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Old 10-10-2006, 04:47 AM   #1
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Old 10-10-2006, 01:26 PM   #2
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It all depends....how well do you plan on treating it?

I have seen one with over 100K miles on it already. Only came in for a few minor things and maintenance. Never left him stranded.
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Old 10-10-2006, 01:27 PM   #3
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Ive got 30k on mine, and besides all the clunking, the thing is bombproof.
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Old 10-10-2006, 01:34 PM   #4
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Ive got 30k on mine, and besides all the clunking, the thing is bombproof.
Otherwise it'd be nuclearproof
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Old 10-10-2006, 01:37 PM   #5
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I had my radiator go up at 23,000. I had full turbo back exhaust at the time - subaru replaced the radiator for free but told me to never come back and try to get warranty work done.

Other than that I destroyed my clutch........ but that was entirely my fault for driving like a jack@ss. ACT street disc setup is working great for me now. Ive calmed my driving down quite a bit and I am confident that my car will easily go 200k...... with a turbo replacement somewhere down the road....


Oh ive got 43k on my 04STi now and it runs like a charm. Never quit on me yet.
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Old 10-10-2006, 04:11 PM   #6
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Ive got 30k on mine, and besides all the clunking, the thing is bombproof.
Same here. I haven't had any complaints.
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Old 10-10-2006, 06:54 PM   #7
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No complaints, its a monster.... get used to the sus clunk.
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Old 10-10-2006, 06:58 PM   #8
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stock motor went at 14000
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:04 PM   #9
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50k+ :-) .. this thing still a monster
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:10 PM   #10
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I'll never own another one. In fact, I'm planning on getting rid of mine soon. It's a complete POS. I love it, but it's just not very reliable.

I've owned it since new (3 miles on the clock, to be exact). Cobb stage 2 w/ TXS turbo back. I've taken it to the track twice, both within the first year of ownership.

42,xxx miles on the clock:

-Clutch, pressure plate and right rear axle all broke- my fault.

-Both front and rear struts clunk- I've had all 4 replaced 3 times.

-Fan was hitting the coolant hose, causing a tear- I've never taken off the hose or messed with anything around it, for that matter.

-Airbag light that no one seems to know how to fix.

-Wiring harness was FRAYED, causing misfire, along with blown head gaskets (more below)- No clue how that happened. I've never touched the damn thing.

-Both head gaskets blew- Covered under warranty just a few weeks ago.

-Headlight switch- Whenever I use my turn signals with the headlights on, they flicker. Sometimes they come back on, sometimes they don't- I can't drive at night.

I know everyone says Subaru is so reliable, but, sad to say, I don't see it. Mine has been a complete piece of ****, and I can't wait to get rid of it.



Edit- Also, the fender liner flew off on the freeway while going ~80. Never took that off either.
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:15 PM   #11
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I'll never own another one. In fact, I'm planning on getting rid of mine soon. It's a complete POS. I love it, but it's just not very reliable.

I've owned it since new (3 miles on the clock, to be exact). Cobb stage 2 w/ TXS turbo back. I've taken it to the track twice, both within the first year of ownership.

42,xxx miles on the clock:

-Clutch, pressure plate and right rear axle all broke- my fault.

-Both front and rear struts clunk- I've had all 4 replaced 3 times.

-Fan was hitting the coolant hose, causing a tear- I've never taken off the hose or messed with anything around it, for that matter.

-Airbag light that no one seems to know how to fix.

-Wiring harness was FRAYED, causing misfire, along with blown head gaskets (more below)- No clue how that happened. I've never touched the damn thing.

-Both head gaskets blew- Covered under warranty just a few weeks ago.

-Headlight switch- Whenever I use my turn signals with the headlights on, they flicker. Sometimes they come back on, sometimes they don't- I can't drive at night.

I know everyone says Subaru is so reliable, but, sad to say, I don't see it. Mine has been a complete piece of ****, and I can't wait to get rid of it.



Edit- Also, the fender liner flew off on the freeway while going ~80. Never took that off either.
you sir should use the lemon law(you could lawfully get a new car)... i have no problems of that you are talking about.

although i wonder how your driving to blow a head gasket.
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:16 PM   #12
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I've had good luck with mine thus far. I've treated my car worse (in terms of driving it hard/auto-xing) than any other car and have less problems (none to date) at 28k miles.
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:22 PM   #13
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How i got my motor back.
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:23 PM   #14
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you sir should use the lemon law(you could lawfully get a new car)... i have no problems of that you are talking about.

although i wonder how your driving to blow a head gasket.
i think hes just a WEE bit past the lemon law (42k miles com'on man)... and good luck getting that with mods...
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:25 PM   #15
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Said it ran out off oil. SAID being the key word.
Had it changed 1000 miles earlier at a subaru dealership.
So if it ran out of oil that quick, wouldnt that be there fault and not mine.
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:27 PM   #16
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you sir should use the lemon law(you could lawfully get a new car)... i have no problems of that you are talking about.

although i wonder how your driving to blow a head gasket.
I don't drive it hard at all. Like I said, I've taken it to the track twice, all within the first year of ownership. I've got all the maintenance records along with a stack of invoices from repair work; about 1 inch thick.
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:28 PM   #17
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i think hes just a WEE bit past the lemon law (42k miles com'on man)... and good luck getting that with mods...
Yep. Although, the dealership did do a warranty repair on the head gaskets with my mods.
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:37 PM   #18
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headgaskets on certain cars fall under a 8 year 100k warranty. ive warrantied a turbo and uppipe on a car that was running a lot of octane boost. and two weeks later same dood came in with a spun bearing. warrantied his engine. it seems like subaru will warranty stuff if your honest with them. when you break down an engine its pretty easy to see what was really going on. when you come in and blatenly lie and say "i was just drive and boom" thats when a lot of the time a warranty claim gets denied. soa knows people are going to mod their cars... thats a given. people dont go out and say "thats a good looking car, i think ill go buy one."

I wonder what the percentage is for cars sold vs cars modified (wrx's/sti's). i'd think it would be above 50%
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:41 PM   #19
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headgaskets on certain cars fall under a 8 year 100k warranty. ive warrantied a turbo and uppipe on a car that was running a lot of octane boost. and two weeks later same dood came in with a spun bearing. warrantied his engine. it seems like subaru will warranty stuff if your honest with them. when you break down an engine its pretty easy to see what was really going on. when you come in and blatenly lie and say "i was just drive and boom" thats when a lot of the time a warranty claim gets denied. soa knows people are going to mod their cars... thats a given. people dont go out and say "thats a good looking car, i think ill go buy one."

I wonder what the percentage is for cars sold vs cars modified (wrx's/sti's). i'd think it would be above 50%
Yup. They warrantied mine.
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Old 10-10-2006, 09:07 PM   #20
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-Clutch, pressure plate and right rear axle all broke- my fault.

-Both front and rear struts clunk- I've had all 4 replaced 3 times.

-Fan was hitting the coolant hose, causing a tear- I've never taken off the hose or messed with anything around it, for that matter.

-Airbag light that no one seems to know how to fix.

-Wiring harness was FRAYED, causing misfire, along with blown head gaskets (more below)- No clue how that happened. I've never touched the damn thing.

-Both head gaskets blew- Covered under warranty just a few weeks ago.

-Headlight switch- Whenever I use my turn signals with the headlights on, they flicker. Sometimes they come back on, sometimes they don't- I can't drive at night.
there's no way the fan hits coolant hose, at least when it's all stock, it doesn't , which means that either the hose was bent, or the fan or radiator was moved.

all other problems seem to be cause by your head gasket, which it rarely happen for anyone with mild mods and always warm up the car b4 abuse it
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Old 10-10-2006, 09:34 PM   #21
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Although it is really too early to say, I would argue that STi reliability will be on par with the old Turbo Legacys...which is excellent. The reasoning behind this is that many STis are daily driven with 25-50% more power than what they are rated for without problems. Also, all the major components have been proven to handle more than double the stock power levels.
There are some lemons out there, but for the most part I would say that a near-stock STi that is taken care of would last for hundreds of thousands of miles (like the T Legs)...they are just built very well. They are built to be modded into reliable track/rally cars...so if you never do that, you are basically granny-driving the car.
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Old 10-10-2006, 10:52 PM   #22
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No problems here at all.
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Old 10-10-2006, 11:30 PM   #23
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Neither one of these sound like problems with the car's reliability, but with the quality of work done on the car.

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I'll never own another one. In fact, I'm planning on getting rid of mine soon. It's a complete POS. I love it, but it's just not very reliable.

I've owned it since new (3 miles on the clock, to be exact). Cobb stage 2 w/ TXS turbo back. I've taken it to the track twice, both within the first year of ownership.

42,xxx miles on the clock:

-Clutch, pressure plate and right rear axle all broke- my fault.

-Both front and rear struts clunk- I've had all 4 replaced 3 times.

-Fan was hitting the coolant hose, causing a tear- I've never taken off the hose or messed with anything around it, for that matter.

-Airbag light that no one seems to know how to fix.

-Wiring harness was FRAYED, causing misfire, along with blown head gaskets (more below)- No clue how that happened. I've never touched the damn thing.

-Both head gaskets blew- Covered under warranty just a few weeks ago.

-Headlight switch- Whenever I use my turn signals with the headlights on, they flicker. Sometimes they come back on, sometimes they don't- I can't drive at night.

I know everyone says Subaru is so reliable, but, sad to say, I don't see it. Mine has been a complete piece of ****, and I can't wait to get rid of it.



Edit- Also, the fender liner flew off on the freeway while going ~80. Never took that off either.
So first you say you were driving it hard and stupid (which you'd have to be to blow up that much stuff), then tell us you modded the car. Somehow parts are failing due to the car not being reliable? (Not counting the clunk, that's already been acknowledged in this thread as a problem.) I think someone screwed up during your Stg.2 install and you killed what was left with your driving. If you mod a car, most bets are off. How do you know that the hose and the wiring harness weren't moved during installation?

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Said it ran out off oil. SAID being the key word.
Had it changed 1000 miles earlier at a subaru dealership.
So if it ran out of oil that quick, wouldnt that be there fault and not mine.
Again, I don't think that's the car's fault (mechanical failure), but the dealership's fault. They probably screwed up the oil change in some way and won't admit to it. That's not a reliability issue, that's a dealership issue. Totally different.

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Old 10-10-2006, 11:31 PM   #24
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i think hes just a WEE bit past the lemon law (42k miles com'on man)... and good luck getting that with mods...
with mods its questionable, but my neighbor has a forrester and had squeeking brakes.... squeeking brakes.. and she used the lemon law to get a new forrester, turbo i might add.. she is a lawyer by the way. The forrester had around 40k miles on it also i believe.
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Old 10-10-2006, 11:41 PM   #25
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Neither one of these sound like problems with the car's reliability, but with the quality of work done on the car.



So first you say you were driving it hard and stupid (which you'd have to be to blow up that much stuff), then tell us you modded the car. Somehow parts are failing due to the car not being reliable? I think someone screwed up your Stg.2 install and you killed what was left with your driving. If you mod a car, most bets are off. How do you know that the hose and the wiring harness weren't moved during installation?



Again, I don't think that's the car's fault (mechanical failure), but the dealership's fault. They probably screwed up the oil change in some way and won't admit to it. That's not a reliability issue, that's a dealership issue. Totally different.

First off, stage 2 is a turbo back exhaust, and a reflash. The exhaust is nowhere near the fan, coolant hose, or wiring harness.

Second, I did the install. No one has EVER touched my car, unless it was warranty, or something I was not comfortable doing (ie. head gasket and wiring harness R&R).

Third, yes, the first year I owned it (3 years ago), I took it to the track and blew the clutch. Since then, I've driven it very mildly. The head gasket blew about 2 months ago, and the coolant hose happened about 1 year ago.

None of the latter were my fault.
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