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Old 04-14-2017, 11:31 PM   #1
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Default Engine Problems

Hey guys,

Wanted some input from the community here. I have a 2004 Subaru WRX with around 250K on the engine. I don't drive it hard at all, and I mostly had highway miles on it.

Anyway, the engine started producing noises. It was more of a ticking noise than a knocking noise from the engine bay. It kind of sounded like something was loose and smacking against the engine, but I couldn't diagnose the noise after my girlfriend's dad and I tried to find the origin of the noise.

So I took my Subaru to a local stealership in the area. The guy who wrote me up for the diagnosis said it sounded like I would more than likely have to just get the engine cleaned through a seafoam treatment and they would get started on it right away.

Anyway, I get a call the next day saying the mechanic looked at the car real quick, said I needed a new engine and a new turbo after hearing noises from the turbo as well. The notes from the mechanic on my bill were very vague as well.

Should I trust the dealer and get a new engine and turbo?
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Old 04-17-2017, 04:55 PM   #2
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I'd go to at least one other garage or stealership to get another diagnosis. If they say the same then that's probably it. A second or third opinion is always better. Unless all three are different..
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Old 04-19-2017, 09:12 PM   #3
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I would say no, don't trust them.

Based on the fact of how vague they are on such an important decision.. Is this your daily driver? If it is you should definetly go get some more opinions. I would be extremely hesitant to replace the engine without knowing what it is..of course I understand that if it is your primary vehicle you have a lot less time to mess around with it yourself trying to figure it out.
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