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Old 09-23-2007, 10:07 PM   #1
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Hi Guys,

I have a 2004 sti that is stock. I bought if from a guy who had a big turbo on it plus all the supporting mods. I drove it 1000 miles to take it home, and it ran fine, no problem.

I was driving today, normal, spirited driving, nothing crazy, when the car suddenly goes into limp mode, with the CEL and cruise light flashing as well.

I parked and went inside for a while. WHen I got back into drive the CEL was gone, but withing 30sec of driving, it came back on.

Any idea what this could be? the owner had 06 wrx fuel rails and injectors on it, instead of the stock sti. as well, I just had day time running lights installed. could either of these be the culprit? Any help would be appreciated, as I'm pretty stressed about my car having problems now. Thanks.
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Old 09-23-2007, 11:38 PM   #2
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you need to get the code pulled and to see what is going on
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Old 09-24-2007, 05:53 PM   #3
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Just to clarify, the cars fuel rails, injectors, turbo, etc are all back to stock?
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Old 09-24-2007, 09:14 PM   #4
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Em????
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Old 09-25-2007, 10:09 PM   #5
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Seems like you may have bought a lemon,
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Old 09-28-2007, 01:40 PM   #6
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Seems like you may have bought a lemon,
No, not a lemon. In order to fall under lemon law, most states require that 1)the car be within the lemon law period usually 2 years or 24K miles, 2) that the vehicle was bought new 3) be due to a manufacturer's defect and not something that could have been caused by modifications. This 2004 STi in all likelihood is well out of the lemon law period, is a used car, and has had modifications on it that could have been the culprit (having the codes would help). It's also possible that the DRL install may have resulted in a short somewhere in the wiring, fouling things up.

Could the car have a gremlin in it? Sure. But a lemon? Nope.
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Old 09-28-2007, 01:59 PM   #7
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If your CEL is flashing that means you are doing damage to the catalyst. This is ussually caused by a rich misfire. Pull the codes and see they are. Are you running cats? Does it have a stock ecu or custom EM.
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Old 09-29-2007, 02:48 PM   #8
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Not only should he have the codes read, he should also fill out his profile. If it turned out that he lives nearby, I'd lug the laptop to his house to read those codes.

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Old 09-29-2007, 11:59 PM   #9
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If your CEL is flashing that means you are doing damage to the catalyst. This is ussually caused by a rich misfire. Pull the codes and see they are. Are you running cats? Does it have a stock ecu or custom EM.
Believe it or not the CEL is used for more than just cat related problems.
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