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Old 05-18-2008, 10:48 AM   #1
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Unhappy Issue starting 2008 WRX

Hi, I was wondering if someone could help me. I have had my 2008 wrx for approximately 8 months now. About 2 months ago I had got in my car to start it and it didn't turn over right away like it always had. I actually had to hold the ignition for about 3-5 seconds for it to turn over. I brought it to my dealer twice now, and I've already scheduled a third time. Any ideas of what this may be?

The dealer first said up to 5 seconds is normal, then on the second return they said I may be using bad gas. I have stuck with the same gas station since I got the car and use 93 octane. On cold starts it isn't that bad starting up, but when I drive it for a bit then let it sit for like 5-15min then restart is when the problem is present. However it never duplicates itself at the dealer.

I was thinking that maybe resetting the ECU could clear this problem? Any ideas? Your help would be greatly appreciated!!!!!
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Old 05-18-2008, 11:07 AM   #2
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When you say it won't turn over I assume you mean that the starter motor is turning the engine but the engine doesn't fire up real fast, as it was doing. If that is the case then I would first verify that the ignition was working ok while this problem is going on. Then look at the fuel delivery if the ignition is ok. Resetting the ECU will not help solve this thing in my opinion.
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Old 05-18-2008, 11:14 AM   #3
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Hey, thanks cougar4 I appreciate the response! Supposedly the first time i brought the car there they said they ran the car through an inspection and nothing was wrong with it. It's just bizzare that it only does it when it's warm and not so often when its cold. And yes, i meant that the engine is turning sorry.

I'm bringing it in tomorrow, I think before I drop it off i'm going to go for a long ride, and then stay there when they go to start it up. I'm also going to try and catch it on video today so they don't think i'm an idiot haha... They first tried to tell me I wasn't pushing the clutch all the way to the floor when I was starting it haha.
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Old 05-18-2008, 11:33 AM   #4
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And yes, i meant that the engine is turning sorry.

They first tried to tell me I wasn't pushing the clutch all the way to the floor when I was starting it haha.
Make sure the dealer knows the EXACT conditions and symptoms. 'not starting' is pretty vague, hence they brought out the reasoning of not having the clutch to the floor. If they know it was turning over but not firing, the clutch wouldn't have had any bearing on that.


Bad gas certainly could be a reason, try changing stations. Water in the tanks could cause that, either from a leak or the gas station is actually adding water.
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Old 05-18-2008, 11:39 AM   #5
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Hey rkramer thanks for the info too... I'll try to thoroughly explain everything to them tomorrow.

I actually did change from Hess to Sunoco for awhile b/c the guy at the dealer who does all of the tuning said that from his experience WRX's and STI's run better on sunoco. I tried that for like the past month and a half, and no difference except me paying more money for gas haha...

I wish I could demand them change crap could possibly be causing the issue b/c it's getting annoying to constantly bring the car in and them not find anything. I suggested maybe it was a fuel management issue, but they brought up a valid point that if that was the case the car would be running poorly as well, and it doesn't.

Well keep posting suggestions guys, it will help when I go tomorrow and explain this crap to them, and also suggest things to them. I'll keep everyone posted of the results too!
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Old 05-18-2008, 12:01 PM   #6
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I have noticed that 9/10 times the car will start properly, but every now and then on a cold start the car will take a little bit longer.

Also, make sure you are allowing the oil pump to prime before turning the motor over. I like to allow the "seat belt chime" to go off 4 times (auxiliary position for the key) before I turn all the way.
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Old 05-20-2008, 03:20 PM   #7
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I have an 08 wrx as well.

When I was going for a test drive, that car had the same problem.

It was the leasing manager's car. He also said it never happend to him before, but my GF and the salesman were in the car with me and I couldn't start it.

I guess this could be really common.

Thanks for posting I will be checking to see if you have an update or answer, incase my car do the samething.
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