really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
119,400 miles

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problem #12

Dec 282011

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 197,245 miles
Extreme corrosion of front sub-frame. Fast onset. No sign of issue and then approx. Less than 1 year later total penetrating corrosion was visible in an area of it. Was noticed during completion of an existing safety recall due to excessive corrosion and failure of the lower control arms. Can provide digital photos of the issue upon request.

- Nicktown, PA, USA

problem #11

Jul 152010

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Rt control arm failed while my daughter was North bound on the West side highway in nyc. She was able to control car and exit highway. Inspection by my mechanic indicated the part had rusted away. I had him replaced both as I intended to trade it in and I didn't want to endanger anyone who might get the car. Car was traded in for a new Subaru in August 2010.

- Katonah, NY, USA

problem #10

Oct 272011


  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Subaru Impreza. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for routine maintenance when the technician advised that the front lower control arm was corroded. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 11V464000 (suspension:front:control arm:lower arm) but was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 109,000.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #9

Oct 272011

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
The front passenger side control arm broke due to rust damage. Happened when backing out of the garage. Vehicle cannot be steered. Subaru has issued a recall for this exact issue for the same model year but has excluded my VIN number.

- Wadsworth , OH, USA

problem #8

Oct 012011


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Subaru Impreza. The contact stated that while driving at low speeds and reversing from the driveway, the front lower control arm had fractured. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised him that they were aware of the failure. The failure and current mileages were approximately 100,000.

- Elmira, NY, USA

problem #7

Aug 282011

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 51,764 miles
See previous complaint w/same vehicle----failure of right side lower control arm on 1-14-2011 at odo 49093. This current complaint is failure of left side lower control arm on 8-28-11. 2002 Subaru Impreza 2.5ts wagon with 51764 miles. Always best of preventative maintenance. Driving slowly on city street. Clunking sound from left front, difficulty steering. Recognized problem from previous failure of right side lower control arm. Returned to my driveway (less than a mile) and called wrecker. Repair cost: $458.95. Contacted Subaru customer/dealer services----no acknowledgement of responsibility for this or previous failure. "out of warranty, you live in a snow/salt area, etc".

- Ithaca, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 142011


  • 196,950 miles
As I pulled into my driveway after work, everything seemed normal. The car had driven fine all the way home, including on the highway. A few hours later when I went out to the car to leave, is when I found the problem. As I began to back up the car began making a shuddering sound, and backed up crooked. It felt like something in the drivetrain was binding severely. I got out to check underneath with a flashlight, and I noticed the drivers side front lower control arm had separated into two pieces. This occurred where the front control arm bushing is attached to the rest of the control arm. Comparing side to side, the front wheels are not even close to parallel now. Luckily this did not result in an accident, as only a few miles prior I was cruising down the highway at 65 mph! I'm assuming the small bump at the end of my driveway is what finally caused the failure, but it just as easily could have been a bump or pothole on the highway.

- North Grosvenordale, CT, USA

problem #5

May 132011


  • 156,000 miles
Traveling at 40 M mph, I suddenly heard a loud pop and then the car went out of control, crossed the road and stopped in the ditch on the opposite side of the road from where I was traveling. After a tow to the service station, I discovered a snapped lower control arm on the right side front wheel. The left is very corroded as well. The skid damaged the axle, sway bar and tie rod as well on the right side.

- Fairfield, OH, USA

problem #4

Jan 142011

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 49,093 miles
2.5 ts with 49,093 miles. Wagon was always given best of preventative maintenance. Driving slowly on city street. Clunking sound from right front wheel area. Some difficulty with braking and steering. Assumed it was ice buildup on brakes/suspension. After about 10 minutes increased speed on country road and became much worse, almost lost control of steering but got off the road safely. Lower control arm had broken and caused rust-riddled front subframe to collapse. Replaced lower control arm, front stabilizer link and front subframe. $1218.02.

- Ithaca, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 032009

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 86,500 miles
I was driving down us rt 2 in bolton vt when had sudden steering wheel wobble. Car then veered to the right and off the road. Car went about 20 feet off the road. I was very lucky that a field was to the right. After getting out, I noticed that the left side front wheel was sitting several inches too far to the rear, rubbing against the body. My mechanic indicated that a lower control arm was severely corroded and broke off of the front subframe. The subframe itself is also corroded. This is only on the left side; the right side is fine. The car's body is generally in good shape. I would not have expected this part to be at all weak or corroded. I have the old control arm. My mechanic is going to replace the corroded portion of the subframe. Updated 01/13/11 updated 02/14/11 updated 03/11/11 updated 03/14/11 updated 03/30/11

- Bolton, VT, USA

problem #2

Aug 242009

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 71,175 miles
Contact owns a 2002 WRX imperza. Current and failure mileage was 71,000. Contact stated while backing out of the driveway the driver side lower control arm broke in half due to rust. The manfacturer offered to pay for 50% of the repairs but the contact they should pay the total cost. Contact feels this is a safety issue because the vehicle could have been driving on the highway while the lower control broke and caused a crash. Jo updated 06/03/11

- Manlius, NY, USA

problem #1

May 102002

Impreza 4WD

  • miles
Vehicle's ABS controller went bad, ABS was getting activated ever in a dry non slip condition, contacted dealer, and they replaced the ABS controller. Reported problem about engine vibration at idle speed, dealer refuses to accept it, compared with a new vehicle at dealer's stock and the vibration in my vehicle was distinguishable. Still dealer refuses to accept it. Contacted 1-800-subaru3 and they said that they woul dget in touch with the dealership and see whats going on.

- Raleigh, NC, USA