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Old 01-08-2013, 02:39 PM   #26
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I still have 2-3 stock subframes with no rust, $40 picked up each!!!
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:51 PM   #27
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I am in need of a subframe for a 02 WRX still have more? Or anyone else know of a way to get ones cheap in central Ohio?
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:18 PM   #28
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damn i wish you live in NY cool blue, need a new one, dealer quoted my 520
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:10 PM   #29
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Can someone help me understand why they think Subaru would even consider covering rust like this on a 10 year old car with 144K? Do people honestly believe the corrosion is due to a defect in craftsmanship, and not the 3582359865 tons of salt the midwest dumps on the ground?
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:23 PM   #30
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Without a recall I wouldn't think subaru would feel obligated to do anything, but there's a brake system rust recall right now that was just announced, and a control arm recall for rust too. Those were due to manufacturer material choice, right? Subaru realized that the metal wasn't up to snuff to handle the 3582359865 tons of salt in those cases. Maybe that is influencing the thought process.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:36 PM   #31
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Without a recall I wouldn't think subaru would feel obligated to do anything, but there's a brake system rust recall right now that was just announced, and a control arm recall for rust too. Those were due to manufacturer material choice, right? Subaru realized that the metal wasn't up to snuff to handle the 3582359865 tons of salt in those cases. Maybe that is influencing the thought process.

Good point.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:09 AM   #32
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Without a recall I wouldn't think subaru would feel obligated to do anything, but there's a brake system rust recall right now that was just announced, and a control arm recall for rust too. Those were due to manufacturer material choice, right? Subaru realized that the metal wasn't up to snuff to handle the 3582359865 tons of salt in those cases. Maybe that is influencing the thought process.
I did the LCA paint "recall" at a different dealership, a month later it rusted through the paint. There should be a better alternative to this if it's a known issue, regardless of the age of the vehicle.
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:05 PM   #33
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hey guys, just read up on this thread, and i'm having rust issues as well, I was just curious as to the process of taking it off and this POR15 rust bonder. Is it imperitive that you change the subframe immediately?
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:40 PM   #34
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I own a 2002 WRX with 97k miles. I went to get a state safety inspection and the Subaru dealer failed the car due to the rusted sub-frame. I previously had both of the arms installed under the recall. My dealer said it wasn't economically reparable and recommended a new car, but my local mechanic told me he'd get a new sub-frame and install it for me. Now to address the hole in the cat (or pipe before the cat) and the tiny leak in the transmission pan.

***By the way, what is the recall for the brakes? Haven't gotten that one in the mail.


P.S. My wife's '98 Outback was also scrapped at 95k miles for the same reason.
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:26 AM   #35
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Would any other sub-frame work or does it have to be from a 2002-2007 RS/WRX? I'm in the same boat with my 2002 WRX that has 57000 miles on it... it's completely rusted out. I've been looking at the scrappers but can't find any Impreza's there. Tons of Foresters though.
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:11 PM   #36
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It does have to be a 02-07 subframe. I have one 02-07 subframe left! It is in great shape! $40 picked up!
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:24 PM   #37
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Do you still have left and right sides? I need to replace both.
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:41 PM   #38
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CoolBlue, do you still have that subframe? Running into the same issue on my '02 WRX. I am in the metro detroit area.
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:47 AM   #39
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Are subarus known to get rusty easily?
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:56 PM   #40
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Are subarus known to get rusty easily?
Only thing rusted on my 02 as far as I can tell is that damn u-subframe. Looking at H-braces just to replace it
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:57 PM   #41
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Only thing rusted on my 02 as far as I can tell is that damn u-subframe. Looking at H-braces just to replace it
Seems to be the main issue.
My car is originally from kentucky and when I first bought it itwas 100% rust free. Now after 4 years in Chicagoloand...my subframe is starting to rust like crazy....but its just the subframe...Im hoping sometime in the near future for the light weight beatrush replacement.
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Old 08-04-2013, 11:51 PM   #42
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Seems to be the main issue.
My car is originally from kentucky and when I first bought it itwas 100% rust free. Now after 4 years in Chicagoloand...my subframe is starting to rust like crazy....but its just the subframe...Im hoping sometime in the near future for the light weight beatrush replacement.
Theres already a few light weight full subframes but they're pushing $600 and up. From what I've read though a h-brace/ladder brace will completely suffice. Though ive read you will lose some safety during a front on collision
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Old 01-10-2014, 09:28 AM   #43
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Are the front subframe a difficult to replace or just drop it out with no other removal of parts?
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Old 01-10-2014, 01:20 PM   #44
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Are the front subframe a difficult to replace or just drop it out with no other removal of parts?
Never done it myself but from the research i've done is it should just drop out by itself. It is not a support piece from what i've read.
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Old 01-10-2014, 02:49 PM   #45
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Are the front subframe a difficult to replace or just drop it out with no other removal of parts?
just be easy removing bolts as they can snap,strip,or break the inserts
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:03 PM   #46
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Yea I will be careful and probably use a lift for extra ease

Any one know where to get a stock subframe?
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Old 01-10-2014, 05:41 PM   #47
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Craigslist, oakleaf salvage, search
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Old 01-13-2014, 05:57 AM   #48
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Sorry to dig up this old post.
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Old 02-20-2014, 10:51 AM   #49
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Adding to this thread as a 2002 wagon owner with ~150k on the odo. Had a control arm snap (was *not* replaced under the recall 2 years ago, was only "painted" - oops) Mechanic said he noticed the subframe was totally rusted out and will be repairing that as well. This car has lived in the northeast for its entire life, but still, a bit shocking IMO as we take care of our cars and always give them a bath as frequently as possible after a snowstorm.

Oh well
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Old 02-20-2014, 06:27 PM   #50
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Contact Subaru regarding control arm failure. Subframes are not covered. Arms are.
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