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Congratulations on choosing a SUBARU vehicle. This Owner’s Manual has all the information necessary to keep your SUBARU in excellent condition and to properly maintain the emission control system for minimizing emission pollutants. We urge you to read this manual carefully so that you may understand your vehicle and its operation. For information not found in this Owner’s Manual, such as details concerning repairs or adjustments, please contact the dealer from whom you purchased your SUBARU or the nearest SUBARU dealer. The information, specifications and illustrations found in this man- ual are those in effect at the time of printing. FUJI HEAVY INDUS- TRIES LTD. reserves the right to change specifications and de- signs at any time without prior notice and without incurring any ob- ligation to make the same or similar changes on vehicles previous- ly sold. This Owner’s Manual applies to all models and covers all equipment, including factory installed options. Some explanations, therefore may be for equipment not installed in your vehicle. Please leave this manual in the vehicle at the time of resale. The next owner will need the information found herein.


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This manual describes the following vehicle types.







WRX-STI models are equipped with High Intensity Discharge (HID) head- lights that contain mercury. For that reason, it is necessary to remove HID headlights before vehicle dis- posal. Once removed, please reuse, recycle or dispose of the HID head- lights as hazardous waste.

All models except WRX-STI

This vehicle does not contain mer- cury devices or parts.

Warranties for U.S.A.

All SUBARU vehicles distributed by Subaru of America, Inc. and sold at retail by an authorized SUBARU dealer in the United States come with the following warranties:

SUBARU Limited Warranty Emission Control Systems Warranty Emissions Performance Warranty

All warranty information, including details of coverage and exclusions, is in the “Warranty and Maintenance Booklet”. Please read these warranties carefully.

Warranties for Canada

All SUBARU vehicles distributed by Subaru Canada, Inc. and sold at retail by an authorized SUBARU dealer in Canada come with the following warranties:

SUBARU Limited Warranty Anti-Corrosion Warranty Emission Control Warranty

All warranty information, including details of coverage and exclusions, is in the War- ranty and Service Booklet. Please read these warranties carefully.


How to use this owner’s man- ual

Using your Owner’s manual

Before you operate your vehicle, carefully read this manual. To protect yourself and extend the service life of your vehicle, fol- low the instructions in this manual. Failure to observe these instructions may result in serious injury and damage to your vehicle. This manual is composed of fourteen chapters. Each chapter begins with a brief table of contents, so you can usually tell at a glance if that chapter contains the infor- mation you want. Chapter 1: Seat, seatbelt and SRS air- bags This chapter informs you how to use the seat and seatbelt and contains precau- tions for the SRS airbags. Chapter 2: Keys and doors This chapter informs you how to operate the keys, locks and windows. Chapter 3: Instruments and controls This chapter informs you about the opera- tion of instrument panel indicators and how to use the instruments and other switches. Chapter 4: Climate Control This chapter informs you how to operate



the climate control. Chapter 5: Audio This chapter informs you how to operate your audio system. Chapter 6: Interior equipment This chapter informs you how to operate interior equipment. Chapter 7: Starting and operating This chapter informs you how to start and operate your SUBARU. Chapter 8: Driving tips This chapter informs you how to drive your SUBARU in various conditions and ex- plains some safety tips on driving. Chapter 9: In case of emergency This chapter informs you what to do if you have a problem while driving, such as a flat tire or engine overheating. Chapter 10: Appearance care This chapter informs you how to keep your SUBARU looking good. Chapter 11: Maintenance and service This chapter informs you when you need to take your SUBARU to the dealer for scheduled maintenance and informs you how to keep your SUBARU running prop- erly. Chapter 12: Specifications This chapter informs you about dimension and capacities of your SUBARU. Chapter 13: Consumer information and Reporting safety defects

This chapter informs you about Uniform tire quality grading standards and Report- ing safety defects. Chapter 14: Index This is an alphabetical listing of all that’s in this manual. You can use it to quickly find something you want to read.

Safety warnings

You will find a number of WARNINGs, CAUTIONs and NOTEs in this manual. These safety warnings alert you to poten- tial hazards that could result in injury to you or others. Please read these safety warnings as well as all other portions of this manual careful- ly in order to gain a better understanding of how to use your SUBARU vehicle safe- ly.

A WARNING indicates a situation in which serious injury or death could result if the warning is ignored.

A CAUTION indicates a situation in which injury or damage to your vehi- cle, or both, could result if the cau- tion is ignored.

NOTE A NOTE gives information or sugges- tions how to make better use of your vehicle.

Safety symbol

000013 You will find a circle with a slash through it in this manual. This symbol means “Do not”, “Do not do this”, or “Do not let this happen”, depending upon the context.

Vehicle symbols

There are some of the symbols you may see on your vehicle.




Power door lock and unlock

Passenger’s windows lock and unlock


Front fog lights

Parking lights

Hazard warning flasher

Cigarette lighter

Engine hood






Trunk lid (Sedan)

Seat heater

Child restraint top tether an- chorages

Child restraint lower anchor- ages


Windshield wiper deicer

Wiper intermittent

Windshield wiper and wash- er

Rear window wiper and washer


Parking lights, tail lights, li- cense plate light and instru- ment panel illumination

Head lights

Headlight beam leveler

Illumination brightness

Fan speed

Instrument panel outlets

Instrument panel outlets and foot outlets

Foot outlets

Windshield defroster and foot outlets

Windshield defroster

Rear window defogger/Out- side mirror defogger

Air recirculation

Outside air





Engine oil


Door lock (transmitter)

Door unlock (Transmitter)

The SRS airbags deploy with con- siderable speed and force. Occu- pants who are out of proper posi- tion when the SRS airbag deploys could suffer very serious injuries. Because the SRS airbag needs enough space for deployment, the driver should always sit upright and well back in the seat as far from the steering wheel as practi- cal while still maintaining full ve- hicle control and the front passen- ger should move the seat as far back as possible and sit upright and well back in the seat.

Carefully read the sections “Seatbelts” and “*SRS airbag (Supplemental Re- straint System airbag)” in chapter 1 of this owner’s manual for instructions and pre- cautions concerning the seatbelt system and SRS airbag system.

Safety precautions when driving

Seatbelt and SRS airbag

All persons in the vehicle should fasten their seatbelts BEFORE the vehicle starts to move. Otherwise, the possibility of serious injury becomes greater in the event of a sudden stop or accident. To obtain maximum protection in the event of an accident, the driv- er and all passengers in the vehi- cle should always wear seatbelts when the vehicle is moving. The SRS (Supplemental Restraint Sys- tem) airbag does not do away with the need to fasten seatbelts. In combination with the seatbelts, it offers the best combined protec- tion in case of a serious accident. Not wearing a seatbelt increases the chance of severe injury or death in a crash even when the ve- hicle has the SRS airbag.

Child safety

Never hold a child on your lap or in your arms while the vehicle is moving. The passenger cannot protect the child from injury in a collision, because the child will be caught between the passenger and objects inside the vehicle. While riding in the vehicle, infants and small children should always be placed in the REAR seat in an infant or child restraint system which the child’s age, height and weight. If a child is too big for a child restraint system, the child should sit in the REAR seat and be restrained us- ing the seatbelts. According to ac- cident statistics, children are saf- er when properly restrained in the rear seating positions than in the front seating positions. Never al- low a child to stand up or kneel on the seat.

is appropriate


lighter and weaker

Put children aged 12 and under in the REAR seat properly restrained at all times in a child restraint de- vice or in a seatbelt. The SRS air- bag deploys with considerable speed and force and can injure or even kill children, especially if they are 12 years of age and under and are not restrained or improp- erly restrained. Because children are than adults, their risk being injured from deployment is greater. NEVER INSTALL A REARWARD FACING CHILD SEAT IN THE FRONT SEAT. DOING SO RISKS SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH TO THE CHILD BY PLACING THE CHILD’S HEAD TOO CLOSE TO THE SRS AIRBAG. Always use the child safety locks whenever a child rides in the rear seat. Serious injury could result if a child accidentally opened the door and fell out. Refer to the “Child safety locks” section in chapter 2.


Always lock the passenger’s win- dows using the lock switch when children are riding in the vehicle. Failure to follow this procedure could result in injury to a child op- erating the power window. Refer to the “Windows” section in chap- ter 2. Never leave unattended children in the vehicle. They could acci- dentally injure themselves or oth- ers through inadvertent operation of the vehicle. Also, on hot or sun- ny days, temperature in a closed vehicle could quickly become high enough to cause severe or possibly fatal injuries to them. Help prevent young children from locking themselves in the trunk. When leaving the vehicle, either close all windows and lock all doors or cancel the inside trunk lid release. Also make certain that the trunk is closed. On hot or sun- ny days, the temperature in a trunk could quickly become high enough to cause death or serious heat-related including brain damage to anyone locked inside, particularly for small chil- dren.




Carefully read the sections “Child restraint systems”, “*SRS airbag (Supplemental Restraint System airbag)”, and “Seatbelts” in chapter 1 of this owner’s manual for in- structions and precautions concerning the child restraint system, seatbelt system and SRS airbag system.

Engine exhaust gas (Carbon monoxide)

Never inhale engine exhaust gas. Engine exhaust gas contains car- bon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas which is dangerous, or even lethal, if inhaled. Always properly maintain the en- gine exhaust system to prevent engine exhaust gas from entering the vehicle. Never run the engine in a closed space, such as a garage, except for the brief time needed to drive the vehicle in or out of it.

Avoid remaining in a parked vehi- cle for a lengthy time while the en- gine is running. If that is unavoid- able, then use the ventilation fan to force fresh air into the vehicle. Always keep the front ventilator inlet grille free from snow, leaves or other obstructions to ensure that the ventilation system always