3rd Generation (2008—2011) Impreza Problems

This generations ranks 30th out of 36 Subaru generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (26%), windows (17%), and the clutch (9%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Windshield/windows Seem to Have a Film on Them 11 complaints at an average of 2,880 miles in the 2008 Subaru Impreza.
  2. Blown Head Gaskets 3 complaints at an average of 125,997 miles in the 2009 Subaru Impreza.
  3. Head Gasket Leak 4 complaints at an average of 74,674 miles in the 2008 Subaru Impreza.

What Impreza Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Subaru model years.

Watch out for the 2008 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2011 4 6 85 1.83
2010 4 7 71 0.9
2009 9 10 65 7.68
2008 47 10 69 23.98

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