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Old 04-18-2018, 11:01 PM   #3084
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Location: Middletown, MD, USA
2002 WRX 5MT Sedan
WR Blue. Cobb Stage 2


Originally Posted by WillyWRX View Post
Name: Bill
Make: 2013 WRX Hatchback Limited
Mileage: 79,xxx
Time Out Of Use: 2 weeks so far
Problem And Likely Cause: Parts of piston in oil pan (ringlands?)
Modifications: none
Submitted For Warranty Work (Yes/No): Yes
Reason Given For Denial: Approved for < 25% total bill
Your Story: Started off as light knocking at highway speeds on commute home. By the time I pulled over the knocking was LOUD and engine cut-off. Dealer charged $500 diagnostic fee. Pulled the oil pan "Yup, chunks of piston and rings in the oil pan. Quoting $16k to replace EVERYTHING. Less 25% is $12k out of pocket.

I have no idea what to do next. I'm not putting $12k into a ~$15k KBB value car.
I can think of 2 options:

1) Call SOA in NJ and very nicely and politely ask if they will cover the repair since your car isn't that far out of warranty (19K miles over).

Needless to say, they don't have to do anything, but 'it can't hurt to ask'.

2) Take your car to an independant shop -- preferably one that specializes in Suabarus -- and have them install either a rebuilt "short block" or, if it isn't much more money, a complete rebuilt engine.

Here's an example of what's available (not a recommendation, just an example):

Most rebuilt long blocks I saw were $3,000-$3,500.

Obviously you want to do your homework to make sure you get a decent engine.

It looks like for about $5,000 incl installation you could be back on the road.

Good luck.
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