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Old 05-09-2012, 09:31 AM   #4926
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sorry to hear that, mileage? let us know how it goes
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:04 PM   #4927
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Hey guys I have a 2009 STI with 70,000 miles on it and just recently threw a rod, or at least I think so. I was driving from a stop and by the time I got to third gear I heard a loud *thunk* and my car stalls so I pull over. The car wouldn't start no matter what I tried so I called a truck to have it towed to my house. The battery seemed weak and after an hour of trying to jump it it still wouldn't start and it seemed like the longer I charged the more life it had. I bought a new battery and the car started, BUT with a loooud clanking noise coming from the engine and my RPM's were going up and down from around 1.5-2k. After just a few seconds of listening I turned off my car. Its not like I drive my car very hard, actually not at all. I usually never get my revs as high as the redline, except for maybe a handful of times during the 2 days I tracked my car. Is this consistant with the problems that many people are having with their subies? My car is no longer under warranty so does that mean there is nothing subaru will do for me? Am I on my own here
call 1800subaru3, open a case with a customer service rep, just be polite and greatful and they may still replace it because its so close to your warranty it cant hurt to ask

my trans went today idk what to do car is only vehicle i have and at 93k im well out of warranty never had an issue with my engine (knocking on wood) and ive redlined it weekly since 1500 miles.... its stage 3 but all on an accessport so i uninstalled that.... didnt swap my ic or turbo back though.... also has headers upipe dp, etc i doubt theyll help me out... haha... and i deff dont have the money for a transmission at 3200dollars idk what to do... should i part it out??

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Old 05-22-2012, 11:41 PM   #4928
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sorry to hear that, mileage? let us know how it goes
Well, at 14,000+ miles and three years the '09 bearing debacle is over for me. I got the car back today with a new long block and the remainder of the factory warranty intact. Overall, I'm very happy with how the situation was resolved. I did not get a new turbo (didn't ask) and did not request for an extended warranty (again, didn't ask). I also didn't get a question about modifications, oil change receipts, or how I drove my car.

Here's how it worked out. I dropped off the car with all kinds of suspension goodies and aftermarket wheels and tires thinking this won't end well. Got a call a few hours from the assistant manager saying a long block is on the way without a single question asked. I specifically asked if it was an issue that I had a turbo back exhaust on the car (weakness of my North Dakota honesty coming out) and he said "No, my manager said this is a warranty issue. You're covered under warranty." I also asked if he wanted oil change receipts or any other documentation. Nope, I was good. To think, I had the oil change receipts in the glove box and 5 Blackstone reports in my back pocket, if needed. I was fully prepared for a battle and was willing to throw down some cash considering I was at stage 2+, even though this clearly was a manufacturing defect. No worries, SoA will never see this car again for warranty service.

All I have to say is....very cool. They took care of the issue and made me a very happy customer. Even better, I won't have to give in to my wife's infatuation for a Mini () so we will probably get an XV later this year.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:51 AM   #4929
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Well I guess it's my turn*** 08/08 09 WRX with 32,000. I was flashed for three weeks and I thought I was in the clear. So fighting it with S.O.A now, I know the flash did not cause the poor process or materials used for the crank shafts. Any info or key words to use would be helpfull **********thanks D
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:24 AM   #4930
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Well I guess it's my turn*** 08/08 09 WRX with 32,000. I was flashed for three weeks and I thought I was in the clear. So fighting it with S.O.A now, I know the flash did not cause the poor process or materials used for the crank shafts. Any info or key words to use would be helpfull **********thanks D
Reference THIS THREAD specifically, the build dates and VIN numbers. That will make a big difference hopefully. They have been ruthless with those who flashed the ECU though, so make sure you pursue them to document the actuall failure. They WILL HAVE TO PROVE that the flash was the cause of a mechaincal failure. I have been waiting for the results from mine still... They told me that the results would be available after they had it 'examined' by the engineers in Japan.... Don't take the run around. This is very well documented and should not me much of a front for them to put up to you.


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Old 11-28-2012, 06:13 PM   #4931
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I am in the market for a 09 wrx. I currently have a 08 civic si sedan and am going to sell it and buy a subie. Should I be worried about buying a car from this year? Correct me if I'm wrong, but if the car has a clear carfax and has over 50000 miles, I feel the engine is probably alright. That wouldn't stop me from inspecting the car or doing a diagnostic scan on it, but what do you guys think?


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Old 11-28-2012, 09:58 PM   #4932
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I am in the market for a 09 wrx. I currently have a 08 civic si sedan and am going to sell it and buy a subie. Should I be worried about buying a car from this year? Correct me if I'm wrong, but if the car has a clear carfax and has over 50000 miles, I feel the engine is probably alright. That wouldn't stop me from inspecting the car or doing a diagnostic scan on it, but what do you guys think?


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Just buy one that has a build date of at least September 2008 and you'll be fine. All WRXs built after that weren't affected. If you want to be 100% sure, get one that was built in October 2008 or later. The build date is on the door jamb.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:47 PM   #4933
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Hey all, just got a shock from the dealership and need to know if this sounds crazy to anyone else

Typing really quickly, hope someone can help, diagnosed the following

"Removed drive shaft, found from yoke damaged + bond?sp in transmission. Disassembled extension housing, found transfer drive gear and driven gear sheared, found viscous coupler exploeded + snap ring inside extension housing all chewed up"

Mind you I don't race this WRX or really do anything other than commute with it, so this damage seems catastrophic. I'm at 70k miles, but will try calling Subaru anyway in terms of warranty, but am I getting taken for a ride here? I drove the car into the shop because i heard a small buzzing type sound and wasn't sure if it always sounded like that or not. I tried search this thread and it seems like nobody else has this issue, but am I searching in the wrong thread?
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:00 PM   #4934
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.......Disassembled extension housing, found transfer drive gear and driven gear sheared, found viscous coupler exploeded + snap ring inside extension housing all chewed up"......
This is a common failure for the viscus coupler
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:35 PM   #4935
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Thanks SWP n Gold, Ill be AWD not FWD soon
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:47 PM   #4936
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This is a common failure for the viscus coupler
Common to the extent that SOA may help me a bit on a car that just came out of powertrain warranty? Is 3k for parts and labor at a dealership a reasonable price for this? They also want to open the case and check for further transmission damage, so this is getting very expensive for me very fast.
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:45 PM   #4937
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So I have finally fallen victim to the issue affecting the 2009 WRX's in early productions. I started to hear the knock yesterday and it steadily got worse, took it in to the dealership today, and they are sending an oil sample to Subaru. The dealership is saying that this should all be covered under warranty, which it should, it'd better be. Anybody have any examples of about how long this engine replacement takes?



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Old 12-20-2012, 06:52 PM   #4938
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mine (and most of the earlier failures) they were shipping in complete long blocks, took about a week to get the long block and only a day or two to install- they should be giving you a rental as well

I thought they were all already popped, I stand corrected
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:23 AM   #4939
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mine (and most of the earlier failures) they were shipping in complete long blocks, took about a week to get the long block and only a day or two to install- they should be giving you a rental as well

I thought they were all already popped, I stand corrected
I'm still waiting on mine. 48K miles and counting on original motor.
Last oil report still showed low levels of silver in the oil...
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:30 PM   #4940
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well "knock" on wood, you won't get it
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:16 PM   #4941
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I'm still waiting on mine. 48K miles and counting on original motor.
Last oil report still showed low levels of silver in the oil...
I figured that after 25k I was in the clear, and really hadn't thought of it since, well that is until the dreaded knock started yesterday
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:42 PM   #4942
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well "knock" on wood, you won't get it
Well, quite frankly, I've been hoping it would happen already so I could just get it out of the way and move on. I'd like to do a few minor mods to the car, but I can't with this thing hanging over my head.
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:07 PM   #4943
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So I have finally fallen victim to the issue affecting the 2009 WRX's in early productions. I started to hear the knock yesterday and it steadily got worse, took it in to the dealership today, and they are sending an oil sample to Subaru. The dealership is saying that this should all be covered under warranty, which it should, it'd better be. Anybody have any examples of about how long this engine replacement takes?

Miles: 52k
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When mine failed last May it was about a week to ship the long block from the east coast to Portland, OR then a day to complete the install.

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Well, quite frankly, I've been hoping it would happen already so I could just get it out of the way and move on. I'd like to do a few minor mods to the car, but I can't with this thing hanging over my head.
I know the feeling after finding silver in the oil. FWIW, the silver levels in mine had been consistently decreasing then crept up over two oil changes before the failure.
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Old 12-25-2012, 10:37 PM   #4944
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Good to know Eco.

The previous information I had heard was that the silver stopped showing up in the oil before the failure.
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Old 12-25-2012, 11:08 PM   #4945
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I am at 52k as of this wonderful xmas as well. I had what I thought was the start of a failure but it looks to only be an exhaust leak.

So have any 08/08s lived without the failure? Stage 1/2 or stock?
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:59 AM   #4946
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I purchased a stock 2009 WRX on 10/22/12 and I experienced engine failure on 11/03/12.

Problem: Knocking noise in engine.
Mileage: 48,459
VIN: 9G809474
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Official cause: Rod bearings - metal flakes in oil pan.
Fix: Replaced short block and oil pump
Time out of service: 18 days... 11/03/12 - 11/20/12
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:55 AM   #4947
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52xxx miles
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I noticed a slight ticking noise and low speeds in low gear. Diagnosis; spun bearing due to an internal leaking turbo (oil) and oil starvation. 2,500 miles since last oil change. SOA covered the old girl under warranty. The only crappy part is it took 1.5 weeks to get a short block, heads, and turbo. 1.5 weeks to get it all installed.

Result a brand new drivetrain, the transmission was rebuilt 15xxx miles ago. The dealer hooked me up with a SPT stage 2 clutch at no charge.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:37 PM   #4948
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So my WRX has the infamous 08/08 build date and now has around 31-32k miles on it. I am assuming it's not a matter of "if" but "when" the engine is going to pop?

I still have some powertrain warranty left and I purchased the extended warranty but still, are there any 08/08 that survived?

VIN - 803576 - Hatchback

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Old 02-05-2013, 03:35 PM   #4949
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I am in the market for a 09 wrx. I currently have a 08 civic si sedan and am going to sell it and buy a subie. Should I be worried about buying a car from this year? Correct me if I'm wrong, but if the car has a clear carfax and has over 50000 miles, I feel the engine is probably alright. That wouldn't stop me from inspecting the car or doing a diagnostic scan on it, but what do you guys think?


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I am selling my 09 hatch with 32500 miles. pm me if you are interested.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:27 PM   #4950
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So my WRX has the infamous 08/08 build date and now has around 31-32k miles on it. I am assuming it's not a matter of "if" but "when" the engine is going to pop?

I still have some powertrain warranty left and I purchased the extended warranty but still, are there any 08/08 that survived?

VIN - 803576 - Hatchback
There are several that are still running the original motor, mine included.

But 'survived'..? Still functioning, yes. Proven that they will not fail from this problem? None that I've ever heard of.
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