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Old 10-10-2014, 09:36 AM   #1
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My sister is thinking about getting a used late model impreza. What issues are common with these and what issues should I look for in them?
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Old 10-11-2014, 03:11 AM   #2
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oh boi.....

be as specific as possible is your first issue

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Old 10-11-2014, 03:47 AM   #3
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If youre asking about a post 2012 impreza, then youre in the right place. No specific knowledge here, but I can say that I know of several with the new FB engine, myself included, who havent had any issues. This includes a couple outbacks, a forester, a crosstrek, and 3 imprezas all with the FB engine, no known issues amongst them. The forester is mine, an impreza is my GF's. Have had lots of experience, havent heard of any problems yet. Check the warranty forum for presence of the model or year youre wondering about.
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Old 10-11-2014, 03:50 AM   #4
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oh boi.....

be as specific as possible is your first issue

and you managed to post in the wrong forum


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dOOOOOOOd...he's in the right forum. Where are you?
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Old 10-11-2014, 04:20 AM   #5
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Old 10-13-2014, 02:06 PM   #6
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If youre asking about a post 2012 impreza, then youre in the right place. No specific knowledge here, but I can say that I know of several with the new FB engine, myself included, who havent had any issues. This includes a couple outbacks, a forester, a crosstrek, and 3 imprezas all with the FB engine, no known issues amongst them. The forester is mine, an impreza is my GF's. Have had lots of experience, havent heard of any problems yet. Check the warranty forum for presence of the model or year youre wondering about.
Yeah, let's not mention potentially excessive oil consumption for which Subaru has released a TSB. Other than that, everything is just peachy .
When MY2011 Forester came out, it had the usual "low/no pressure" oil light just like most other Subaru vehicles before it.
By MY2012, Subaru added an actual low oil level warning light on both Forester and Impreza (and probably on FB25-equipped Legacy and Outback as well).
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Old 10-13-2014, 06:03 PM   #7
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What happened with yours? Which did you have?
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Old 10-13-2014, 06:44 PM   #8
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What happened with yours? Which did you have?
I have a 2011 Forester with the 1st year USDM FB25.
Mine currently burns up to 1.5 qts of oil over the course of a 7K OCI (48,000 miles on the ODO at this point).
I think that, in my case, it's not too bad; there are significantly worst oil drinkers out there (both FB25 and FB20).
I just wanted to let OP know about this when looking for a used FB-powered Impreza.
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Old 10-14-2014, 02:42 PM   #9
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Hmmm, didnt know about that.
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I have a 2011 Forester with the 1st year USDM FB25.
Mine currently burns up to 1.5 qts of oil over the course of a 7K OCI (48,000 miles on the ODO at this point).
I think that, in my case, it's not too bad; there are significantly worst oil drinkers out there (both FB25 and FB20).
I just wanted to let OP know about this when looking for a used FB-powered Impreza.
Thank you for the useful info
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Old 10-15-2014, 01:54 AM   #11
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Come to think of it, I did get a short lived oil level warning on the info screen a week ago, including an idiot light at the dash, but no low oil level on the dipstick. Went away after I turned car off to check the oil level. Somehow slipped my mind. I'll be watching that one though.

I also got a daylong warning light for my nonexistent passenger to buckle up, and was enabling the passenger airbag. Had to buckle the seatbelt to make it go away. This was after my nalgene leaked about 8oz water onto the passenger seat. Now is dry, no light, but will be watching, seems silly to have a simple water spill confuse the system.
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Old 10-15-2014, 03:01 PM   #12
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Come to think of it, I did get a short lived oil level warning on the info screen a week ago, including an idiot light at the dash, but no low oil level on the dipstick. Went away after I turned car off to check the oil level. Somehow slipped my mind. I'll be watching that one though. [...]
Actually, I'd love to have a low oil level warning light. Supposedly, it turns on as soon as oil level is 1 quart low.
Alas, MY2011 Forester does not have this; only available starting with MY2012.
If I was driving the Forester regularly, I would not need the warning light as I check oil level at every single gas fill-up. Been doing it since day 1 with my 06 WRX Wagon even if it hardly consumes any oil.
But, convincing my wife to do the same has been tough; it took me the better part of 4 years .
Now, she has started to check every other gas fill-up .
Still wish our Forester had that low oil level warning light though. Maybe I should check and see how this has been implemented; maybe I can retrofit it to our Forester...
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Old 10-22-2014, 01:25 AM   #13
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I also got a daylong warning light for my nonexistent passenger to buckle up, and was enabling the passenger airbag. Had to buckle the seatbelt to make it go away. This was after my nalgene leaked about 8oz water onto the passenger seat. Now is dry, no light, but will be watching, seems silly to have a simple water spill confuse the system.
The seat thinks your very light passenger peed their pants.
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Old 10-22-2014, 04:31 AM   #14
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Funny though, every time I piss my pants in the driver seat, no error lights....it doesnt care about the driver.....forever alone....
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My passenger seat belt sensor is annoyingly sensitive anything like a water bottle or phone will set it off I have to leave the belt buckled all the time.
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My passenger seat belt sensor is annoyingly sensitive anything like a water bottle or phone will set it off I have to leave the belt buckled all the time.
I think most lateish modle Subaru's are like this.
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Almost 30k miles and no oil burn what so ever. It seems to have a strange vibration(sounds like engine but I cant rule out the possibility that it could be the cvt) at about 3800rpm but that doesn't change the fact that it works wonderfully and always gets 30-34mpg(the mpg readout seems to show +2 to +3 mpg more). It does have random issues with the rear seat belts not wanting to come out all the way as if you yanked on them to lock but I'm just pulling on them slowly. Had one replaced under warranty but the other wasn't acting up at that time. Nobody hardly sits back there anyway. Car seems to be peppy with little throttle input but when I really want to go somewhere its slower than poo. Overall I am impressed with the little bugger.
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25k miles ... 3k change intervals almost no burned oil

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Close to no oil burn at 3K interval is expected. Try 6~7.5K miles and see out that goes.
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I do the 7500 interval, no oil burn.

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If you live somewhere where it gets below 50 for at least a few months of the year, get an engine block heater installed or buy one that already has one. I almost stabbed my friend when he told me he let the car salesman talk him out of getting one for the XV limited he just bought.
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Old 11-08-2014, 05:37 PM   #22
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Will try 7500 this time .. besides sucky subaru paint car has no problems

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btw with you guys who are burning oil are you running 5w30 or rotella t6 5w40?
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Fyi, 0w20 is what is supposed to be in it.

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