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Old 07-06-2012, 08:34 AM   #2076
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I have the front fog lights. Coming down the freeway from Flagstaff a month ago I hit a turkey buzzard at about 95mph. It impacted the lower cross member of the front bumper assembly. The impact flexed the lower apron causing my right side fog light cover (the dark trim that "clicks" into slots in the bumper to cover the fog light to fly off.

I am a X Honda guy and this is my first Sube do any of you have issues with stock parts flying off your car? Never had that happen before you would think with all the engineering that goes into these things that they could be designed to keep parts attached to the car and not separate from the car.
Are you serious? Delusional? Just plain stupid?
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:18 PM   #2077
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Parts don't fly off Subarus, unless you hit Turkey Buzzards at 95 mph.

I'm with Spam on this one.

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Old 07-07-2012, 03:56 PM   #2078
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Wow, you were the fastest swimmer? I pray GridDaddy has no offspring.
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Old 07-07-2012, 03:56 PM   #2079
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:50 PM   #2080
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I have the front fog lights. Coming down the freeway from Flagstaff a month ago I hit a turkey buzzard at about 95mph. It impacted the lower cross member of the front bumper assembly. The impact flexed the lower apron causing my right side fog light cover (the dark trim that "clicks" into slots in the bumper to cover the fog light to fly off.

I am a X Honda guy and this is my first Sube do any of you have issues with stock parts flying off your car? Never had that happen before you would think with all the engineering that goes into these things that they could be designed to keep parts attached to the car and not separate from the car.
I continue to have interesting 1 st time experiences with Subaru and ther local staff of resident "experts". Anyone had similar issues?


If you strike a heavy object at high speeds, you're going to cause some damage. Honda's suffer the same problem (speaking from experience).
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:01 PM   #2081
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Well my lawyer may have found some way around my blown engine issue on my 2008 wrx sedan, the first time the turbo blew due to unknown at the time internal engine issues prior to my suspension being modified, the repair was not made correctly as they didn't tear the engine down the first time when they just replaced the turbo. So we may be able to go back on that repair but it still feels like a longshot.
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Old 07-08-2012, 03:34 PM   #2082
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Your lawyer should fight just in the grounds that the suspension has zippo to do w/the engine! What does your contract say about mods exactly? Trying to help you here...
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:12 PM   #2083
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It says Any off road or performance modifications void the warranty. But I did not know that until later because I was never given a copy of the contract

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Old 07-09-2012, 02:30 PM   #2084
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It says Any off road or performance modifications void the warranty.
You should have read the fine print more carefully. It doesn't state the mods have to be related to the failure.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:03 PM   #2085
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Ya but I was unaware never got a contract
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:00 PM   #2086
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Ya but I was unaware never got a contract
You're going to have to go after the dealer that sold the contract to you. Good luck.
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:34 PM   #2087
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Oh well - -- saying you were never given the contract isn't going to help much. That's like complaining to the grocery store because you didn't bring your rump roast home after you paid for it - - and left it on the counter. That's not their fault. If you paid for coverage, you should always check what you paid for so you know what you got, you know? Who did the turbo repair? The Ford dealer or another?
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:13 AM   #2088
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A Subaru dealer. Another angle were trying to work with the ford dealer is that they have owed me a part for my car for about 6 months or as long as I have had the car do technically the sale was never completed which adds 30 days to my warranty with them for every time they didn't send me the part, and as they sold me a bad engine they are hopefully obligated to fix it.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:24 AM   #2089
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You had to have seen and signed a contract at some point, otherwise you wouldn't have that warranty.
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:21 AM   #2090
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They just handed me a paper that showed what was covered and then a piece of paper to sign, nothing listed anything that would void it. It was strange.
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:55 AM   #2091
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Name: Chano Williams

Make: 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Limited Sedan

Mileage: 34,515

Time Out Of Use: Since June 29th, 2012

Problem And Likely Cause: 3rd and 4th gear won't engage, most likely due to slipped transmission fork.

Modifications: Cobb SF Intake + Airbox, Cobb catted downpipe, Nameless Performance muffler-delete axleback exhaust, tune

Submitted For Warranty Work (Yes/No): Yes

Reason Given For Denial: ECM is outside of Subaru's recommended parameters and could cause transmission issues.

Your Story:

Had been noticing increased notchiness when shifting into 4th gear, more than compared to my ongoing suspicions with 3rd gear. Didn't drive the car for a week since headlights were shipped to be swapped with newer ones. Headlights came back, re-installed, car was started and driven around the corner. Made it up to 3rd gear before I had to downshift at the light down the street. Turned the corner, upshifted to 3rd and engine just revved. Shifted to 4th and engine revved. Tried 3rd again, same thing happened, tried 4th again, repeat outcome. Then tried 5th and all was fine. No popping noise or grinding occurred, it's the same as when you burn the clutch and press the gas: no engagement of the gears.

Have been trying to sell the car since last summer, had all the stock parts in the trunk ready to return to stock. Decided to keep my reputation as an honest guy by not swapping back to stock after this incident.

My Conclusion: According to Subaru, the transmission cannot handle the extra horsepower from a downpipe and intake... I apologize, snarky comment is snarky, but it's annoying to not have faith in a car and to be reaffirmed as to why you lacked faith in the first place.

STI or bust. I chose bust.

Steps to Resolve: Since this is my 5th Subaru, 3rd turbocharged Subaru and I have 1 NA Subaru ordered with plans to buy Subaru 7 for a winter beater, the dealership and I are going to discuss my options with them. My brother bought his 2011 STI Limited from them last fall and my mom would like to buy the new Impreza. My friends want to get the XV Crosstrek after they've settle into their new house.

I've always been honest, I buy a lot of parts from them and my cars usually come back to them after I sell them (2001 RS coupe, 08 Forester Sports XT, and possibly this car once I sell it locally). None of the cars were ever tracked, they're all still running fine (including an 05 STi, all of them purchased by members on the forums), I've read the manuals cover to cover to know not to rest my hand on the shift knob, and I specifically stay away from the redline on the speedo since I was told that all that does is cause issues.

Best case scenario I spend about $500+ to open the center diff and have the fork replaced. I'm crossing my fingers that I don't have to get into anything else...

I'm done with turbocharged vehicles after this. High compression NA or bust.

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Old 07-12-2012, 02:16 PM   #2092
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Why submit for warranty work when you mod the car? You can't have your cake and eat it too.
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Why submit for warranty work when you mod the car? You can't have your cake and eat it too.
Have you already made up your mind about this or do you actually want an answer?
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:56 PM   #2094
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Ya do you really want a response to that?
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:30 AM   #2095
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They just handed me a paper that showed what was covered and then a piece of paper to sign, nothing listed anything that would void it. It was strange.
So then why did you sign it???
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:22 AM   #2096
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Because I was determined to have my car and just wanted ro get out of the dealership I was at because they sucked. It wasn't my smartest decision and I needed a warranty I didn't think they would be so scummy over suspension mods.
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Have you already made up your mind about this or do you actually want an answer?
Sorry but you did say this:
Modifications: Cobb SF Intake + Airbox, Cobb catted downpipe, Nameless Performance muffler-delete axleback exhaust, tune

Those things make more power. It could damage the sparkplug bearings.
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:38 AM   #2098
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Modifications: Cobb SF Intake + Airbox, Cobb catted downpipe, Nameless Performance muffler-delete axleback exhaust, tune

Those things make more power. It could damage the sparkplug bearings.
I gotcha. Basically, given what I've seen over the years of modifications from other owners, I thought the pieces I put on were fairly conservative, honestly. I've never modified the performance of a Subaru before now, beyond springs and struts on the Forester. I was hesitant only because of the engine, but the issue that's resulted hasn't been an engine issue.

I wanted to give Subaru a chance to give a loyal customer the benefit of a doubt that their transmission fork could have been screwed up from the beginning. There's still a chance for me to fight this since I've authorized a full teardown and Subaru reps just happen to be coming up next week, so we'll see. I have a good relationship with the sole local dealership and the price of a teardown was going to be a wash anyways, so I wanted to at least TRY.

I'm not usually the "lay down and take it" type. Even the dealership knows that the mods were light and that this is my 3rd turbocharged Subaru. Also, I'm almost 28-years-old, so I'm not some 16-year-old thrashing on his first AWD, turbocharged car. I've just had a string of misfortune with this car, but you can't put a price on experience.

Live and learn. Forgive and forget.
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:46 PM   #2099
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Mileage: 42,000

Time Out Of Use: Still working

Problem And Likely Cause: At around 3 thousand rpm my car shakes violently, just wanna know why this is happening and if there is a way to fix it.

Modifications: full exhaust, cold air intake, 850cc injection 255 lb pump

Submitted For Warranty Work (Yes/No): No

Reason Given For Denial: I have to much work done to the car.

Your Story: After my tune and dyno i got the car back and as i was driving it back i noticed that around 3 k rpm my car would stat to shake.
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Old 07-15-2012, 12:25 AM   #2100
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Name: Eric Kowalczyk

Make: 2008 Subaru sti

Mileage: 42,000

Time Out Of Use: Still working

Problem And Likely Cause: At around 3 thousand rpm my car shakes violently, just wanna know why this is happening and if there is a way to fix it.

Modifications: full exhaust, cold air intake, 850cc injection 255 lb pump

Submitted For Warranty Work (Yes/No): No

Reason Given For Denial: I have to much work done to the car.

Your Story: After my tune and dyno i got the car back and as i was driving it back i noticed that around 3 k rpm my car would stat to shake.
That's a common issue with 08+ sti. It has to do with the fuel pressure regulator and dampers. It's only becomes an issue with larger injectors. Get both dampers and pressure regulator for a 04-07 sti. May need to retune due to certain fuel compensation tables in the ecu that were put in because of the fuel system setup.
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