Last post on Mar 29, 2011 at 7:16 AM
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Subaru Impreza, Steering, Suspension, Sedan, Wagon
#14 of 23 Re: New 2008 Impreza/Outback Sport [ateixeira]
Mar 29, 2008 (1:20 pm)
Thanks again. I may consider a card as well. The reason being, that we may purchase a second Subaru, as I'm now getting hooked on the Impreza.
The color? Well, indeed, I wanted a black one, which I thought was well done with the dark grey lower part. The wife wanted the two tone silver (which we then obviously got), which at first looked a bit awkward, but now it is growing on me. With the dark interior, it is nice. I certainly like the all red illumination and the new dash styling. All in all a great package. And yes, this color combination does not show the dirt much. And let me tell you that with two young kidsit is great if you can safe time by not having to wash cars! As my wife's driving world is determined by radius around our house of about a 2 miles (within which radius she has the stores, work and schools), I fully expect her to drive an average of 2,000 mile per year, as she did with her 13 year old Geo (now sold with 32,000 miles on it. Oil changes only...).
Jul 20, 2008 (6:52 am)
I have a 2008 impreza sedan I noticed a vibration in the steering wheel going 60 65mph. Took it in and they told me the 2 front rims where bent i didn't hit anything anyone else have a problem with rims
#17 of 23 clicking in left rear suspension
Sep 25, 2008 (2:18 pm)
I have a 2006 STI and when I drive slow or back up the left rear side starts to click when the wheels turn. I called Subaru and they said that happens to all wheel drive cars after awhile and it is no longer covered under warrenty because it happens to often. What is the noise and what can I do.
#18 of 23 Re: clicking in left rear suspension [rally5]
Sep 25, 2008 (6:19 pm)
Could be any number of things.
Could be the clips on the rear calipers that are spring-loaded so the brakes aren't retracting fully.
Could be a wheel bearing starting to go bad.
Could be the clunky rear suspension that is common on the STi but SHOULD be warrantied. They don't just stop warrantying items because they all do it.
#19 of 23 off-center steering wheel
Mar 27, 2011 (8:45 am)
Does anyone think an off-center steering wheel is worth trying to get fixed under warranty? Mine has been off-center to the left since new, not a ton, but just enough for me to notice and be OCD'ing it.
I had an alignment done under warranty soon after I got the car, thinking that would fix it, but even though it was out of alignment the problem was not corrected once the alignment was done. In fact, the situation had not improved at all.
In about a year the B2B warranty will expire, so there is time yet, but I'm not even sure how they would approach this problem, or if the warranty would cover anything in this realm beyond the alignment I already got for free.
Apart from that, I am liking my OBS ('09 5-speed) even more than the '97 I had many years ago, and will definitely be keeping it for the long haul. And I could live with this, but I do wish the wheel were straight....
#20 of 23 Re: off-center steering wheel [nippononly]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Mar 27, 2011 (9:11 am)
Aligning the steering wheel should be part of getting an alignment.. Even without it, it should be under warranty..
It should be a fairly simple adjustment..
That said.. my '08 Impreza was always slightly off... lol
Seems like my Subaru dealer said something once about "adjustments" only being covered for the first year... didn't really ask them about it, as I only had the car on a 24 mo.lease.
#21 of 23 Re: off-center steering wheel [nippononly]
Mar 28, 2011 (6:35 am)
I'd bring it up - even if only to document the issue existing while still under warranty.
#22 of 23 Re: off-center steering wheel [kyfdx]
Mar 28, 2011 (9:58 pm)
Aligning the steering wheel should be part of getting an alignment
But alas, it never is. This isn't the first car I have had delivered with an off-center steering wheel, and they can never do anything more than align them usually. I don't even know what the next step would be - remove the steering wheel and reinstall it straight? That brings up airbag issues and would be very expensive, I'm sure, if the dealership would even be willing to do it.
I will probably bring it up when it gets its 30K service, just so it is documented while under warranty like juice mentioned, but I'm sure the folks at the useless dealer near me will just shake their heads sadly and say there is nothing they can do....
#23 of 23 Re: off-center steering wheel [nippononly]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Mar 29, 2011 (7:16 am)
If your dealer can't (or won't) help, stop by your local big box tire retailer, and ask them if they align the steering wheel, when they do an alignment.
I'm guessing that it is very simple, and doesn't require removing the wheel... and the airbag won't be an issue..