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Old 10-11-2006, 10:25 AM   #1
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Hey all,

I was wondering how many WRXs there are with over 100,000 miles?

Also, has anything failed or needed to be replaced yet on your rides?

I believe the recommended interval for timing belt changes is 120,000. Anyone bother to change it before that?

I've got a 2003 WRX with 102,000 miles on it. Fifth gear got really bad around 58,000 miles and was fixed under warranty. First was starting to go bad at the same time but since the dealer couldn't "recreate" the problem, they didn't bother to fix that so it still grinds every now and then when you go to put it into first.

I replaced the tires and front brakes at 60,000 and the rear's at around 80K. The alternator checked out at around 95K and i think i have a bad rear wheel bearing that is intermittenly grinding so its hard to track it down.

My wife and i recently started autocrossing it and have quite a bit of fun. i'm thinking i may plan for the timing belt a little sooner than scheduled because of this.

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Old 10-11-2006, 10:32 AM   #2
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i think there are quite a few running around with over 100k.
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Old 10-11-2006, 10:54 AM   #3
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wrx timing belt is 105 IIRC. you may want that done asap as I believe it is an interference engine. (if the belt breaks, goodbye valves and piston)
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Old 10-11-2006, 11:22 AM   #4
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I have 136k on mine. I developed some leaks and had to take it to a mechanic to get those fixed which was about $2500. Timing and AC belt tensioners replaced, cam covers, numerous hoses and clamps. The head gasket may be showing signs of squirting at this point, but hasn't gone yet. Have never done any exhause or engine mods and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to on this engine.

The clutch needs to be replaced, but that could have gone much sooner if I'd driven her harder. Tranny is quite strong.

I replaced the struts at 128k miles but I doubt they have any problems. One of the AGXs I installed has recently died on me. Quite a PITA.

The steering rack bushings got all kinds of rotten and spongy at about 110k miles, and it took me awhile to get around to fixing those. Installed Prodrives, awesome so far.

Car has acquired a patina of sratches, nicks, and microdents over the five and a half years I've driven it. I've gone through one windsheld, and I might need another before inspection time next year.

I've had ECU/sensor/electrical issues since the second year I owned it: plenty of engine misfire codes, had the ECU reflahed, and even replaced under waranty, Clutch stutter too.

Overall, not terrible, but I thnk I am more inclined to get a new STI next year than do anything like an engine swap on this one. It served me very well, but it is old and tired and needs a rest, or to be sold for a bargain price to someone who will turn it into a racecar.
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Old 10-12-2006, 03:42 PM   #5
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I've gone through one windsheld, and I might need another before inspection time next year.
Ouch!
I had 78k on mine and it still looked and drove brand new. If you maintain your cars well they will last. if not... As to the first gear grinding, a dealer repair has a warranty. Go back.
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Old 10-12-2006, 03:47 PM   #6
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Ouch!
I had 78k on mine and it still looked and drove brand new. If you maintain your cars well they will last. if not... As to the first gear grinding, a dealer repair has a warranty. Go back.
Now the fine point I have to make is...maintaining your car well comes at a certain cost, Maintaining my car just cost me $2500 to replace a bunch of seals and hoses. The cost depends on the quality of materials used in the parts, and the quality of the engineering of the car. My experience tells me that Subaru uses materials which are not as high quality as Honda, though their engineering is quite brilliant.
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Old 10-12-2006, 04:18 PM   #7
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Now the fine point I have to make is...maintaining your car well comes at a certain cost, Maintaining my car just cost me $2500 to replace a bunch of seals and hoses. The cost depends on the quality of materials used in the parts, and the quality of the engineering of the car. My experience tells me that Subaru uses materials which are not as high quality as Honda, though their engineering is quite brilliant.
Subaru has to cut costs in places where Honda doesn't have to, mostly because they don't have the buying power that Honda does for parts, and Honda has more efficient and quicker build times.

If you can make a car quicker, then there's less labor involved in the final price of the car, which equates to higher profit margins. Subaru is already in works with Toyota to streamline their production. I'm sure they'll get some buying power from Toyota as well.
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Old 10-13-2006, 11:20 AM   #8
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I too replaced a windshield already. I guess i forgot about that, but it seemed as though it cracked on its own with help from cold weather. My wife drove the wheels off it while we lived in New Jersey, but i've done well to maintain it and even with over 100K on it, it still rides and drives like new. Interior is excellent as well and i really doubted weather or not the hair-magnet cloth interior would hold up.

I didn't know about the reapir warranty thing. I look into that. Problem is its still intermitten.
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Old 10-13-2006, 11:48 AM   #9
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0 problems except for the paint sucks and it dings/scratches easily
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Old 10-13-2006, 11:56 AM   #10
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Just shy of 90k and I rally it all the time.

Other than the expected blown shocks and such no real problems at all.

Im pretty sure My turbo may be failing as I am mysteriously loosing coolant with no leak signs but my motor is NOT stock so overall its a good car that holds mods pretty well.

I left out all the other wear and tear items such as breaks, etc...cause thats expected. Oh and im still on the stock clutch and gears are fine and dandy even with all those lauches and shoving it into lower gears on the fast passes!!!
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Old 10-13-2006, 01:35 PM   #11
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wrx timing belt is 105 IIRC. you may want that done asap as I believe it is an interference engine. (if the belt breaks, goodbye valves and piston)
No, Subarus do not have interference engines: http://www.mr2.com/TEXT/TimingChain.txt

and according to that list the recommended interval is 60k
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Old 10-13-2006, 01:50 PM   #12
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approaching 75k miles ... everything seems to be running fine
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Old 10-13-2006, 02:06 PM   #13
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96k here on mine...i have what seems to be an air leak on my bottom end. everytime i hit boost i hear a weird noise... also there was some carbon build up on the botom
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Old 10-13-2006, 02:25 PM   #14
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No, Subarus do not have interference engines: http://www.mr2.com/TEXT/TimingChain.txt

and according to that list the recommended interval is 60k
correct, for 1994... (actually svx's from before that were interference also, so it isn't correct for that)

from a quick search here, modern suby engines ARE interference engines... timing belt breaking = great time for a shortblock... makes sense if you read the directions for changing the belt, it specifies a particular way to turn the cam gears to prevent the valves from hitting.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...t+interference
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Old 10-13-2006, 02:35 PM   #15
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correct, for 1994... (actually svx's from before that were interference also, so it isn't correct for that)

from a quick search here, modern suby engines ARE interference engines... timing belt breaking = great time for a shortblock... makes sense if you read the directions for changing the belt, it specifies a particular way to turn the cam gears to prevent the valves from hitting.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...t+interference
damn.. i stand corrected... good to know
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Old 10-13-2006, 05:16 PM   #16
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My car is just at 100K. I haven't had anything go bad except some squeeking belts I have however replaced most parts before it was needed i.e. timing belt at 56,000, both front wheel bearings when I did new breaks, tranny at 94,000 still had original clutch, battery. I couldn't be happier with the car and how it has lasted. I did a leak down at 86,000 miles car was modified since 8,000 miles Vishnu stage zero then one. Engine was between 6%-9% hot and cold pretty freakin impressive I thought. Car has had synthetics since 6,000 miles tranny and engine.
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Old 10-13-2006, 05:19 PM   #17
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90K on my02 the only problems i have had were transmission related. The engine looks brand new and the car drives like new.
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Old 10-13-2006, 05:36 PM   #18
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My '02 is at 127k no major issues other than the 6 month time span my mom drove it and went through 2 clutches. Basic maintenance is all its needed except for the cyl 4 misfire code I'm getting right now. Did the timing belt at 119k just before I could have any issues. Still on original struts but they are definately ready to be replaced. Great car and even with the HKS exhaust its still good on road trips.
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Old 10-13-2006, 05:50 PM   #19
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Yeah second windsheild for me too
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Old 10-13-2006, 06:15 PM   #20
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Wow, 102k miles on an '03... that's a lot of driving!!

Anyways, I've got 77k on my '02.... no problems!
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Old 10-13-2006, 06:33 PM   #21
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I replaced the tires and front brakes at 60,000 and the rear's at around 80K. The alternator checked out at around 95K and i think i have a bad rear wheel bearing that is intermittenly grinding so its hard to track it down.
Wow. I've only got 45K on mine, and I already had to replace all four sets of brake pads (3 track days, countless autocrosses will do that!).



Viggy

PS. Yes, 45K. I bought the car, then took a job where I was working from home for a couple years. I think I averaged 1-2K per year the first couple of years I had the car.
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Old 10-14-2006, 03:31 PM   #22
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87,000 on mine. Had a wheel bearing go out at 60,000 miles, replaced under the extended warranty. Just had to get the air conditioner fixed last week - some "expansion valve" or something like that. $640 for the fix/recharge/test. Other than that, no problems and only routine maintenance.
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Old 10-15-2006, 04:34 PM   #23
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04 sti...99k....
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Old 10-15-2006, 08:42 PM   #24
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My '02 had 134K miles on it when it was totalled. During that time it ate 2 windshields, 2 sets of struts, the steering rack (though I think, but couldn't prove, that it died when I hit a deer in Oct 2005), several sets of brake pads, 1 set of rotors, and tires. Lots of tires. I changed the timing belt at 110K miles.

The steering rack and timing belt change were the big money repairs as I did most all the rest by myself.
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Old 10-15-2006, 08:47 PM   #25
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03 wrx, 82k miles, still running strong. Stock, only problem was the regular maintenance and at 59k miles i had one of my cylinders not working. dont know the word for it, but they added it with the 60k tune up.
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