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#202 of 321 Re: 2009 Impreza Engine Vibration [marti875]
Oct 10, 2009 (11:28 pm)
Yes! I am leasing a 5-door Impreza that I got only 3 months ago and it also rattles going into 3rd gear. Most of the time this happens while going up hill or accelerating on an on-ramp. It's as if the car shifts too soon into 3rd and the car makes a low rattle and there is no power. If I give it more gas it'll downshift and be fine.
My old car was a stick and it sounds and feels just like it did when I would be in too high of a gear.
Any way to fix this problem? I may take it back to the dealership to see what they say.
Oh, another problem I have is that the interior rattles in different spots when I go over bumps. Like the driver door handle and left pillar by the windshield. It's really annoying. I'm starting to think Subarus are low quality (this is my first).
If anyone has any advice....thanks.
#203 of 321 Re: 2009 Impreza Engine Vibration [jerryfarina]
Oct 11, 2009 (10:10 am)
I have no rattles or squeaks in my OBS (now 6 months old). If I did, I would head to the dealer and ask them to fix them.
#204 of 321 Re: 2009 Impreza Engine Vibration [jerryfarina]
Oct 12, 2009 (7:10 pm)
Have the same, or similar, problem with my 2008 Impreza 2.5i auto transmission. After it has moved into 3rd or 4th gear, really have to gas it to get it to downshift - and until it gets around to downshifting, there's a lot of vibration - and engine pinging. I've had the transmission "relearned" twice at the dealership - with no luck. I think it must be a design problem with these models - the shifting is unpredictable. I've had a bit of luck with tapping the accelerator to get it to downshift when I need power - but it's really annoying to have to do this. If anyone has any luck getting this fixed - please post the specifics here, I'd like to hear more.
#205 of 321 Re: 2009 Impreza Engine Vibration [marti875]
Oct 17, 2009 (1:24 pm)
Hi, I have exactly the same problem. A vibration sound when accelerating up a slight incline at around 40mph. Sounds like it's it too low a gear and needs to shift up quicker. Also does it when on on-ramps joining highways. Was really quite loud and was doing it a lot. Took it to dealer who replicated the problem. The mechanic couldn't find anything wrong and then took the loaner car out, which made the same noise. So they then said it was 'normal' to make this noise as the loaner car was doing it as well. Think the mechanic reset the memory and it does make it less now, but I think it's coming back more. This was 8 weeks ago. Had the car 6 months now. It's a 2009 Impreza automatic.
I traded in a 2003 Impreza outback sport that also made the same noise, very loudly. It didn't start to make this noise until a few years old though, and I didn't expect the brand new car to start having problems.
Did you take it to the dealer - What did your dealer say?
#207 of 321 Re: 2009 Impreza Engine Vibration [shobson]
Oct 21, 2009 (1:11 pm)
Yes, I took it to the dealer this morning. I had recorded the sound on a hand recorder, which we listened to before the drive. I took the tech for a drive and reproduced the sound at about 1500 rpm and around 40 mph. He did something to a heat shield, which he said was touching an exhaust pipe where it shouldn’t. He also said there was something in the Subaru system about the air box causing noises so he worked on it too. It didn’t make the noise on the way from the dealer to work this morning. We’ll see how it does over the next week. They said to bring to bring it back if it's still making the noise and they will keep it and give me a loaner. I don't have the fail codes with me that the tech entered into the Subaru system with me. If you need them, I can post them.
#208 of 321 Re: 2009 Impreza Engine Vibration [shobson]
Oct 22, 2009 (8:36 am)
The fail code that the Tech entered was EYA85 and a note that the exhaust heat sheilds were readjusted. It was considerably quieter this morning on the way to work. It still has a bit of a low vibration/growl if I coast into a low grade and put a load on the engine. So the shifting is not what I would want...it should downshift sooner...but the vibration is much lower. I am guessing that the only true fix is for Subaru to put a 5 or 6 speed auto in the car instead of the 4 speed auto. I am going to unplug the battery, which I think should reset the CPU. I think that is what the Techs are doing when they say that they relearned the computer. My tech had never heard of it.
Oct 22, 2009 (1:01 pm)
has come at 6 months/5000 miles: the other night the cruise wouldn't set. The dash light was coming on as if it was setting but the speed just kept dropping when I let off the gas. Sigh. I hope this doesn't become a chronic problem with this car, as I use cruise a lot.
Turning the whole system off, waiting, then turning it back on cured the problem that time. Hopefully it was a one-time glitch.
#210 of 321 Re: my first glitch [nippononly]
Oct 23, 2009 (7:39 am)
Keep us posted.
That is odd though. Noone else has reported an issue like that on the current Impreza/WRX/OBS/Forester platform.
No other electrical symptoms at all? Does the battery struggle to start the car?
#211 of 321 Re: my first glitch [ateixeira]
Oct 23, 2009 (9:27 pm)
Nope, the battery does not struggle at all!
No repeats since then, it has worked just right every other time I have turned it on.