Originally Posted by fourmicah
I really hate seein this! It just boggles my mind that Subaru puts out a tune on these that they do. Anyone that has seen the stock tune can see without even a datalog that the tune sucks! REALLY SUBARU??? Give us a break. I've had a heavily modded WRX that put out 340 WHP and a stage 2 STI. The difference, a good tune. A friend of mine had this happen on his 08 STI, 15,000 miles later the motor went out again and the dealership wouldn't cover the cost so he ended up buying a new motor. Its ridiculous that the dealership Is telling you that forged pistons and a tune are the correct fix and yet Subaru will deny the warranty work is something happens. They're a billion dollar company that cant get something so simply fixed. I guess they don't like being showed up by a little mom and pop shop that takes a few extra hours and does it right. Very sad!
OP, push for the new block, if you can, even if you have to pay out of pocket a little for the product and work. You will be happy in the long run, trust me. If you need an additional source for confirmation, PM me.
Subaru HAS to put the tunes on like that to meet federal emission standards. If they don't meet the standards, they aren't allowed to sell cars here in the states. If you want it to be reliable, YOU have to have it tuned by a third party.
It has nothing to do with Subaru being "showed up". It all comes down to cost and regulations. Period.