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Old 08-28-2013, 09:15 PM   #1
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Default My first and last Subaru - engine blows at 26k miles

I bought an 08 STi as a reliable daily driver and the thing spun a rod and blew the engine less than 2 weeks out of warranty with only 26k miles. The dealership quoted me at $7760 and between the dealership and Subaru, I keep getting the runaround. I don't exactly have 8 grand lying around. So frustrating.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:19 PM   #2
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That sucks man, If you dont mind me asking What oil where you running?
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:04 PM   #3
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I'd try another dealership and keep on Subaru about it. You'd think they'd cover it only being 2 weeks out and correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't rod bearing failure somewhat common for '08 models?
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:34 AM   #4
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So did you buy this car new? 26k for an '08 sti tends to make me think this was a toy car for a previous owner (aka, brought it out for track/autocross days and didn't drive it a lot otherwise)
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:35 AM   #5
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I'd try another dealership and keep on Subaru about it. You'd think they'd cover it only being 2 weeks out and correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't rod bearing failure somewhat common for '08 models?
I was less then 10k out of warranty and they wouldn't cover center diff bearings. Very common the bearings actually come updated with bigger races. Thank gawd I am able to do the work myself. Those less fortunate would b stuck with a $1000 bill on an 09 with 110k that's pathetic
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:48 AM   #6
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That sucks man, If you dont mind me asking What oil where you running?
I'm not sure of the exact oil at the moment
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:01 AM   #7
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So did you buy this car new? 26k for an '08 sti tends to make me think this was a toy car for a previous owner (aka, brought it out for track/autocross days and didn't drive it a lot otherwise)
I couldn't afford a new one, so I bought used. The carfax was clean, but that doesn't tell all. I'm thinking your right since this is my DD and I never beat on the car.
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:03 AM   #8
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Any mods at all or a tune?
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:10 AM   #9
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I couldn't afford a new one, so I bought used. The carfax was clean, but that doesn't tell all. I'm thinking your right since this is my DD and I never beat on the car.
Carfax won't tell you if the previous owner beat the snot out of it.
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Old 08-29-2013, 02:01 PM   #10
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Any mods at all or a tune?
Yeah, an intake. I got an open source tune since I read up that a tune is a must with any aftermarket parts on these cars. I was trying to play it safe.
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Old 08-29-2013, 02:11 PM   #11
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Yeah, an intake. I got an open source tune since I read up that a tune is a must with any aftermarket parts on these cars. I was trying to play it safe.
There goes any chance of a warranty claim.
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Old 08-29-2013, 02:48 PM   #12
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There goes any chance of a warranty claim.
No kidding. The engine could have failed with 2 weeks left on the warranty and the OP would still likely be SOL.
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:24 PM   #13
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I bought a used 08 STi as a reliable daily driver
Sorry to hear it man, that really sucks. But your "mistake" was buying a used performance car that has a history of being abused, returned to stock and then offloaded on an unsuspecting dealer who in turn sells it to you, the unsuspecting buyer.

I put mistake in quotes because it's not really your fault, nobody really expects a car with less that 30k miles to spin a bearing; but unfortunately it happens. Who knows what that car went through at the hands of it's previous owner. Did you have it inspected before you purchased?

Keeping my fingers crossed that Subaru steps up and helps you out. May I ask how long you had it before this happened? When was the last oil change/maintenence done? Do you have records of services you performed? How about trying to locate the previous owners records? These things may help you going forward, I'd recommend you start assembling what you have just in case. Good luck!
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:35 PM   #14
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^^what he said. Also, did you buy it from a dealer? Subaru dealer?
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:55 PM   #15
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Just read in your other thread about the 'no oil' situation. I think you're in for a major challenge getting help with this one. How far into it did your buddies Dad get? Parts in a box?
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:09 PM   #16
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Thanks everyone. Talked to SOA today and they said they talked to the dealership and are seeing what they can do for me. I bought it from a Subaru dealership 4 hours away and they said they did an inspection on it and all was well. I've owned it for about 2 years now. I had about 1,000 miles to go before my next oil change and the oil looked fine last time I checked it. The only service I had done were oil changes. I couldn't get anny info on the previous owner. Thanks for all the tips. I know the situation looks bleak.
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:16 PM   #17
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Just read that too...how was the oil empty at the dealership (do you mean now after the engine is blown)? What was the nature of the break down prior to the engine blowing up?

NVRMD...just read it again slowly...makes sense now...blew up, friends dad looks it over and drains oil, car goes to dealership from friends house (I assume) with no oil in pan.

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Old 08-30-2013, 12:49 PM   #18
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Yeah, an intake. I got an open source tune since I read up that a tune is a must with any aftermarket parts on these cars. I was trying to play it safe.
Who provided you with the open source tune?
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:22 PM   #19
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Well I just got off the phone with SOA. They are electing not to help me at all since it showed signs of abuse and had no oil when arriving at the dealership. I'm completely screwed.
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:05 PM   #20
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How did they say signs of abuse? Was there any scoring or signs of being driven low on oil or are they saying no help based on no oil when brought in? Was it towed from your friends house? How far did helpful Dad go in checking it out?
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:29 PM   #21
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How did they say signs of abuse? Was there any scoring or signs of being driven low on oil or are they saying no help based on no oil when brought in? Was it towed from your friends house? How far did helpful Dad go in checking it out?
They were pretty vague about signs of abuse. They said something about the clutch and flywheel.
It was towed from my friend's dad's house to the dealership. He has been a diesel mechanic for about 30 years and didn't realize it was so close to the warranty so he drained the oil to take the oil pan off and check the rod bearings.
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:52 AM   #22
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Talk about a trainwreck, it really isn't fair to blame Subaru or the car for this mess.

You bought a used performance car as is, keyword as is. You turned around and modded with a open source tune, the burden is pretty much totally on you.

Your best bet is to find a trusted Subaru shop and have them do a swap, you might be able to get it done closer to $5,000.
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:44 PM   #23
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Sorry for your mishaps. But to jump from your issue to refusing to buy Subarus for the rest of your life is as rational as going vegan after getting sick due to one bad burger...
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:20 AM   #24
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In all my life I have never had an engine blow on me at only 26k miles. I bought it from a Subaru dealership who claimed they did an inspection on it. I got a professional tune just to be safe after reading numerous threads on here about the horrible stock tune. They still cant tell me what even caused the engine to fail after they took it apart. What it comes down to is Subaru is not standing by their product.

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Old 09-12-2013, 06:14 AM   #25
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Why do people think just because they bought a used car that is new to them they think everything should be fine and it magically erases any wear and tear on a car just because they bought it? I hate to break it to you, but when they check the car over, they can NOT tell what the inside of the engine looks like, nor can they predict what will happen 2 years down the road.

Stand behind their product? They do everyday when it is in warranty.
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