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Old 01-11-2010, 07:15 PM   #1
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Does anyone else have a problematic Subaru? It seems like it is never ending with mine.

Too begin with I have an 04 sti, green turbo, PE 850cc, FMIC, 38mm EWG and on.....tuned by Cobb.

So I rarely drive my car, it just barely rolled over 40k miles just last week on my trip that I did not want to take it on. I had to take it because I also have an 08 VW GLI with a DSG garbage transmission that has been in the shop for more recalls then oil changes.

So I took off to Oregon to see family and friends and the car was running perfect until about 200 miles into the trip the cruise control would just random start kicking off, no CELS, it really didnt bug me, my foot could use the exercise.

Well about about an hour later I went to pass a semi and about halfway past him I blow my intercooler hose and have to fade back behind him since the car just shut down. How safe is that? I dont get it, I can drive my car all the time around town and get on it all the time and never haven't blown any hoses in the last 8 months and then I blow it pushing a mere 10psi.

Then I ended up blowing it 2 more times before finally arriving in Eugene but never threw a CEL. As well as my Omori gauges started messing up, my oil temp shows 300 degrees and my O2 sensor just bounces around, evidently they didnt like the trip. So the next day after arriving I went out and pulled the cuppler and clamp to see what was going on, the clamp looked fine but I had a spare so I went ahead and put it on with everything looking gravy. Well after hitting my first stop sign and pulling out into traffic my hose blew again . After that was a quick trip to Walmart to pick up the strongest hairspray available and let me tell you I made sure that thing was stuck.

We turned the boost down to 18psi and took it for a run and it finally stayed in place. So I headed over to the coast for a day driving it super easy since I know the elevation change wasn't really healthy for it. As soon as I hit the coast my CEL was on, now I can under stand the change maybe messing with it but I was able to run a higher octane level in it and not going over 4k rpms, so I was surprised.

Since I had no way to check the code (laptop was left at home) I proceeded to drive it very easy. Then on the way home it started having a fluctuating (sp?) idle from 1k to 2k rpm's and when it finally idles down it idles like a 454. I have not checked the codes yet but I can guess its a misfire code which my car had a problem with last year but compression is good.

And now today I went out to start it around 12 degrees and it starts up and idles up high like normal for about 5 seconds and then idles down and dies. It did this about 4 times before i said **** it!

Now this is what makes me angry, I go to start my civic which has not been drove in about 2 weeks and has snow piled all around it. It starts up first time and idles perfect, now you think well yeah thats normal. Well my civic has over 270k miles on it, d16, gt28 turbo, 440cc injectors, swapped down to OBD1 with a basemap that has never been tuned for the car. How is it that this car can run like a champ and yet my STI that has been professionally tuned and had everything professionally installed run like a lop of ****? I have had over atleast 20 cars now, all modded and this one is the only one I have had everything professially set up on it and dyno tuned and has had the most problems, I guess its just the joys of having a Subaru?

Ok end of rant! I feel better now, any opinions?
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:22 PM   #2
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I'd rather be in a Highly Modified Subaru more than a highly modified anything else. You're lucky to have made it at all.
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:54 PM   #3
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if i were the ranter/op, that reply would make me soo sad.
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:04 PM   #4
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My brothers car we were just saying this tonight his Leggy is cursed it's not modded. While he doesn't exactly take the best care of it I think he's been through 1-2 tranmissions also 1-2 head gaskets. Last month they just spent $5,000 to fix a bunch of other stuff. Tonight he came home and his drivers side door wont open and he can't get the window up so him or my dad had to tape plastic up in case it rains or snows. We had trouble with the back window falling down before too. Every time we turn around something is breaking down. It's an '02.

Here's the thread about all that was wrong with it
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:42 PM   #5
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not-ewrx - I know what you mean, I love my subaru to death.....when it runs!

chicakms - That sucks to hear, I am surprised he has kept it after all of that work!
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:52 PM   #6
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not-ewrx - I know what you mean, I love my subaru to death.....when it runs!

chicakms - That sucks to hear, I am surprised he has kept it after all of that work!
He can't afford anything else. He's made some bad judgments in the past speeding tickets and 2 dwis so his insurance is sky high we even had to take collision off the car to make the insurance affordable. I think he pays 3-4,000 a year and that's without the collision.

Back in Dec or whenever all the work was done my parents were trying to weigh the pros and cons of getting him another used car but again you don't know what you're getting if you buy used and at least if he kept the jinxed car we knew everything would be brand new. Also we couldn't find anything used with low miles under $8-10,000. So they are praying the car the car lasts a few more years.

It was my moms car originally she drove it for a few years. Prior to buying that car my mom had another leggy an '01 and she said she could feel the difference between the '01 and '02 in the way they handled and even the interiors the '02 was made cheaper it was a fleet car.
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:22 PM   #7
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thats a bummer man. i really hope that you can get it running "right". good luck to you man
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:23 PM   #8
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thats a bummer man. i really hope that you can get it running "right". good luck to you man

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Old 01-11-2010, 10:46 PM   #9
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Isn't every car like this? Just think it could be worse...my bro has taken his car to Mark Miller Subaru 6 times to rebuild/fix his engine and every time they say it's fixed it's not. They SUCK at what they do...just FYI.
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:11 AM   #10
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Dang man, sorry to hear your still having issues with it I remember all the hell it was giving you that day i saw you at cobb
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:20 AM   #11
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Sorry but it's the risk you take when modding a car. Well unless it's NA, simplicity is reliability. Now watch my car blow up tomorrow.
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:43 AM   #12
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i blew a hose off up in the mountains with no tools or phone reception and few times around town. i just put tbolt clamps on and ive never blown one since
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:07 AM   #13
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Dang man, sorry to hear your still having issues with it I remember all the hell it was giving you that day i saw you at cobb
Yeah, one day she will work right. Hey I still need to send you those Wendover photo's. PM me your email some time.

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Sorry but it's the risk you take when modding a car. Well unless it's NA, simplicity is reliability. Now watch my car blow up tomorrow.
See below, also my friend said he really like your car so don't blow it up tomorrow!

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Isn't every car like this? Just think it could be worse...my bro has taken his car to Mark Miller Subaru 6 times to rebuild/fix his engine and every time they say it's fixed it's not. They SUCK at what they do...just FYI.

Yeah I understand the risk and the problems that come along for the ride, but in all the cars I have modded and built this one has been the worst. Even out of all the Volkswagens I have dealt with, which before I got my Subaru I thought VW were horrible just because of electrical problems. Eventually you will find the problem in a VW, my sti has been to 2 local mechanics, 1 dealer (never going to a dealer again!) and Solid, no one can figure out the misfire issue. I think I have spent over $2k alone in mechanics fee's trying to figure this out, not even counting random parts like new coilpacks, injectors, sensors, etc.

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i blew a hose off up in the mountains with no tools or phone reception and few times around town. i just put tbolt clamps on and ive never blown one since
Wow, how did you get home? I always use tbolts, infact the one I replaced looked like I may have went a little to tight with it but still held perfectly. I always tend to carry a 10mm socket and ratchet in my door of all my cars, it is amazing how handy it is!
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:16 AM   #14
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Wow, how did you get home? I always use tbolts, infact the one I replaced looked like I may have went a little to tight with it but still held perfectly. I always tend to carry a 10mm socket and ratchet in my door of all my cars, it is amazing how handy it is!
I waited for someone to come by with tools, finally a guy with motorcycle trailer came by. now i have a backpack full of tools i keep with me
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:02 AM   #15
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Sorry but it's the risk you take when modding a car. Well unless it's NA, simplicity is reliability. Now watch my car blow up tomorrow.
You wish! One good reason to swap that pretty motor you have sitting in the garage.
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Old 01-12-2010, 04:48 PM   #16
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Yeah you should definitely swap that STI engine in now!
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You wish! One good reason to swap that pretty motor you have sitting in the garage.
Agreed.
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:43 PM   #18
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Sorry but it's the risk you take when modding a car. Well unless it's NA, simplicity is reliability. Now watch my car blow up tomorrow.
yeah! NA FTW! my car sounds like **** when i start it in the cold... but it still runs like a champ at 11 years old. but my gas mileage kinda sucks preeeettttty bad lately.

oh and sorry bout your car OP... it'll work out.
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:33 PM   #19
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Could be worse, you could have spent the $11,000 on modifications, blow the motor, buy a built motor and pay for install stuff which costs another $11,000. The built motor knocks all over the place yet everything looks, sounds, smells fine. You then have to ship your entire car to the engine builder who has been using your car as a Daily driver for a week now and has yet to find the problem.


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Could be worse, you could have spent the $11,000 on modifications, blow the motor, buy a built motor and pay for install stuff which costs another $11,000. The built motor knocks all over the place yet everything looks, sounds, smells fine. You then have to ship your entire car to the engine builder who has been using your car as a Daily driver for a week now and has yet to find the problem.


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or even worse you could have blown 2 transmissions and 3 motors....
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Old 01-13-2010, 01:26 AM   #21
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You know I would much rather blow the engine or a transmission right now, atleast I would know whats wrong with the damn thing. I am seriously thinking of starting over completely. I want to pull the current engine/turbo and junk it and start with a new longblock and go back to the TMIC with a Blouch 2.5 and meth.
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Well i hope you figure it out, it sucks trying to hunt down ghosts. If you need a new block let me know, i still have one.

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You know I would much rather blow the engine or a transmission right now, atleast I would know whats wrong with the damn thing. I am seriously thinking of starting over completely. I want to pull the current engine/turbo and junk it and start with a new longblock and go back to the TMIC with a Blouch 2.5 and meth.
I promise you don't want a blown motor. It is nice to know exactly what is going on with the car, which I have none.
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Old 01-14-2010, 02:15 AM   #24
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Dude its a modified car, what do you expect?
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Old 01-14-2010, 02:37 AM   #25
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Dude its a modified car, what do you expect?

Dude, did you read anything above?? I know its a modified car and I know the consequences, what I am saying is I currently own 4 modded cars including 2 NA to Turbo and out of all of them the Subaru runs the worst. All the issues I ever have are with the Subaru, not any of the other cars.

Examples why it pisses me off if you missed it above. I run 15 psi daily in my d16y7 civic on meth with the original block with new oem pistons. That block has only been honed and has over 270k miles on it and not a single issue. I can drive this thing to SLC with out the check engine light ever coming on and get 35 mpg and never have an issue. My black 240sx has an s13 sr20det built bottom swap in it running a gti-r turbo, no problem with it besides being stuck in the snow at the moment. I just know from my experience from modding plenty of cars this one is the worst one yet! And this is coming from a background of volkswagens.
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