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Engine Oil Leaking Problems of Subaru Impreza



Subaru Impreza owners have reported 3 problems related to engine oil leaking (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2008 Subaru Impreza 1
Failure Date: 02/01/2013

2008 Subaru Impreza. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle engine shuts down after pressing down on accelerator. The consumer stated when her husband adjusted his pant leg, it caused him to press down on the accelerator. When that happened, the vehicle let out a loud shuddering and immediately shut the engine down. All the lights stayed on and the vehicle started right back up. The consumer stated the incident happened twice. The dealer was unable to duplicate the problem. However, they did find a valve was leaking oil, which was covered under warranty.

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car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2010 Subaru Impreza 2
Failure Date: 08/03/2012

Engine completely seized while driving on the highway without any warning from the car's computer engine seizure was due to all of the oil leaking out of the engine from the oil filter area. This was a slow leak over a 5 month period. The biggest concern here is that the car's computer system did nothing to warn me of this impending catastrophic failure. No oil lights ever came on, no cel ever came on, the oil temperature gauge never moved from the middle. From the time the slight knocking in the engine started to the time of the engine seizing was probably less then 5 minutes. Even during the engine knocking no warning lights or cel came on at all. If I was not such an experienced driver I think this could have ended as a very bad accident. I could see somebody else being in a very scary and dangerous situation to have your engine completely seize up and stop while driving down the highway at a high rate of speed (68 mph) resulting in an immediate power loss, loss of power steering and loss of full breaking power while trying to navigate to the right side of the road safely. Upon alerting Subaru of America and the local dealership about this they did not show any sense of concern about this issue. If a car has no oil in it and the engine seizes while driving without any warning from the cars computer this seems like a severe liability and faulty design in the cars computer safety features. Subaru of America just did not seemed concern about this issue at all so I feel obligated to make this issue be known to prevent any possible future instances of this happening and hopefully alerting Subaru of America to this problem so they can review this and fix this issue for other Subaru Impreza wrx drivers and the safety of their occupants and other cars on the road. I am very, very thankful this did not happen when my children were in the car with me.

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car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2007 Subaru Impreza 3
Failure Date: 01/14/2011

Oil leak started, and was pooling on top of engine. Took car to get repaired, was told gasket would need replacement. Upon starting repairs, it was discovered that heli-coil had been over torqued supposedly during installation and due to over torquing, had become stripped resulting in a loose bolt and oil was able to leak out. The failure caused oil to leak out at a catastrophic rate, which could potentially cause engine fire and/or damage to catalytic converter. Old coil was taken out, threads came out with it (demonstrating over torquing), and new coil was installed. Threads from coil are available.

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