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Old 06-21-2019, 07:42 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Type-RA / 2019+ STI Transmission Failure

Figured I would start a thread in case anyone else has an issue in the future...

3rd-4th gear syncro failed on my Type-RA. Had issues since day 1 with occasionally not shifting right into third gear (almost 20 years of driving manual trans Subaru's btw) but it finally completely failed. Tried a fluid change to Motul Gear 500 a month prior (fluid changed eliminated gear issues with my BRZ, drove great for almost 3 years after a change to good fluid).

Took it in for warranty (3600~ miles) and the claim was denied due to modifications (IAG AOS and a tune for 91 octane, Type-RA ECU's are setup for 93 octane and don't like California 91). Stuck with a $5k+ bill now, going to sell the car seeing as I was laid off recently too.
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Old 06-21-2019, 10:49 PM   #2
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$5k+ sounds a little steep to replace a failed synchronizer... did everything go?
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Old 06-22-2019, 01:42 AM   #3
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$5k+ sounds a little steep to replace a failed synchronizer... did everything go?
They are replacing everything that is worn, it was more than just one syncro but that was the one that went out.
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Old 06-22-2019, 09:41 PM   #4
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have you tried reaching out to SoA? Hard to imagine that much was damaged after only 3600 miles! I have always found SoA to be helpful - they might not cover the repair completely, but I would be surprised if they didn't goodwill at least a portion of it.
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Old 06-22-2019, 10:05 PM   #5
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have you tried reaching out to SoA? Hard to imagine that much was damaged after only 3600 miles! I have always found SoA to be helpful - they might not cover the repair completely, but I would be surprised if they didn't goodwill at least a portion of it.
I will be calling them Monday while they are open. They were closed when I tried to call Friday.
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Old 06-23-2019, 09:52 PM   #6
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Not trying to be a dick, but why didnít you take off all of that before taking it in; tune, AOS, etc?
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Old 06-24-2019, 11:16 PM   #7
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Not trying to be a dick, but why didnít you take off all of that before taking it in; tune, AOS, etc?
Brought it in for a transmission grind, not a failed motor. Didn't expect an ECU check or the AOS to mater. The AOS is a bitch to swap too, but I should have unmarried the Accessport and driven it a bit before hand.
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Brought it in for a transmission grind, not a failed motor. Didn't expect an ECU check or the AOS to mater. The AOS is a bitch to swap too, but I should have unmarried the Accessport and driven it a bit before hand.


I would have gone to another dealer. Pretty sure they have to prove one of those led to the failure or it was abused. Neither of those 2 would directly cause a synchro issue unless u gone fugged up a shift really bad.
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I would have gone to another dealer. Pretty sure they have to prove one of those led to the failure or it was abused. Neither of those 2 would directly cause a synchro issue unless u gone fugged up a shift really bad.
I called SOA today, they are looking into it and seeing what they can do.

I haven't missed any shifts or overrevved it or really done anything outside of what I normally do. I don't know how to heal toe though, so I'm not the best driver in the world. It could just be me, but I do know other people have had issues.
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Old 06-25-2019, 02:56 AM   #10
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Make sure it shifts like a rifle when it leaves, especially if youíre paying. The root issue may have not been the synchro but the shift rod, fork, detent/ball assembly, or rod selector lever, or even the shafts and or hubs (or more) if the problem was from day one and it made it through QC. The car is awful young to be having issues like that, even if youíre not Senna- they put up with some heavy handedness. +10 on stock tunes on Cali gas!

Best luck with the warrantee dept!
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Updates!
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Old 07-19-2019, 10:48 PM   #12
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Just got the car back.

2nd to 3rd and 3rd to 4th feel better than they ever did before. I really think there was an issue either from the factory or someone on the dealer lot before me.

Either way SOA did wind up helping me out despite the warranty denial. They are being sticklers about modifications now so I can't recommend doing any mods on a new Subaru unless you don't care about the warranty at all. They just had a new announcement this month about it too.

I will be selling the car though.
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Thatís great everything worked out!
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Sorry you can't keep the car. Glad it's fixed and SOA helped you.
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Old 07-20-2019, 04:20 PM   #15
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I called SOA today, they are looking into it and seeing what they can do.

I haven't missed any shifts or overrevved it or really done anything outside of what I normally do. I don't know how to heal toe though, so I'm not the best driver in the world. It could just be me, but I do know other people have had issues.
you know i think its just he hoops you have to jump through. the engine doesnt really have much to do with the trans, you might want to talk to a lawyer to see what they thing
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