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#248 of 299 Re: Engine Trouble [max_slick]
Nov 17, 2010 (11:51 pm)
I am sorry that you have this annoying problem. My Subaru Impreza 2007, does not like cold and hot weather in my town. In summer, it starts great by the sea level. My town is very high in respect to altitude. In summer and noon time, the engine starts and sometimes stops by itself instantly. It takes 5 or 7 seconds to start to engine again. In winter, it does not start at all if the it is too cold. (Other cars in my neighborhood do not have this problem. They use the same gas.)
I have sued the Subaru dealer and the distributer in Turkey. My car was sent to a government university. Two associate professors checked it and they say that my car is faulty and has a hardware problem. They could not say what the problem is and they say that only Subaru engineers can know it since they have all the codes of the engine. According to Turkish consumer law, I should win the case since it says that if the experts are saying that a merchandise is faulty, the dealer should accept the consumers' request stated in the law. I simply want my money back. I cannot write here the defense of the subaru dealer and the specifics of the case.
The subaru manual says that “You should turn the ignition key at on position for 10 seconds before starting the engine for the first time if you have changed the battery. Otherwise, there might be engine starting problems.” I wonder if our problems are related with this issue. Maybe, something wrong the electronic brain of this car. It does not know if it is cold or warm. It cannot adjust the air and gas blend. Sometimes, the mixture is too rich with gas and the engine chokes.
I hope Subaru takes some responsibility like Toyota and does something about it.
#249 of 299 Re: Engine Trouble [max_slick]
Nov 18, 2010 (11:00 am)
That is very interesting. My 1996 Subaru Outback would do that same thing if you tried to start it after it only being off for ~30 minutes or less. I could crank it until the battery died and it wouldn't start if it was doing this. I would try it for about 3 seconds (just beyond the normal starting pattern) and if it did not start, just sit and wait five minutes and try again. Usually within 5 to 45 minutes, it would start normally and work just fine until the same conditions were met again. Most of the time it would start even when the conditions were met, but randomly it would not. I am guessing that it happened probably 5-6 times per month, maybe as many as a dozen if we happened to do a lot of "errand" driving. During a Fairbanks winter at -40, though, sitting in a car for 30 minutes waiting for it to start was downright bone-chilling!
At one point after owning the car about four years, my knock sensor failed so I replaced it and the crank + camshaft sensors at the same time. After that (another two+ years of owning it), I never again had the failure-to-start problem, but I still have no idea why this is the case.
#250 of 299 Re: Brand new Impreza "pinging" [142neal]
Apr 11, 2011 (7:37 pm)
Hi eric. My 2011 impreza 2.5i premium is doing the same thing,and i only have about 5000 miles on it!! Are you still having this problem? I'm taking it to the dealership tomorrow!!
Jun 06, 2011 (5:58 pm)
I don't mean to suggest that this is what is causing your problem, but I used to notice a noise that I described at "pinging" with my stick-shift 07 na impreza. I would tend to notice the sound, which was metallic and very quick sounding, kind of like jingling keys, right around the time I would shift from 1st to 2nd...
I began to notice that it operated independent of shifting, it was just when my rpms would get to something like 3k+ rpm and the "tinging" would increase with rpms...
I hope your problems are the same as mine wound up being. Long story short. It drove me crazy and I pulled up the shift boot and reached down along the metal arm that connects the stick to the transmission...
there was a dime, a quarter, two pennies, and a bobby-pin that would vibrate on that metal rod...
#252 of 299 Anyone else burning oil?
Jun 19, 2011 (2:22 pm)
I didn't want to take the time to search all of the way back in this forum but I have a question.
Our son has a 2011 Impreza Outback that uses a LOT of oil. Less than 30,000 miles.
Anyone else had this problem?
#253 of 299 Re: Anyone else burning oil? [isellhondas]
Jul 18, 2011 (12:21 pm)
Are we talking over the industry-standard one quart per 1000 miles?
#254 of 299 Re: Anyone else burning oil? [ateixeira]
Oct 01, 2011 (7:31 am)
Our son's Subaru at 31,000 miles blew it's engine last night on the freeway. He was barely able to get it off the busy highway.
Subaru did an "oil consumption" test on it and said it's not using oil...it is and he tops it off pretty often.
Hopefully they won't try to blame this on him.
I mispoke earlier, it's a 2009.
#255 of 299 Re: Anyone else burning oil? [ateixeira]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Oct 01, 2011 (7:46 am)
The GM customer service reps say the GM standard is now one quart for every 2000 miles!!
Seriously, that surprised me...
#256 of 299 Re: Anyone else burning oil? [kyfdx]
Oct 01, 2011 (5:31 pm)
I remember back in the 80's I heard a GM Service Manager tell a customer that one quart evefry 1000 miles was acceptable.
Heck, I once had an old Chevy that would go around 200 miles on a quart of oil yet it didn't smoke or foul plugs!
#257 of 299 Re: Anyone else burning oil? [isellhondas]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Oct 02, 2011 (10:49 am)
Up until this last one.... that's the only thing I've ever heard... sort of a mantra for any make's service department.... one quart per 1000 miles...
Nice to see a little progress after 40 years.....