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Old 10-16-2001, 07:35 PM   #151
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15 Impreza Hatch
Base - CWS - 5MT

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*approx. 400 miles on July 23rd, two days after picking up car
*P1443 (Evap. Control Module)
*Brewster Subaru, although bought at Rye Subaru.
*Brewster Sub. sent computer to SOA, re-programmed, and shipped
back after 5 days. Dealer's service Tech. drove the car HARD in front
of my face, made me mad. No Complaint filed.
*~7200 miles, no issues since.

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Old 10-17-2001, 12:27 PM   #152
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2002 WRX/GTX
WRX Wagon/Mazda GTX


manual trans
12,000 miles
no CEL noticed
Carter Subaru

1. Rough idle at startup, feels like a cylinder or two is not working. Severe hesitation during acelleration.
2. While driving car it loosses all power for a split second like either fuel of spark has been cut off.
Goes in Friday the 19th of Oct

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Old 10-18-2001, 01:27 AM   #153
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5MT, 9100 miles P1443 fuel evap solenoid

MIL was on shrieden's wrx. Checked/cleared w/obd-2 scanner.
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Old 10-18-2001, 07:43 PM   #154
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2002 WRX


~3000 km - vent control solenoid (P1443)
~6800 km - vent control solenoid again (P1443)
Westboro Auto Imports, Ottawa.

Didn't experience any problems driving car after check engine light illuminated. Check engine light turned itself off ~100 km later.

Dealership will flash ECU. Very easy, no arguing needed.

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Old 10-23-2001, 06:06 PM   #155
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2002 WRX

Default WRX Check Engine Light Log

12000 km - (P0303) Misfire cylinder #3
15000 km - (P0303) Misfire cylinder #3
Westboro Auto Imports, Ottawa.

Both occured after having used the car for about 10-20km and then turning the car off and then restarting the car withing 10min of shutoff. Both times happened at idle and i did notice the car was idling a bit rough both times. Both times dealer reset ECU.

Last time (10/23/01) they told me it might have something to do with the "aftermarket" alarm system which is tied in somehow in some fashion to cylinder#3's wiring. They siad this could be causing the problem as it an aftermarket alarm (even though i ordered the car with the alarm and they either installed it themselves, or shipped it somehwere to have the alarm installed) They said the will be contacting Subaru to determine an appropriate course of action.

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Old 10-24-2001, 12:08 PM   #156
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Auto Sedan

on at 1000 CEL on for the hole week.
the dealer turn it off.
no code shown.

at 5000 and turn of by it self after 3 days.

dealer sent computer to SOA for reprogram.(took them 3 days to come back. got a loaner car)

over 6000 now, no CEL yet

Manassa Subaru, Manassas, VA
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Old 10-26-2001, 09:42 PM   #157
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Default P0340

manual transmission

10/20/01; 9,200 miles on, off next morning

no symptoms

P0340 camshaft position sensor

Homestead Subaru

pulled code, checked sensor- tested OK, but replaced it anyway to play it safe, reset ECU

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Old 10-29-2001, 12:25 PM   #158
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2003 Infiniti G35 SC
Laser Red. 99 Chevy Sub.


CEL on at around 5700

Codes: 0301 and 0303.
Dealer cleared codes and did 4 driving cycles. Said there wasn't any thing else wrong. That they were erroneous codes.
Dealer: Frederick Motor Co., Frederick MD

The CEL has come on 4 other times since.

once around 7000 ( I took off gas cap and then put it back on, light was gone when started it up again).

once around 8800 ( could not get it go off, so I tried the 4 key cycle)

once around 10000 ( again it would not go off. did the 4 key cycle).

and the last time was around 11500 ( this time around 11600 it went off after it had sat for awhile).

Unfortunately I didn't get the exact mileage and haven't had the codes pulled yet for the other 4 times.

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Old 10-29-2001, 06:27 PM   #159
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02 WRX Sedan


* transmission = manual
* date/mileage it went on = 10-30-01 / 8847
* code I retrieved = P1443
* name of dealer = unimportant
* what action the dealer took = diagnosis turned up no problems, so ECM mailed off to distributor for re-programming.

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Old 10-31-2001, 01:47 PM   #160
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Location: Huntington, VT
2005 OBXT


second allocation WRX wagon
transmission = manual
date/mileage it went on = 10-30-01 / 11005
code I retrieved = P1443
name of dealer = Burlington Subaru, Burlington, VT
what action the dealer took = service appt scheduled for 11-9-01 to have the ECU reflashed, said that SOA is so backed up reflashing the ECUs that they don't want to see it for a week. The dealer also stated that they have seen a few of the same problem with the 6cyl legacys. My wife is not pleased with the check engine light having been on, especially since the WRX was purchased to replace an Outback that she thought was a "death mobile".
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Old 11-07-2001, 08:17 AM   #161
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2002 WRX


* last week with 1500 miles
* code was "system to lean"
* Grand Prix Subaru of NY
* reset computer and advised me to remove my aftermarket intake and blow off valve
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Old 11-07-2001, 09:17 AM   #162
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03 Honda Blue Egg
Toyota Silver Shoe


* manual
* 11/2/01, approximately 10830 on, 10986 off
* PO457
* Kelly Subaru
* cleared code and road tested

* 11/7/01, 11374 miles
* unsure of taking to dealer yet (too far) - how do you pull the codes yourself?
* considering resetting ECU myself
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Old 11-11-2001, 08:57 PM   #163
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2004 STi
Java Black Pearl


MFG DATE = 03/01
transmission = manual
* date/mileage it went on = 11/11/01 / 10500
* code I retrieved = P1443
* name of dealer = did not go
* I cleared the code, will monitor it over next few days, if it re-appears I will call dealer or SOA and see what they want to do.

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Old 11-13-2001, 12:24 PM   #164
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Location: Littleton CO.

* 02 Sportwagon, 5MT
* CEL on at 7002, 11/11/01. Off at 7080 11/12/01
* P0303, Misfire on #3 Cyl.
* Burt Subaru, Littleton, CO
* ECU sent to SoA for re-flash

* CEL came on during low-speed parking lot driving
* Dealer tech staff knowledgeable about the P0303, still contacted SoA to be sure.
* OBW provided as loaner
* Back in service 11/14/01


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Old 11-15-2001, 12:37 PM   #165
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* 02 Sportwagon, 5MT
* CEL on at 22015, 11/14/01. Off following morning at startup.
* P1443, Fuel Evap Solynoid.
* Metro Subaru, Somerset MA
* Reset and followed instructions per Service Manual

This is the 3rd time I've gotten a P1443. All they do is reset it.

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Old 11-21-2001, 09:20 AM   #166
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2002 Sport Wagon
13,260 miles
code: P1443-vent control solenoid
Dealer: Carter Sube, Seattle Washington
CEL popped on while crusing at 60mph, scanned with pocketlogger.
Will call Carter this morning to see what the game plan is and how
they are addressing this problem. Hopefully they have gotten smart and have replacement ECU's instead of pulling the ECU and sending it away for reflashing which means no WRX for a while.
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Old 11-26-2001, 01:27 PM   #167
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*02 WRX sedan Manual
*~7000 miles, three times so far
*2nd time, P0303, Misfire - haven't checked for the 3rd time. This apparently was the only code stored, even though it was checked during the second CEL.
*Purchased at Dwyer, haven't returned for CEL
*A friend pulled the code while the CEL was on the 2nd time. All three times the CEL came on when the car was started hot, and operating less than 5 minutes. The CEL is on right now, but the first two times it went of after a couple driving cycles.
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Old 11-28-2001, 08:18 PM   #168
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2002 WRX
Platinum Silver


*WRX sedan manual tranny
*sub 1000/2948
*P0457(Evaporative Emission Control System Leak Detected (gross leak)/P0303 (misfire cyl. 3)
*cleared them both with my scan tool

*no mods, Mobil 93 used for every tank since new, except this tank which is Exxon 93 during which I got the misfire code
I did get the P0303 after hot-starting my car, but I had not been driving hard any time reasonably near that time (maybe not driving hard was the problem! )

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Old 11-28-2001, 09:20 PM   #169
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'02 RevLab 11.5:1
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Post Exxon-Mobil

Since Exxon now owns Mobil, I wonder if they'll keep separate gas refineries? (things that make you go "hmmm")
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Old 11-30-2001, 10:22 AM   #170
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2002 WRX


2002 Sedan
4,769 miles
code: P1443 - vent control solenoid

CEL came on while crusing at 50mph. Dealer needs to remove ECU and have it reflashed. Car will be left at dealer for approx. three days while ECU is shipped some place. Free rental will be provided by dealer. No modifications, car well taken care of, no other problems.
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Old 12-04-2001, 08:35 AM   #171
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Location: Pittsburgh, Pa
2002 WRX
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WRX Sedan
5 speed
5073 miles

P0303 mis-fire no. 3 cyl
cleared while I waited. Suggested bad tank of gas.
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Old 12-04-2001, 09:26 AM   #172
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2002 Impreza WRX
WR Blue


transmission: manual

what date/mileage: August @10k

what code: vent control solenoid

dealer: Metric Subaru

action the dealer took:scanned, and reset...did not come back.

Although...yesterday, CEL came back on. Haven't brought to dealer yet.

Both times, CEL came on in 4th gear, while picking holes through traffic, with lots of rapid on and off throttle. Will post when this CEL diagnosed.
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Old 12-04-2001, 09:49 AM   #173
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2002 WRX sedan

Lightbulb CEL Light

Wrx sedan 5spd

1500 miles

went mysteriously off 200 miles later
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Old 12-04-2001, 01:39 PM   #174
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Its got internal
combustion ftw!


2002 5 spd wagon
CEL ON: ~1000 mi 11/30 after KK meet driving around 70 mph on the Freeway, tank about 3/4 full
Code: P0453 (Fuel Tank Pressure Sensor Circuit High)
Dealer: Irvine Subaru (only one open Sat, 12/1)
Dealer suggested poor quality gas and recommended Chevron and 76. Cleared code and test drove.

Filled up with Chevron 91 12/3. Light went off after fill up; CEL came back on after about 50 mi of driving (1200 mi), again on the highway. Taking it to the dealer Friday (next open appt).

Always used 91 oct. First fill up @ Shell, second @ Chevron.

UPDATE 12/7: Light was off, ASSAEL pulled code, got P0453, did emission test, found no defect.

UPDATE 12/10: Filled up gas with Shell (service director at ASSAEL said I can put any gas brand I want, as long its 91). Light came back on after about 50 mi. Took car to dlr on Tues. 12/11. Dlr claims there is short somewhere, and they need to keep car. Got Chevy Metro rental (just shoot me now) w NO POWER STEERING! I want them to fix the CEL, but I don't want to drive a POS metro.

UPDATE 12/13: Dlr called and told me something is loose in the ECU, so they ordered a new ECU. I'll get the WRX back till they get the part.

UPDATE: 12/27: New ECU is installed, 12/28 Check engine light is back on. Had dealer check it again!! This time they think it's a Fuel Pressure Sensor. New Part is ordered.

UPDATE: 1/14/02: Fuel Pressure Sensor part has arrived. 1/15: I took the car to the dealer. He quoted me 2-3 hours, but the technician says, "No Way! That sensor is in the fuel tank. We have to drop the rear driveshaft, and the fuel tank to get to it. It'll be at least a day to do it. The dealer didn't want to give me a rental for 2-3 hours, but agreed to get me a rental. Enterprise didn't have any Chevy Metros (thank the lord!) and so I got a Park Avenue. It's a far cry from the WRX, but it's nice. Hopefully this is the end of my CEL woes.

UPDATE: 1/26/02: The car hasn't been driven much because I'm driving my old MX6 to make sure stuff still works. CEL is back on today after putting gas and driving about 60 miles. AARRGH!! Those idiots at Assael are quite incompetent at fixing this problem. SOA is going to get an angry call from me Monday AM.

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Old 12-04-2001, 07:36 PM   #175
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02 WRX Red


Trans: Manual
Date On: 12/01/01 (8367 miles - came on when I started car)
Date Off: 12/04/01 CEL reset (8409 miles)
Code: P1443
Dealer: Morristown Subaru

- Reset CEL and ordered new vent valve. They will let me know when it comes in. Service manager indicated that nearly all the WRXs they have sold generated this code. They have made SOA aware of it but to their knowledge SOA was not going to issue a recall.
- 12/10 : Reset eliminated CEL, dealer cleaned out evaporative canister and sealed with silicon. Found lots of cob webs in canister and hoses. Dealer said this was a common problem with Subarus. Retested ECU and found no further codes. Did not replace vent valve.

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