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Old 08-25-2013, 10:38 PM   #3251
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I wouldn't sell it to a private person, but I'd trade it in..lol.

I've had mixed luck with honesty, sometimes service reps are really stupid. My celica was grinding at high rpms so the guy told me that I wasn't supposed to shift after 6000 rpms on a car that makes peak power at 7800, he said if I wanted to use the power, all of which was north of 6000 rpms I should rev up and then let the revs drop all the way back down before upshifting. I got it fixed at a different dealer by being a bit less specific about the issue. Acura on the other hand replaced my axles on a fully bolted RSX. They blamed the problem on coilovers and made me change them out before fixing the issue, but they still were much more helpful. Not sure how the local subaru dealer will be.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:19 PM   #3252
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Loose connection in the ecm harness. Now we wait and see if that was the real cause of all these issues.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:21 PM   #3253
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wait how can that make it fail a compression/leakdown test? or did I just imagine you typing that?

oh you were quoting that other thread

for my issue that would explain why water seems to make it worse. It wouldn't be my first loose wire, my blinker wire was loose early on, just wiggled it and it got better..lol

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Old 08-26-2013, 07:47 PM   #3254
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Quoted another thread, they never did any test beyond code checking. Which I can do on my phone.

I had the blinker issue as well. I guess I will be playing the waiting game. I wonder how many issues a tune would preempt.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:50 PM   #3255
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they are going to "fix" a bunch of dumb things for you now and hope they stumble onto the issue..that's how it goes with these vague problems, maybe you'll get a fresh engine out of it
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:29 PM   #3256
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they are going to "fix" a bunch of dumb things for you now and hope they stumble onto the issue..that's how it goes with these vague problems, maybe you'll get a fresh engine out of it
my fear is that this is going to be one of those never ending bull**** parades where I have to take the car, drive it around, get the problem again, return it for repairs, repeat repeat repeat. Luckily we have connections with the dealer so there may be some options for me in terms of getting rid of it.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:37 PM   #3257
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yeah I'm worried that if I go to the dealer they will set my warranty on fire and then start charging me to do a bunch of stuff that has nothing to do with anything. That's why I'm just kind of waiting it out to see if it gets worse.

Have you checked you vacuum readings with torque? I think if you are around 21-22 in/hg at warm idle it sort of means your compression is ok. I remember when xluben broke his first motor he said the vacuum readings went up and that's how he knew something was wrong. I read somewhere that it should be between 17 and 21 but 17 seems too low for our cars. Mine is around 21 and then drops to ~18 when I turn on the a/c. It seems to be the same as when I first installed the boost gauge.

I just think that if we aren't burning a lot of oil, blowing smoke, losing power, knocking and vacuum looks to be ok it probably isn't a serious problem but who knows if it could turn into one.
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:11 PM   #3258
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Ill check that tomorrow. When I have it running its usually just boost, air fuel ratio, and coolant temp.

Definitely not losing or burning oil, as literally every time I check it the oil level is at least at the F mark. The losing power thing I assume is something I would be able to feel immediately, right? As in, not 5whp but something actually noticeable? And knock is a constant worry from all the horror stories.
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:38 PM   #3259
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I had the loose blinker issue too. I forgot what I was doing but I kinda yanked on the headlight one time and it hasn't done it ever since haha.

As far as vacuum, mines the same. About 21 inches at idle and a little lower with ac on.

Where is this ecm harness? I might want to check it soon just to make sure it's on there tight. Is that the one under the center console? But so far, I haven't had any weird engine problems. Knock on wood
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:11 AM   #3260
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all the info I got was that it was at the "bulk head for ecm harness"
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:17 AM   #3261
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Ill check that tomorrow. When I have it running its usually just boost, air fuel ratio, and coolant temp.

Definitely not losing or burning oil, as literally every time I check it the oil level is at least at the F mark. The losing power thing I assume is something I would be able to feel immediately, right? As in, not 5whp but something actually noticeable? And knock is a constant worry from all the horror stories.
really depends how bad the compression loss was. I mean a really awful problem would slow the car down a lot.

When my sentra SE-R sucked in its precat and was burning like a quart every couple hundred miles it lost about 3-4 car lengths in a comparative speed contest.

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I had the loose blinker issue too. I forgot what I was doing but I kinda yanked on the headlight one time and it hasn't done it ever since haha.

As far as vacuum, mines the same. About 21 inches at idle and a little lower with ac on.

Where is this ecm harness? I might want to check it soon just to make sure it's on there tight. Is that the one under the center console? But so far, I haven't had any weird engine problems. Knock on wood
yeah I just wiggled it or something and it never came back.

I tried re-seating the engine harness connector but I doubt that did any good.
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Old 08-27-2013, 04:48 PM   #3262
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Assuming torque is accurate, I am around 20-21 at both cold idle and warm idle
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Old 08-27-2013, 05:04 PM   #3263
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so your probably mechanically healthy

I haven't had any or many misses since re-seating my engine harness. I sat in it idling for about half an hour today with the ac on and it was smooth the whole time
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:27 PM   #3264
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Well good, maybe I made a contribution lol. After driving home, the vacuum seems to go between high 19 and low 21, with the bulk of the readings in the 20 range. Good to know that is a good sign.

Wouldn't it be funny if a loose connection is the cause of all these problems? I remember reading yesterday about how certain wires get too close to the turbo/manifold and melt the insulation, resulting in a wide range of issues.
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:42 PM   #3265
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yeah that would be funny, but I'm not holding my breath
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:57 AM   #3266
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Does anybody have any indication of how the same set of springs would sit on a GR hatch versus sedan? My friend has RCE Blacks (with Konis) on his hatch, and I love the front height, but the rear is a little high. How would the same spring setup compare on a sedan in the rear: higher, lower, or the same?

Also, since there seems to be almost know wheel fitment information pertinent to this car in the Wheel/Tire forum:

Will an 18x9.5" ET43 clear a factory style strut on the inside? What about a coilover?
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:34 PM   #3267
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Haven't been in the wheel/tire section recently, but is there really no info? Theres plenty of instances of people fitting 18x9.5 with various offsets, I think I've seen as high as 45 but its more commonly in the 30s

If it helps answer your question the offset on the stock 17x8 is 53, so at 43 you're already 10mm further out on the offset
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Thanks, the stock wheel info is helpful. After all, wheel fitment is just math.
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:01 AM   #3269
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Just installed a DAMD steering wheel. On the test drive the brakes came on and the hill Assist and Vehicle Dynamics Control light came on. I cleared them with the AP, but it happened again on the next test drive. What gives?
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:45 AM   #3270
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Anyone know what stock fender to ground is? I forgot to measure mine before installing suspension
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Old 08-31-2013, 04:25 AM   #3271
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Just installed a DAMD steering wheel. On the test drive the brakes came on and the hill Assist and Vehicle Dynamics Control light came on. I cleared them with the AP, but it happened again on the next test drive. What gives?
Nice, how much did it run you? I would be all over one of those in a heartbeat if I could find one used/cheap. Looks a lot better than stock, although our stock wheels aren't bad.
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:47 AM   #3272
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Just saw this dyno on Cobb's site for the fiesta st: http://www.cobbtuning.com/Dyno-Database-s/70119.htm

181 hp/241 tq on a stage 1 tune? Pretty nice, too bad its to the front wheels with no real LSD.
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:24 AM   #3273
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Just saw this dyno on Cobb's site for the fiesta st: http://www.cobbtuning.com/Dyno-Database-s/70119.htm

181 hp/241 tq on a stage 1 tune? Pretty nice, too bad its to the front wheels with no real LSD.
Pair that with the r2 rally kit and you got a pretty fun rally cross car.

Also where is this engine harness at? Just in case I start getting weird issues it will give me something to try
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Old 09-09-2013, 03:58 PM   #3274
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so any more missfires? I've only had a couple since re-seating my engine harness..lol
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:00 PM   #3275
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so any more missfires? I've only had a couple since re-seating my engine harness..lol
Not to the point of getting a CEL, but the chugging (best way to describe it) is coming back a bit. Felt it at 35 mph in 3rd or 4th, cant recall now. My dealer is looking into options for me.

gf says it feels like when you "shift but dont let out the clutch smoothly," which I agree with.

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