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Old 13 Nov 2011, 12:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys-

I am hoping for some help. I just bought a used 08 2.5i Impreza (I've had it for a month- it is a certified Subaru used). Every few starts (it has happened twice the past 2 days), when I start my car it fails. My car cranks like normal, then bam- stops. It cranks for about 1.5 sections (about 3 'rotation' sounds), then cuts off. It feels like it needs one more rotation to catch and then start.

Luckily my brother is visiting (for a girl I know a lot about cars- not much about subies yet.. it is my first.. he is seasoned!)... he thinks it may be a starter solenoid or relay. What do you think??

It is definitely not the battery. My 99 mazda's starter crapped out a month before I got rid of it and I know this is not the same. It is like it is JUST about to start, then wham, stops. It happens at the same 1.5 sec interval for 4 or 5 'starts' then it actually starts..

Unfortunately this baby has 37k on it and is beyond it's normal warranty. Don't you think the dealer should cover it!? I have had it for 5 weeks!! ughhhhh

Please help I don't want to hate my subie just yet...
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Old 13 Nov 2011, 08:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: While cranking, engine shuts off 08 impreza 2.5

You should have been given a warranty by the dealer if it is dealer approved, take it back for them to sort out.
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Old 16 Dec 2011, 07:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: While cranking, engine shuts off 08 impreza 2.5

Of course the dealer wanted me to drive 3 hours... I said no. Then he told me I must have water in my fuel... joke.

Anyway, its happened once again since I posted. Looks like if it doesn't start, I take the key out, flip it around, hold the gas down a tad and it starts like a pro...

Pretty sure the key flipping does nothing... peace of mind maybe?
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