pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
21,250 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replaced brake light switch (1 reports)
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problem #2

May 222018

Impreza 2.0L

  • CVT transmission
  • 24,233 miles

It began with the ABS warning light, hill start warning light, and vehicle dynamics warning lights turning on and staying on during the middle of a highway speed (100km/h). Scared me, but it turned out that I still could steer and had control of the vehicle. Then it started causing problems by refusing to change gears out of PARK. The engine would start (like normal), I'd step on my brakes after putting my seat belt on to get it out of PARK, but the three warning lights would turn on and my gear stick would be immovable. I had to turn off and restart my car ignition multiple times over a span of 10 minutes to get it out of my garage for work.

I work a split shift. I drive 23km+ one way to work at a neighboring town every day. I commute on a busy highway. I depend on a reliable vehicle that won't refuse to get out of park.

It will take my local dealership 4+ weeks until they can have their people take a look at it. There are only two dealerships in my city, and with the upcoming summer vacation season, I do understand that they are busy. But they can't arrange a vehicle for me to use in the meantime, and I'll even be paying out of my own pocket to have a vehicle to drive during my appointment and repair. I've had to drive this vehicle with this problem after reporting to my dealership for 2 days because they can't or won't do anything in the meantime.

I have been invited by the person who booked my appointment that I'm more than welcome to bring my vehicle in earlier if it breaks down on me. No idea who's going to be paying for the towing fees if and when that happens as my 360 CARE program will not cover any breakdowns that occur within 360km of my residence.

This complaint post may get longer depending on what my dealership and my vehicle decides to do.

- Haram P., Calgary, AB, Canada

problem #1

Aug 192017

Impreza 2.0i Premium 2.0L 4 cyl

  • CVT transmission
  • 18,253 miles

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ABS, traction control, hill assist lights are on

Over the past week while I was driving the ABS, traction control, hill start assist lights would come on. The next time I'd start my car they would be off. Then this past Saturday after pumping gas, I started my car and the lights were on. I could shift out of park and was stuck at the gas pump. I had to turn my car on and off a handful of times and it finally work. This happened again as I was leaving work on Sunday. Then again on Monday in the morning on my way to work. Took over 20 minutes to get it out of park. I was about 10 minutes late for work. Brake lights, abs and cruse control are not working while this problem occurs.

I call my dealership to make an appointment to get this checked out. I've had multiple different issues with my local Subaru dealership (Very very poor customer service). I have yet another problem with them, the earliest they would get me in, is in 5 weeks (the last week of September!!!). I was like, so my car is pretty much unusable for the next 5-6 weeks. You guys cant help me out. Nope, that's the best they can do. So I told them well I guess I have to try to fix it myself since I need my car. They were just like okay good luck. WTF?!?!. So this is why I haven't just took it to the dealership even though its under warranty. (after a few talks with the GM there, he has agreed to pay for the new brake switch)

So after some research I discovered that it is the brake light switch (sometimes called stoplight switch). Stop by AutoZone and pick a new one up (Duralast brand) and replace it in my car. Boom the problem seems to be fix. ABS, traction control, hill start assist lights are off. My brake lights work, I can get out of park.

- Brandon S., Cumberland, MD, USA