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Old 11-09-2003, 10:35 PM   #1
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Lightbulb My poor subaru is toast!!

You know the funniest thing happened on Saturday morning. About 5:30 in the morning, on my way to Georgia, the turbo seized and it was glowing orange from the intake down to the downpipe. I checked the oil...and there wasn't any. The engine ran without any oil; however, when we arrived at the dealership there was oil. This all occured during normal driving at a speed of 55mph.

Explanation: Car went in for 15,000 mile service at the DEALER on Tuesday and it was picked up on Friday afternoon. Drove straight home from the dealer with no problems untill the next morning at 5:30. Flatbed took car to dealership and the Tech explained that the oil filter was the wrong size. Is that even possible??

What should Subaru do? What should I do?

Dave
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Old 11-09-2003, 10:41 PM   #2
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What you need to ask is, what is your dealership going to do? IF they put the wrong filter on, so they are responsible IMO.

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Old 11-09-2003, 10:42 PM   #3
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The correct oil filter for an 03 WRX has just been updated to the 080 model, meaning the part number ends in 080. It is small, black and says "ENGINE OIL" on the bottom.

The previous oil filter is also acceptable, the standard white Subaru 060 filter that is spec'd for the 2.5RS, the 02 WRX, and many other EJ series Subaru motors.

I hope your issue is resolved quickly and painlessly! It sucks to be without your car. Good luck!
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Old 11-09-2003, 10:50 PM   #4
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The correct oil filter for an 03 WRX has just been updated to the 080 model, meaning the part number ends in 080. It is small, black and says "ENGINE OIL" on the bottom.

The previous oil filter is also acceptable, the standard white Subaru 060 filter that is spec'd for the 2.5RS, the 02 WRX, and many other EJ series Subaru motors.

I hope your issue is resolved quickly and painlessly! It sucks to be without your car. Good luck!
The filter looked to be blue in color.. oh and i forgot to mention that the filter had oil dripping off of it. The clearance between the exhaust and filter looked to be very little.. I can t give a specific but it didnt look right
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Old 11-09-2003, 11:13 PM   #5
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WHOA DUDE

sorry man, that sucks. The dealer should DEFINETLY pay for whatever damages are done. That is actually one of the pluses of getting oil done at a dealer is that if something screws up, its the dealer's fault. Also, just out of curiousity, do you have any mods? If they really wanted to be bastards they really could blame it on the mods somehow and maybe get away with it. Also, what dealer did you go to?
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Old 11-09-2003, 11:21 PM   #6
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No mods the car is completely stock with exception of a boost gauge..
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Old 11-10-2003, 12:10 AM   #7
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That's an easy one.. New turbo for you and they should pay for a full inspection of the engine or possibly even a new engine. Chances are there is oil still in the engine but not much and your pressure would be way off if it's leaking as well. They need to compression test it first thing.
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Old 11-10-2003, 12:11 AM   #8
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No mods the car is completely stock with exception of a boost gauge..
then u definetly need to call them up and demand a new engine or something that is similar. Just sqeeze everything you can out of em
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Old 11-10-2003, 01:47 AM   #9
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Dude!!! Bitch and complain until you get a new motor out of the deal... Then try to get the old one if at all possible and start doin some cool stuff with it!!!
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Old 11-10-2003, 08:22 AM   #10
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New turbo-definately

If it were me I would push for a new engine, call SOA if need-be.
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Old 11-10-2003, 08:30 AM   #11
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yeah the dealer is calling in SOA.. I am pushiung for a new engine thank you guys for your concerns and the help it has made feel much better
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Old 11-10-2003, 08:54 AM   #12
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DUDE!! that is crazy

let us know what happens
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Old 11-10-2003, 09:31 AM   #13
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What kind of dealer would put a non-Subaru filter on the car? That's just nuts.
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Old 11-10-2003, 10:15 AM   #14
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What kind of dealer would put a non-Subaru filter on the car? That's just nuts.
I've heard of it before, there is a certain multi-franchise store that also carries Chevy and a couple other lines near us that has done the same thing.

If it is blue it sounds like a GM (AC Delco) filter.
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Old 11-10-2003, 04:39 PM   #15
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Which dealership? Gettel, or Ft. Myers? If you don't want to discuss here, PM me. I'm very curious.

Best of luck too.
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Old 11-10-2003, 06:15 PM   #16
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Come to find out it there was a problem with the fuel pressure regulator.. Not enough fule going to the engine and that inturn ran the engine lean. Therefore, making the turbo glow red by not getting enough air circulation. The dealer is doing a compression and leak down test, and checking oil for metal parts.. They are also gonna check the turbo and if i am not satisfied they can change that.

As for the oil filter i checked and porter is correct about the oil filter... and it was the smaller filter.. not blue just my bad color recognition.
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Old 11-10-2003, 06:18 PM   #17
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I've heard of it before, there is a certain multi-franchise store that also carries Chevy and a couple other lines near us that has done the same thing.

If it is blue it sounds like a GM (AC Delco) filter.

The factory installed filter on my old trusty 2.5 RS was light blue.
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Old 11-10-2003, 06:18 PM   #18
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Which dealership? Gettel, or Ft. Myers? If you don't want to discuss here, PM me. I'm very curious.

Best of luck too.
Pmd yeah
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Old 11-10-2003, 06:33 PM   #19
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Sounds like the dealer is trying to do the right thing. That is good to know.
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Old 11-10-2003, 08:48 PM   #20
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I've heard of it before, there is a certain multi-franchise store that also carries Chevy and a couple other lines near us that has done the same thing.

If it is blue it sounds like a GM (AC Delco) filter.
I bet that dealership's name sounds like someone that goes galavanting through the woods with a gun.
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Old 11-10-2003, 10:34 PM   #21
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I bet that dealership's name sounds like someone that goes galavanting through the woods with a gun.
HAHAHAHA no not quite i like that one though
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