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Headlights Problems of Subaru Impreza



Subaru Impreza owners have reported 9 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 Subaru Impreza 1
Failure Date: 01/24/2014

Submission from Subaru of America, inc. Re consumer complaint- 2008 Subaru Impreza. The consumer stated on January 24, 2014, the high beam lights would not come on. However, she did smell a burnt plastic smell coming from her vehicle. She purchased a replacement bulb from an auto parts store. The consumer later went to a lube establishment, to have the driver's side replaced. But, when the hood was opened, it was discovered both headlight plastic covers had melted . The mechanic informed the her, the headlight assemblies needed to be replaced. When the consumer called the dealer to explain the situation, she was given an estimate of $1300 to replace the headlight assemblies. Soon after, the passenger high beam light would not come on. She went back to the auto parts store and purchased another bulb. On February 24, 2014, the consumer was informed, Subaru would pay 50% for the replacement, as a courtesy because the vehicle was out of warranty.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Subaru Impreza 2
Failure Date: 08/07/2013

Wiring in fuse box under high beam relay corrodes creating an electrical fire hazard and stop high beam headlights from functioning correctly. This is cause for concern due to exposed wires in fuse box and lighting issues at night. After speaking to several other 2008 to 2010 Subaru Impreza owners I have found this is a common issue that the dealer refuses to correct.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Subaru Impreza 3
Failure Date: 10/08/2009

Is NHTSA aware of how nearly useless the low beam headlights are on some Subarus? I just bought a new 2009 Impreza. Its low beams are so dim they're dangerous, and because of them I wish I hadn't bought the car. The first evening I drove it, I almost ran over a group of people -- and would have if I hadn't been stopped at a stop sign. The way the low beam headlights are configured, I couldn't see these people until they stepped off the curb. Subaru customer service advice? keep the lights clean. They were; they are; I will -- but no matter how immaculate they are, they still cast too little light. Would NHTSA please check into this darkness at Subaru? an employee at the car dealership told me his 2008 Subaru has the same problem. Oh and by the way, the fog lights don't help a bit. They make no difference at all. I hope nsc can prompt Subaru to cast some light! if this problem is typical -- and I gather that it is -- I think a recall is needed. Thank you. Updated 10/16/09.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Subaru Impreza 4
Failure Date: 10/01/2008

Keyless entry security when you turn it on the headlights doesn't blink. On the dashboard "security" word is flashing. It wasn't there before.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Subaru Impreza 5
Failure Date: 08/20/2006

The hid headlights on the Subaru->impreza->wrx->sti sit way too low. I cannot see the entire road in front of me. The headlights need to be raised up so people can see the road better. The headlights can be moved up and down with a switch on the sti and even when set at the highest settings the headlights end about 20 feet on the ground in front of the vehicle. I almost hit a kid because I could not see him in the dark! must be fixed matter of safety and emergency!.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Subaru Impreza 6
Failure Date: 09/01/2004

Headlights are getting to be hazy after 30000 miles, very hard to see at night. Subaru says not there problem.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Subaru Impreza 7
Failure Date: 08/24/2004

Headlight lenses are fogging up on the outside lmiting the amount of light radiated at night. I have checked numerous other similar model cars and they all have the same problem in some degree. Subaru refuses to take action under the warranty and maintains that the problem is "normal wear and tear in the environment". I maintain they selected an inferior plastic for the headlight lenses. I know that Subaru is aware of this problem because "lenses" are specifically excluded under all the extended Subaru factory warranties they offer.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2004 Subaru Impreza 8
Failure Date: 09/11/2003

I bought a 2004 Subaru Impreza wrx sti in July 2003 from bob baker Subaru in el cajon, California and ever since then I have had one problem after the next. Please be advised that all servicing is completed at the lancaster Mazda-Subaru location where I live. Several cosmetic parts were defective when the car was purchased such the trunk latch did not function, the back seat was unhooked, the seat lever that moves the seat in half, the cup holder does not function properly, and the head lights fogged up. Mechanical failure has also occurred. It has had an odd noise in the engine since the beginning which Subaru claims is normal for this car because it is a "racecar". The starter sometimes grinds when attempting to start the car, Subaru could not diagnose this problem. The left rear chassis makes an odd noise when rolling that Subaru could not diagnose. It has gotten progressively worse and now when you turn the vehicle it makes a loud metal against metal screech. As of 6/18/2004 the engine has begun to fail. When the rpms reach between 4000-5000 the car cuts out prior to accelerating and a burning smell is detected. I spoke with the original dealership I bought the car from and they acknowledged that when this car is driven a little bit harder than normal they are noticing that several of the Impreza wrx sti's are being brought back in with engine failure. They have noted several problems such as turbo bog, overheating, poor performance, and the catalytic converters burning up. There is obviously a distinct problem with this over $30,000 and I think a complaint should be filed against Subaru. When it is out of warranty and it breaks, as it will, it will just sit in a garage because I cannot afford to fix a car that is manufactured poorly. Subaru has advised that this car is a race car and it is far from that. They should be held responsible for all problems arising from this car since they obviously manufactured a poorly made vehicle.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Subaru Impreza 9
Failure Date: 02/01/2000

Keyless entry was not working properly/dashlights would go out, and sometimes headlights would go out too. Also, had to pull over on the highway and wait for about 20 minutes because consumer had no back up lights.

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