I'm with you Conduit. When I purchased my car, the Subaru website stated that the pistons were forged. That said, I don't mind necessarily if they're not forged, as long as there is a good reason that they went to cast. All I'm really looking for is some factual information from Subaru about their decision to abandon their forged pistons. I'd like to see some specs, and technical data on the pistons that reside in my engine. Tell me they're not the same type of design that is in an engine that was designed with 165 horsepower in mind. Tell me that they're constructed in a way that leads me to believe that they'll live up to the reputation for quality, and durability that previous STis are known for. I'll tell you this: If I ever have any piston related problems, with my stock motor, I'll be visting my attorney--I don't care if the warranty is up, or not.