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View Poll Results: 2002 WRX Problems
Engine - Anything Engine Related 20 5.48%
CEL - Required Repair 22 6.03%
CEL - Reset Only 32 8.77%
Manual Trans - Shifter, Clutch, Syncros 69 18.90%
Brakes - ABS, Poor Stopping, Fualty 24 6.58%
Suspension - Alignment, Handling, Noise 9 2.47%
Electrical - Guages, AC, Lighting 11 3.01%
Exterior - Fit, Finish, Trim, Glass 17 4.66%
Interior - Rattles, Fit, Material 35 9.59%
No Problems - None or Only Minor Issues 126 34.52%
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Old 12-07-2001, 01:17 PM   #26
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Default squeak and rattle

At 6,500 miles only window squeaks at A-pillers when raising and lowering front windows and the passenger side click, which as someone mentioned, seems to come from the B-piller area. Any solutions?
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Old 12-07-2001, 11:19 PM   #27
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My window "clunk" has now become a window that doesn't always go up straight. I also have a hard timestarting the car sometimes.

Bringing it in next Thursday.
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Old 12-08-2001, 10:11 AM   #28
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First gear synchro problem: can't downshift to first gear while the car is moving.

I'm getting ready to call the dealer about it.

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Old 12-08-2001, 10:45 AM   #29
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Rear suspension squeaks LOUDLY when going over tiny pavement irregularities, worse when passengers are present. Sounds like a pack of angry mice in the trunk. No Modifications, One week old, 300 miles on odometer.
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Old 01-20-2002, 01:58 PM   #30
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Default problem free 39% out of 176 voters...

What will it look like in a years time? Three years?
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Old 01-20-2002, 09:12 PM   #31
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don't own a WRX (yet) so i can't really contribute

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Originally posted by FargoRS


As for my WRX, it's still to new to have uncovered any problems, but so far so good, only very minor complaints for me.....the Pros of this car far exceed the cons.

Mike
FargoRS, just wondering what the minor complaints were.

BTW, I live in Minot and am thinking about a WRX wagon too. What dealership did you get yours from? Get a good deal? Just curious
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Old 01-21-2002, 01:37 AM   #32
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Default OK, let's see if i can get this right:

WELL IF YOU ALL HATE SUBARU SO MUCH, THEN WHY DID YOU BUY ONE IN THE FIRST PLACE?
EVERYONE KNOWS THAT SUBARUS DON'T HAVE PROBLEMS....DUH.

btw, i filled out the problem survey.
but this is the kind of response i get WHENEVER i post about problems in other forums.
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Old 01-21-2002, 02:22 PM   #33
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To ohsfan,

I got my WRX wagon from Muscatell Subaru in Moorhead, MN. Ask for Greg in Sales. I've had good luck with him on a few cars. Muscatell is pretty good about dealing from invoice up so you should get a fair deal. They normally have a few WRXs on the lot, but most have carbon fiber trim and I felt an STI shifter was a better way to spend $300. So, I ordered mine and it only took about five weeks to get it shipped over. After my car arrived, the dealer sent my car to Tintmasters in Fargo and had them install tint, scotchcal for the hood, better all season tires, STI exhaust, and a 20mm rear sway bar. Shane, the owner of Tintmasters is also an I-Club member and has a nicley modified WRX.

I'm not going to say anything about my WRX because I don't want to curse anything So far so good, the car is fast, handles great, and is very practical. Any minor issues I have are just things that I would like to see Subaru put in future cars.

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Old 01-22-2002, 11:46 PM   #34
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Any minor issues I have are just things that I would like to see Subaru put in future cars.
And I'd like to see some major ( but not too frequent) things fixed before I buy one of those future cars - the ABS problem, and the weak tranny.
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Old 01-23-2002, 10:00 AM   #35
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I had been planning to order a wrx before the end of this month, but after reading and hearing about some of the problems, I am a little bit concerned. I love the car and the performance (it drives and looks much better than the rsx-s and everything else in the price range) but I don't want to spend more time in the shop than on the road.

So I guess my question is, after having the car and having the problems, would you still buy one?

I had hoped to see that most of the problems were in the first issue, but it seems like even the newer ones have them.
I am also concerned about even more problems developing as the car ages if there are so many now.

Any advice would be helpful.

Thanks
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Old 01-23-2002, 10:12 AM   #36
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Mine was a CEL but after 5 days the thing didnt stay on anymore, hence no problems.
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Old 01-23-2002, 10:28 AM   #37
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Lightbulb jsnc

I would take this poll with a grain of salt. after reading posts on i-club ive heard a couple of Lemmons but overall, not that bad. I think that also reading some of these posts could skew the overall experience of owning and driving a wrx. To get an accurate picture of all youd have to factor in all WRX's. Human nature is working here and we wanna fix whats broken. Like in the human services field we say "squeaky wheel gets the grease," first how many people bother to say anything when everything is right? why spend time on i-club when you can be enjoyig your car. If you go to an AA metting you get the impression that alcohol is the scourge of society. Are there groups of people that drink with no problems that get together and say how well there lives are going? NO they are busy living!

also how many weak tranny problems are due to tons of after market mods?
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Old 01-23-2002, 04:25 PM   #38
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FargoRS,

Thanks for the info. I'll probably make a call over there in the next couple of days. It seems so hard to get a good deal in Minot.


jsnc,

I shared a lot of your concerns about quality/reliability. I guess that's why I've bought Honda products in the past. All of the Subaru owners I've talked to stand by the quality of their cars. The WRX also ranks well with Consumer Reports. Those things and the warranty put me at ease.

Just my $.02
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Old 01-23-2002, 10:23 PM   #39
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The WRX also ranks well with Consumer Reports.

I knew for sure MY 01 and earlier Impreza's were on CR's "Recommended" list for reliability, right close behind some Toyotas and Hondas, but I thought the WRX was too new to be rated yet. I doubt it will end up on the dreaded "Not Recommended" list though. Do you have any links for WRX Euro or OZ reliability rankings?
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Old 01-24-2002, 05:09 PM   #40
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codger,

you're right about the WRX being too new to be rated. I was misunderstood. I apologize.

Despite my error, the owners' opinions still have me sold on the quality issue. I still want to hear as many reports (from consumer groups and owners) as I can. Hopefully more reports will be posted.
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Old 01-26-2002, 01:17 AM   #41
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Couldn't find anything on the WRX, but did find a summary from CR:

"These models have performed well in Consumer Reports tests over the years and have proved to be consistently better than average in overall reliability. Listed alphabetically.
Acura Integra
Acura Legend
Acura RL Acura TL
BMW 3-Series
Ford Escort Geo
Chevrolet Prizm
Honda Accord Honda Civic
Honda CR-V
Honda Odyssey (except 1999)
Infiniti G20
Infiniti I30
Isuzu Oasis
Lexus ES300
Lexus GS300/GS400
Lexus LS400
Mazda Millenia
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mazda Protegé
Mercury Tracer
Nissan Altima
Nissan Maxima
Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan Sentra
Subaru Forester
Subaru Impreza
Subaru Legacy
Toyota 4Runner
Toyota Avalon
Toyota Camry
Toyota Celica
Toyota Corolla
Toyota Previa
Toyota RAV4
Toyota Sienna


These models' overall reliability was much worse than average in our latest survey. Many of them are "twins" or "triplets"--essentially similar models sold under different nameplates. Listed alphabetically.

Cadillac Catera
Chevrolet Astro
Chevrolet Camaro
Chevrolet Corvette
Chevrolet S-10 Blazer,
Chevrolet S-10 V6 4WD
Chrysler Concorde
Chrysler New Yorker,
Dodge Intrepid ('93-98)
Dodge Neon
Dodge Ram 1500 4WD
Eagle Vision ('93-98)
Ford Contour
Ford Windstar
GMC S-15 Jimmy,
Jimmy GMC S-15 Sonoma V6 4WD
GMC Safari
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Mercury Mystique
Oldsmobile Bravada
Oldsmobile Cutlass
Plymouth Neon
Pontiac Firebird
Pontiac Grand Am
Volkswagen New Beetle
Volvo S70/V70 AWD "

Note that the Impreza was on the better than average side.
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Old 01-27-2002, 02:31 PM   #42
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Old 01-28-2002, 12:37 AM   #43
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I voted for CEL (reset only) However, I also experience the 1st and reverse problem and my brakes have acted strange. My car go's in for an oil change and most likely a ECU reflash tommrow.
In additon, my rotors are scored and the dealer will be looking at those as well. And... I love my car!!!!!
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Old 01-29-2002, 11:28 PM   #44
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Old 01-31-2002, 06:51 AM   #45
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The poll has been surprisingly consistent/stable for the last 100 votes or so: 3-4% braking problems, 16-17% tranny/clutch problems, 39% no problems. I'd guess that the "no problems" category is underreported, maybe by as much as half; i.e. 80% "no problems" is possible. I saw a JD Power initial quality survey that gave the top ranked vehicle (Lexus) at 11 problems per 100 vehicles (91% no problems)
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Old 01-31-2002, 11:09 PM   #46
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ya i don't have one
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Old 02-04-2002, 11:36 PM   #47
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Time to bump this up. If we get a large enough sample, maybe SOA may take these problems a bit more seriously and get them fixed.
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Old 02-06-2002, 06:45 AM   #48
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I've had my WRX for a month now and here are my observations. Overall, it's a very fun/nice car. No problems starting in the cold (it was 14f yesterday) and no problems with the ABS (my fingers are crossed).

Complaints are trim around handle on front passenger missing when I picked the car up, bad buzz/rattle from the front passenger speaker, low gas mileage (21-23 OK I'm spoiled, I had a Tercel and got 40+), driver sun visor won't return to the full up position, the steering could have a quicker ratio, and the crappy floor mats - they're falling apart before my eyes. I definately will buy some aftermarket mats to protect the carpet.

I guess that's not too bad. A lot of people compare the WRX with BMWs, as a former BMW owner I think that the WRX is a great car for the money but it's no BMW. The fit and finish and just the way a BMW drives is way better than a WRX, but a (3 series) costs $15k more - you get what you pay for.

Guess I better but my flame suit on.
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Old 02-06-2002, 11:56 PM   #49
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I would take this poll with a grain of salt. after reading posts on i-club ive heard a couple of Lemmons but overall, not that bad. I think that also reading some of these posts could skew the overall experience of owning and driving a wrx. To get an accurate picture of all youd have to factor in all WRX's. Human nature is working here and we wanna fix whats broken. Like in the human services field we say "squeaky wheel gets the grease," first how many people bother to say anything when everything is right? why spend time on i-club when you can be enjoyig your car. If you go to an AA metting you get the impression that alcohol is the scourge of society. Are there groups of people that drink with no problems that get together and say how well there lives are going? NO they are busy living!
No doubt there are people with problem free WRXs that never see this thread or even i-club. But at this time on the ABS thread there are 33 people with the ABS problem, and only 13 listed on this poll, so there is underreporting on the side of problems as well.
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Old 02-08-2002, 12:53 AM   #50
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Sure, maybe instead of 39% problem free, it's 80% problem free. The ratios of problems would be the same though; lots of tranny/clutch problems, fewer ABS complaints. A poll like this still gives a lot better picture of the WRX overall reliability than someone saying their 1 car has been great for the 2 months or whatever they've owned it. And there will be an unwillingness of people to admit that they made a bad purchase, they just won't vote, or prefer to think of their grinding tranny as 'normal' or a 'minor problem'.
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