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Subaru Impreza, Brakes, Sedan, Wagon
#59 of 68 Re: abs+vdc lights
Jan 25, 2009 (8:08 pm)
What fixed it finally, after many trials... is a closing loose harness connector retaining clips. Your mechanic can call Dan Perkins Subaru and speak to the Service Manager. They struggled with the problem for almost a year and finally got it.
#60 of 68 Re: abs+vdc lights [briandorval]
Feb 11, 2009 (12:42 pm)
Hey all... had the same experience here, also. Impreza 2.5i premium sedan/auto, took delivery on Jan 30th, 8 days later the car wouldn't let me shift it out of Park and the ADC/VDC warning lights came on.
Luckily I had read the manual and knew how to use a screwdriver to get past the shift lock feature so I could drive the car until I could get it looked at. Dealer replaced the brake light switch and the problem's gone away, at least for now. I did ask them "hey is that a part that breaks often on these cars?" and they said no.
Sounds to me like they are still using the same design of switch, though, if folks with 2009s are seeing the problem too. Does anyone know how to get the build date for a Subaru? Maybe they switched designs mid-year?
Otherwise, happy with the car and with the swift dealer response, but I'm hoping that this will be the last repair I'll need for awhile.
Feb 11, 2009 (1:08 pm)
It was the brake switch too.
The brake switch logged 2 conflictual error code.
They sent a report with the problem to Subaru and after a week they ask me to come back with my car to fix it.
But they didn't replace the switch, they reprogrammed the switch and that's it.
Now it works fine and I get crazy in every snowy road
Jun 26, 2009 (12:24 pm)
I would like to report that since a connector on the harness was properly secured, my problem with ABS etc... has not returned. Please ask your service manager to contact the service manager at Dan Perkins Subaru in Milford, CT and confirm the fix that finally worked for me. Use my name.
#63 of 68 Re: [impreza2008]
Dec 23, 2009 (7:23 am)
Just wanted to comment on this issue. I have a 2009 WRX and I started experiencing this problem a couple of weeks ago very frequently. It is frustrating because the car doesn't feel quite right when these systems disengage. I still feel safe as long as the roads are dry and there is no snow in the forecast but if it happens during a snow storm I might be a little nervous. When I stop and turn the car off, then restart, the codes go away for a little while. Luckily I have a manual so my tranny doesn't lock me out but it's still a pain to worry about these lights all the time.
The dealer has replaced the brake light switch once but the problem came back the next day. Like many of you mentioned, they may have used the same switch design which clearly is not very good. I did find the NHTSA summary which I will bring to my dealer's attention. I also noticed that a few people commented on a connector in the harness. I will discuss that with the dealer as well.
I love my car very much, have had it for about a year, just hope they can get this resolved. I have had no other problems with it but it stinks to know they are still putting the same faulty switch into even newer cars.
My build date is October, 2008. I picked up the car last December.
#64 of 68 Re: [subirex09]
Dec 23, 2009 (7:44 am)
Quick Followup, just called the dealership and spoke with the mechanic again.
He says that they had to check power to multiple if not all wires in the harness during the diagnosis of the problem the first time and thinks they would have noticed if there was a loose connector that needed securing on the harness but he sounds willing to look again...we will see next Monday or Tuesday I suppose.
I mentioned Dan Perkins Subaru has dealt with the problem so I am hoping that he will give them a call when my car is back in there.
I will be back to follow up next week.
#65 of 68 Re: [impreza2008]
Jan 02, 2013 (5:08 am)
I reached out to you and asked for assistance with this. The service manager at dan perkins did nothing more than try to sell me another car. I am nicely asking you if you know where the problem in the harness is. If not Sol, can anyone please tell me where the problem is in the harness. My 09 is catatonic and I just can't afford another vehicle.
Jan 02, 2013 (5:52 am)
I am sorry he did not help.. normally the car is brought to them and they diagnose it.
I did buy a new 2012 Impreza before it was in the dealers last year and so far its a perfect car. Have not found any issues with it. I gave up trying to deal with my 2008 Impreza imperfections.
#67 of 68 Re: [impreza2008]
Aug 25, 2013 (4:54 am)
SO FAR MY 09 IMPREZA HAS BEEN REPAIRED! Yes, my subaru dealer may have actually gotten it right. All 3 lights came on allllll the time. FINALLY! I believe that the last visit ended it. As for danny boy perkins subarau in the People's Republic of connecticut, you can all go to hell. If anyone else is still having this problem and finds this message, unlike that lil' beothc sol briks, I WILL TRY TO HELP YOU SO THAT YOU TOO CAN FINALLY HAVE YOUR 3 LIGHTS STOP COMING ON. As for all those who did not offer any assistance to me without having good reason for having done so, go to hell.
Aug 25, 2013 (8:47 am)
I got rid of the 2008 Impreza.. love my 2012 Impreza. Not one issue so far after a year and half. The 2008 was plagued with poorly executed sensors and controls. Trade in your headache and get a 2012. It does not matter who you buy it from. Get the best deal.