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Old 09-05-2003, 12:11 AM   #1
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Default bent steering column?

I am the owner of a brand new (4 days old) WRB 04 WRX sedan. When I sit properly in the driver's seat and grip the steering wheel at 10 and 2, the left side of the steering wheel is noticeably further away than the right side. Seems like the steering column itself is tilted/angled slightly to the left. Has anyone else noticed this?. Could this be a natural variation in production? Or should I have it looked at?

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Old 09-05-2003, 10:31 AM   #2
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slide your seat a little. see if you may have been of a notch on either side.
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Old 09-05-2003, 11:02 AM   #3
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Both my old honda and my rs are like that. I have no idea why. Just a bit though nothing to noticable. Must be something with production.
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Old 09-15-2003, 01:22 AM   #4
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Default Chris!!

You are the first one besides myself have mentioned something about the tilted steering column!! My 01 RS steering column also has this 'problem'. I checked my friend's RS, it also has this same situation but not as obvious. I brought it back to my dealer where I bought my car, they pretended that they misunderstood that it is my steering wheel not aligned, I told them it's not alignment, it's the tilt and they said 'it's like that' you can't change it. Then I brought it to a local subaru dealer and they said this is 'the design' and for safety purpose. (what safety purpose if the airbag fires sideways?) and showed me a 02WRX that it has the same tilt. To my surprise!!! I called SOA and got a 'record number' and never heard from them. My 90 Honda Accord DOES not has this problem. Let me see if I can post some pictures here.

Remedy? I don't know, I checked the steering column... down at the axle... don't know what to adjust. On the other hand, there is a bracket underneath the dashboard and I shifted it a bit, but that didn't help much.
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Old 09-15-2003, 01:44 AM   #5
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I took these picture lying on the roof of my car facing down.






since I took this picture lying down facing the steering column from the bottom, you might want to slide the bracket to left.





All Impreza Owners, I want to take a poll and see how many people have this 'problem'. If this is a flaw in production?
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Old 09-16-2003, 01:02 PM   #6
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My 02 Rex does the same thing. Checked a wrx at the dealer , does the same thing. Its in the design so not much you can do about it. I don't really notice it anymore.
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Old 09-16-2003, 03:36 PM   #7
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...I noticed it on my '03 within the first couple of weeks. It's a very slight tilt.
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Old 09-17-2003, 04:55 AM   #8
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My '99 RS has the left side tilt also. I just figured it was designed that way .
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Old 09-17-2003, 08:09 PM   #9
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I went to the dealer and sat in a MY04 WRX, nice seats + momo steering wheels! Nice, and yes, the steering wheel is tilted left. (2nd time I sat in a WRX) and verified that this 'problem' exist in all imprezas at least in the USDM.
I think this is a design "flaw"? Or LHD vs RHD little mishap? Maybe RHD doesn't have this 'problem'? I bet even the $US31K
STI has this same tilt. and Yes it's a small tillt, but big enough if I put my hands on 10 and 2 o'clock and drive for 8 hours straight, I tried to make a fuss about it before but the whole world doesn't seem to be bothered by it. I just don't like the fact that I paid so much for a car and the steering wheel is "messed up" and a cheaper car like a civic, corolla can have a 'make-sense' steering wheel. So well, Chris, if you are really bothered by it, go all out to have it changed, fixed, corrected, otherwise, it's not just your car, it's the 'design'.

I hope Legacy doesn't have this same tilt. because I'm hoping to buy the 2005 Legacy.
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Old 09-18-2003, 12:47 AM   #10
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I think some folks are mistakenly refering to the slight tilt as a "problem". Is it really a problem or a result of the design? My guess is the latter.

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Old 09-18-2003, 12:44 PM   #11
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Default design... a faulty one I THINK.

I'm sure the designer didn't make it tilt on purpose on paper. (or on computer aided design). My guess is that it's the way the production line came out with. What came out didn't fit the design. Would you like the air bag to fire a little off and bounce you back side ways and miss the head restrain of the seat? (Actually airbag should absorb your forward force), I know it's not a big tilt to cause the airbag to miss you by a foot, but who knows what that slight tilt does in relation to airbag? If it's a real design, what's the purpose of having it tilted?

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Old 09-18-2003, 11:52 PM   #12
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My 03 wrx does not exhibit this condition. It is exactly the same distance from 3 & 9 positions to the seatback. Does the steering column look centered on your car? From the outside looking in through the windshield, the column looks like it tilts towards the center of the car, but I measured it and it was the same. I'll check my friends wrx out tomorrow to see if it has this problem.
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