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Old 10-01-2012, 10:12 PM   #1
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Default Subaru wrx 2011 Problems (please relate)

Hey everyone, I have a 2011 subaru wrx sedan, and so far i have roughly 16000 km. The car has been having a lot of issues so far since the day i bought it. I was just wondering if any of you guys have any solutions or related thoughts on how i should proceed with these issues that i will list next:

1. Rpms start glitching only when i start in first gear, then re-engage the clutch for instance if someone pulls up infront of me and i need to stop, and then once i rev it again, the revs just start lagging hardcore, like it will go up to .5 then jump in a weird way to 1.5 with lag etc.

2. Temperature gauge is going from half to low, and vise versa
3. Clutch shudder, i dont know how to solve this problem and ive been reading that heavier clutches make it worse.
4. Transmission noise, sounds like when i let go of the throttle, it sounds like stuff is grinding/meshing together, very unsmooth process making for a very grindy/loud/uncomfortable ride.
5. In the morning, which this problem only occurs at, is when i depress the clutch i hear this whistling noise. Ive researched and ive heard it could be my throwout bearing but ive taken it to subaru, and they havnt done anything aobut it and told me its normal.

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Old 10-01-2012, 10:16 PM   #2
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maybe you got a bad subaru off the line but I've been hearing that 2010+ have been having problems and subarus quality isn't what it used to be
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:22 PM   #3
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Funny, I have a 2011 with the last 3 issues. The clutch only shudders after I've abused it (stop go traffic, trying to stop people from cutting me off ) I'm running stage 2 power, but have no problems, despite those symptoms. Trans is ok, engine is happy, and I'm at 24000 miles (38600km). Been at stage 1 power for 7k miles and stage 2 power for 3k miles. Not a hiccup to report.

Edit: I should throw in that apparently, our 5-speeds are garbage.
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:29 PM   #4
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yea haha, i was thinking of modding, but after having so many problems i've just forgot about it. And also, our 5 speeds are not the smoothest driving vehicles, very jerky ride 24/7 lol, even when i get a good shift, it still fills jerky in a way.
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:30 PM   #5
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i have the last 2 problems
trans noise very evident in 2nd and 3rd gear when i lift off of throttle at like 3k rpm

throw-out bearing noise once in awhile

^ i thought our 5spds are pretty good now for 08+?
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:45 PM   #6
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I've become obsessed with the tranny noise. Not the whine but the meshing/grinding noise on deceleration. I've been told by many, many people that this is how it sounds. One guy has put over 30k miles on his car since he first noticed the noise. He and I both have kartboy bushings and that amplifies transmission noises. I won't worry until something happens because all Subaru will say is "normal transmission noise".

The gauge pod may have a bad ground which would account for the behavior. I had a car that did that, different manufacturer, had a rusted ground strap. I guess moisture got behind the cluster and it affected other cars in the line so it wasn't anything I did.

08+ trannys are much better than the 02-03 and marginally better than the 04-07 but not invincible. I think they are the legacy transmissions.
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:48 PM   #7
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ahh ok, i have the kartboy bushings as well, I really dont mind the whining and grinding/meshing , but its mostly for my passengers rofl, They are all like wtf is this sound. like what else can i say but its a subaru ahahha

And yea, i have an appointment at the dealer tommorow, gunna see how everything goes, and will update
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:24 AM   #8
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Can't say I have any of those problems...yet.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:03 AM   #9
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I actually have the same issue with the transmission making that weird grinding/meshing sound in 2nd and 3rd when i decelerate from around 3k rpms in my 06 wrx.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:14 AM   #10
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"4. Transmission noise, sounds like when i let go of the throttle, it sounds like stuff is grinding/meshing together, very unsmooth process making for a very grindy/loud/uncomfortable ride."

.....That transmission noise is normal I owned a 06 WRX that did that for over 70k+ miles with no issues at all on stage 2 power, I traded it in with 99k miles never one transmission issue. I now own a '12 WRX does the same thing, I would have to say its normal.

"2. Temperature gauge is going from half to low, and vise versa"
You do understand that it should be at half when the car is warmed up? when the car is first turned on and is warming up it works its way to half.

"5. In the morning, which this problem only occurs at, is when i depress the clutch i hear this whistling noise. Ive researched and ive heard it could be my throwout bearing but ive taken it to subaru, and they havnt done anything aobut it and told me its normal."
Again same thing with my 06 WRX and with my '12. I would say its normal. Also seems worse when its raining or after its rained until the car is warmed up.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:25 AM   #11
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Thanks for the info dye.sti nice to know the tranny sound is just normal
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:51 AM   #12
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dye.sti, i mean the temperature gauge goes from half-way point (where it should be) down to almost 0... in just a matter of seconds, then back up again to half, its fluctuating too much up and down.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:19 AM   #13
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Just #5 for me. I took it to the dealer and of course they didn't hear it I'll have to take it back in and leave it overnight again, but this time be there when they 1st start it the next day!
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:03 AM   #14
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dye.sti, i mean the temperature gauge goes from half-way point (where it should be) down to almost 0... in just a matter of seconds, then back up again to half, its fluctuating too much up and down.
That's an issue, I would contact the dealer.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:33 AM   #15
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Just #5 for me. I took it to the dealer and of course they didn't hear it I'll have to take it back in and leave it overnight again, but this time be there when they 1st start it the next day!
UPDATE on #5 2nd dealer heard the issue and will be fixed under warranty.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:02 PM   #16
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1. Rpms start glitching only when i start in first gear, then re-engage the clutch for instance if someone pulls up infront of me and i need to stop, and then once i rev it again, the revs just start lagging hardcore, like it will go up to .5 then jump in a weird way to 1.5 with lag etc.
Are you sure this isn't you fighting against the hill assist "feature"?

2. Temperature gauge is going from half to low, and vise versa
Well, as long as it doesn't get to H I don't see a problem... check the grounds as mentioned, coolant level, thermostat, and fan switch if you want.

3. Clutch shudder, i dont know how to solve this problem and ive been reading that heavier clutches make it worse.
My old honda would chatter pretty badly if I drove it wrong. Try giving it more throttle as you slip and feather the clutch pedal back in a bit.

4. Transmission noise, sounds like when i let go of the throttle, it sounds like stuff is grinding/meshing together, very unsmooth process making for a very grindy/loud/uncomfortable ride.
My 05 RS did this, 2 dealers said "it's normal" .. but def a very scary noise. passengers think the car is about to break apart
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:41 PM   #17
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I've got a 2011, solid motor mounts, STi pitch-stopper and Group N tranny mount. I know exactly what you're talking about. The transmission is loud as hell. whines when accelerating and sounds grindy/whiney when engine braking. Riding in my friends '09, obviously not quite as loud as mine as hes still all stock mounts, but it's also loud. I've heard from a few people that they are that way.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:25 AM   #18
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1. Rpms start glitching only when i start in first gear, then re-engage the clutch for instance if someone pulls up infront of me and i need to stop, and then once i rev it again, the revs just start lagging hardcore, like it will go up to .5 then jump in a weird way to 1.5 with lag etc.
I'm not sure if I'm understanding you correctly, but I know that my car reacts much differently/laggy when I have the A/C on or climate control in auto (especially noticeable starting in first gear. Maybe that's your issue?

2. Temperature gauge is going from half to low, and vise versa
My temperature gauge will flucuate slightly after warm like half of a notch, but your's moving that much sounds like an issue I would definitely have the dealer fix. I've heard of other people having the issue as extreme as yours as well, which is weird and sounds like it could be a serious problem.

3. Clutch shudder, i dont know how to solve this problem and ive been reading that heavier clutches make it worse.
My clutch operates very smoothly most of the time, but once in a while out of nowhere it will be much stiffer and rough on the pedal in travel and engagement for a bit then go away again, usually by the end of my drive. I'm worried it will get worse though and could be related to the throwout bearing issue I have, which you are describing below.

4. Transmission noise, sounds like when i let go of the throttle, it sounds like stuff is grinding/meshing together, very unsmooth process making for a very grindy/loud/uncomfortable ride.
My 06 had this as does my 2012. I put 160k miles on my 06 though with no tranny issues whatsoever, so I believe this a very normal and not a problem. Just comes with driving an AWD 5 speed Subaru I think

5. In the morning, which this problem only occurs at, is when i depress the clutch i hear this whistling noise. Ive researched and ive heard it could be my throwout bearing but ive taken it to subaru, and they havnt done anything aobut it and told me its normal.
I have this exact same problem in morning especially when cold out. Only hear it when near the bottom of pedal travel when fully depressed and then goes away after car is warmed up to halfway mark. Seems to be getting worse though, so I may have the dealer fix it under warranty. I've heard that this can be from a lack of grease on the throwout bearing and will lead to excessive wear and problems down the road. I've seen that there is a vendor which makes some sort of sleave to protect the throwout bearing specific to Subarus as it is a common problem with them.

My 06 had a similar problem, but the chirping whistling noise would actually occur with the pedal out and go away once the pedal was depressed at all. I was able to fix the noise by putting grease on the shift fork bearing area and the clutch travel was smoother for a bit, but then after a while became stiff and not as smooth again
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