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Old 12-10-2003, 12:36 AM   #1
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Default How reliable are the MY04 WRX engines? Will the car and the engine last long?

Ie... will it last to around 250k with abuse, but with proper maintanence, run-in, etc?
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Old 12-10-2003, 12:55 AM   #2
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250K? i personally think that that's a lot to ask from any engine.

you'll prolly need to do a rebuilt past 200K.

i have an 04, seems good enough. just like 02-03, ask to see if they've come upon any problems.

i don't expect my car to last more than 5 years. i treat it well, but i transmition is gonna screw up eventually. wait- that's not an engine issue...
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Old 12-10-2003, 07:21 AM   #3
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Default Re: How reliable are the MY04 WRX engines? Will the car and the engine last long?

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Ie... will it last to around 250k with abuse, but with proper maintanence, run-in, etc?
Well - with proper maintenance, most engines will last a long, long time - however, reaching 250k should be possible if the car is treated properly (I would be surprised if the turbo lasts that long, though)

You need to define abuse - if you mean spirited driving around town, well within what the car is designed to do, you should be fine. If you mean lots of hard launches, frequent autocross, etc., then you will likely have issues before 250k - so reaching the goal will be more expensive (this isn't anything new - things break when you push any car for a long time - going fast costs money...)
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Old 12-10-2003, 08:38 AM   #4
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This engine has not been around (in the US) long enough to say but Subaru does make a good mechanical product.

FWIW I've put 218,000 miles on a legacy 2.2L. It's a '93. Other parts of the car have worn out - brakes, CV joints, clutch, window actuator swithches, radio, body rust, oil pan rust, suspension rust (you get the picture) but the engine keeps on purring along.

250,000 miles is a long time (unless you drive 40,000 miles a year). There will be other issues with the car other than the engine. Still, with care and preventative maintenence the car's mechanicals will hold up quite well. With abuse... ?
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Old 12-10-2003, 09:59 AM   #5
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Default Re: Re: How reliable are the MY04 WRX engines? Will the car and the engine last long?

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Well - with proper maintenance, most engines will last a long, long time - however, reaching 250k should be possible if the car is treated properly (I would be surprised if the turbo lasts that long, though)

You need to define abuse - if you mean spirited driving around town, well within what the car is designed to do, you should be fine. If you mean lots of hard launches, frequent autocross, etc., then you will likely have issues before 250k - so reaching the goal will be more expensive (this isn't anything new - things break when you push any car for a long time - going fast costs money...)
this post should explain everything... a plus is that Consumer Reports just rated Subaru above Honda and Toyota for reliability for the year... 250k is a whole lot to ask - wouldn't you rather have 150k and about 300bhp? or is that just me..
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Old 12-10-2003, 10:59 AM   #6
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yeh. i'm getting mixed up.

uh... the engine could "prolly" take it, but you'd end up replacing everything else. lol. i don't think rebuilds are worth it... unless it has a sentimental value.
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Old 12-10-2003, 01:35 PM   #7
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I don't know about you guys, but I got a WRX to drive the piss out of.

If I wanted to baby it for 250K, I would have got a 2.5RS and a project car on the side.
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Old 12-10-2003, 02:22 PM   #8
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this post should explain everything... a plus is that Consumer Reports just rated Subaru above Honda and Toyota for reliability for the year... 250k is a whole lot to ask - wouldn't you rather have 150k and about 300bhp? or is that just me..
capa, do you know what issue of CR put subaru above Hon-duh and Toyo-duh? i'd like to see that...

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Old 12-10-2003, 05:59 PM   #9
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They've been making the WRX for 10+ years, my guess is they've gotten pretty good at it by now. You could check www.scoobynet.co.uk and ask them if you want some more long term anecdotes.

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