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Old 06-04-2010, 11:13 AM   #1
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Default Is there engine problem with the 2011 STI?

I know that someone asked if there's problem with the engine in the 2010 WRX already, but I couldn't find any info on the 2010 STI browsing the warranty sub-forum. I gave up reading the 170+ pages of the 09 wrx page, since there were just too many posts

So, what's the verdict on the 2010 STI engine? Is it safe from the 09 WRX engine problem?

I really need to know as I'm about to purchase a 2011 STI sedan.

Thanks.

*Edit* Sorry should have asked about the 2010 STI engine, not 2011, as obviously there no info on something not released yet, like P.Rico said. My bad.

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Old 06-04-2010, 11:20 AM   #2
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I know that someone asked if there's problem with the engine in the 2010 WRX already, but I couldn't find any info on the 2010+ STI browsing the warranty sub-forum. I gave up reading the 170+ pages of the 09 wrx page, since there were just too many posts

So, what's the verdict on the 2010+ STI engine? Is it safe from the 09 WRX engine problem?

I really need to know as I'm about to purchase a 2011 STI sedan.

Thanks.

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Yes, there are problems. We just don't know about them yet.

Seriously though, how are we going to know of engine problems in a car that isn't even available yet?

The fact that you cannot find 2010 problems in the warranty sub-forum should speak for itself.
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:51 AM   #3
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Yes, there are problems. We just don't know about them yet.

Seriously though, how are we going to know of engine problems in a car that isn't even available yet?

The fact that you cannot find 2010 problems in the warranty sub-forum should speak for itself.

I guess I should've written 2010, as there is info on the 2010 STI already. I figured the 2011 engine would be the same as the 2010 in terms of materials used.
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:11 PM   #4
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I guess I should've written 2010, as there is info on the 2010 STI already. I figured the 2011 engine would be the same as the 2010 in terms of materials used.
Again, the fact that you cannot find 2010 problems in the warranty sub-forum should speak for itself.

Either no one here has that many miles on a 2010 to have had any issues crop up, or (most likely) they fixed the problems on the early 2009 models. I have a 2010 with 5600 miles and so far no problems.
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:30 PM   #5
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It is also hard to speculate what changes they might make from MY2010 to MY2011 even if they are using the "same" powertrain. As far as I know the 2009 2.5L isn't anything special compared to earlier 2.5Ls. They just decided to make a minor change to bearing materials, which turned out to be more than minor.
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Old 06-05-2010, 01:39 AM   #6
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The STi issues are completely unrelated to what to you have read about the 09 WRX.

The WRX problem was a very limited run, and was acknowledged and corrected by Subaru.

The STi has been having problems since '08 (really '07) and there has been no indication that Subaru has done anything to address the issue. There have been at least two reported 2010 failures on iwsti.com so far (in addition to the numerous 08s and 09s.) Go over there and search for "ringland failure" if you have a day or two to kill.
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Old 06-05-2010, 11:19 AM   #7
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How about the 2012 models? The 2013? Come on folks.
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Old 06-05-2010, 01:32 PM   #8
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The STi issues are completely unrelated to what to you have read about the 09 WRX.

The WRX problem was a very limited run, and was acknowledged and corrected by Subaru.

The STi has been having problems since '08 (really '07) and there has been no indication that Subaru has done anything to address the issue. There have been at least two reported 2010 failures on iwsti.com so far (in addition to the numerous 08s and 09s.) Go over there and search for "ringland failure" if you have a day or two to kill.
Thanks for the reply. Now I really don't know if I should go with STI or just buy the WRX
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:39 PM   #9
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Old 06-08-2010, 10:54 AM   #10
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All cars have fail, if you only base your decision on forums. No doubt 08 and early 09 have been problematic for Wrx and sti motors.

You do have to take these threads with a grain of salt...when people start posting "they haven't had problems but they will" it's no longer helpful info, just negative (albeit well founded) speculation.
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Old 06-08-2010, 12:07 PM   #11
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Old 06-08-2010, 12:51 PM   #12
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Old 06-08-2010, 02:54 PM   #13
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Old 06-08-2010, 05:27 PM   #14
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Old 06-08-2010, 08:23 PM   #15
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Old 06-11-2010, 01:06 AM   #16
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i quit then..... i mean really my 05 is going bad dam factory bottom end cant handle 19 lbs with a rotated 30r as a daily driver at 55 thousand miles. if you worried dont mod it. if you want power mod the crap out of it and fix it when it breaks. gotta pay to play...8)
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:58 PM   #17
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i quit then..... i mean really my 05 is going bad dam factory bottom end cant handle 19 lbs with a rotated 30r as a daily driver at 55 thousand miles. if you worried dont mod it. if you want power mod the crap out of it and fix it when it breaks. gotta pay to play...8)
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Old 06-12-2010, 03:19 PM   #18
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The STi issues are completely unrelated to what to you have read about the 09 WRX.

The WRX problem was a very limited run, and was acknowledged and corrected by Subaru.
The STi has been having problems since '08 (really '07) and there has been no indication that Subaru has done anything to address the issue. There have been at least two reported 2010 failures on iwsti.com so far (in addition to the numerous 08s and 09s.) Go over there and search for "ringland failure" if you have a day or two to kill.
Really, where did they acknowledge this publicly?

Since you seem to be in the 'know' - can you tell me how I can get mine corrected by Subaru so I'm not:

A) stuck on the side of the road with a toddler in the back seat waiting on roadside assistance waiting for them to take my car to the dealer to get it warrantied

OR

B) stuck on the side of the road with a toddler in the back seat, wondering how I'm going to pay for a new engine, waiting on a tow truck that I had to call myself because my warranty is up
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:56 PM   #19
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Since you seem to be in the 'know' - can you tell me how I can get mine corrected by Subaru so I'm not:
Excuse my choice of words. "Acknowledged" as in, when an early '09 WRX comes in, for the most part they seem to be fixing it no questions asked. Unlike the STI, where a blown engine will lead to many questions and an steep uphill battle to get fixed. "Corrected" as in corrected on the assembly line after a limited run of defective engines. As opposed to the STi, which they seem to still be cranking out without having changed anything from '08 - '10.
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Buyer's remorse > worrying about problems with the car before they manifest.
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