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#5405 of 19336 Subaru Impreza Reliability and Questions.
Jul 25, 2005 (7:30 pm)
I have always pruchased Toyota products which have been very reliable and problem free. I am considering a Subaru Impreza Sedan or a Toyota Matrix XS. How reliable is the Impreza as Consumer Reports Magazine gives it an average rating and JD Powers gives it two out of 5 stars from you owners.
I live in the Northeast and currently drive a 2003 RAV 4 L on lease which expires in December. With gas prices going up, I want something with better miles per gallon than the 24 I am averaging with the RAV 4.
What do owners truly average in the Impreza mpg?
#5406 of 19336 Re: Changing your own oil [sonja2]
Jul 25, 2005 (7:56 pm)
Try a Yahoo search for "Subaru mods + oil change".
Scooby has instructions and pix. Subaru oil filters are made by Purolator mylocal Pepboys carries it. Or you can buy on-line. I use 1stsubaruparts.com
#5407 of 19336 Re: Subaru Impreza Reliability and Questions. [paulcudlip]
Jul 25, 2005 (8:03 pm)
Look here on Edmunds:
Subaru Crew: MPG-Real World Numbers
Sorry, I couldn't get it to paste as a link.
#5408 of 19336 Re: Subaru Impreza Reliability and Questions. [paulcudlip]
Jul 26, 2005 (4:24 am)
Like you, I am a long time Toyota buyer living in the NE. 4 years ago I changed brands, purchasing an Outback wagon for it's AWD capability, and because Toyota abandoned the conventional wagon market in favor of SUVs (Matrix introduced later). While my ownership experience has been great overall, I would have to still give a slight nod to Toyota for reliability, but fun to drive / control to Subaru. You won't go too far wrong with either product.
#5409 of 19336 Re: Subaru Impreza Reliability and Questions. [paulcudlip]
Jul 26, 2005 (4:37 am)
I own two Impreza's, an 04 OBS and an 05 RS wagon. Here in NW Pennsylvania, they average 23-24 in the winter months and 27-28 in the summer months. Sometimes I get slightly better than that. Neither car has ever left me stranded...highly reliable in my book.
#5410 of 19336 AWD clutch pack replacement
Jul 26, 2005 (5:23 am)
I think my 1996 OBW may need AWD clutch pack surgery, given what I've read here on the forums about binding during turns. How much is that likely to cost? Should I take it to a Subaru dealer, or is this something an independent might do for less?
#5411 of 19336 Oil, Gas, and AWD
Jul 26, 2005 (6:29 am)
sonja2: I find it hard to believe that WalMart can't find a filter that will fit. They sell 3-4 types of filters and must have an application. I'd investigate further. Maybe they don't want to keep taking that plastic cover on and off for the low cost they charge?
joeb24: for the H6 premium is just recommended. I'd guess you'll give up maybe 5hp or so, and make 245hp, which is still plenty.
'96 is way out of warranty, so I'd shop around for price, just ask if they use OE parts.
#5412 of 19336 Re: Oil, Gas, and AWD [ateixeira]
Jul 26, 2005 (8:05 am)
Just trying to get a rough idea of what AWD clutch pack replacement might cost -- over or under $1000?
#5413 of 19336 Re: Oil, Gas, and AWD [robotb9]
Jul 26, 2005 (8:39 am)
the automatic tranny's clutch pack will probably never fail in 100k-200k miles of use. I have never heard of one failing in that time.
the manual transmission's viscous coupler will lose effectiveness somewhere in that realm of (very) high mileage but it probably won't seize, making replacement more of a 'should' than a 'must'. around $1000 is probably about right if you bought a new part and had it installed at a dealer.
if you bought a used one from a salvage yard and installed it yourself, I'd say under $250 is easily within reach.
#5414 of 19336 2005 Subaru Forester
Jul 26, 2005 (8:52 am)
Engine pinging...using regular gas...tried different brands as suggested by dealership...went to middle grade & premium...premium stopped the pinging but shouldn't have to use that...calls for the regular. Also back brakes howling...dealer cleaned/adjusted...good for a day and then noise returned...any suggestions?