2008 Subaru Impreza

2.5i AWD 4-Dr Sedan H4 man trans

2008 subaru impreza Reviews and News

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If there's one conclusion the Automobile Magazine office can collectively draw about the 2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i, it's this: it's no WRX.
Nor is it supposed to be. Long before racers bolted on turbochargers and stripped every non-essential piece from the car (making it a verifiable rally weapon), the Impreza was little more than a boring econobox - not the focal point of The Fast and The Furious.
Subaru may move more WRXs or STIs off the lots than base Imprezas, but in today's market - where folks are downsizing, looking for select features and finding the pursestrings are drawn tighter than before - there's room for the 2.5i model. At just a little more than $17,000, the Impreza offers an alluring equipment list.
The main highlight, of course, is Subaru's Symmetrical AWD system - a feature not found on most (if any) compact cars, let alone one at this price point. $17k will buy a Ford Focus that reads my text messages, a Civic with a split dashboard, or an Impreza that can go almost anywhere. True, most drivers will not use the system on a daily basis nor exhibit the need for four driven wheels on a daily driver. But for those in areas prone to nasty weather, it's a godsend - and one typically offered only on SUVs or expensive sedans.
For all intents and purposes, the AWD lets drivers experience the benefits of traction control without having to pay extra for it. We had the chance to launch our Impreza, equipped with the standard five-speed manual transmission, on some tricky dirt surfaces, including a washboard corner and some stretches of lose gravel. Where most cars would sit and spin their front wheels, the Impreza simply dug in, clawed through the predicament, and went on its way.
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The manual transmission, however, is something Subaru needs to work on. Sure, the shifts are long (again, it's not a WRX), but the Impreza begs for a tall sixth gear. The 2.5-liter boxer-four produces 170 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, enough to move the car along just fine in most driving scenarios. On the highway, however, the motor revs at close to 3200 rpm while cruising at 70 mph, helping to explain the Impreza's thirst for fuel. Fuji Heavy Industries predicts a 20/27 mpg city/highway rating, although I was seeing something closer to 23/27 mpg. That's better than expected, but it's not stellar - and it's certainly something a sixth cog would help.
Aside from its powertrain, there's little to draw attention to the Impreza - particularly on the exterior. The styling, all-new for 2008, isn't unattractive, but it won't steal the spotlight, either. While most of the exterior is shared between the sedan and hatchback models, the sedan gets rather frumpy aft of the rear doors. The LED taillights found on the hatchback are nowhere to be found, replaced by lights that, at best, are simply anonymous.
The interior is similarly inoffensive, but boring as well. Designers tried to liven things up with a colored band that appears to wrap across the dashboard, but our Impreza's interior was a sea of beige - beige plastics, beige cloth, beige headliner, beige flooring, etc. We're not asking for a SoHo lounge, but Subaru could stand to make the car's interior slightly more inviting.
That said, once inside, it's not uncomfortable. The seats are supportive for long hauls, while most controls are well positioned. Fit and finish for most surfaces is fine, but we're perplexed at the use of coarse plastics on the shift knob and steering wheel, the two places drivers touch most often.
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We're also scratching our head at a few other quirks in the Impreza's interior. Yes, it comes standard with power locks and windows, an MP3/WMA-compliant CD player, and side-curtain airbags, but rear cupholders, in addition to a rear armrest, only appear on higher trim levels. That's a shame, as there's plenty of space for rear-seat riders; why not give them some basic creature comforts so they can enjoy it?
We also have some complaints with the Impreza's suspension tuning. In the pursuit of daily-driver comfort, the 2.5i is very lightly sprung, which, over most broken Michigan road surfaces, delivers a smooth ride - and copious amounts of body roll. It's nothing too obtrusive in mild city driving, but in harder cornering, the car wallows.
Sure, a WRX, or even the new-for-2009 2.5GT, solves the suspension problem and adds the extra power of the turbocharged boxer four. However, will people looking for a basic Impreza stomach not only the extra cost of the trim package, but of the 91-octane fuel the turbo mandates? I'm not sure they will. Besides, so long as they make "it's not a WRX" a personal mantra, they'll find the Impreza 2.5i a competent compact car.
Powertrain
Engine: 2.5-liter horizontally-opposed four-cylinder
Horsepower: 170 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 170 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Transmission: Five-speed manual (opt. four-speed automatic)
Drive: All-wheel
Measurements:
L x W x H: 180.3 x 68.5 x 58.1 in
Legroom F/R: 43.5/ 33.5 in
Headroom F/R: 40.3/ 37.5 in
Trunk room: 11.3 cu. Ft.
Curb weight: 3064 lb
EPA Rating (city/highway): 20/27 mpg
Base price: $17,640
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If you'll forgive me for invoking a hallowed piece of genre-defining cinema, there's a moment in The Brady Bunch Movie that always tends to stick in my head. Jan Brady, the middle of three sisters, has grown mildly psychotic, and she's begun talking to herself. Her sister, Marcia, always seems to have the upper hand:
Jan (to herself): "She has every right to be mad; they are her socks. But why does Marcia get all the socks? Why does Marcia get all the trophies? Why does Marcia get all the good drawers?"
Jan (out loud): "Yeah, why does Marcia get everything? Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!"
The poor kid then proceeds to go more than a little nuts. (The next Jan line that the Internet Movie Database shows in its list of Brady quotes is, "Watch my head spin! Kill! Kill! KILL!") For the most part, this is easy to understand. Older, prettier, luckier Marcia gets all the credit, gets all the guys, and generally lives the life of a privileged hottie. Jan, on the other hand, mostly wears glasses, walks into walls, and gets treated like a retarded elephant.
This, in turn, brings me to the Mitsubishi Lancer and the Subaru Impreza. Yep, you read that right: I said Lancer and Impreza with nary a hint of the words "Evolution" or "STI". These are the forgotten sisters, the base-model Jan Bradys of the hot-turbo-rally-clone world. They don't have turbochargers, fancy big-bolstered seats, or massive multi-piston brakes. They have no rally pedigree. These cars are almost perpetually ignored by the media and the public at large, cursed as they are with low horsepower numbers and a lack of drama. They do not, to coin a phrase, get all the good drawers.
This doesn't mean that they're bad cars. It's actually quite the opposite. The Lancer and Impreza are two of the best small, sporting econoboxes on the market, and both of them share a heck of a lot with their more expensive, better-known siblings. You can read our individual reviews of each car here and here, but it's worth taking a look at the two cars side by side. Let's go point by point:
STYLING
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Impreza: You can be forgiven for thinking that it looks a lot like a Toyota Corolla. It does. The 2008 Subaru Impreza may be the least expensive all-wheel-drive sedan on the U.S. market today, but it's also the most obnoxiously styled. The corporate front grille, the high beltline, the narrow shoulders, and the gaudy trim-all of it combines into a look that screams "anonymous," rather than "cut-rate rally star." Subarus of the past used to wear their hearts on their sleeves, with chunky fenders, thin pillars, and frameless door glass. Now they're the perfect embodiment of a wholly anodyne goal: Subaru wants to emulate Toyota in both sales and national appeal, which means being a little bit of everything to everyone. It also means producing cars that have no distinguishing visual characteristics and no real emotion or soul to their lines.
(Note: The Impreza five-door/hatchback is a little more attractive than the sedan, but then, it looks exactly like another car that sells incredibly well-the Mazda 3.)
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Lancer: The Mitsubishi wins this one. The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer was designed from the ground-up to be evolved (if you'll excuse the pun) into the Lancer Evolution, and Mitsubishi's stylists also wanted to reflect some of the Evo's glory back onto the base car. It worked. From a distance, the Lancer Evo is virtually indistinguishable from the base Lancer, and up close, only bumper and trim differences, flared fenders, and a larger rear wing give the game away. The non-Evolution Lancer looks aggressive, modern, and fun all at the same time. You may miss the low beltline and fantastic visibility of the previous-generation Lancer/Lancer Evo, but it doesn't matter, because the car still looks great.
INTERIOR
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Impreza: Subaru focused heavily on reducing NVH and increasing interior refinement on the latest Impreza, and it shows. The fully framed windows cut wind noise, the seats are comfortable, and the dash and console plastics feel solid and well-crafted. It's a huge leap forward from the last-generation Impreza, where hard surfaces and tinny-sounding doors abounded. Granted, those things just tended to reinforce the idea that Subarus were rough-and-ready back-road strafers built for performance, not refinement, but you can't have it all. The navigation system is fiddly to use but otherwise works well, sight lines are reasonable, and the instrument cluster (complete with its prominently displayed tach) is nicely laid out. In all, the whole car is a very pleasant place to be.
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Lancer: When is better just not good enough? When it's the interior of a base Mitsubishi Lancer. The 2008 Lancer's insides are worlds ahead of anything Mitsubishi has offered in its econoboxes before, but they're still not quite up to competitive snuff. The dash and door panels are built of hard, scratchy plastics, and while the controls are all conveniently located and easy to use, most of them just feel a little cheap. The levers, buttons, climate controls and radio knobs are blown out of the water by the stuff in the Subaru. Yes, you're looking at a giant leap forward for Mitsubishi-the last-generation Lancer interior felt like it was crafted out of refrigerator boxes and used-up chewing gum-but sometimes, a giant leap just isn't enough. Especially when you're starting from six feet underground.
DRIVETRAIN
Impreza: While most of the Impreza was gifted with all-new or partially redesigned components for the 2008 model year, the 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder that lives under the hood was given a pass. It survives largely unchanged from the previous generation Impreza, albeit with a slight bump in horsepower and torque. Power is up to 170 hp at 6000 rpm, torque climbs to 170 lb-ft, and the torque peak has fallen, from 4400 rpm to 4000 rpm. It all adds up to a slightly more usable, slightly more pleasant version of an already fantastic powerplant. The boxer revs smoothly and produces power in a fairly linear fashion, and it suffers from none of the odd throttle calibrations that plague Subaru's non-STI turbo engines. As a result, gearchanges come smoothly and easily, and the five-speed manual's linkage is still nicely direct, if a little rubbery. With the windows closed, you hear little of the characteristic boxer wuffle, and while we're sad to see the old car's raucousness go, highway cruising is nevertheless calm and sedate. Our only real complaint is with the Impreza's thirst: 20/27 EPA city/highway.
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Lancer: Unlike the Impreza, the Lancer gets an all-new engine to go along with its all-new face. Gone is the familiar iron-block, 2.0-liter four from previous Lancers; in its place is an aluminum-block, 2.0-liter DOHC four-cylinder. It spits out 152 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque, it sports variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts, and it while it can grow a bit buzzy at higher rpm, the whole package is nevertheless smooth and torquey. Our test car was equipped with Mitsubishi's optional CVT, complete with magnesium shift paddles that live behind the wheel. This transmission offers the choice of six different "gears," and it "shifts" relatively smoothly, but the five-speed manual is still more entertaining. (Happily, it also offers a slight bump in fuel economy-the manual-equipped Lancer achieves a 21/27 city/highway rating. It's not fantastic, and barely betters that of the Subaru, but we digress.)
The Lancer's new mill doesn't have the spunky charm of the Impreza's powerplant, but it gets the job done well enough. The same goes for the Lancer's available five-speed manual transmission; the Subaru's isn't quite as conventional in its throws or synchronizer feel, but it's definitely more fun. Chalk this win up to the Subaru, because while its parts aren't fresh off the drawing board, they work together better.
SUSPENSION/STEERING
Impreza: Our test car held its own on the back roads without being ferociously sporting or supremely capable. A new control-arm rear suspension replaces the old strut-type setup (a modified version of the old front strut/control arm setup remains), and while it offers greater composure and improved wheel control (as well as an increase in luggage capacity due to its more compact packaging), it also seems a little too softly sprung for its task. On dry roads, moderate understeer rears its head, but dirt brings about a nicely tail-happy balance that likes to sort itself under throttle. Ride quality is soft and impact harshness muffled, but body control suffers; the chassis tends to take a while to settle out after large road undulations.
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Lancer: At low speed, the Lancer feels more involving than the Subaru, but the harder you press it, the more distant it becomes. Ride quality diminishes at high speed, and unfortunately, the hydraulically boosted steering offers none of the Lancer Evo's feedback (or any semblance of its gloriously quick ratio), and it suffers from more kickback than the rack on the Subaru. The Lancer's more aggressive ride quality and more raucous engine tend to make driving at any speed a little more fun than it would be in the Impreza, but its shorter-travel suspension and less compliant dampers can't cope as well with poorly paved roads. Chalk this win, too, up to the Subaru: It may not feel quite as lively, but it's ultimately more capable.
SUMMING THINGS UP...
Impreza: Feels like a traditional Subaru, even if it doesn't look like one. Substantial, nicely assembled interior. Notchy, satisfying shifter-not as quirky as those found in previous Imprezas, but still decent. Understeery in the dry and wet, nicely tail-happy and self-sorting in the dirt; cursed with numb, kickback-prone steering. A better all-around car than the Lancer, and more satisfying to drive quickly. Reminds you of a charming old girlfriend who just recently had some ill-advised plastic surgery. Or one too many bottles of Nyquil.
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Lancer: Feels and looks like the Evo's twin, but doesn't drive like it. Slightly tinny interior. Lackluster CVT. Nimble chassis, but nowhere near the long-travel back-road hammerer that the Impreza is. More understeer than the Subaru; ride quality is good at low speeds, but falls apart the faster you go; steering just as kickback-prone as the setup in the Impreza. Feature-loaded for the price. A dang decent car if you've never driven anything else. Desperately in need of more of the Evo's magic, but a good choice if you want to be different. Reminds you of that ex-chess-team chick you met at the club who just recently got a face tattoo.
CONCLUSION
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While either one of these cars would be a fine choice for daily transportation, the needs of most people-ok, most people we hang out with-are a little more complex than that. As such, we tend to be drawn towards the Impreza. The Lancer offers a lot for the money, but the Subaru is simply more fun, and it feels much better built. It may look like a boring, staid appliance, but under the skin, it's mostly the same old Impreza we know and love. Yes, we'd rather hang out with the Lancer Evo and the WRX STI than either one of these two cars-Marcia, after all, was the hot one-but the compromises of real life mean that such things aren't always possible. Thankfully, despite the fugly glasses and the social stigma, Jan Brady ain't all that bad. On the contrary: no matter what badge is on her hood, she's actually one hell of a decent date.
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Even before its lineup went completely all-wheel-drive in 1999, the Subaru brand was synonymous with AWD. (We'll forget for a moment that Fuji Heavy plans to break that streak when it launches a rear-wheel-drive coupe with Toyota in 2011.) If you want a brand-new all-wheel-drive car and you want it cheap, a Subaru showroom is probably in your future.
With a base price of $17,640, the Impreza 2.5i four-door is the least expensive all-wheel-drive equipped sedan on the U.S. market. Suzuki's SX4 Crossover can be had for less ($15,395), but it's a five-door hatch, and four driven wheels aren't available on the SX4 Sport sedan.
While most of the Impreza has been redesigned and reengineered for 2008, the 2.5-liter boxer four carries over largely unchanged from the previous-generation Impreza. The Subaru's engine management programming has been tweaked for a few more lb-ft of torque (170 vs. 166); the brain-box changes also move the boxer's peak torque to a lower engine speed (4000 rpm vs. 4400 rpm). Horsepower takes a small hit in exchange, dropping 3 hp to a new peak of 170. Like its predecessors, the flat four is very quiet at idle, but it still produces enough growl to keep your attention on the way up to its 6000-rpm power peak.
Our test car was equipped with a five-speed manual, and it offered both easy shifting and decent feedback. As in most Subarus, the Impreza's clutch take-up is fairly quick. Fuel economy is rated at 20/27 city/highway by the EPA, and we saw an indicated 22 mpg with a mix of spirited driving and highway cruising. Those aren't stellar numbers, but they're still respectable for a small car with four driven wheels.
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When it comes to road manners, the littlest Subie is pretty sedate. The 2.5i gets the softest suspension of the Impreza lot, which is to say that it's comfortable over bumps but not terribly sporty. The Impreza's redesign also brought with it a new rear suspension-control arms replace the strut-type setup used on previous models-and it offers both better packaging (aiding cargo space) and better rear grip. For a more involving experience, buyers will want to trade up to one of the WRX cars. The 50/50 split AWD system produces some understeer, which is to be expected.
When it comes to cramming people and stuff inside of the 2.5i sedan (the Impreza is also available in five-door hatchback form), the redesign has also been kind. The Impreza has grown both in wheelbase and overall length, and it offers 94.4 cubic feet of passenger volume. Trunk space is decent at 11.3 cubic feet. The interior is well laid out with everything easy to read and reach. Style is always a personal thing, but we think the interior looks more Toyota Corolla than last-gen Impreza.
The same can be said for the exterior design. Subaru has taken a more conservative approach to the four-door, shying away from the edgy, slab-sided Impreza. In its place is sheetmetal that should offend no one, while also going unnoticed in a lot full of compact cars. The available Impreza hatchback at least looks unique, but it really comes into its own in WRX STI spec with its hood scoop and bulging fenders. (The STI is no longer available in sedan form.)
But this 2.5i is not trying to be an STI, and that's probably a good thing. Each of the Impreza models serves a purpose, and the base sedan is a good car for people who want reliable, all-weather transportaiton. Look elsewhere if AWD is not a necessity, and consider the four-speed automatic (which offers fuel economy identical to that of the manual) if your driving tends to be more stop-and-go than back-road blitz.
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2008 Subaru Impreza Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.5L H4Engine
Fuel economy City:
20 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
27 MPG
Horsepower:
170 hp @ 6000rpm
Torque:
170 ft lb of torque @ 4400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS (optional)
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control (optional)
  • Electronic Stability Control (optional)
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:40
Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
Summary
SUBARU IS RECALLING 16,715 MY 2007-2008 LEGACY SEDANS AND WAGONS, MY 2008 IMPREZA SEDANS AND WAGONS, AND MY 2009 FORESTER VEHICLES. SOME VEHICLES MAY HAVE THE CYLINDER HEAD-SIDE OIL SUPPLY PIPE AND TURBOCHARGER-SIDE PIPE IMPROPERLY ASSEMBLED.
Consequences
VIBRATION WOULD OCCUR WHILE DRIVING AND, OVER TIME, COULD EVENTUALLY RESULT IN CRACKING THE PIPE WHICH WOULD ALLOW OIL TO LEAK. IF LEAKING OIL CONTACTS COMPONENTS OPERATING AT HIGH TEMPERATURES, AN ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE COULD OCCUR.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT FOR CRACKING OR AN OIL LEAK AT THE OIL SUPPLY PIPE AT THE CYLINDER HEAD-SIDE. AN ADDITIONAL BRACKET WILL BE INSTALLED TO INCREASE RIGIDITY OF THE PIPE AND THE PIPE ASSEMBLY WILL BE REPLACED WITH A MODIFIED PART. THE RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 20, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.
Potential Units Affected
16,715
Notes
SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:50
Component
EQUIPMENT
Summary
THULE, INC. IS RECALLING 2,323 OWNER-INSTALLED ROOF-MOUNTED FIT KITS, MODELS 3068 AND 3069, MANUFACTURED BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 2008 AND FEBRUARY 28, 2009 THAT ARE USED WITH THULE PODIUM FOOT PACKS, MODELS 460 AND 460R. THESE FIT KITS WERE SOLD AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR USE ON THE VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. THE BOLT(S) USED TO SECURE THE FOOT TO THE VEHICLE WAS MANUFACTURED TO A HARDNESS THAT MAY CAUSE THE BOLT(S) TO BE BRITTLE AND POTENTIALLY BREAK UNDER STRESS.
Consequences
THIS MAY RESULT IN THE BOLT(S) SNAPPING OFF DURING USE OR WITHOUT A LOAD. THE UNSECURED RACK AND LOAD CAN THEN COME LOOSE WHILE DRIVING CREATING A POTENTIAL ROAD HAZARD, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Remedy
THULE WILL MAIL A RETRO FIT KIT ALONG WITH REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS TO OWNERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE APRIL 13, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THULE TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-238-2388.
Potential Units Affected
2,323
Notes
THULE, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:50
Component
EQUIPMENT
Summary
THULE, INC. IS RECALLING 2,323 OWNER-INSTALLED ROOF-MOUNTED FIT KITS, MODELS 3068 AND 3069, MANUFACTURED BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 2008 AND FEBRUARY 28, 2009 THAT ARE USED WITH THULE PODIUM FOOT PACKS, MODELS 460 AND 460R. THESE FIT KITS WERE SOLD AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR USE ON THE VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. THE BOLT(S) USED TO SECURE THE FOOT TO THE VEHICLE WAS MANUFACTURED TO A HARDNESS THAT MAY CAUSE THE BOLT(S) TO BE BRITTLE AND POTENTIALLY BREAK UNDER STRESS.
Consequences
THIS MAY RESULT IN THE BOLT(S) SNAPPING OFF DURING USE OR WITHOUT A LOAD. THE UNSECURED RACK AND LOAD CAN THEN COME LOOSE WHILE DRIVING CREATING A POTENTIAL ROAD HAZARD, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Remedy
THULE WILL MAIL A RETRO FIT KIT ALONG WITH REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS TO OWNERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE APRIL 13, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THULE TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-238-2388.
Potential Units Affected
2,323
Notes
THULE, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:50
Component
EQUIPMENT
Summary
THULE, INC. IS RECALLING 2,323 OWNER-INSTALLED ROOF-MOUNTED FIT KITS, MODELS 3068 AND 3069, MANUFACTURED BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 2008 AND FEBRUARY 28, 2009 THAT ARE USED WITH THULE PODIUM FOOT PACKS, MODELS 460 AND 460R. THESE FIT KITS WERE SOLD AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR USE ON THE VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. THE BOLT(S) USED TO SECURE THE FOOT TO THE VEHICLE WAS MANUFACTURED TO A HARDNESS THAT MAY CAUSE THE BOLT(S) TO BE BRITTLE AND POTENTIALLY BREAK UNDER STRESS.
Consequences
THIS MAY RESULT IN THE BOLT(S) SNAPPING OFF DURING USE OR WITHOUT A LOAD. THE UNSECURED RACK AND LOAD CAN THEN COME LOOSE WHILE DRIVING CREATING A POTENTIAL ROAD HAZARD, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Remedy
THULE WILL MAIL A RETRO FIT KIT ALONG WITH REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS TO OWNERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE APRIL 13, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THULE TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-238-2388.
Potential Units Affected
2,323
Notes
THULE, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Summary
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2005-2009 Outback and Legacy, 2008-2011 Impreza and 2008-2014 Impreza WRX/STI, and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, currently, or formerly, registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Salt water could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, resulting in excessive corrosion of the brake lines. Note that affected vehicles not currently, or formerly registered, in the salt belt states identified above are eligible for repair, at no cost to the customer, upon request.
Consequences
Brake line corrosion may result in brake fluid leakage. Fluid leakage may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will test the brake system by depressing the brake pedal and inspecting for brake fluid leaks. If no brake fluid seepage is observed, the affected areas will be rustproofed with anti-corrosion wax. If brake fluid seepage is observed, the brake lines will be replaced followed by rustproofing with anti-corrosion wax. These services will be performed free of charge. The recall began July 2014 and second notifications will run through November 2014. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's recall campaign number is WQK-47. Note: This recall supersedes recall 13V-110 which applied to certain 2005-2009 Legacy/Outback vehicles. Vehicles that were remedied under the previous campaign still need additional areas rust-proofed.
Potential Units Affected
461,338
Notes
Subaru of America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Summary
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2008-2011 Impreza, 2008-2014 WRX and STI, and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, currently, or formerly, registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia that were remedied under recall 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014. The brake lines may experience brake line corrosion due to salt water splashing on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector.
Consequences
Brake fluid may leak due to the brake line corrosion and may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will apply an anti-corrosion wax to the four-way joint connector area of the brake line system, free of charge. The recall began on January 27, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WQQ-52. Notes: This recall is specific to affected Forester, Impreza, WRX, and STI customers who had their car remedied under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014. Subaru has determined that this remedy was inadequate due to incomplete repair instructions provided to dealers. Affected Forester, Impreza, WRX, and STI vehicles that were not repaired under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014 will continue to be processed under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311. Affected vehicles not currently, or formerly, registered in the salt belt states identified in this recall are eligible for repair, at no cost to the customer, upon request.
Potential Units Affected
200,064
Notes
Subaru of America, Inc.


IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
IIHS Best Pick
1
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
4
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Applicable

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