1997 Subaru Impreza i series questions


#1

I have driven Subarus before, but only a 1993, so I’ve never driven AWD before. I bought this car New this year, currently have ~2500 miles on it. This is an automatic.



When I drive the car, I’m hearing a kind of noticable, but not loud, whirring noise from under the car - is this the AWD? I never heard this kind of noise from my 2WD cars, but it is similar to a relatives truck when in 4WD mode.



I park on a hill. I sort of have to. I always use the parking break as indicated in the manual. When I release the parking break, my foot is always on the main brakes. I then shift from park to reverse, there is kind of a clunking noise and a little jerk backwards. Is this normal?



It’s also somewhat hard to get a smooth acceleration out of this car. It seems to almost always hesitate a split second before “going”, though usually that seems to be to downshift. Even when I try and very lightly use the gas, I get a sort of hesitation and then it seems to “jerk” upshift/downshift around 30mph. It’s like I can drive “aggresively”, but not “economically” easily. Is this just the car, or should I look into this?



Also, it’s started to make a plastic rattle noise on the passenger front when driving, doesn’t really matter speed, 30-60mph is the same, pretty much if there are any bumps or whatever there is the rattling. Is this something that would be covered under Warrenty?


#2

Damn, my brain farted here - I meant 2007 Impreza.


#3

The AWD system is not supposed to make noise of any kind. You shouldn’t be able to tell it’s working.

The transmission should shift smoothly and not “jerk” or clunk.

I suggest you take the car to the dealer and have these issues addressed under warranty.