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#207 of 321 Re: 2009 Impreza Engine Vibration [shobson]
Oct 21, 2009 (12:11 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 (7:36 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 (12:01 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 (6:39 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 (8:27 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.
#212 of 321 Re: my first glitch [nippononly]
Oct 28, 2009 (12:16 pm)
oh hi everybody. I had forgotten to check back at this forum about the problems with my Impreza. Well part of me is glad that I'm not the only one having this problem. For a moment I thought maybe I was being a little too picky about the car. But since many people are having the same problem it sounds like a design flaw. I'm taking my car to the dealership tomorrow to get it checked out. My fear is that they will say this is "normal," which they might. The other problems I'm having is that there are rattles coming from the driver side door, driver side pillar and various places along the front dash board when I go over any sort of bump. I may be being too picky about that but I definitely can stop the rattling if I hold the plastic with my hand. It's really annoying. Anyone else have THIS problem too?
#213 of 321 Re: my first glitch [jerryfarina]
Oct 28, 2009 (12:23 pm)
Interior rattles are pretty typical these past few years. I would take it in to have the rattles addressed as they will only get worse.
#214 of 321 Re: 2009 Impreza Engine Vibration [oldladydriver]
Nov 13, 2009 (11:10 am)
I'm so relieved to see others having the same problems, so I don't feel picked upon. I have the same loud vibration noise going uphill at 40 - 45 mph. I've had my '09 Impreza (less than 4 months old, 5700 miles) in for this problem 3 times now. My local dealer's service manager has been very condescending to me and no help what so ever. He told me the first time that it was a tire noise. The tires were way out of balance, but I couldn't accept this diagnosis, as the noise is definitely coming from the engine compartment. (The tires are another issue - they're been balanced twice, and are out of whack again.) I even took the mechanic for a ride with me on one visit so that he could hear the noise. He says it's probably one of the heat shields. When I picked it up yesterday, the service department told me, once again, that they can't find the problem, so they can't fix it.
At least, you can sometimes get your car to shift by pressing the gas - my Impreza doesn't always respond to the gas pedal! Four or five times now, I've depressed the accelerator to - nothing. The car continues at the same speed it was going for a few seconds before deciding whether or not it wants to go faster.
Nov 16, 2009 (9:04 am)
to the Subaru ownership experience is having to deal with the Subaru dealers for service, especially if you have something that actually needs fixing.....
#216 of 321 Re: 2009 Impreza Engine Vibration [hatethiscar7]
Nov 29, 2009 (2:52 am)
Ugh, yea my dealer was no help either. They took it around for a drive, but of course they couldn't replicate the problem so they did nothing. Also I posted earlier that the front left pillar was rattling when I go over bumps..well now the whole dashboard rattles..middle and right side too. Perhaps I was expecting too much from this car. I realize it's an entry-level car and not a BMW. But it's brand new and only has 3000 miles on it. I'm glad I'm leasing it though because once the lease is up, I'm giving it back and probably not getting another Subaru. I do like the size of it and that it's a hatchback. Maybe the AWD will come in handy this winter. But perhaps I should have gotten the Rabbit / Golf instead. This is my first car. Are these problems to be expected?