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Old 02-03-2013, 04:50 AM   #876
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This thread needs to be kept alive. You aren't the only one still out there with this hanging over your head.
agreed.

im one of those that have a car still hanging on.

07/08 built date
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only SPT exhaust.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:45 PM   #877
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Still kickin'

08/08 09 Sedan
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SPT Tuned Version (Whatever that means) with SPT exhaust and Intake from the factory

49,132 Not a spec of Silver in my last change (says the service guy)

I wanted to go stage 2, but this burden is just too heavy. Makes me not enjoy my Subaru as much as i could.
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:56 PM   #878
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I got the infamous 08/08 build date and now has around 31-32k miles on it. I still have some powertrain warranty left and I purchased the extended warranty too but I guess only time will tell what happens to my car.

VIN 803576 - Hatchback

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Old 02-05-2013, 03:39 AM   #879
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Might be an isolated incident, I have an 09' premium sedan,

Build date 10/08

Mileage 48k and some change

Heard the clack clack clack at 2500-3500 rpm,
Have cat back installed and boost gauge when I took it in. Stock tune.

Diagnosis, rod knock need new short block, dealer contacts district manager, says I need to provide oil change receipts since I owned the car approx 1 year 3 months. In order to show I have been changing the oil in it and not neglecting it. Good thing I can present all of it.

FYI, Subaru has a 50k powertrain limited warranty, does not include rental coverage! I'm 2k miles away from hitting my extended warranty.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:53 AM   #880
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Most extended warranties overlap the warranty to handle things like rental car. Maybe check your contract?
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:38 AM   #881
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Just so I understand this correctly...
These engine failures seem to correspond with Subaru's 2009 WRX built in July, August & September of 2008. Is that correct?

I bought my '09 in July of 2009 with a manufacture date of 04/09.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:08 PM   #882
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Just so I understand this correctly...
These engine failures seem to correspond with Subaru's 2009 WRX built in July, August & September of 2008. Is that correct?

I bought my '09 in July of 2009 with a manufacture date of 04/09.

Correct, these failures cover build dates 07/08 through at least 09/08. I might also throw in 10/08 because we have no clue when Subaru fixed the issue.

In other words, you're good. Continue to enjoy Stage 2 with the RCE Bilsteins. That's what I'm doing.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:27 PM   #883
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Might be an isolated incident, I have an 09' premium sedan,

Build date 10/08

Mileage 48k and some change

Heard the clack clack clack at 2500-3500 rpm,
Have cat back installed and boost gauge when I took it in. Stock tune.

Diagnosis, rod knock need new short block, dealer contacts district manager, says I need to provide oil change receipts since I owned the car approx 1 year 3 months. In order to show I have been changing the oil in it and not neglecting it. Good thing I can present all of it.

FYI, Subaru has a 50k powertrain limited warranty, does not include rental coverage! I'm 2k miles away from hitting my extended warranty.

I am pretty sure its 5 years, 60,000 but regardless im glad you are covered.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:47 PM   #884
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Yep Subaru authorized short block replacement today. Hope no garbage got into the turbo bearings and oil lines.
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:56 PM   #885
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Just so everyone knows, the engine replacement DOES show up on a CARFAX report.
Something to keep in mind when you go to sell your car.
I recently traded my 2009 WRX and the dealer where itís for sale now has the CARFAX posted for the car.
Note the report at 47,775.

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Old 02-17-2013, 03:43 AM   #886
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Thanks for the info Shawn,

On a good note, got my car back yesterday from dealer, runs super smooth, replaced short block, turbo, valves, sent heads to machine shop to get cut etc. nice and fresh under the hood.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:16 PM   #887
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this problem seems to have gotten me too as well. took my car in yesterday at approximate 50-51k miles. heard the knocking around 2500-3000 rpm's. dealership has only informed me they need to drop the oil pan to report finding to Subaru before moving forward any further.

dealership made me provide all oil change receipts. ironic thing is i made the last oil change at 48k myself and of course they tried pinning it on me. made me produce a receipt proving that i purchased oil for this vehicle. luckily, advanced auto has a great corporate customer service and they were able to go back and look up my transaction by my credit card number.

also, lucky that i purchased the extended warranty. i would recommend not doing any engine modifications if your subaru falls into these years / production times. dealership was also questioning me if i did any engine modifications and said they are going to test my statement. i said go for it buddy.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:58 PM   #888
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...dealership was also questioning me if i did any engine modifications and said they are going to test my statement. i said go for it buddy.
That's great things look like they'll be taken care of for you but I think I'd find a different dealership after they get the car fixed. I see no problem with them doing their checks for mods but saying they are going to "test your statement" is unnecessarily confrontational and rude.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:56 PM   #889
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yea i personally hate the dealership i took it too. it's where i first went to buy my car but i ended up going somewhere else to buy it b/c i couldn't stand them. that was 3+ years ago, and now where i bought a house it's only 10 minutes from me, and with my engine making that sound i just wanted to take it to the closest place.

they will never get my service after this.
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:43 AM   #890
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I see no problem with them doing their checks for mods but saying they are going to "test your statement" is unnecessarily confrontational and rude.
I disagree.

What's rude is Subaru not just fixing this KNOWN issue without putting owner's through a bunch of hassle for something obvious and again, KNOWN.

Being someone who does all his own maintenance, I'm not looking forward to getting put through the ringer for this problem of theirs.
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:19 PM   #891
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I disagree.

What's rude is Subaru not just fixing this KNOWN issue without putting owner's through a bunch of hassle for something obvious and again, KNOWN.

Being someone who does all his own maintenance, I'm not looking forward to getting put through the ringer for this problem of theirs.
I have to completely agree with you. As you stated, it is a known problem, but yet they still try to pin the problem on the owner for lack of maintenance. i did my last oil change on my own but had all receipts before that. at one point he told me i'm way past my oil change (meanwhile i've told him before that i changed it myself) and at another point he told me how clean the current oil in my car was. i said no ****, that verifies my statement that i changed my oil
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:21 PM   #892
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they should have just done a total recall and fixed it from the beginning. this is only going to anger many subaru owner's and possibly drive them away from buying another subaru. own up to the problem up front and recall/fix it, and that would have kept so many ppl satisfied
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:56 PM   #893
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I disagree.

What's rude is Subaru not just fixing this KNOWN issue without putting owner's through a bunch of hassle for something obvious and again, KNOWN.

Being someone who does all his own maintenance, I'm not looking forward to getting put through the ringer for this problem of theirs.
True, Subaru should fix the affected cars (something I've been ranting about for years now) and at a minimum notify dealerships of the issue to get things resolved quickly. I was just commenting about the dealership being a pain in the ass and quickly passing judgement without any facts.
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:52 PM   #894
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Latest oil sample.
Still running strong with 50K miles on original motor, 08/08 build.
I'm still under the impression that because it's still showing silver in the oil, that there is still more to wear away before the bearings go.
P.S. I've been running Mobil One 5w30 since the first oil change at 1K miles.


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Old 02-23-2013, 07:31 PM   #895
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08/08 build
2009 wrx just hit 61000 not a problem so far stp exhaust not stage 2 yet
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:22 AM   #896
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08/08 build
2009 wrx just hit 61000 not a problem so far stp exhaust not stage 2 yet
this is what i am afraid of: hitting 60k and no blown engine yet.

currently at 58,100 now.
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:34 AM   #897
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I disagree.

What's rude is Subaru not just fixing this KNOWN issue without putting owner's through a bunch of hassle for something obvious and again, KNOWN.

Being someone who does all his own maintenance, I'm not looking forward to getting put through the ringer for this problem of theirs.
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I have to completely agree with you. As you stated, it is a known problem, but yet they still try to pin the problem on the owner for lack of maintenance. i did my last oil change on my own but had all receipts before that. at one point he told me i'm way past my oil change (meanwhile i've told him before that i changed it myself) and at another point he told me how clean the current oil in my car was. i said no ****, that verifies my statement that i changed my oil
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they should have just done a total recall and fixed it from the beginning. this is only going to anger many subaru owner's and possibly drive them away from buying another subaru. own up to the problem up front and recall/fix it, and that would have kept so many ppl satisfied


So it would be perfectly ok for people to modify their cars and not maintain them and have them fixed as well right? Just because it is a "known" issue, the company paying the bill wants to make sure the cause of failure is by their defect, not ignorance of the owner. It is common practice by all manufacturers and extended warranty companies to want to see maintenance records in situations like this.

A recall? Why would they recall these? It is not a safety concern. I can see maybe a warranty extension up to maybe 100k.
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:01 AM   #898
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^^^Didn't BMW recall S54-powered cars due to a batch of bad bearings? And they extended the warranty on all the cars too.


An easier fix on those engines, but still.
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That is a different manufacturer. Each manufacturer is different with their criteria in what they consider when issuing a recall.
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That is a different manufacturer. Each manufacturer is different with their criteria in what they consider when issuing a recall.
I agree...but your comments indicated you didn't think a recall was logical, or something a car company would do.

Anyway, the difference in repair costs between replacing the engine (or tearing it down) for the subaru vs. merely dropping the pan and swapping the bearings (BMW), makes it a non-comparison anyway.

Let alone the fact that when you spend 50k on a car, vs. 25k, the service might be a bit different.
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