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Take a look at the driveshaft. The rubber on the center bearing gets dry rotted as they age, and our '08 are getting there. Also take a look at the u-joints on the driveshaft.

Per Subaru the center bearing and the driveshaft are not serviceable and must be replaced as a whole. However it is possible to replace the non-serviceable staked-in u-joints and the center bearing is available from the aftermarket world.

Just a place to start looking(the driveshaft) and a heads up on what to expect if it is the culprit.
 

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One thing people need to keep in mind is that cars, all cars from any manufacture are a crap shoot. They are a mechanical item, a assembly of parts and assemblies built by people.

Mechanically speaking your 15 year old Camry is a simpler car with only two drive wheels. AWD adds a few components increasing the odds of having an issue. For a AWD car Subarus are about as simple as it gets.

As I said the driveshaft is only a place to start looking.

As to the previous valve guide repair and it knocking when cold now after the fact. That is something that should have been forced with Subaru and or the dealer as it may go to show not every thing was repaired properly... pressed in valve guides can migrate in some engines, it isn't limited to Subaru.
 
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