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Alerts
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.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2019 Subaru Impreza has been recalled 3 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Suspension
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Exhaust
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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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 2019 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

"Fails to stay connected using for navigation with Waze/Goggle maps is very poor, will not stay connected, even in urban areas"

Bill H., TN (2019 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"unexpectedly disconnects"

Anonymous, PA (2019 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Apple CarPlay

"Intermittent issue with CarPlay connection. It does not always work despite repeated trips to dealership to address it. I give up."

Anonymous, ON (2019 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"The display screen will periodically go blank and reset."

Anonymous, (2019 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"All 2019 Subaru models (but not all of the cars) kept losing their preset radio stations. Subaru developed a software fix but didn't inform anyone. When I mentioned the problem to my local Subaru shop, they said, "Oh, yes, we have a fix for that." And they did, free of charge."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The channel presets would vanish after a while. Reset many times and would always vanish after a week or so. A software update fixed this."

Anonymous, MD (2019 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"I was not able to connect to Starlink consistently without a software update applied at the dealer. It was done relatively quickly."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Subaru Impreza 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

"AC probably has a leak. It has been fixed once but has the problem again and needs to be checked."

Anonymous, MA (2019 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor failed one month after purchase. Was repaired by dealer under warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"After two months the pressure sensor connection cracked, leaking all refrigerant in liquid line from condenser to the evaporator. It happened in the middle of SUMMER!!!"

Anonymous, (2019 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Four months after purchase, a refrigeratant developed. Was repaired by dealer under warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Subaru Impreza 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

"Neither Key fob would lock or unlock the car. Intermittent problem. I have not yet taken to the dealer."

Christopher C., NC (2019 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"After driving a 2003 Corolla for so many years, it took me time and effort to learn how to respond to all the electronic lights and controls. But I've been satisfied with the results of my effort."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Subaru Impreza 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

Fuel injection system

"There was one faulty injector that dealer and corporate had difficulty resolving. Dealer and factory reps were pleasant and through during vehicle down time and provided a comparable vehicle during down time."

Fred D., CA (2019 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Problem(s) fueling the tank

"The fuel fill door cap allows rain water to get inside. It accumulated on the inside and then froze the door shut. It took a great deal of effort, sunshine and a plastic knife to reopen the fuel filler door."

Anonymous, NY (2019 Subaru Impreza Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Clutch started slipping and failed"

Anonymous, (2019 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

Body Integrity

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

Drive System

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

Exhaust

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

Paint/Trim

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

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.

Engine Cooling

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

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.

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.

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
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Apr 16, 2020
If the low pressure fuel pump fails, the engine may stall without the ability to restart the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2019 Impreza, Outback, Legacy, and Ascent vehicles. The low pressure fuel pump may become inoperative.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the low pressure fuel pump, free of charge. The recall began June 4, 2020. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WRD-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: 20V218000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 188207
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
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