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Old 07-13-2017, 06:55 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,

I am fairly new to this forum (watching but not active). I didn't see any thread with 2018 model issues so decided to create one to share mine.

I am having two really annoying issues on my brand new 2018 WRX STI (520miles ODO).

1. Driver side rear suspension is making squeaking noise when in complete stop. It takes very minimal force to make it squeak (opening doors, leaning against the car etc)
Has anyone experienced this or fixed the issue? I am planning to take a look at the suspension later tonight or a ramp.

2. Rattling noise coming from driver side during deceleration / engine braking and upshifting.
I have done some researches and it is definitely not dash rattling.
It occurs only when i am shifting around 2700-3800rpm or decelerating around that RPM.

This is my 5th manual car and 4th Subaru but my first STI.
Any help or advise will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-13-2017, 08:13 PM   #2
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Not good, bring it into the dealer. Hope mine coming in doesn't have that problem.

What did dealer say?
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Old 07-13-2017, 09:16 PM   #3
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Not good, bring it into the dealer. Hope mine coming in doesn't have that problem.



What did dealer say?


I didn't take it to a dealer yet. Dealership I bought it from is 240 miles away.

I was able to identify what is causing the squeaking sound!!! It was the parking brake.
When its pulled, it squeaks and when the brake is released, it doesn't squeak at all.

The other noise is just killing me. I might take it to the dealership early next week.

You can clearly here the sound around 51s
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Old 07-14-2017, 08:38 AM   #4
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I picked up my 18 WRX 6MT Premium with Performance Package last night. The only annoyance right now (besides the standard 15+ ones) is shifting out of reverse takes more effort than it did with my 17 WRX Premium. No squeaks or rattles yet.
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Old 07-14-2017, 10:19 AM   #5
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I didn't take it to a dealer yet. Dealership I bought it from is 240 miles away.

I was able to identify what is causing the squeaking sound!!! It was the parking brake.
When its pulled, it squeaks and when the brake is released, it doesn't squeak at all.

The other noise is just killing me. I might take it to the dealership early next week.

You can clearly here the sound around 51s
https://youtu.be/qucmu_IlzvI
It wasn't that loud clunk that was audible around 51 seconds was it?

Do they have some sort of fake sound tubing coming from motor to interior? Kinda like the vw's do.
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Old 07-14-2017, 11:14 AM   #6
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I didn't take it to a dealer yet. Dealership I bought it from is 240 miles away.

I was able to identify what is causing the squeaking sound!!! It was the parking brake.
When its pulled, it squeaks and when the brake is released, it doesn't squeak at all.

The other noise is just killing me. I might take it to the dealership early next week.

You can clearly here the sound around 51s
https://youtu.be/qucmu_IlzvI
You can take it to any Subaru dealer, it doesn't have to be the one you bought the car from.
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Old 07-14-2017, 11:33 AM   #7
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2018 wrx here. gripes = soft clutch and thin aluminum hood

1500 miles and ive aleady had pdr work
no scratches tho
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Old 07-14-2017, 02:42 PM   #8
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I had no idea that people even had their 2018s yet let alone having problems with them.

Are unsold 2017s going for cheap now?
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Old 07-14-2017, 03:35 PM   #9
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how you likin those drilled rotors?
must look cool as hell
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Old 07-14-2017, 09:48 PM   #10
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I'm not hearing the rattle. For the parking brake, it's probably just out of adjustment - it should auto-adjust - try pulling (firmly) and releasing the brake a few times and see if it goes away. If not, pull the wheel, pull off the rubber port to access the adjuster, and tighten it up yourself. (I'd pull the wheel, then pull the rotor and see if there is anything amiss - lubricate contact points, etc. (basically, service the parking brake) then put it back together, adjust the parking brake and see if it's fixed) - otherwise, as indicated above, any subaru dealer will service the car under warranty - doesn't matter where you bought it, your warranty is good at any Subaru dealer.
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Old 07-22-2017, 06:54 PM   #11
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I didn't take it to a dealer yet. Dealership I bought it from is 240 miles away.

I was able to identify what is causing the squeaking sound!!! It was the parking brake.
When its pulled, it squeaks and when the brake is released, it doesn't squeak at all.

The other noise is just killing me. I might take it to the dealership early next week.

You can clearly here the sound around 51s
https://youtu.be/qucmu_IlzvI
Simalair issue, you get a answer yet. Just picked mine up today.


Also my heated seats literally work for crap. I can't feel them. Anyone else have that on the sti?
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Old 07-23-2017, 01:30 AM   #12
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Simalair issue, you get a answer yet. Just picked mine up today.


Also my heated seats literally work for crap. I can't feel them. Anyone else have that on the sti?
You should normally feel it within a couple of minutes?
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Old 07-23-2017, 08:49 AM   #13
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I picked up my 2018 WRX(base model) about a month ago today. I also I have a 2015 WRX that will be going back soon. No problems yet with my 2018, besides the usual annoyances. In my opinion the clutch feels better than previous models, its softer and feels better for everyday driving. The handling feels just a little better and check your tires PSI from dealer mine were at 45psi when its recommended to be at 33/32. Shifter still feels like crap but perrin shifter stop and bushing helped out alot. Interior feels nicer and the little display screen is better. Not sure if subaru has a different tune but the car feels better during everyday driving and seems easier to drive in the city and power delivery seems smoother.
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Old 07-23-2017, 09:12 AM   #14
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Why is your 2015 going back? Is it a lease?
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Old 07-23-2017, 09:21 AM   #15
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Why is your 2015 going back? Is it a lease?
Yea the 2015 is the car my wife drives. Its up in october and she wants the forester XT now. I was going to get a Civic TYPE R but after seeing it in person and driving it and dealers were charging 10k extra It was not worth it to me. So I went back to the WRX with no regrets. I like the 2018 better but if you have 2015+ its not a must to trade for a new one. The only thing noticeable is the clutch, its softer and easier to drive and the power seems smoother and less jumpy. Some people dont like the front bumper on the new one but side by side the 2018 looks much better IMO.
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Old 07-23-2017, 09:25 AM   #16
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Yea the 2015 is the car my wife drives. Its up in october and she wants the forester XT now. I was going to get a Civic TYPE R but after seeing it in person and driving it and dealers were charging 10k extra It was not worth it to me. So I went back to the WRX with no regrets. I like the 2018 better but if you have 2015+ its not a must to trade for a new one. The only thing noticeable is the clutch, its softer and easier to drive and the power seems smoother and less jumpy. Some people dont like the front bumper on the new one but side by side the 2018 looks much better IMO.


Is there enough equity in the 2015 to buy it and use it as a trade in for the Forester?
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Old 07-23-2017, 10:02 AM   #17
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by the time we hand it in it will have about 28000 miles on it and at the end to buy it out it would be $18646. KBB has it at about 23000 in value which is about $4600 so we are thinking of buying it and then trading it in.
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Old 07-23-2017, 11:13 AM   #18
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by the time we hand it in it will have about 28000 miles on it and at the end to buy it out it would be $18646. KBB has it at about 23000 in value which is about $4600 so we are thinking of buying it and then trading it in.
You don't have to buy it first. If you want to trade, talk with the dealer. Although I don't lease, I used to work with a guy who did and he always negotiated the trade in and always got more than the agreed end of lease value.
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Old 07-23-2017, 09:10 PM   #19
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the only issue I am having is waiting 2 months for my car to be delivered.
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Old 07-24-2017, 10:19 AM   #20
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Here is my list:

Car out of alignment from the start. Toe majorly out of whack and steering wheel off center and was a dead giveaway. Still offset but now in the other direction so need to take it back. I will probably wait until my plates come in to not make two trips.

I have milky spot on my paint. It is definitely under the clear and need to show it next time in service. I had a similar issue on my wife's '16 Tacoma which had a small 1/4 inch spot that was hazy. They ended up repainting and clearing which I DO NOT want. Hopefully they can DA that bastard out.

Lastly, my shifter is a hot mess moving around when in gear. I do have the STI short shifter in mine but there is so much play/movement. I have the rear bushing and front Perrin bushings coming in to see if that helps.

I need to check mine out to see If I have the ones you noted on here.

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Old 08-02-2017, 04:26 AM   #21
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why have they not added apple car play or android auto to the STIs yet? I guess that would be one of my major complaints. They have it on other model subarus, so why not the higher end models?
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Old 08-02-2017, 08:06 AM   #22
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The only problem I have is with the [email protected]&:y stereo. Everything else seemed tight on the test drive and is solid today.
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Old 08-02-2017, 03:43 PM   #23
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I had no idea that people even had their 2018s yet let alone having problems with them.

Are unsold 2017s going for cheap now?

My local dealers have 18's in stock. The 17's are basically same price so might as well get brand new
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Old 08-02-2017, 05:06 PM   #24
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My local dealers have 18's in stock. The 17's are basically same price so might as well get brand new
Here in Maryland lots of dealers were willing to cut more money off the 17s than the 18s. Heck, one dealer wouldn't drop the price at all another said fill out a credit app than we can dicuss price. Another was hiding two 2018 Stis in their satellite storage lot because they wanted to move their 2017s before displaying the 18s. Subaru won't do 0% on 2018 WRXs either.

I got $2805 off an 18 STi base. I felt like I did OK.

For some that $1000-2000 may make a difference. Me I had to have stuff I don't need, 19s, drilled rotors and big ass brakes.
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Old 08-04-2017, 09:50 AM   #25
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Here is my list:

Car out of alignment from the start. Toe majorly out of whack and steering wheel off center and was a dead giveaway. Still offset but now in the other direction so need to take it back. I will probably wait until my plates come in to not make two trips.

I have milky spot on my paint. It is definitely under the clear and need to show it next time in service. I had a similar issue on my wife's '16 Tacoma which had a small 1/4 inch spot that was hazy. They ended up repainting and clearing which I DO NOT want. Hopefully they can DA that bastard out.

Lastly, my shifter is a hot mess moving around when in gear. I do have the STI short shifter in mine but there is so much play/movement. I have the rear bushing and front Perrin bushings coming in to see if that helps.

I need to check mine out to see If I have the ones you noted on here.
My STI also feels like it's out of alignment. No other problems though. I have the short throw and it's rock solid. No play/movement like you describe.
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