Help! My Subaru engine is scary slow, and the check engine light is on


Asked by Feb 06, 2016 at 07:44 PM about the 2006 Subaru Impreza

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have an older model manual transmition Subaru Impreza, and I'm having
some troubles.  My car was little shaky on ignition and when I put it in gear it
was going max speed around 4 miles an hour.   It shifted alright and their were
no suspicious sounds, but it seemed like the engine wasn't getting much gas.  
The check engine light was on, but I had no previous warning lights and the
car had driven fine the day before.  I checked inside and my oil was low and
pretty dirty.  I think it had been leaking out of the block slowly as older cars
tend to do. Is this a preamble to my engine seizing or some other problem?

2 Answers


for starters, I would check the timing and timing belt and then have the code(s) read and post them here.


Get the codes read but you may need a full tuneup and filter change at a minimum. How long since the timing belt was changed?

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