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Old 05-31-2018, 11:27 PM   #3101
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Wife wasn't happy how much I've put into the car so far because I could have gotten a STI for the amount I've invested, but I couldn't find a STI hatch in the area that wasn't going for insane amounts or wasn't ragged af.

If I were to do everything again, I'd get a Hawkeye STI instead of the hatch.
I'd have a hard time buying a WRX/STI -- or any high performance car for that matter -- used.

I've read too many horror stories here on NASIOC.

Very few people buy a WRX and then drive conservatively and never get on it. Most people drive them like they stole them -- at least sometimes. Many modify them and then race or abuse them. Often, there is damage that is not obvious -- a tranny getting ready to go for example. Or internal engine damage that isn't obvious -- yet.

I think you were smart to get another engine from a reputable shop and go on down the road.

No point in thinking about what you could have done. Hindsight is 20/20.
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Old 06-01-2018, 09:57 AM   #3102
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Ended up having to pay out of pocket for a remanufactured longblock. Service Contract company refused to do anything for the disassembly charges and SOA refused to anything on good faith as well.

Up here in Massachusetts there's a former master Subaru mechanic that does reman'd engines for the major Subaru dealers and shops in the area that does an insanely good job. All in total with labor, the longblock, disassembly and a new clutch (ACT HDSS) was $7300, about the quoted price for a BNIB OEM longblock.

I've put about 3k miles on the new engine so far and its held up mint.
In my situation, I was getting ready to sell the car anyway. Your $7300 quote is what I was seeing on the low end in the DC area. I ended up selling the car for a bit over $7k, vs a book value around $15k. So it was close to a wash.

If I had sold just before the engine blew I would have felt terrible for the new owner. While i'm never owning a subaru again (and have certainly spread the word to my friends and family about the situation) I just don't think newer cars are being built to last. My philosophy has been to buy used at about 2-3yrs old. Now, i'm not so sure. I've also become an EV convert. They have their own challenges, but broken connecting rods isn't one of them .
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Old 06-01-2018, 04:07 PM   #3103
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I'd have a hard time buying a WRX/STI -- or any high performance car for that matter -- used.

I've read too many horror stories here on NASIOC.

Very few people buy a WRX and then drive conservatively and never get on it. Most people drive them like they stole them -- at least sometimes. Many modify them and then race or abuse them. Often, there is damage that is not obvious -- a tranny getting ready to go for example. Or internal engine damage that isn't obvious -- yet.

I think you were smart to get another engine from a reputable shop and go on down the road.

No point in thinking about what you could have done. Hindsight is 20/20.
I was being pretty diligent in what I was looking at - and I thought I had a gem on my hands (Texas car, all highway miles, traded in by a girl who commuted back and forth from the oil fields in west Texas). While there were some other issues that came up before the spun bearing, these weren't with the car itself, but the dealer I bought the car from.

Overall, I knew going into it that there was going to be some maintenance and stuff that I would have to do so I knew that it was a possibility - I just didn't think that I was going to get screwed on the service contract part. I felt like I had a leg to stand on because it had been sold to me and billed as an extended warranty, not a service contract.

With that said, I'm glad that I was able to get the car that I've wanted since I was 16... now I just need to rebuild my wallet while everything settles down haha.
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Old 06-01-2018, 04:11 PM   #3104
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In my situation, I was getting ready to sell the car anyway. Your $7300 quote is what I was seeing on the low end in the DC area. I ended up selling the car for a bit over $7k, vs a book value around $15k. So it was close to a wash.

If I had sold just before the engine blew I would have felt terrible for the new owner. While i'm never owning a subaru again (and have certainly spread the word to my friends and family about the situation) I just don't think newer cars are being built to last. My philosophy has been to buy used at about 2-3yrs old. Now, i'm not so sure. I've also become an EV convert. They have their own challenges, but broken connecting rods isn't one of them .
The funny thing is that a dealership offered to buy the car the Saturday before it spun the bearing when I stopped by to look at the 50th Anniversary Edition WRX. "I want to buy your car - what can I do to buy it off of you and get you into that one?"

I'm just glad that everything worked out in the end for me, and that my job allows for me to be able to afford all this stuff. Might make things a bit tricky at times, but some people have stamp collections, or play Magic the Gathering (ironically I used to play), I just put money into my WRX.

I'm going to end up buying another Subaru in the future and when the time comes to get my wife into a new car, she's definitely getting one because it'll be under lease lol
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Old 06-03-2018, 09:03 PM   #3105
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Name: Pablo

Make: 2012 subaru impreza sport limited

Mileage: 153,000

Time Out Of Use: 0

Problem And Likely Cause: throwing codes P2764 and P0700

Modifications: none

Submitted For Warranty Work (Yes/No): not yet

Reason Given For Denial: none

Your Story: Slight shutter and engine light came on,with ABS light, oil temp and pic of traction control, I am afraid of what the dealer is going to say because I know there is an extended warranty on the trans but I have too many miles on the car. If the cost is to much, I will have to consider getting rid of the car. Between the oil consumption and this,I should of bought a Toyota!
Anybody else run into this type of problem?

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Old 06-04-2018, 12:28 PM   #3106
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Name: Zach

Make: 17 sti

Mileage: 53,260

Time Out Of Use: 3 weeks

Problem And Likely Cause: cylinder one bearing failure. Most likely from sitting at redline to long

Modifications: nameless turbo back exhaust and cobb ots stage 2

Submitted For Warranty Work (Yes/No): yes

Reason Given For Denial: vehicle is excessively modified which could have casued the bearing to wear, which could have caused the rod to move more, which could have caused the piston to let oil past the rings which would have burned oil causing me to be 2 quarts low.

Your Story: Driving down the highway windows down, music up and wasnt paying attention to my rpms or gear. Drove fine then on the way home starting hearing valve tick which turned into rod knock. checked oil and found it was 2 quarts low. Took it into the local dealer here and they told me it was cylinder one rod bearing failure. quoted me 13k for new everything. Ended up getting SOA involved and they tore the block down and confirmed the issue then denied the claim for the reason above. Ended up finding a used engine on here with 10k and put that in.
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Old 06-06-2018, 11:04 AM   #3107
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They denied for going over 7400rpm??? Unbelievable...did you call and get it straightened out w/ corporate? It happened once???
Sounds like he money shifted it.
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Old 07-14-2018, 07:35 AM   #3108
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Name: sooby driver

Make: 18’ Sti

Mileage: 600 miles

Time out of use: 0

Problem and likely cause: clutch issues, Dumping clutch on take off

Mods: none

Submitted for warranty: not yet

Your story:I was taking off under reasonable revs 3-3 1/2. I hit the throttle. When I went to 2nd it wouldn’t go into gear. I pulled over (still not going in to gear, no gear) I stopped the engine. I put it into gear and started engine. The starter motor jerked the car as if in gear and didn’t start. I left it in gear and tried again. This time the clutch engaged and the car started. There was a burnt clutch smell but not excessive. After that it has been driving fine but I haven’t “dumped” it since. I heard no noises or knocks. Do you guys think it was slipping because it was burnt?
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Old 07-15-2018, 02:20 AM   #3109
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Name: sooby driver

Make: 18’ Sti

Mileage: 600 miles

Time out of use: 0

Problem and likely cause: clutch issues, Dumping clutch on take off

Mods: none

Submitted for warranty: not yet

Your story:I was taking off under reasonable revs 3-3 1/2. I hit the throttle. When I went to 2nd it wouldn’t go into gear. I pulled over (still not going in to gear, no gear) I stopped the engine. I put it into gear and started engine. The starter motor jerked the car as if in gear and didn’t start. I left it in gear and tried again. This time the clutch engaged and the car started. There was a burnt clutch smell but not excessive. After that it has been driving fine but I haven’t “dumped” it since. I heard no noises or knocks. Do you guys think it was slipping because it was burnt?
Sell this car immediately you don’t deserve to have it.
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Old 07-17-2018, 12:00 PM   #3110
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Name: sooby driver

Make: 18’ Sti

Mileage: 600 miles

Time out of use: 0

Problem and likely cause: clutch issues, Dumping clutch on take off

Mods: none

Submitted for warranty: not yet

Your story:I was taking off under reasonable revs 3-3 1/2. I hit the throttle. When I went to 2nd it wouldn’t go into gear. I pulled over (still not going in to gear, no gear) I stopped the engine. I put it into gear and started engine. The starter motor jerked the car as if in gear and didn’t start. I left it in gear and tried again. This time the clutch engaged and the car started. There was a burnt clutch smell but not excessive. After that it has been driving fine but I haven’t “dumped” it since. I heard no noises or knocks. Do you guys think it was slipping because it was burnt?
I think its slipping because you haven't even finished breaking in the car and your pretty much launching it. For driving I never have the rpm over 2K for getting the vehicle going. I think you abused your clutch and broke it my friend.

Did you read the manual your car came with? Might be a good idea...
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