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There are 3 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 2018 Subaru Impreza owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Android Auto

"The Android Auto system does not always detect my phone when it is connected. And connecting my phone requires that I always approve bluetooth connections on my phone (no functionality limit, but annoying). Finally, when I turn the car off after using Android Auto the radio always comes on."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The system is unreliable, working most of the time, but freezing or not working at all intermittently. Dealer has offered to replace the unit if problem persists."

Anonymous, CT (2018 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The phone connectivity works sometimes. I get some calls with the Bluetooth. It is random. the dealer is really not familiar with androidl It's an iphone world. I just use my phone for gps."

Anonymous, CT (2018 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Android Auto spontaneously disconnects and reconnects. This is not usually an issue when the car is parked with the engine not running. It does not appear to be related to a specific phone, Android version, or USB cable. This issue has not been acknowledged by Subaru as a problem, which is very frustrating. I actually bought the Subaru over a Toyota Corolla IM because the Toyota didn't have Android Auto. This is very frustrating."

Scott M., NY (2018 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Typically, the car needs to be running for 15 min before I activate Android Auto or else it does not operate properly resulting in phone's music not able to be played. Mostly, not always, resolved once car is driven for 15-20 min."

Anonymous, CT (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I needed instructions to work it out."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Apple CarPlay

"Takes too long to connect. Often does not connect at all."

Ronald C., IL (2018 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Interface is balky, not operating or just slow to engage"

Fred R., NY (2018 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Did not work as delivered. Firmware update finally helped and later there was a recall."

Stephen J., TX (2018 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"At times, it won't recognize the plugged in iphone and does not launch Apple Car Play."

Anonymous, CO (2018 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Occasionally CarPlay does not initialize properly when starting the car; generally when the sequence of plugging in phone, starting car engine, and putting car into gear is done rapidly. Bluetooth still works even if CarPlay doesn't connect, and it's a rare problem that is largely solved by not rushing when starting the car."

Anonymous, MD (2018 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"Sometimes a few minutes after starting the car, the display screen has to restart. This is very inconvenient if it is while backing up since I can't use the backup screen. There was a recall fix for this issue, but it hasn't solved the problem."

H D., NY (2018 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Failure to pair"

Fred R., NY (2018 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"stopped connecting to phones. update fixed the problem"

David V., NY (2018 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"the screen froze trying to initialize the radio stations. there were other problems of which some were fixed under warranty. The car is going back in for service tofix the remaining problems"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"No CD player in car so I used an iPod shuffle. It kept acting weird, skipping songs, etc. I upgraded to an iTouch from Apple. Worked great for about 3 weeks and now cuts out, skips songs, changes songs mid song, or the car says no device connected when it is plugged in. Subaru says it is too new technology. That is crazy. I truly believe something is wrong with my bluetooth system in the car."

Anonymous, MN (2018 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Hardware replacement

"Amplifier needed replacement. Had to order it. Took two weeks to fix. Was under warranty."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"This intermittent problem caused my GPS to not connect to signal. It is intermittent."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Not all contacts will sync."

Anonymous, AL (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Told me my Android S6 was not tested and I needed a newer phone because every 3-4 weeks it cut out mid-call while I was talking to someone on the system. I bought an Android S9 which was tested. Worked great 3-4 weeks then dropped a call mid-conversation. When that happens the person can't call me back and I can't call them. Now after about 5 weeks, I turn off the car and the next day when I turn it on, the system says that I have no device connected. When I go to add device, it says it is connected. In order to get it to work, I have to disconnect and reconnect. I have taken it to the dealership and they cannot replicate this, so no repair done. Extremely frustrating. I need that to be able to accept and make calls during trips."

Anonymous, MN (2018 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"After plugging in my phone Android Auto does not function, my phone does not connect. I must disconnect and replug phone until it works."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"randomly would not pair. fixed by restarting and re-pairing bluetooth in phone and car."

Anonymous, (2018 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"It is impossible to prevent the radio from turning on when the car starts, even if it was left off. It is impossible to prevent the radio from turning on when you turn the car off, even if it was off before you stopped."

Ronald C., IL (2018 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio turns on automatically when car started. Sirius XM reception poor quality - constantly losing audio connection and cutting out"

Anonymous, NH (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio wil not truly turn off. Sometimes the display will turn black, sometimes not, but in all casese the sound volume is only as low as I set it. If I turn the volume up, the sound is already there and will go up. But worst of all, every time that I start the car, the radio comes on. The radio has been replaced by Subaru, but the problem remains. Also the radio sound is distorted -- it sound almost as if the antenna is not connected, but the antenna is connected. It is the worst radio that I have ever heard in a car. During the demo ride for the car, the salesman did not demonstrate the radio. I should have asked for a radio demo. The bad radio would have been a deal breaker if I had heard it, and had seen that it comes on every time that I start the car. I cannot believe that Subaru has not corrected this problem. They have had the problem for 2017 and 2018 Model Years."

Jon F., IN (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Unable to turn off. Must reduce volume to 0 instead."

Anonymous, AL (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittent multiple problems. 1. Unable to change radio station. 2. Unable to turn radio on. 3. No radio display on the screen but you can hear the radio in the background, the volume control does not work and unable to change the station."

Mark L., OH (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Unable to change radio station, radio does not turn on. display screen for radio is blank."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio reception is is extremely poor on AM and FM. Been in for repair 3 times and the shop tells me it is ok. I do not think they have a clue on how to check the reception."

Anonymous, CO (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Routine software updates

"Really the same issue as the head unit. A software update bricked it and a replacement was back-ordered for weeks."

James E., NY (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru performed a software update for Starlink but this did not fix the probelm"

Anonymous, NH (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"The so called update fix did not fix the most annoying and silly issue: The music (whatever the last source selected) always starts automatically when you start the car, no matter if the radio was OFF when you stopped it. However, it seems (so far) to have solved (or improved) some of the several other issues with this entertainment system."

Anonymous, QC (2018 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"issue with subwoofer after car was flooded. fixed by dealer"

David V., NY (2018 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"Sometimes when I use this it gets stuck and then I have no audio in the car until I turn off the engine and restart the car."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 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

"Beginning about 6 months after purchase, every time it rains hard or for an extended period, a lot of water comes from behind the glove compartment on the passenger side floor. At least two trips to the dealership has not fixed this issue. They claim it is either a blocked tube from the sunroof (doesn't logically make sense; this would cause a backup drip from the roof) or water from the AC (water leaking occurred in colder months; AC not in use). A recent trip to a different dealership diagnosed a faulty gasket and am waiting to see if that fixes it. If so, the gasket has been bad since purchase."

H D., NY (2018 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Climate control fan makes weird rattling noise at certain RPMs."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Eyesight housing rattled constantly. Dealer fixed it."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Climate control fan rattled."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"rattle in the overhead console had to be fixed twice"

Anonymous, CT (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"When rear window(s) are partially down, an alarming wind noise occurs. At times, it actually hurt my ears, it was so loud!"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Constant wind noise due to poor window seal that has not been fixed despite several attempts."

Anonymous, NY (2018 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

"Plastic molding around lower driver side light was missing after just a few days."

Margaret K., BC (2018 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"rattle in overhead section where the inside lights are located"

Anonymous, CT (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Minor cosmetic issue with windshield felt trim"

Anonymous, DE (2018 Subaru Impreza 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

Calipers

"When we would brake the car would make a squeaking noise and shudder. We took it into the dealer and they fixed it for free. turned out it was going to be a recall but we beat the mail"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Loud brake squeal that cannot be fixed. Also constant wind noise due to faulty window seal."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"it was caused by the caliper problem"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Subaru Impreza 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

"Glass had visual ripples in one part of the glass. Dealer replaced it under warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Glass seal on windshield came off and required complete replacement with a month wait."

Anonymous, CO (2018 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

Shocks or struts

"noisy from the front end, Subaru had to replace both front struts and the bushing mounts, and performed wheel alignment at approx. 41000 miles"

Anonymous, (2018 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"After sitting unused for about a month, when I began driving the car again it made a noise. I made an appointment for the service department to check the noise and they replaced the wheel bearings at no charge and the noise stopped."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-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)

"recall on the PCV valve - could fracture and fall apart - possibly within the engine, which could lead to engine damage"

Anonymous, (2018 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"The check engine light came on along with the eyesight disabled light. When this happens all safety features are disabled and the cruse control is disabled. Both times the problems resolved itself after 1 -2 days. Checked the gas cap both times and it was tight. I am taking the car to the Subara service department next week to see if they can find out what is causing the problem."

Mark L., OH (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 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

Blower (fan) motor

"it developed a high pitched whine noise and was replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2018 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

Electrical failure

"The failure was in some wire hub"

Marc-Katy S., CO (2018 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"constantly uses oil before you need to replace the oil and have to add at least a quart of oil before changing the oil."

Anonymous, (2018 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The engine started dying at stop lights and I suspected it was the transmission and it was."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Subaru Impreza Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Cooling fan

"Wife was driving and engine quit. Had it towed. Electric cooling fan had quit."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Subaru Impreza Unsure 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

Keyless entry

"1) The doors locked spontaneously and would not let the driver in or out"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

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
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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Apr 15, 2021
A short circuit in the ignition coils may cause a stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Subaru Impreza and 2018-2019 Crosstrek vehicles. The Engine Control Module (ECM) may continue to power the ignition coil after the engine is shut off, causing a short circuit.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will update the ECM software, replace the ignition coils and, if necessary, the front exhaust pipe, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed beginning June 1, 2021. Owners can contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WRE-21. Note: This recall includes all vehicles previously repaired under Recall 19V743.
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: 21V264000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 466205
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Oct 18, 2019
If a short circuit occurs while driving, the vehicle may stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Impreza and 2018-2019 Crosstrek vehicles. The Engine Control Module (ECM) may continue to power the ignition coil after the engine is shut off, which could result in a short circuit and blown fuse.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will update the ECM software and inspect and replace the ignition coil, as necessary, free of charge. In addition, on vehicles with confirmed ignition coil damage and a certain stored diagnostic trouble code (DTC), Subaru will replace the front exhaust pipe, free of charge. The recall began December 4, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WUQ-02.
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: 19V743000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 466205
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Oct 17, 2019
An unexpected loss of power while driving can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Impreza and 2018 Crosstrek vehicles equipped with an aluminum Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) valve. The PCV valve may come apart, allowing the separated components to enter the engine, possibly resulting in a loss of power while driving.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the PCV valve, free of charge. If the PCV valve has separated and the components cannot be found, the engine will be replaced, free of charge. The recall began December 2, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WUP-01.
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: 19V744000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 205000
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