Creaks and Groans - 2012 Subaru Impreza Long-Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza Long Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza: Creaks and Groans

October 10, 2012

2012 Subaru Impreza

It's a little early for the Halloween spirit, but our long-term Impreza is emitting some spooky noises.

Alright, "spooky" is a bit strong, but it makes some noises.

Noise number one was a very low groan coming from the front when I left my parking spot last night. After I got done laughing at Riz as he wandered the lot aimlessly as he searched for whatever car he signed out, I made a sharp, low-speed turn. It's a bit like our old Corvette in the same circumstances when the differential in wheel speeds between left and right created that groan. Is it the diff, tires, all-wheel-thinga-ma-bob? Yeah, probably. It's not a big deal, and it certainly doesn't sound like something's wrong.

Noise number two is also minor, but a little more irritating. It's a creak coming from the right side of the dash. I'm a stickler for this stuff, and it bugs me over broken pavement, which is pretty much everywhere in L.A. It's the same kind of plastic-on-plastic creak that bugged me in our old long-term Challenger (sigh?I miss that beast).

That's it. Nothing ground-breaking or serious, which means the Impreza is doing its job well.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @7,921 miles

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