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Old 01-31-2013, 07:41 PM   #51
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The only reason I can think of that the WRX isn't that reliable is because people mod the crap out of them.
Meh-my stock WRX had to have two wheel bearings replaced, tons of warranty work prior to that and the head gasket blew at 105K miles. Not terribly reliable...
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:41 PM   #52
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Too many people mod the Wrx ,and mod it Wrong,blow a motor, or burn a clutch out ect...then put it back to stock,and then sometimes get warranty work okd on it. This reflects as a Subaru quality issue. Most sti owners have more money, and understand you have to pay to play. They fix their own mistakes, and cr is none the wiser. Regular impreza, well my mom drives one, never over 3k lol.
I believe you have trisomy 21.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:50 PM   #53
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Why would you say something like that? Did you just learn that word? Anyways, I've read many a thread where this happens, then posts get edited away. People try and get the dealer to fix their mistakes.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:52 AM   #54
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20k miles, indicator failure on the driver side, no other issues so far.
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:48 AM   #55
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Too many people mod the Wrx ,and mod it Wrong,blow a motor, or burn a clutch out ect...then put it back to stock,and then sometimes get warranty work okd on it. This reflects as a Subaru quality issue. Most sti owners have more money, and understand you have to pay to play. They fix their own mistakes, and cr is none the wiser. Regular impreza, well my mom drives one, never over 3k lol.
This is such a grossly generalized statement! "The lesser, more immature WRX owners regularly mod wrong and scam Subaru. The more sophisticated, higher class STI owner knows their car and fixes it themselves without scamming."

I understand your intent, but I've seen way more STIs that are riced out, raced out, and plain abused than I see WRXs. I think the fail rate for both are generally equal, except for the ringland failures, which I see more in the STI.
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:51 AM   #56
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Turbocharged cars with greater power are almost always going to be less reliable than their counterparts. It is what it is.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:29 AM   #57
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Turbocharged cars with greater power are almost always going to be less reliable than their counterparts. It is what it is.
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most ppl unfortunately buy vehicles without even taking into account that performance cars WILL cost more and have things that go wrong that the regular version doesn't. Also they try to cheap out on routine maintenance and that can have very bad consequences.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:42 AM   #58
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Turbocharged cars with greater power are almost always going to be less reliable than their counterparts. It is what it is.
This is, quite simply, the truth. Anyone who thinks otherwise is fooling themselves. It's not to say you can't still have a reliable car, but the less moving parts involved, the better.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:53 AM   #59
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This is such a grossly generalized statement! "The lesser, more immature WRX owners regularly mod wrong and scam Subaru. The more sophisticated, higher class STI owner knows their car and fixes it themselves without scamming."

I understand your intent, but I've seen way more STIs that are riced out, raced out, and plain abused than I see WRXs. I think the fail rate for both are generally equal, except for the ringland failures, which I see more in the STI.
I may be wrong, but we all are just speculating. I'm going off info that I personally read and see on several Subaru forum sites.
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:09 PM   #60
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I can agree with this, although it might be said that since the wrx is a "performance" model, people are more inclined to rag on them
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:28 PM   #61
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Subaru replaces a lot of engines compared to other manufacturers especially since 2009 which is coincidentally when the WRX dropped to below average reliability. It probably started with the bearing issue of hundreds of WRX's manufactured in August 2008 and the lean factory tune of 2008+ STI's (many owners have reported at IWSTI failed stock engines and there seems to be no correlation between babied stock or tuned as you either get a good engine or you don't). Also WRX owners are probably more anal about their cars than people that simply use their garden variety Imprezas as nothing more than grocery getters. Which means that more owners likely take their cars in for the crappy paint, squeaks and rattles, etc.
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:19 AM   #62
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Subaru replaces a lot of engines compared to other manufacturers especially since 2009 which is coincidentally when the WRX dropped to below average reliability. It probably started with the bearing issue of hundreds of WRX's manufactured in August 2008 and the lean factory tune of 2008+ STI's (many owners have reported at IWSTI failed stock engines and there seems to be no correlation between babied stock or tuned as you either get a good engine or you don't). Also WRX owners are probably more anal about their cars than people that simply use their garden variety Imprezas as nothing more than grocery getters. Which means that more owners likely take their cars in for the crappy paint, squeaks and rattles, etc.
From the countless amounts of reading and whatnot you can do, i totally agree with this statement. You can read yourself around in circles. Some say EJ255's are less reliable, some say they see more ringlands on STI's, and others say it has to do with modding.

The fact is, plenty of stock WRX's and STI's have seen ringland, and engine problems. The direct percentage ? no one will ever know exactly. Yes, of course modding will increase possibility of engine problems, and force them to arise quicker. Is it necissarily the engine ? well according to some, they have 100k, 200k, and some 300k miles, so i wouldnt point the finger so fast. Although i do truly belive the stock tune is no where near what it should be. By dyno results, it shows stock WRX's and STI's having timing problems with the ECU, also our cars run quite a bit lean, which can lead to ringland failure.

So maybe some get a better stock tune result ? Maybe some dont boost so often ? Maybe some just get lucky ? Who knows, but the end result is "You gotta pay to play." Sadly just quite a bit more expensive for us, having to tune after every little thing we do to the car. But i know all of us love our cars, we all know the feeling, and the Subaru community is amazing, so its all something we have to deal with.

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