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Old 08-23-2020, 04:47 AM   #1
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Default mileage vs. issues list

If one doesn't already exist, can we get a common issues list for our cars posted on here?

I realize how we drive, how its modded and a host of other things will affect the wear and tear differently, but I'm thinking along the lines of Subaru's notorious head gasket problem. What other things commonly go? for what years, models and when?
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Old 08-23-2020, 07:31 PM   #2
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I have a 2006 WRX Limited wagon I bought new. In over 200k miles, every piece of running gear has been replaced -- some more than once. Even if you buy something 5 years old, it's a gamble. Once you hit 10, 15 years or more it's a certainty you are buying a money pit.

I guess you can say for modding a WRX, a big issue can be the 5MT.
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Old 08-24-2020, 03:04 PM   #3
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Yep, totally. My mechanic buddy always says to wait until things break before replacing things. Obviously this doesn't hold up when it comes to brakes and suspension, but for engine stuff usually. These car's ain't cheap to rebuild.
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Old 08-24-2020, 03:22 PM   #4
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It really depends on the model. From memory with my own cars:

NA EJ25: head gaskets anywhere from 80k miles up.
everything: the end links tend to break. I've seen them on 2 different gen outbacks around 70k miles.
Wheel bearings: They typically last about 4 miles in Subarus.
Turbo cars with screens in the oil feed lines: Figure problems develop depending on how long you wait to change oil.
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Old 08-29-2020, 11:41 AM   #5
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15 STI
104K MILES
Protuned at 60k

Steering rack fail
Front strut bearings fail
Currently have to add 1qt oil every 750 miles
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Old 08-29-2020, 08:36 PM   #6
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16 sti
112k miles
one set of pads and rotors
otherwise nothing more than general maintenance
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Old 09-17-2020, 12:27 PM   #7
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16 WRX - bought brand new
Currently at 115k miles (Stg 2 since 40k)
Nothing other than general maintenance (brakes, rotors, filters, etc.)

Take care of your car, and your car will take care of you!
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Old 09-17-2020, 12:44 PM   #8
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2002 WRX Wagon
229,000 miles, bought it in early 2008 with 127,000mi on it.

- Center Differential
- Steering Rack
- Brake Calipers (rust)
- Parking Brakes (rust)
- Accessory Belt
- Shocks and springs
- Front Axles, ball joints, and tie rods (rust)
- Windshield Wiper Transmission
- HVAC blower motor relay
- A/C system (eventually removed it)
- Leaking seals
- Coolant Expansion Tank (corrosion)
- Timing belt (replaced on schedule, but found it had skipped a tooth during a rally-X 50,000 miles earlier )
- Rear end links (age)

I'm sure there's some stuff I'm leaving out and other things that would fail had I not already replaced them. I keep a detailed log but I'm too lazy to go get it. If I could sum up used turbo Subaru ownership with one word it would be "tinkering." I'm constantly tinkering with the thing. That's fun for me though and it's not my daily driver so I don't mind having it sit for long periods of time.

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Old 09-17-2020, 01:12 PM   #9
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2017 WRX with 60k miles. Had the AC compressor go out, which resulted in almost full AC system replacement. No other problems. Getting ready to do plugs, pads, differential/transmission fluid in short order.
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Old 09-17-2020, 01:32 PM   #10
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2018 sti
10.8k miles
Stock dd

On 2 or 3 occasions there was an error with SRH. Problem went away by restarting.
On 2 occasions I couldn't get into any gear even after restarting. I had to start in 1st so it can do its lunge and afterwards was able to move.
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Old 09-17-2020, 03:45 PM   #11
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09 sti modded
160k miles
all fluids flushed at 112k when purchased
timing belt @112k
3 alternators across the last 2 years, probably autozone issue
power steering pump o-ring failed ~140k
AC clutch went out ~130k
Driveshaft replaced at ~120k more recent inspection found all bearings in need of replacement
headgaskets done ~130k due to dropping stuff in the cylinder while intake was off
Secondary air pump valve failed ~120k...did airpump delete
Found cracked firewall ~120k and fixed with rivets
Everythign else has been replaced for longevity and reliability of the engine!
Love driving the car and have been told 2x that based on how i take care of it will be my forever car lol!
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Old 09-17-2020, 04:07 PM   #12
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my 5 speed is on the edge at 81k miles.

Timing belt at 75k

Cv joints at 75k

I think the alteratnor is having trouble starting at 78k
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Old 09-28-2020, 01:55 PM   #13
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16 WRX - bought brand new
Currently at 115k miles (Stg 2 since 40k)
Nothing other than general maintenance (brakes, rotors, filters, etc.)

Take care of your car, and your car will take care of you!
Have you walnut blasted your intake valves?
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Old 09-29-2020, 09:15 AM   #14
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Have you walnut blasted your intake valves?
Yes. Valves cleaned at 100k with a compression test and 2nd spark plug change. Everything looked good!
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Old 10-02-2020, 08:48 PM   #15
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2008 2.5i. Lasted 250 000 km till HGs blew (2019).
Beyond that, no repairs needed whatsoever. Only changed the clutch, brakes, some bushings, and all the usual maintenance items.
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Old 10-12-2020, 12:03 AM   #16
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125k 07 LGT, front axles, clutch fork, clutch
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