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Old 08-28-2013, 09:13 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, 09:32 PM   #2
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Either you ****ed something up (whether you know it or not), or it's one of those things that just happens.

Where are you driving daily that only gets 26k miles in 5+ years?
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:56 PM   #3
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That sucks. So if the time limit (5 year) expired on your powertrain warranty, what are you getting the run around about?
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:58 AM   #4
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That sucks. So if the time limit (5 year) expired on your powertrain warranty, what are you getting the run around about?
Maybe the two week thing, you figure there would be a grace thing for that major a problem. My jeep dealer kept topping off the freon in the AC till the warranty portion on that stuff expired THEN 'discovered' it was the evaporator, the repair was over a grand. That was my last new jeep or dealing with Chrysler and I had 4 at the time.
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:25 AM   #5
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Maybe the two week thing, you figure there would be a grace thing for that major a problem. My jeep dealer kept topping off the freon in the AC till the warranty portion on that stuff expired THEN 'discovered' it was the evaporator, the repair was over a grand. That was my last new jeep or dealing with Chrysler and I had 4 at the time.
My attny would be involved at that point.
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:05 AM   #6
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Either you ****ed something up (whether you know it or not), or it's one of those things that just happens.

Where are you driving daily that only gets 26k miles in 5+ years?
I bought it with 17k miles about 2 years ago. I have a short commute to work and only took it on 2 long trips.
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:09 AM   #7
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That sucks. So if the time limit (5 year) expired on your powertrain warranty, what are you getting the run around about?
Subaru keeps telling me they'll see what they can do to help me since I'm so close to being out of warranty and with such low miles and they keep promising to call me back, but never do...
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:12 AM   #8
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Oops... nevermind question answered
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:58 AM   #9
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My attny would be involved at that point.
Why ? I use word of mouth, you would figure they would understand what it costs them to screw a customer by now especially when said customer belongs to a 300+ member local active off roading jeep club. Water under the dam.
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:15 AM   #10
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When was the last time you checked the oil level prior to this happening? I hope it had enough oil in it prior to the dealership getting their hands on it. If they pulled the dipstick and it was dry, automatic "It's your fault the engine blew". Then again, they would have or should have told you that by now.
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:29 AM   #11
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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.
It sucks that the engine blew, I would be pissed and upset also. But I would not buy a used sports car because I thought it would be a reliable daily driver.

STI owners aren't usually the "grandma only drove it to church on Sunday" types.

If you had bought it new, you would know it was not abused or modded prior to your getting it.

In the warranty thread there are many cases of SOA working to make owners happy, maybe they will eat some of the cost to fix it.
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:32 PM   #12
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When was the last time you checked the oil level prior to this happening? I hope it had enough oil in it prior to the dealership getting their hands on it. If they pulled the dipstick and it was dry, automatic "It's your fault the engine blew". Then again, they would have or should have told you that by now.
Not long before the motor blew. Bad part is, it broke down near my buddy's house and his dad has been a mechanic for over 30 years. He was just going to check the timing chain, but ended up taking it upon himself to drain the oil to see the extent of the damage. The dealership told me the oil was empty and I told them why. They seemed to believe me, but who knows.
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:35 PM   #13
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It sucks that the engine blew, I would be pissed and upset also. But I would not buy a used sports car because I thought it would be a reliable daily driver.

STI owners aren't usually the "grandma only drove it to church on Sunday" types.

If you had bought it new, you would know it was not abused or modded prior to your getting it.

In the warranty thread there are many cases of SOA working to make owners happy, maybe they will eat some of the cost to fix it.
I couldn't afford a new one and all I ever heard was how strong and reliable STi motors were. Idiot me believed them. I do see your point though.
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:58 PM   #14
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I hate to say it but I think any chances of you getting snything fixed for free vanished when that oil got drained. Hopefully not.
Fwiw- the car doesnt have a timing chain.
Best of luck man, I know how it feels to be pissed off at a car!
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it broke down near my buddy's house and his dad has been a mechanic for over 30 years. He was just going to check the timing chain, but ended up taking it upon himself to drain the oil to see the extent of the damage. The dealership told me the oil was empty and I told them why. They seemed to believe me, but who knows.
Awww Damn! That's messed up what he did. That was the point of my question; did you have enough oil in it to show it was adequate. Instead, you hand over your car to the dealership with no oil in it at all. You're going to need SOA to believe you too. Hopefully you hear something soon. Best of luck to ya.
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:00 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.
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Sounds a bit promising maybe. Good luck, and keep your fingers crossed.
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Not long before the motor blew. Bad part is, it broke down near my buddy's house and his dad has been a mechanic for over 30 years. He was just going to check the timing chain, but ended up taking it upon himself to drain the oil to see the extent of the damage. The dealership told me the oil was empty and I told them why. They seemed to believe me, but who knows.
You let a "mechanic" drain the oil and expect subaru to pay for it? Maybe I'm missing something here.
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Not long before the motor blew. Bad part is, it broke down near my buddy's house and his dad has been a mechanic for over 30 years. He was just going to check the timing chain, but ended up taking it upon himself to drain the oil to see the extent of the damage. The dealership told me the oil was empty and I told them why. They seemed to believe me, but who knows.
I am not sure what to think, the guy went to check the timing belt and decided to drain the oil instead....

Did you drive away with no oil in the motor?
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You let a "mechanic" drain the oil and expect subaru to pay for it? Maybe I'm missing something here.
Yeah, you missed where he said the dad "took it upon himself to drain the oil to see the extent of the damage".
Tough obstacles indeed; 1) warranty ended 2 weeks prior , 2) dropping the car off with no oil. However, SOA appears to be willing to help him so something is better than nothing under the circumstances.
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:28 PM   #21
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Yeah, you missed where he said the dad "took it upon himself to drain the oil to see the extent of the damage".
Tough obstacles indeed; 1) warranty ended 2 weeks prior , 2) dropping the car off with no oil. However, SOA appears to be willing to help him so something is better than nothing under the circumstances.
Yes exactly. I talked to SOA today and said they are electing not to help me at all. They said the vehicle showed signs of abuse.
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buy a long block for 4 grand off ebay. it will include the intercooler and turbo and all. and get a buddy to help you drop it.... and sell the parts off your old motor like turbo, heads, block, intercooler, ext. and then sell you car.

ALSO>>>>> the motor blew in my turbo forester and my car insurance company spent 7 grand on a new long block to be installed. This was just last year.

Call your car insurance company. your motor blowing is an "Accident" right? isn't that what car insurance is for? accidents?
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Yes exactly. I talked to SOA today and said they are electing not to help me at all. They said the vehicle showed signs of abuse.
im guessing it was modified. I would say its time to invest in yourself and fix the car with the help of a friend who knows what they are doing. You might also want to solicit prices from a shop so you can compare.

http://compare.ebay.com/like/1711115...Types&var=sbar
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Yes exactly. I talked to SOA today and said they are electing not to help me at all. They said the vehicle showed signs of abuse.
Sorry to hear that. It's really a shame you only got 2 years out of it but would also look at getting a remanufactured engine like the link auskip07 posted. No way would I trust another used engine.

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ALSO>>>>> the motor blew in my turbo forester and my car insurance company spent 7 grand on a new long block to be installed. This was just last year.

Call your car insurance company. your motor blowing is an "Accident" right? isn't that what car insurance is for? accidents?
I've never heard of a car insurance company covering anything other than the car being "in" an accident or damaged by an act of God. With a blown engine, isn't that what a warranty is for?
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I've never heard of a car insurance company covering anything other than the car being "in" an accident or damaged by an act of God. With a blown engine, isn't that what a warranty is for?
well you just herd of one then, didnt you?
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