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At how many km you guys started having problems with the wheel bearings? and what were your driving conditions?

We had the driver' side front going at 45,000 km during a roadtrip.
It wasnt even a gradual thing, one minute it was driving all fine and dandy and a minute later it was throwing an extremely loud horrible squealing that was ending when stopping the car with an equally loud but perfectly tuned ring (oddly the ring was actually pleasant to the ears) and couldnt be driven at all... I heard noise from bearings ready to go in the past but nothing compared to this.
At the dealership where they took care of the issue they told us that with the new bearings there is that problem, the whole assembly is faster to replace but they aren't sealed as well as the old stuff and get dirty, in cars driven for very long stretches they heat up and wear faster than normal. They said that in that same month they had other cars from out of province being brought in for the same reason.
Everything was fixed under warranty but we still lost two days (dealership was closed by the time CAA brought us there)...
BTW, our local stealership serviced the car 3 weeks before our roadtrip...
 

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I've learned this the hard way too. I have a 2013 Crosstrek with 86,000KM and had the rear wheel bearings fail on me. Turns out this is a pretty common thing with Crosstreks. If I were you, I would also keep an eye on your CV Axles as those crap out pretty early too (you can test that by turning your wheel all the way to the left/right and then going in cicrcles. If you hear clicking, that's bad).

I drive like an old man so I never abuse the car and it's mostly highway mileage.
 

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117,000 miles on the odometer....no wheel bearings yet...though I am hearing a new whirring sound from the back...gonna have the dealer check it out.

Theoretically, all is covered on my lifetime powertrain warrantee offered free at purchase of my '15 Crosstrek. We shall see.....
 

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75,000 km rear wheel bearings
Could hear the noise like a quiet motor bike behind the car.
Around 3 weeks before i could get it fixed
Would not recommend waiting as read that final failure could be catastrophic - eg. whole wheel breaking off.
 

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I just had the same problem with my XV Subaru charged me $250 to diagnose the rear wheel bearings have failed 72,000km's.
I described the quiet motor bike noise but it took them 3.5 hours to find the problem then quoted $960 to fix.
This seems like a common problem with XV's, I have only driven on Suburban & Highway roads.
Trying to get cheaper quotes from an honest mechanic rather than a dealer.
 

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2013 Crosstrek, third bearing replacement this morning. Cost ~700$ cdn (not at the dealer) and since it was my third one, I didn't need a diagnostic from anyone, noise is pretty familiar now. My car has 140K km mostly driven in town and highway and never abused. Apparently I'm not the only one. While at the garage, a young lady needed to change two bearings at the back on her Impreza 2012, and my mechanic has told me that he has been changing a lot of bearings on Subaru and Hyundai in the last few years. Just a note, most of the time, you cannot just change the bearing because it's completely seized up. The all assembly needs to be changed. After my dead AC (~700$) at 100K, my oil issue that comes and goes, my two recalls (spring valves and some brake related signal - for free) my Subaru XV 2013 has been my worst car ever in terms of repairs. Subaru should spend less money on marketing and more on quality.
 

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My driver side rear bearing went at 25K miles. Service adviser told me that wasn't unusual.

<Aren't there other threads on this issue? I think this is the 3rd time I posted about my incident>
 

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By the way they also said I need front bushings because they won’t pass inspection. I ended up paying out of pocket because “wheel bearings and bushings are normal wear and tear”. Yeah tear your wallet out of your purse if you own a 2013 crosstrek.
 

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2013 Crosstrek, third bearing replacement this morning. Cost ~700$ cdn (not at the dealer) and since it was my third one, I didn't need a diagnostic from anyone, noise is pretty familiar now. My car has 140K km mostly driven in town and highway and never abused. Apparently I'm not the only one. While at the garage, a young lady needed to change two bearings at the back on her Impreza 2012, and my mechanic has told me that he has been changing a lot of bearings on Subaru and Hyundai in the last few years. Just a note, most of the time, you cannot just change the bearing because it's completely seized up. The all assembly needs to be changed. After my dead AC (~700$) at 100K, my oil issue that comes and goes, my two recalls (spring valves and some brake related signal - for free) my Subaru XV 2013 has been my worst car ever in terms of repairs. Subaru should spend less money on marketing and more on quality.
Fifth repair for wheel bearing today. I can't afford this recurring every 6 to 8 months. I know the sound well now. I do mostly highway driving. Bought this used as a kid hit my 13 year old great Impreza only at 122K. Insurance is a nightmare too. So yeah, never buy a car even if you had good experiences while concussed.
 

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1. Has this been consistent across all Crosstrek /Impreza models, or did the bearing part nr. change at some point since 2013+?
2. Any pre-emptive maintenance that can be done?
3. Are there afternarket bearings that are better made than the OEM ones?
 
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