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Old 05-20-2003, 10:59 AM   #1
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Location: Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
'11 WRX 5dr LTD

Default Do I have a Lemon?

Ok, I have had my 2000 2.5 RS since October 2001. I now have 139,000 kms on it. I'm wondering if I should dump it...but cash is not plentiful right now and I love driving it. Here's what I have had done...

Rear left wheel bearing @ 80,000 under warrenty
Front O2 sensor under recall @ same time

Oil pump seal under warrenty @ 95,000 while timing belt was being done

Spark plug wires replaced @ 105,000 as crimp had come off of #2.

Muffler replaced @ 105,000 as baffles were loose, rattling like crazy

Left head gasket replaced @ 125,000, external oil leakage from gasket, weird fouling of #4 spark plug (carboned threads, white ground electrode and insulator. Gassket had delaminated, and looked rough.

Rear O2 sensor replaced @ 125,000.

Timing belt tensioner leaking, replaced @ 125,000.

Regular oil consumption between 1.25 to 2 quarts per oil change (5,000 kms, 3,000 miles religiously).

Switched to colder plug after head gasket, still seeign odd wear on #4 only.

Now, my check engine light is on again!!!!

Are the rest of you seeing things like this?
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Old 05-20-2003, 01:02 PM   #2
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Are you the original owner?never can be too sure of a vehicles past.

The wheel bearing seems to unfortunatly be a wear item on the rs as is the t-belt tensioner. Spark plug wires going bad is normal.As for the muffler, mine had a real loud clankity rattle right before it came of my car forever. As for all the other issues w/ the engine oil consumption,o2 sensor,#4,oil seal...if the cars still under warranty I'd push them Hard for a new motor.

As far as my car goes, I got about 60000 mls, t-belt issues,numerous wheel bearings going(more than 2),and think I've got a rear crank oilseal leaking(not real sure, very small leak not enough to show on dipstick after 4-5k mls.Other than that I'm very pleased
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Old 05-20-2003, 01:05 PM   #3
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2003 2.5 RS
Midnight Black Pearl


that doesn't fit the definition of a lemon, at least not in my state. a lemon is a new car that has to go in the shop 3+ times for the same reoccuring problem.

but seriously, what the hell did you do to your car? first of all, how can it only be 3 years old and have 139k on it? i've never heard of a subaru with so many problems. you must beat the living s**t out of it on a daily basis.
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Old 05-20-2003, 01:06 PM   #4
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You've basically rattled off wear items that should've been replaced at their designated service intervals (30k, 60k, 100k). Sounds more like the car was improperly maintained, sorry.
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Old 05-20-2003, 01:46 PM   #5
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Well guys, first off, it's 139,000 kilometers, not miles (86,000 miles). Second off, the car is very well maintained. I'd say, I'm overly anal about keeping everything maintained. Also, I may drive hard at times, but not abusivley, and most definately not all the time. I have never had issues like this. I agree that some things are normal wear, or typically Subaru, but it's still getting a little hard to swallow.

My 97 Legacy was excetionally reliable by comparision...
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Old 05-20-2003, 02:27 PM   #6
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00RS I want to fill
your mouth with spiders


Most of the problema on my 00RS happened within 50k miles.
driver side rear Wheel bearing replaced under warrenty.
Main shaft nut in tranny loose, under warrenty.
Window regulator acting iffy. Never repaired.
O2 sesor under recall

Oil consuption seemsa little high for what i read on the board from other people, usually about a 1qt, but i havn't noticed any on my car. Car had synth 5-30 since the day it was born. Now using amsoil in the motor and tranny.

Now with 83K miles on it, nonse of the problems repaired ever re-occurred. No new issues have come up either.
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