/snow to enter drop straight down on the seats whenever the doors are opened, or the windows cracked even slightly. The lack of a overhang or lip is a poor design for a vehicle touted as "rugged/out-door-see". Road noise in wet weather is also almost unbearable"

Jim T., VA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Window seal leaks both sides"

Stephen P., ON (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"In 2018 I had to bring it in to replace the right rear bearing. In 2019, I had to bring in for the left rear bearing. Both time the bearings produced annoying sounds at highway speeds."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I just answered that in the question about wind noise"

Anonymous, DE (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Weather stripping around the doors and windows allowing wind noise when driving the car"

Bruce K., AZ (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"loose heat shield, simply tacked back into place for free by local garage"

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Something is the dashboard is rattling."

Anonymous, IN (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"car made thumping noise when driving; on very rainy day on highway, car nearly spun out but I thought it was just bad conditions. several days later, sound was louder and my neighbor noticed something dragging underneath and got under the car and was able to pull off a large piece of plastic that guards the underside. the major noise stopped but fortunately during initial COVID, I got in to dealership and they reattached it, saying it is very expensive to replace! But they didn't care about continuing noise. On next visit, dealership found noise-surprising?-and said it was wheel bearings"

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Impreza Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Vibration at passenger side windshield pillar"

Wendy M., WA (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This car has had a rattle in the front passenger dash area since it was new. It is dependent up on the temperature"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"rattle in dash. Dealer has mostly fixed this problem"

Terry G., CO (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear hatch doesn't close tightly. Not really an issue, just rattles a bit"

D L., NH (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"random small rattles"

Anonymous, SK (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeaks and rattling around the dash area that we can get resolved"

Bruce K., AZ (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"On a front wheel - something rusted."

Steven C., PA (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Went to the dealer six or more times. It was a creaking from the windshield area. Have sold the car since"

David J., NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"some squeaks from paneling near front driver post. wedged a piece of rubber between post and dash and it stopped"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattling in the dash area. Repaired under warranty"

Bryon H., CA (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"multiple intermittent rattles and vibrating noises coming from different parts of the dash. Dealer has worked to locate source and eliminate these with minimal success"

Paul J., AZ (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"rattles inside dashboard"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Repeated rattles around a pillars. Have had to have fixed twice already. Rattle in roof console. Rattle around radio that subaru has been unable to fix even after several days in the shop. This is the rattliest car I have ever driven"

Michelle S., CA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The dashboard speakers rattle"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The right side post on the windshield has rattled since we bought the car. They replaced the post and it made it worse. It basically rattles and vibrates all the time and Subaru has not responded to. My complaints"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a rattle the dealer identified as a loose item near the glove box"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"small rattle front dash only when very cold working with dealer to find cause"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Very noisy in general at highway speeds."

Mark L., IL (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"You didn't include a category for ROAD noise so I'll address that and wind noise. Road Noise: This car experiences so much road noise that I bought sheet insulation & installed it everywhere I could access. Wind Noise: While there is wind noise, it is not as annoying as the road noise. The combination of the the above makes the car uncomfortable to drive. The radio has to be turned up to hear it over the noise at highway speeds."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Fit is sloppy around driver side door and window. Dealer said every thing looks good."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Stupid question. A wind noise is the noise the wind makes around a window when you drive, in this case it comes from the driver's side small window"

Anonymous, DE (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It's not just wind. The car is noisy"

Robert S., NH (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes the wind noise gets really loud. So loud that it's hard to hear the radio. In order to help the noise problem I bought & installed some sheet insulation and placed it wherever I could."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It is just a bit noisy when driving"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The care is noisy particularly at highway speeds. It is difficult to use the phone on the car's blue tooth if on the highway"

Paul P., NJ (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The Subaru Impreza is an excellent car in every respect EXCEPT The road noise is very loud. The radio must be turned up significantly while driving and immediately turned down when coming to a stop"

Anonymous, NV (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car is extremely noisy on the highway and the bluetooth option for hands off cell phone calling is unUSble. Car would not be comfortable, noise-wise, for long trip"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"There is excessive wind noise. I'm told this issue was addressed in the 2015 models"

Tammy M., VA (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"wind and road noise very loud at highway speed"

David R., BC (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-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

"The battery in the car runs low a lot and the 12V plug has stopped working altogether."

Kristin B., WA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Body control module

"Shut down and needed replacement"

Anonymous, VT (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"for 2 yrs + check engine light will come on and loose of cruise control and traction control then will disappear in a few hours or some times days. Dealer is unable to figure out the problem."

Anonymous, AK (2013 Subaru Impreza Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Recall for brake light issue, not repaired yet."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Tail lamp bulbs frozen into their sockets. Had to be broken and removed in pieces to get replaced."

Anonymous, NV (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"the blasted brake lights keep going out. Extremely frustrating"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake light switch failed so that brake lights, ABS, VSC, traction control were non-functional"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Tail light bulb replaced twice"

Bill G., GA (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Tail lights failed (not just bulbs)"

Anonymous, ME (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear Brake Light Failed"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"brake light switch went out of adjustment and prevented the car from being driven by locking the (automatic) gear shift in park."

Anonymous, CO (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"While driving oil light came on, no issues with oil when checked, went off. Later in the day 5 other dashboard alerts went on with no actual impacts to car operation. Looks remained illuminated for 3 days, but when I took it in there was no record of any problems on the computer."

Anonymous, WY (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Headlight bulbs have blown out twice since I bought the car. It's only a few years old and seems as if light bulbs don't last. Expensive repair required at the dealer due to design that makes it very difficult to replace bulbs ourselves"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights burn out quickly"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Over the course of six months both front headlights went out. They were replaced."

Nicholas R., VA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights wear out farr too quickly"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"Drivers sideseat heating not working for past 4 years."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Subaru Impreza Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Horn

"Not working - won't work when pressing."

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"On occasion, the overhead light would go on after getting out of the car and leaving it. This drained the battery to the extent the car wouldn't crank the next morning. When the battery was jumped and the overhead light switch was reset, everything was OK again. I never figured out why the overhead light switch got turned on by itself. It may have been by me mistakenly brushing against it. Not a huge problem but mysterious."

Anonymous, ME (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The interior lights work, however, the display is red, which is difficult to see at twilight. It is also difficult for people with red/green color blindness. We cannot imagine why Subaru would choose red over white or another bright color"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire pressure warning light always lights up regardless of sufficient pressure. Was told it could be replaced for over $100. Not worth it!"

Anonymous, NH (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It seems like this comes on even when the tire pressure is normal. So then we have to go get it checked and there's hardly ever a problem."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Tire pressure monitor light is on constantly with only 15000 miles on the car. Dealer says it is not a warranty item and it is costly to replace."

Tom R., TN (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
USB port

"Fuse blew"

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Impreza Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Bad Brake light switch. Replaced 3 time."

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Same as for tire pressure valve system above."

Anonymous, NH (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Windshield wiper fluid warning light comes on for no reason, especially when going over railroad tracks. It stays on for a while and then goes off. We doublecheck fluid levels all the time and there's no problem with them. Would have to replace entire fluid reservoir to replace the sensor."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"the tire pressure light came on during an extreme cold spell. i corrected the tire pressure but the light would not go out."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Shortly after we purchased this used car from a Subaru dealer, the wiper motor failed. We replaced the motor at our expense."

David H., NH (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-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

"The front bumper developed a crack and has come loose from the rest of the body. The costrs are $1200 to fix, so we have not yet done this - but it still functions fine."

G P., ON (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The front facia of the car (plastic) ripped for the second time to a degree that it had to be replaced. We live in far northern NY, so the winters are severe. Ice and snow build up around the facia, causing it to tear. Eventually the rip will endanger the structural integrity of the front end."

Richard T., NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The front bumper, and now the rear bumper have been coming off. The plastic is not holding together well, after 8 years."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Subaru Impreza Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The trim around the fog light actually fell off. This is the second time that has happened on the passenger side. So far no other issues"

Joel B., ID (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"TOO MUCH plastic and not enough support... it's falling off"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"the fog light covers are very loosely applied. I have had the right front fall off 4 times when exposed to very light bumps(e.g. snowbank).I was unable to locate it twice so total new replacement was twice. Also, the front fender hangs very low and can bump on a curb , so is easily cracked. pain tis thinly applied on body underneath doors, so I have rust along that line"

Anonymous, NH (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The casings around the fog lights keep popping off and the front grill came off"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Bumper cover, metal body panels, and paint are all cheap. Bumper cover cracks easily. Body panels dent easily. Paint is thin."

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"a trim piece surrounding one of the front bottom lights has fallen off 4 or 5 times, mainly from scraping against snowbanks. The piece has been lost twice and had to be replaced"

Jerome L., RI (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"0NE DRIVING LIKE FELL OUT TWICE TtHIIRD TIME THE LIGHT WA LOST LOWER FRONT PANEL PULLED LOOSE ON THREE OCCASIONS"

Thomas D., CT (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Left side lower rocker molding was loose and coming off body. Was repaired at expense of Subaru"

Mark W., VA (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The lower fascia on the passenger side has come loose. This is on the Limited Sport edition. The car has lower body molding below the doors and between the front and rear wheels. It has come loose"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"bumper shield on left and right front side over the wheels comes off easily and doesn't stay in place when it's snapped back in"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Impreza)

"Fake fog light housing fell off"

Joe M., NH (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"plastic place holders for fog lights have fallen out, running board below doors is dented, front "skirt"(name?) doesn't stay clicked in and so it's hanging"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"A piece holding on the mud flap on the front right wheel well fell off. It was easily popped back into place. I resent so much of my car being plastic"

Anonymous, VT (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Everything in the dash and door makes noise. Front speaker covers both rattle. The cargo cover in the hatch had to be removed because it was so noisy"

Tammy M., VA (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Within a year of purchasing the vehicle, quarter-sized paint peels (flaky, to-the-primer, spots) appeared in several places. The car was garaged, yet the dealer claimed it was from "outside influences".. yet my 2004 Ford Explorer which sat right next to it didn't have this problem. This has continued to increase in areas on the roof and hood; the paint seems very thin and weak"

Jim T., VA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on the hood of my car has chipped a lot in the center and is much more than should be expected for a car of this age."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"After less than a year, paint began to come off in half-dollar sized bits at various spots. Dealer said it was caused by external conditions. Paint was obviously thin and poorly applied and has continued to separate at other spots. This car is parked right next to my 2004 Explorer which doesn't show any similar problems."

Jim T., VA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The hood of the car has numerous paint chips, presumably from road rocks and dust at highway speed"

Anonymous, MT (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint defect from the factory"

D F., NC (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Bird droppings ate right through the paint to the bare steel in three locations on the car's body. Subaru offered to cover the expense of repainting the vehicle in those locations. Repairs would have cost $482 otherwise"

Mark W., VA (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Very thin-coated paint just peeled off in half-dollar-size spots in four areas. Dealer said there was nothing they could do. Very disappointing"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"at 21,00 miles, because of numerous chips on the hood and front panels, we had to have the front hood completely stripped and repainted, the the side panels redone. this was all covered by the waranty.The hood continues to have chips in the new paint"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"dealer drilled holes for licence plate and paint started cracking in behind the plate after installation took it back and dealer denied their fault seems to be a regular answer from this dealer"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Paint peeled and rusted in a small spot on edge of hood."

Anonymous, ME (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust under the chrome trim above license plate. Can only be seen when the trunk is open and you look under where the license plate lights are"

Raymond F., ON (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Minor areas of rust on bottom edge of trunk lid. This area is not exposed when the trunk is closed"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-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

"Dealer performed alignment in Arizona ( I think improperly) and my front tires wore unevenly with chunks of rubber coming off the tire during a cross country trip. A new alignment from a different dealer, this time in Detroit and new tires seems to have fixed this issue"

Kevin D., AZ (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"took three trips to the dealer to get the car to track straight. it would pull to the right very bad. the electric power steering module went out at 23000 miles. lost power steering at 60mph!! the power steering actually worked against you. almos"

Benjamin H., PA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"We did the 60K dealer-tune and they did not properly catch ball joint degradation. They repaire/replaced for free after we escalated the issue."

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Heard a sound while driving. Took it to the dealer who diagnosed the problem. Replacement fixed it."

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Right front ball joint had a little play when I went in to the dealer for general checkup. I had this replaced. Noticed handling improved after the replacement."

Anonymous, QC (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Rear struts required replacement; dealer replaced them immediately after their failure was discovered"

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"one strut had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Have to replace rear struts due to leaking"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"subtle rattle noise for several months that dealer could not fix, three trips finally resolved broken strut that I told them was likely issue all along"

Michael G., PA (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"a clunking noise noted in following condition: backing up out of a parking space, then making a sharp turn while going forward. Took 3 times or more trips to dealer to locate problem. A front strut mount was finally replaced and the clunk went awa"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"The power steering rack had to be replaced last year. It was/t covered by warranty. The repair cost about $1,000."

Richard T., NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise and trouble with smooth steering in L front steering linkage took multiple attempts to diagnose and repair. Important addendum- had chronic oil leak in first year requiring multiple visits to dealer, much stalling and BS until finally admitting major engine issue and replacing engine."

Anonymous, GA (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Wow, this was an expensive repair. The steering rack had to be replaced. I've never had to replace that on any car we ever owned. At 65000 miles I was less than pleased."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering wheel locked up while pulling out of the driveway. I had just had the car serviced the week before and was told I need new tires immediately. I got the tires and then had this problem. I was concerned about maybe it had something to do with the tires since I bought them elsewhere. I took back into Subaru service and they said they would run the diagnostics again. 30 minutes later they told me they had to replace the steering system completely. However, I had the extended warranty and it"

Linda B., OK (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"I drive on dirt roads. They are muddy in the spring. They are bumpy most all the time. This spring my car vibrated at 40 -60 mph. My garage said it was dirt in the wheels and flushed it out"

Anonymous, VT (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Had to replace rack and pinion steering and tie rods as well as axle and struts"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"The tires have been wearing unevenly for a while. At one point the inner portion of the tread was completely gone, but because the visible portion of the tire looked OK, it was not evident until the tire blew out. The dealer has tried to fix this on more than a couple of occasions, but I seem to keep burning through tires."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When you take your car to the same dealership you bought it I think that proves your loyalty. It also means that I can rely on the fact that they are responsible for reporting situations before they become critical. I was told my tires were critical on the next visit after they had been good 3000 miles prior. This happened the week before Christmas and this dealership knows I drive for Uber and Lyft. So I bought new tires. The very next week I had to take my car back in because of steering issue"

Linda B., OK (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"at about 25,000 the original tires looked "chewed up" in words of the dealer's mechanic. I replaced tires with new Bridgestone tires and had car aligned"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"The right front bearing was damaged under normal usage. Making loud noise and vibration. The hub assembly was replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Right front bearing was broken, making loud noise and was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"alerted to the problem due to increase in noise. problem was confirmed by dealer and independent mechanic"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"A rear wheel bearing became noisy and needed to be replaced"

Nicholas P., WA (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"At first I though it was just the winter tires making noise, but when I changed them to my all seasons the noise was still there. I had to have the front wheel bearings replaced."

Anonymous, QC (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Required replacement of rear wheel bearings at about 100000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The road noise was getting progressively worse. We thought it was the tires. There was no difference with new tires. I mentioned it to Subaru service when I got oil changes. They gave me some yack yack about the original tires being softer and therefore quieter. During the state inspection at a Lincoln dealer (near my work), they noticed the noise (without me saying anything about the road noise) when they drove the car into their bays and informed us that the R rear bearing was going bad. Our independent mechanic confirmed the bearing and discovered the L was also failing. He replaced both for just under $600. the Lincoln dealer quoted $500 for just one. The car is much quieter. At least a rear passenger can hear the radio or driver talking. I'm annoyed Subaru couldn't figure this out. They had to have heard how loud the car was when they drove it in for the the oil change. Don't get me started on the oil light...... Subaru can't seem to figure that out either."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Wheel bearing replaced. Became loud"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-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 would burn the CD's erasing the tracks"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"CDs skip far too easily"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"Depending on the time of day, sometimes it is impossible to read the Display screen. I spoke to the dealer about this, and they were unable to solve the problem"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"There are times when the display screen freezes and Im unable to access any sound service. Usually resolves next time I'm in the car"

Carol N., NM (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"When connecting to my iPhone via USB, skipping songs via the steering wheel/dash buttons often doesn't work, and will e.g. skip back to the beginning of a playlist."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"No longer automatically pairs with cell phone, so don't use the feature."

Anonymous, ME (2013 Subaru Impreza Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The navigations system directs you incorrectly in certain locations. It is specific to the system in this year's model since I test drove some newer models of the same vehicle to see if the same problem existed, but those worked fine."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This system is unreliable! On trips it will often route you on detours from the programmed route for no apparent reason. Map & program updates are yearly, should be quarterly. Smartphone map programs such as Google Maps much more reliable"

S K., CO (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The entire thing is a road hazard. Hard to see, hard to program, and dangerous to use. You can't use a touch screen and drive safely. This is true of the radio and the navigation system. I use my iPhone mounted next to the steering wheel"

Richard N., MA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"In 2015, the Bluetooth pairing became intermittent. In 2018, it stopped working completely in the spring. In the fall, the USB connection also stopped functioning. Then the radio started having issues maintaining a connection. I finally gave up and bought a new stereo head, and now have a system that works the way that my Subaru's built-in stereo was supposed to work."

Scott K., CA (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The factory-installed stereo system on my Impreza was a piece of garbage. Within two years, the ability to pair via Bluetooth stopped, so I switched to using the USB connection. Three years later, the USB bus also stopped working. Last year, I removed the factory-installed stereo head and replaced it with a Sony, and discovered that not only was my phone working fine, but that the audio quality provided by the factor-installed stereo was TERRIBLE compared to what the speakers could produce. It would be great if Subaru would invest the extra $100 required to put a decent stereo in its cars."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"it craps out sometimes and you have to restart the car. it's a nuisance issue but consistent."

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Impreza Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth pairing and even the ability to delete paired phones stopped working. Subaru replaced the entire navi/bluetooth unit at no charge. So they stood behind it"

Beck W., MD (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The pairing is erratic and sometimes it will pair and sometimes it won't. I cannot always fix it"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Routinely drops pairing with iPhone 5c and iPhone 8. Only way to fix is to turn vehicle (not just stereo) off and back on again. I have not had issues pairing either of these devices with numerous rental cars. Also, with new iPhone 8, there does not seem to be a way to have the phone interrupt non-bluetooth audio with directions."

Scott K., VA (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth does not easily connect with either iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. Usually requires 10 or more attempts and in some cases I just give up."

Christopher P., PA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Will not keep phones paired. Dealer paired phones and they stayed paired for one day. Now not able to pair at all."

Peter S., IL (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The Bluetooth pairing is extremely inconsistent. I have iPhone 5. Car usually pairs, but often drops out the audio mid-trip even though the phone remains "paired." The only workaround that seems to work is turning the car all the way off, then on"

Scott K., VA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Road noise interferes with the sound quality when using the car microphone to speak to others"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Unable to pair samsung s4. Unable to retrieve messages from phone.. Bluetooth microphone on car system needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"car will not connect with my iphone 6. dealer says nothing an be done. that it is an iphone issue"

Benjamin H., PA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"It wont hold a station..so I have to manually scroll through"

Carol N., NM (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"There was a faulty light for check engine and it caused my cruise control to not work. There was nothing wrong with the engine. It happened three times before they changed it out. They kept saying I needed to tighten my gas cap to solve it"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"The voice control won't recognize my voice. I ask it to call someone and it dials someone else in my contacts. I gave up on using it and ask my smart phone Siri to make calls for me."

Anonymous, WV (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-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)

"ABS sensors failed, had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"Somewhat suddenly, the brakes began to make a horrible screeching sound when applied. The car still stopped satisfactorily. This went on for a few days until I got it into a mechanic. I was advised that it was not safe to drive. Front calipers, rotors, disc brake pads and hoses were all replaced."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When I brought the car in for the left rear bearing, I also had the state inspection. During the inspection the dealer told me that I needed a new caliper, rotors, and brake pads. The caliper had a faulty (sticking) slip pin. I'm thinking to myself that if it's a dealership, they should have the knowledge and parts, in house, to repair it. When the service agent told me it would be $1,450.00 + tax, I told him to put it back together and I brought it to a Auto Repair Chain I use and had the job done for less than $500.00, including tax."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Rotors and pads after5 years is very good"

Bill D., PA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes and rotors tend to wear out quickly."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"it seems that the brakes wore out quickly. This may be due to the fact that my son and daughter drove this vehicle"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes began to groan and I made an appointment within a week, but still had to replace pads and rotors. Seems to me I should have had more warning that the brake pads were going so I would not have had to replace rotors as well."

Anonymous, NH (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"all brakes had to replaced due to normal ware at 59500 miles"

Chris M., MA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed all brakes replaced due to wear"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"With only 28,000 miles, the vehicle needed new brakes and rotors. This seemed extremely premature, and the dealership would not cover the repairs under warranty."

Anonymous, MN (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brakes repaired/replaced at 32,000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car needed new brakes with only 24000 miles when it was under 3 years old"

Chris G., PA (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes had to be replaced at 43000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brake pads disintegrate after 25000 miles, and destroy rotors. I have been told this is because I drive a small fraction of the time on a dirt road."

Gillian T., NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Front brake rotors needed resurfacing at only 43,000 miles due to bad wear pattern."

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to replace my rear brake pads and rotors at 37,000 miles - 1,000 passed the warranty - Subaru would not give me any warranty credit, so I had them fixed at my usual shop"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"Vibration started due to brake wear of the rear brakes, it was distracting when stopping at lights."

Tina P., WA (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"warped disks caused vibration"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes wore prematurely and needed to replace rotors too"

Chris G., PA (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I just mentioned having to replace my rear pads and rotors at 37,000. There is no way rotors should have to be replaced at this low mileage"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Squeaking has been happening since new brakes installed over a month ago, dealer says it is normal but it is loud."

Tina P., WA (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Likely just normal brake wear after 3 years/60k+ miles"

Anonymous, ME (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-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

"Vehicle recall."

Anonymous, RI (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Altrnator belt failed at 27000 miles. Dealer blamed a mouse!"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

"Twice I had had issues with check engine and other lights coming on and multiple visits to the dealership to find the problem."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine refused to follow the accelerator pedal. It would move at about 5 mph and ignored the pedal. Check Engine light came on with the torque to the wheels light. Tried turning off engine and restating with no problem resolution. Left it sit in garage for a few hours and the engine started and ran normally with no check engine light. Concerned about when that will happen again. Diagnostic code was P2138. Has not reoccured."

Ralph F., WA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"engine is very noisy and idles rough."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine rattled loud when first started after sitting overnight or for a long period of time. Problem ended up being bad engine bearings"

Anonymous, ID (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Engine wasn't installed properly and the oil leaked out"

Kristin B., WA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil consumption test was performed by dealer and it resulted in replacement of small block. Covered by dealer."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This car I believe was the first engine to utilize synthetic oil and the engine continues to leak oil. The dealer says it normal but the check engine lamp will illuminate at 7500 miles past an oil change. Subaru dealer does not see any problems. We keep a quart of oil in the trunk waiting for the amber lamp to appear."

Anthony J., IN (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to add oil routinely at frequency much greater than manufacturer guidance. Despite repeat visits, dealer service never identified leak location or problem."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine was burning oil, and the dealer ended up doing engine work to correct the problem. It's still burning or leaking oil, but at a slower rate."

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"We are in the middle of an engine seal test to find out if the head gasket will need to be replaced or if Subaru will have to give us a new engine. If it's the head gasket we will probably not keep the car."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Smell of burning oil. Found out from dealer that many locations in engine were leaking. Timing chain cover, valve covers etc. Required pulling engine and 3 days with loaner vehicle. This was just after a recall for valve spring replacement."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I have to add 1/2" quart every 3000 miles"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This is really just a byproduct of the head gasket problem"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"My vehicle appears to burn oil at a rate close to that which Subaru stated was a problem. Just under 2 litres per 8000 kms. Subaru dealership does not seem invested in determining this issue, I believe"

Anonymous, MB (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Burning quart of oil every 5000 miles and love oil warning light coming on. Two subaru dealers say this is normal"

Tim F., OH (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Required me to add oil more often then usual; not a major issue though"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The oil light keeps going on. Sometimes just days after an oil change, sometimes 100s of miles later. the first time I brought it in,Subaru did a oil consumption test after they changed a valve or thing that looked like a foam pencil grip. it was a quick fix and it seemed to work. then it went on again after a few hundred miles after an oilchange. It is very inconvenient to keep going to Subaru service for the consumption test, the car is driven 400+ miles a week, and we can't just go back in 1000 miles for them to scratch their heads and tell us to add oil when the light goes on. We've done that twice (we missed the mileage once or twice and had to start over). Where is the oil going?"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Not sure it's a leak, but the engine consistently needs additional oil to be added, in between oil changes. - approximately 1 quart every 2 or 3 weeks."

Adam H., NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is not leaking oil but using oil. It's using more than 2 quarts of oil per oil change. The dealer is looking at it now but is saying that it is "normal" for this engine to use oil"

Paul P., NJ (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-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

"not working"

Anonymous, RI (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"AC needed freon recharge"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Multiple refrigerant leaks in the system. Replaced condenser for crack and compressor for operational failure."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch on Ac compressor had to be replaced. Previous subaru seemed to have AC problems too."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C stopped working. The compressor needs to be replaced. The repair is very expensive and I'm not going to fix it."

Anonymous, MN (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"air conditioning didn't work.....fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Not yet replaced but soon, very loud and whining"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The blower fan to the heat and air conditioning system would not work. It took 3 trips to the dealer to fix it. Each trip was 120 miles round trip for us to drive to dealer and back plus hours of waiting time each time we went"

Bill F., IL (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"In October of November there was a terrible noise coming from the blower when the heater was on - it sounded like the motor was going out. The service department told me that there was debris in the filter and replaced it. The sound like the motor"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"Crack in condenser causing leak required replacement."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"the refrigerant was leaking from the evaporator"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Evaporator needed replacing recently."

James R., FL (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Driverside seat stopped working after two years."

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"The heater is horrible on this car. It blows cold air on your feet even when set to just blow hot air"

Robert S., NH (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Poorly designed - doesn't actually blow air toward the feet; dealer says it meets mfr specs. Also takes a very long time to warm up - 7 minutes"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"When the need for air conditioning arose last year and this year, I was required to add refrigerant and noticed this year that there is a leak at the joint of the compressor and the outflow tube."

Christopher P., PA (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Had to order the parts because manual transmissions are not common on this model. Had to leave the car for 3 days. They did not have a loaner available so I had to rent a car. Needed to rent an SUV with AWD due to the season being winter and the amount of snow in this area (and on my driveway). It was a VERY expensive repair. I have had 2 other manual transmission cars driven a total of close to 500,000 miles and I never had to replace a clutch before."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed new clutch at about 100,000 miles. Exact same thing happened with previous Subaru Impreza manual shift I had, at the same 100,000 miles."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"don't know the source of the problem, but car started lurching and making a grinding noise when in put in Reverse"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This was a recall. It went smoothly."

Andrea L., NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The CVT transmission became very noisy and was whining. The dealership determined that it needed to be replaced. The car has now gone through 3 transmissions under the same circumstances, the last 2 were during the last 14 months. Not at all impressed with the car's reliability, performance, or quality."

Anonymous, OR (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission valve body failed, causing unsafe condition"

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission died and car had to be towed to dealer"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission failure past 60 month warranty. After much complaining, they offered and I accepted $500 rebate of $2500 bill"

Stephen S., WI (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced once for a noise. Then, a month later, replaced again due to improper installation of the second transmission. They had omitted the final seal, causing a leak. Third CVT transmission seems to be holding for now"

Douglas E., PA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"CVT seal ruptured. This is a non-maintainable item that necessitated CVT replacement"

Anonymous, NH (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"We took the Impreza to the Subaru dealer in March for an unrelated minor issue. We were told the "technician hears a noise which indicates the transmission is about to fail". They claimed we needed a new transmission even though the car was running fine. Estimated cost: $7500. Naturally, we were skeptical, but we have friends who own the same year Impreza, and their transmission DID fail and was replaced while still under warranty. Rather than seek a second opinion, we traded the car in fo"

David T., NH (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission valve body failure. Needed to be replaced. In previous years we have had to have the transmission seals replaced."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission developed an unusual noise, so we took it to a local Subaru dealer who determined that the transmission needed to be replaced under warranty coverage. No charge to us"

Michael B., NJ (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It started making a whining noise. It was on the east coast. My wife drove it back and the dealership took it in. Subaru warranty said just replace it and don't open it at all"

Gregory R., CA (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-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

"Right rear wheel bearing replaced. 4700 miles later replaced again.front left ball joint replaced, 2000 miles later, needs to be replaced again. Premature wear and replaced rear brake pads and rotors.problem with fuel door release cable---1st time tried to oil it, 2nd time replaced it, 3rd time rework to remove rear seat belt tucked behind panel after gas door cable was replaced. Shifter cable broke and replaced.---both fuel door release cable and shifter cable are routed under car and easily corode. (PPD) Piss poor design.i have been nickele and dimeing the car in the last 8 months."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Differential

"Had to replace twice this past twelve months"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Vehicle was subject to Subaru recall for defective valve springs"

Jennifer E., NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It was hard to tell if the noise coming from the right, rear axle was actual, or the noises from the road and wind. Turns out, it needed an axle bearing. This was possibly caused by laying idle for a couple of months for the past two years."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"i had to have the rear wheel bearings replaced twice since i owned the car"

Anonymous, UT (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The wheel bearing broke, needed replacing"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"dashboard controls replacedc"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Traction control

"its related to the first problem. when check engine light comes on, loose speed and traction control."

Anonymous, AK (2013 Subaru Impreza Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transfer case

"Thought this might be related to the valve body assembly."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-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

Alternator

"stopped working, needed replacement, battery too"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery stopped working unexpectedly. Car wouldn't start. I thought it would last longer, based on how long the first battery lasted."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"needed replacement as part of alternator failure"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Completely dead battery today!"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Battery cables

"My car was just over 2 years old when the service department told me there was corrosion on one of the battery cables and they needed to clean it, spray it with some sort of anti-corrosion material and put a felt pad under the bolt"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Engine harness

"I don't know if this is a problem or not, when I take the car to the dealer for a complimentary oil change, they tell me about this or that, but when I take the car to my trusted, independent, intelligent and well-trained, professional mechanic (brother-in-law) he says there isn't a problem"

A Y., FL (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"car would not start-towed to dealer-took day and half to find problem"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Ignition switch

"Frequently have to turn the key for 5-15 seconds to get the car to start. Sometimes it doesn't start at all, and I have to wait a few minutes and try again. My mechanic spent an hour on it, and diagnosed the problem: it's a Subaru."

Scott K., CA (2013 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"Impreza regulars requires 10-12 revolutions before it starts. Subaru stated a software update would fix. $80 later problem persists"

Anonymous, MB (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-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

Glass defects

"I recently found my front windshield cracked--no stones or pebble kick up during driving. Just there one day"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Hood latch won't close"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"the rear hatch is tempermental. it requires several tries to make the indicator light turn off. When I took it to the dealer early in our ownership, it was working fine and they couldn't find the problem. I wish the indictor light would show which"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The hydraulic part that slides when the hatch is opened rusted and snapped off."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Both hydrolic arms supporting the back hatch failed at about 80000 miles. This was also a first and also expensive."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Minor corrosion on lower edge of trunk lid. This area is not exposed when the trunk is closed"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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