I got the WWQ-01 recall for my '04 Impreza WRX wagon AFTER it was in a catastrophic mishap. The good news: First, no one was hurt. Second, I'm hear to tell you that that car can take a licking and keep its driver ticking (so to speak.) 3. Excellent body shop did amazing artistic restoration job, all factory parts, car looks and runs great. The bad news: 13 THOUSAND plus dollars worth of damage (not counting my $500 deductible and other related costs.)
Why do I say it was the sticking throttle cable? The driver (my dad, God bless him) was accelerating uphill on an interstate ramp, working his way through the gears to get to interstate speed. The ramp was not only up-hill, but was of decreasing radius. He felt some looseness under one wheel, lifted his foot from the accelerator and (as he described it) it was like hitting black ice. The car didn't slow, it kept right on running.
I post this for a couple of reasons:
First... if anyone got a recall notice, take it seriously and get to a Subaru service department with all haste!
Second... This is my first Subaru. I will be interested to find out how SOA deals with their customers' losses. My insurance company looked over all the materials and decided to subrogate. For them it was a slam dunk. The recall clearly states that the throttle sticking is episodic and occurs without warning. It was not in the stuck position after slamming into a guard rail. (This apparently is one way to un-stick it, but I don't recommend it.) I worry that SOA will say that the cable wasn't stuck when THEY saw it... (after two months in the body-shop.)
Third... I have reason to believe I may be the first one with a significant claim related to this defect. But I could be wrong.
Has anyone else out there had to deal with damage like this? If so, how were you treated by SOA?
Ta for now