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Old 04-20-2009, 09:13 AM   #2301
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the proper break-in is 1000 miles

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Old 04-20-2009, 10:19 AM   #2302
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:10 AM   #2303
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Went to a local 1/4 mile track, as a spectator, amateurs day. There were lots of american muscle, steet legal & not. There were few foreign cars, 2 subaru imprezas WRXs (older models ~2005-2007). Out of all the cars (100 or so), there were 2 incidents - a car caught on fire (chevy) and one of the 2 subarus blew an engine. Ugh. So much for ever taking my 2009 ride to a track... too much risk. If it breaks on the track, the warranty won't cover it, mods or no mods... if I understand it correctly.

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Old 04-20-2009, 12:14 PM   #2304
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My dealer just called, I pick up my 09' on Thursday.

VIN is G822124
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Old 04-20-2009, 12:36 PM   #2305
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Wondering if anyone wants to take over the 09 WRX failure list? I don't really have the motivation to do it anymore. PM me if you want to.
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Old 04-20-2009, 12:45 PM   #2306
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OMGz ware dew u get platez liek that!!@@11
Dudez I will sell u teh super leet custom platez 4 $25 each...
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Old 04-20-2009, 12:49 PM   #2307
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I just got the VIN# for my new 09 WRX 5 door, seeing as all we have seen (I know, so far) have been from 7/08 -8/08, I feel there's little risk. Sure, I guess I could have a problem, but somehow I think that if I follow the proper break in procedure, keep the RPMs down for the first 500 miles, and stay off the boost until everything has had a chance to seat properly, I should be OK. Time will tell, I may be crying soon too, but that's what the warranty is for, and the lemon laws. In 6 years I never got a thing on my 04' under warranty, and that's great, but you almost feel you should have got something for "free". Human nature is funny, we buy insurance, hope we don't need it, and when we don't, feel we got cheated somehow.

My vehicle was broken in with very little to no variance on the specified break in procedure; it still failed. If you are going to buy an 09 WRX the best and really only thing you can do is insure that you have a recent build. As you have stated we still have not observed any recent build date failures. I wouldn't bet my money on one, but if you must have an 09 WRX, the newer build dates seem promising.
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:22 PM   #2308
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Dudez I will sell u teh super leet custom platez 4 $25 each...
Haha but seriously that car is amazing looking. I am either hopping in one exactly like yours or Black. I am in a silver car right now and its great for keeping clean!

I bet you have fun everyday in that thing!
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:13 PM   #2309
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If you are going to buy an 09 WRX the best and really only thing you can do is insure that you have a recent build.
So I ended up pulling the trigger on an '09 this weekend. I read most of this thread, figured I'd take my chances, and if it blows, at least I walked in with full disclosure.

01/09 build date, The VIN is in the 820xxx-822xxx range, so far everything is buttery-smooth. The car was untouched with 5 miles on the ODO at the dealer (still with all the plastic wrap covering over the body and wheels) and it's got 90-something now. Fingers crossed just a bit, and I do hope that everyone here who has a bad engine gets a good resolution from SOA.

The dealer pumped up the Dunlops to ~45-50psi causing the flat tire sensor to trigger - what's up with that? I assume the 32-33psi on the door frame is the correct figure (and 36-40 should be safe for improved gas mileage)?
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Old 04-20-2009, 03:32 PM   #2310
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Old 04-20-2009, 04:24 PM   #2311
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it seemed to me that it starts noticing a speed difference when there's a 3-4 psig difference between two or more of the tires.
Ah, I didn't know that, thanks. That's pretty sensitive, especially since they recommend a 1psi difference between front and rear tires.

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Subaru caught a lot of flak when they introduced the WRX and were giving away memberships to the SCCA with a purchase of the car --- and then rejecting warranty claims after checking SCCA participant rosters to see who was autocrossing the car. Bad form that.
Lol, I got an SCCA membership with my 2002 WRX. Good thing nothing bad happened to that car. Around the same time, Mitsubishi was actively checking online forums to see who was autocrossing or drag-racing their cars in order to deny warranty work on the clutches. Crazy that they would go to the effort...
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Old 04-20-2009, 06:01 PM   #2312
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Well my day sucked... I went to sign the final paperwork for my 09 WRX today and the new manager wanted to F*** me over and completely changed the numbers that we had already agreed to. So far my experience with subaru is completely F***ed up. So much for a new car...
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Old 04-20-2009, 06:07 PM   #2313
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Old 04-20-2009, 06:19 PM   #2314
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Old 04-20-2009, 07:07 PM   #2315
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Haha but seriously that car is amazing looking. I am either hopping in one exactly like yours or Black. I am in a silver car right now and its great for keeping clean!

I bet you have fun everyday in that thing!
Thanks to both Neonmabob and dlessor1 for the Silver WRX love!

My RSX-S was black; I absolutely believe that for basically any make/model black is the sexiest color available. Put what a PITA to keep looking nice! So for the WRX I decided to go Rally Blue or Spark Silver, and ended up with Spark Silver. Much easier to take care of.

Is it just me or does anyone else think the WRX would look better without the rear spoiler?
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Old 04-20-2009, 07:15 PM   #2316
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Well my day sucked... I went to sign the final paperwork for my 09 WRX today and the new manager wanted to F*** me over and completely changed the numbers that we had already agreed to. So far my experience with subaru is completely F***ed up. So much for a new car...
So what did you do? If the dealer doesn't want to make the deal he apparently already (verbally at least) agreed to I would shop elsewhere. This is a fairly standard tactic though FYI. But at any rate, you should be in the driver's seat on this transaction, and I would attempt to leverage your knowledge of the documented WRX issues to at least achieve an acceptable deal. If the dealer doesn't want to do that, then move on. I definitely would not be going out of my way and paying a premium to obtain this car.

To get back on track, in the adjoining thread both ILikeToGoFast (from February however) and GravityDaemon reported (with associated build dates and VINs) engine failures today. Again, if the rumors that a change in bearing material on a certain manufacturing run of these vehicles are true than I see no reason why the majority of those vehicles will not eventually exhibit engine failure. This still really shows no signs of slowing down (except that Subaru may have quietly remedied their err on the later manufactured vehicles).
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Old 04-20-2009, 07:53 PM   #2317
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Again, if the rumors that a change in bearing material on a certain manufacturing run of these vehicles are true than I see no reason why the majority of those vehicles will not eventually exhibit engine failure.
Without making a judgment either way, if this is true, then it suggests that a general recall of affected cars will eventually need to be made.
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Old 04-20-2009, 07:56 PM   #2318
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To get back on track, in the adjoining thread both ILikeToGoFast (from February however) and GravityDaemon reported (with associated build dates and VINs) engine failures today. Again, if the rumors that a change in bearing material on a certain manufacturing run of these vehicles are true than I see no reason why the majority of those vehicles will not eventually exhibit engine failure. This still really shows no signs of slowing down (except that Subaru may have quietly remedied their err on the later manufactured vehicles).
I certainly hope they're doing something about it. All day I felt like I've bought the Xbox 360 of cars.
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Old 04-20-2009, 08:12 PM   #2319
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Old 04-20-2009, 08:36 PM   #2320
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This probably isn't news, but I asked the sales guy I worked with when I bought my '09 about a month ago (9/08 build, 808XXX, 1600 mi, no problem yet), and he claims he asked the service manager and no one at that dealer has heard anything from customers or from SOA. I pointed him to this thread and the list of failures so he would at least have something to see.

He claims he will "keep investigating" and will let me know if he finds anything. In that unlikely event, I will pass any info along.
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Old 04-20-2009, 09:00 PM   #2321
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The air pressure indicator works by looking at individual tire/wheel speeds.
Mike, it actually works by using small transmitters that are part of the valve stem assembly. I *think* sometime in 07' -our wonderful gov't- mandated that they need to be installed on all new light-duty vehicles.

My wifes old Alero had the 'rotational' logic built into it (it was an 01'), and it was finikey at times. Unfortunately, the transmitters frequently act up, and aftermarket wheels require that you buy new sensors for $60/ea, transfer your old ones over, or live with the light.
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Old 04-21-2009, 06:08 AM   #2322
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Old 04-21-2009, 07:20 AM   #2323
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This is getting us off topic, but regarding TPMS, at least in '08+ STI and WRX:

http://blogs.edmunds.com/roadtests/2...ent-wrong.html
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:19 AM   #2324
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Not that you guys would care but due to this thread I passed up on the WRX and got a fabulous deal on a brand new 08 Honda Civic Si, left over from last year. I've been very happy with my decision, no turbo but peace of mind knowing the engine is solid and also 8k left in my pocket to spend on mods or other life stuff. I thought I would share just in case Subaru watched these threads, maybe they will get the message and realize they are losing sales by not acknowledging a problem and causing so many of their customers or potential customers to be burdened by this. Alright drive on.
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:29 AM   #2325
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^ you should share that directly w/ Subaru
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