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Old 08-20-2016, 09:22 AM   #1
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Default 2017 wrx, should I be concerned about throwout bearing?

I asked 2 weeks ago about the used 2013 wrx limited, but it's already gone WOW.

So I am thinking to get a 2017 wrx premium - this would be my first wrx and subaru - and I found that wrx has a known issue with the TOB. Does 2017 wrx has still that issue?

I know it's up to me but I am wondering how you guys think about the TOB. I really want to ride a wrx but I am kind of hesitating to buy it
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Old 08-20-2016, 09:30 AM   #2
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The issue is people making an issue out of it. They all make noise and in an overwhelming majority of the cases thats all there really is or ever will be to it. Real issues come up after people nag the dealers and techs start screwing around with replacing a normally functioning component. Keep the techs away from it, accept that it will squeal for a bit when its humid out or after a car wash and it will most likely last the life of the car.

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Old 08-20-2016, 05:02 PM   #3
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The issue is people making an issue out of it. They all make noise and in an overwhelming majority of the cases thats all there really is or ever will be to it. Real issues come up after people nag the dealers and techs start screwing around with replacing a normally functioning component. Keep the techs away from it, accept that it will squeal for a bit when its humid out or after a car wash and it will most likely last the life of the car.
Yes, I understand that. Thank you.
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Old 08-20-2016, 07:50 PM   #4
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2015 model year here. It makes the noise during humid/rainy days. I don't mind it at all. It does not effect it mechanically whatsoever.
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Old 08-20-2016, 08:19 PM   #5
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Got a 2017 last month (first Subaru, first manual, first wrx), haven't noticed any significant noise from it. And if you do, I wouldn't worry about it. All moving parts make some noise. I highly doubt the failure rate is anywhere near as high as some people are making it out to be. And if you're buying new and happen to have some sort of major failure with the TOB, just get it replaced at the dealer and drive on. Highly recommend the 17!
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Old 08-20-2016, 09:16 PM   #6
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Yes, I understand that. Thank you.
So if you understand it's a non-issue why make this thread
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Old 08-20-2016, 09:26 PM   #7
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the throwout bearing in my 06 blew up, at 160k miles.
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Old 08-20-2016, 09:28 PM   #8
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16k mi on my Wifes' 2016 WRX, it's been flawless. No weird noises or anything. 100% stock.
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Old 08-20-2016, 11:56 PM   #9
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Thanks for all your replies.
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Old 08-21-2016, 09:19 AM   #10
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Default 2017 wrx, should I be concerned about throwout bearing?

My TOB started doing the morning squeal a month after buying the car. Did a search and everyone said it was normal, but still no manual car I owned sounded this bad in the mornings and is unacceptable that a brand new car be sounding like it has a slipping fan belt.

Had the dealer replace it under warranty and it was nice and quiet again. Now a month later the noise is back again. WTF??
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Old 08-21-2016, 10:31 AM   #11
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My TOB started doing the morning squeal a month after buying the car. Did a search and everyone said it was normal, but still no manual car I owned sounded this bad in the mornings and is unacceptable that a brand new car be sounding like it has a slipping fan belt.

Had the dealer replace it under warranty and it was nice and quiet again. Now a month later the noise is back again. WTF??
I agree a brand new car shouldn't sound like that, regardless if it's normal. The issue is probably production of the bearing is so far gone it'll take a logistical / manufacturing nightmare to re-engineer another version if that'll be the fix. My 17" is just shy of a month old and I haven't heard it yet but I will be on the lookout and not make a big deal of it, unless it's really loud like a "Slipping fan belt".
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Old 08-21-2016, 11:32 AM   #12
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If it's only ever going to be the noise, I suppose I can live with it. My worry is that it will fail one day while out driving like it has for others in a previous TOB thread.
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Old 08-22-2016, 04:30 PM   #13
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my 16 TOB makes a little noise every day at start up. It goes away after a few minutes of driving. I do worry abou tit failing prematurely.
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Old 08-22-2016, 05:22 PM   #14
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Had the dealer replace it under warranty and it was nice and quiet again. Now a month later the noise is back again. WTF??
Because it's the same part as years before. You can keep replacing it, but the sound will keep coming back. It is not an issue at all. My 2012 WRX started doing it after 3 months of use. The sound was noticeable on rainy/humid days and the sound would disappear after a few minutes of driving. It did this for the 4 years and 38K miles I owned the car. Never got worse or better. I never replaced it because nearly everyone that replaced it had the sound come back within a month or two. I suggest that you learn to live with as there is no fix at this time. Promise.
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Old 08-23-2016, 08:34 PM   #15
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My '17 WRX suffers from this now, but everything seems to be running just fine. I'm not worried about it after seeing how many people are experiencing the same thing. Nothing like data to support that it's nothing to worry about!
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Old 08-23-2016, 09:17 PM   #16
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My '17 WRX suffers from this now, but everything seems to be running just fine. I'm not worried about it after seeing how many people are experiencing the same thing. Nothing like data to support that it's nothing to worry about!
This is what I wanted to here it and yes, I would not worry about it any more. I am planning to get a 2017 wrx within 2 months so hope mine would be okay

When I drove a 2008 mini cooper s manual, there was a clutch rattle after 9 months from day one and once a year I had to replace clutch parts under the warranty (3 years). So I sold my mini cooper s 3 years later. Since then I am still kind of hesitating to buy a manual car, but this time I really want to drive a wrx
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Old 08-24-2016, 02:16 AM   #17
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Default 2017 wrx, should I be concerned about throwout bearing?

It's a bearing, it should never make excessive noise if it's functioning properly.

My last daily driver had the clutch replaced at over 200,000 kms and anytime I pressed the clutch, including humid mornings, it was silence. This shouldn't be something a month old WRX struggles to achieve. Guess that's reserved for the STI which doesn't have noisy TOBs, rev hang, rev lag and a roller coaster power delivery. Yeah yeah I know, should have bought one instead of the WRX.

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Old 10-30-2016, 08:48 PM   #18
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Wrong thread, delete please.
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Old 10-31-2016, 12:20 AM   #19
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Mine must has been made on a Thursday, because I has heard no sounds from the TOB. It is a '17 WRX Limited 6mt, I got on 9 September, with 3500 miles on it and it have been raining, here, in the PNW, A LOT.
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Old 10-31-2016, 03:40 PM   #20
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mine makes some noise every once in a while.
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Old 10-31-2016, 03:41 PM   #21
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My clutch squeaks when wet or humid also. I just live with it but now occasionally I hear the noise when the clutch isn't depressed and it will go away when I press the clutch in. I'm not sure what that is about but I'm out of my 3/36 warranty and I don't think it would be covered under the powertrain.
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Old 10-31-2016, 04:07 PM   #22
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Well update, mine started to squeal on startup early this month or late last last month. I just let it sit for a minute or two. Once the car is warm it stops so I imagine it'll get worse as it gets cold here. Yea brand new car, three months in hand lol.
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Old 10-31-2016, 04:10 PM   #23
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I asked 2 weeks ago about the used 2013 wrx limited, but it's already gone WOW.
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It probably sold for $2000 less than the bran new model since it's only 3-4 years old right?
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Old 11-01-2016, 09:41 AM   #24
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When I push the clutch in when the car is off, it sounds like I'm stepping on a cat. I wonder if that's just something that needs lubrication on the interior since there shouldn't be any issues with moving parts if the car is off and just sitting there. It will also do the same sound when I start moving for the first time.

No noise after I'm driving it around a bit though, strange.
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Old 11-01-2016, 12:18 PM   #25
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When I push the clutch in when the car is off, it sounds like I'm stepping on a cat. I wonder if that's just something that needs lubrication on the interior since there shouldn't be any issues with moving parts if the car is off and just sitting there. It will also do the same sound when I start moving for the first time.

No noise after I'm driving it around a bit though, strange.
plenty of parts still move when you sit there with the car off.
A diaphram spring has countless fingers that all flex when you depress a clutch, plus the movement of the part actuating the throwout bearing whether it's spinning or not
I'd expect it to squeek
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