Steemax's 2016 WRX Premium Journal!
+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 13 1234567891011 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 187

This is a discussion on Steemax's 2016 WRX Premium Journal! within the Builds forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Hello everyone. First off I am new to Subaru's. I'm 25 and have only had two cars, both being VW's. ...

  1. #1
    Registered User Steemax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    237

    Steemax's 2016 WRX Premium Journal!

    Hello everyone. First off I am new to Subaru's. I'm 25 and have only had two cars, both being VW's.
    My first car was a 2008 Jetta SE, and my 2nd being a 2011 VW GTI that I modified extensively (my definition of extensive may differ from yours )

    Anyway the story goes: My GTI had been in service countless times. The most annoying being for the water pump which is on it's 4th pump at the moment. (keep in mind the car sits at 52k miles now so the pump has been going out about every 10k miles.) This is a common issue for the TSI motor and it is a design flaw. The housing is made of plastic and has many weak points where the plastic is really thin. Over time with constant heat and cool air the plastic forms a crack causing failure.

    Anyway fast forward. About a month ago I was going to take a trip to Palm Springs from Los Angeles. Literally the day before my pump spews out its guts on my driveway. I was furious considering this could have happened in the middle of the desert in 110F heat.

    So I emailed VWoA. Never heard back. So i tracked down the CEO's email and emailed him. Literally the next day 8am I get a phone call from his secretary offering me $400.00. Needless to say after about a few weeks of going back and forth I finally got them to buy the car back as a lemon.

    TLDR:
    1. Car has 52k miles and is on 4th water pump.
    2. Contacted VWoA and argued for a few weeks.
    3. Finally they bought the car back as a lemon.

    GTI MODS: My GTI had a FrankenTurbo F23T turbo swap. Custom dyno tune done by AUtuning running 50/50 water meth injection post TB, full mounts etc... it had even been bagged at one point.

    Here are some pictures:







    Anyway, so at this moment my check from VWoA is en route to my dealer ship. Once it arrives I'll be dropping off the car and saying my final good byes.
    Now for the fun part!!! My dealership found the exact car I'm looking for. It wasn't on the lot but it is en route. So I put down a deposit on the car and it should be arriving next Friday!

    It is a Lapis Blue Pearl WRX Premium with Navi/Harmon Kardon.
    It also has the following optional accessories:

    041 (041) STI SHORT THROW SHIFTER (WRX)
    04B (04B) Cargo Net- Trunk Rear
    BCA (BCA) All Weather Floor Mats
    J8B (J8B) STI SHIFT KNOB 6MT BLACK DURACON
    KCD (KCD) Auto Dimming Mirror W/ Compass & HL

    UPDATE: 01/21/2016
    Actual Parts list:


    Engine:
    COBB AP V3
    Pill Delete
    Stage 2 91 oct Bren E-Tune
    X-Force Catted J-Pipe
    Invidia Resonated N1 Single Exit
    KartBoy Exhaust hangers
    Mishimoto Cold Air Intake /w Box
    Torque Solutions Pulley/Alternator Cover

    Drivetrain:
    Perrin Shift Stop
    Kartboy Cable Shift Arm Kit
    Kartboy Shift Bearing/Bushing
    Subaru STI Group N Transmission Mount

    Interior:
    TWM Performance M1 Abrams Shift Knob
    ARKON Seat Mount for AP
    Escort Passport Max /w Blendmount and Mirror Tap

    Exterior:
    Perrin Plate Relocate
    Rally Armor Mud Flaps Black /w Silver logo
    License Plate Vision+ Full LED housing
    OLM Headlight Low Beam 35W all in one HID kit 6000K
    OLM LED Headlight Boomerang Bulbs
    OLM HP Gen 2 Passive Cooling LED Fog light bulbs 6000K

    Suspension/Chassis:
    Cusco Front Strut Tower Brace
    Cusco Rear Strut Tower Brace
    Last edited by Steemax; 01-21-2016 at 12:35 PM.
    Previous: 2011 VW FrankenTurbo GTi
    Present: 2016 Subaru WRX Stage 2
    Build Thread: Click Here
    Instagram: Steamax

  2. Remove Advertisements
    ClubWRX.net
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Registered User Steemax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    237
    So I got the call I've been waiting for from my salesperson and as per his words "The eagle has landed!" So I made an appointment to go pick her up tomorrow at 11
    Last edited by Steemax; 08-10-2015 at 07:42 AM.
    Previous: 2011 VW FrankenTurbo GTi
    Present: 2016 Subaru WRX Stage 2
    Build Thread: Click Here
    Instagram: Steamax

  4. #3
    Registered User Steemax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    237
    Picked her up and brought her home!!!







    Sent from my BendGate Plus.
    Previous: 2011 VW FrankenTurbo GTi
    Present: 2016 Subaru WRX Stage 2
    Build Thread: Click Here
    Instagram: Steamax

  5. #4
    Registered User strudinox's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Longmont, CO
    Posts
    1,034
    I Support ClubWRX
    Love the color! Any mods lined up?
    ...BECAUSE RALLY CAR

    Current Build: 2015 WRX Premium - WRB - Stage 2

  6. #5
    Registered User Steemax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    237
    Quote Originally Posted by strudinox View Post
    Love the color! Any mods lined up?
    Thanks man! Well I already ordered the blendmount/wire tap for my passport max. Plan is to order a Cobb AP with a Killer B J-pipe (just the upper most part) and get a Bren E-Tune for the time being.
    Previous: 2011 VW FrankenTurbo GTi
    Present: 2016 Subaru WRX Stage 2
    Build Thread: Click Here
    Instagram: Steamax

  7. #6
    Hammerdown Mod of Thunder josnroh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    oHIo
    Posts
    18,032
    I Support ClubWRX
    Congrats! I hope you have better luck with the WRX.
    JOE/Flyin' Under the Radar
    2015 Buckeye Boxer WRX
    2003 Hammerdown Wagon WRX(sold)
    1983 GL-10 Wagon (RIP)

    http://badges.fuelly.com/images/sig-us/282947.png

  8. #7
    Registered User Steemax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    237
    Quote Originally Posted by josnroh View Post
    Congrats! I hope you have better luck with the WRX.
    Thank you! I do have more confidence in the WRX.
    The GTI always felt like a ticking time bomb. I wish I could have said it was because of my mods but those issues are equally present in the stock cars as well.

    The new ones have gone through multiple turbo revisions already since they were blowing left and right.
    Previous: 2011 VW FrankenTurbo GTi
    Present: 2016 Subaru WRX Stage 2
    Build Thread: Click Here
    Instagram: Steamax

  9. #8
    Set Phasers to Stun jfisch822's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    Greenville, SC
    Posts
    878
    I Support ClubWRX
    congrats on the car and welcome to the club man!

    Stink-Eye Mob #864

    My Garage:
    2013 WRX Hatch ISM - "Scrappy Doo" - http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/builds...wrx-hatch.html
    2004 Forester 2.5XS

    "Turbos: Exhaust gases go into the turbocharger and spin it, witchcraft happens and you go faster" - Jeremy Clarkson

  10. #9
    zax
    zax is offline
    Perverted Physicist zax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Neverland Ranch, Maryland
    Posts
    16,062
    I Support ClubWRX I Support ClubWRX
    Welcome and congrats on the purchase! Funny story (particularly for you): Last week my wife and I took our Kia Sportage into the dealership for a recall notice. The local dealership primarily services VWs, but they also service Hyundai and Kia. We brought the Kia to the service entrance (all VW mind you) and the door opened to this GORGEOUS service garage. My wife turns to me and says "wow, this is really very nice! I've never seen a service center so complete and well planned!" I say to her: "well of course! This is a VW service center, so they've had a LOT of practice!" Cheers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steemax View Post
    Future Plans for the WRX:
    (In no particular order)

    1. Invidia Catted Turbo Back exhaust.
    2. Cobb AP v3
    3. Bren Stage 2 E-tune.
    4. Rally Armor Mud flaps.
    5. AVO Intercooler.
    6. Racecomp Yellow Springs.
    7. Whiteline RSB.
    8. Cusco Rear Cross strut.
    9. Cusco Front strut brace.
    10. Wheels 18x9.5 et 45 with 265x40x18 tires. **** unsure of what wheels and tires as of now ****

    That is all for now until I pickup my WRX!!!
    You should absolutely consider the order since many of these parts are predicated on the previous installation of other parts on this list.
    2015 CWP WRX STi ... But how did I get roped back into an EJ motor?!
    Zax's utterly stock 2015 STi - Seeking B-Stock supremacy
    Zax's Shaggin' Wagon (SOLD)

    Zach | Moderator | Builds, Electronics/Car Audio, Engine Modifications, Mid-Atlantic States, Suspension & Wheels, Tech & Modifying & General Repairs |
    Rollin' with the Bugeye Mafia #302
    Facebook me here

    Your Mid-A local board: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/mid-atlantic-states/

  11. #10
    Registered User Steemax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    237
    Quote Originally Posted by jfisch822 View Post
    congrats on the car and welcome to the club man!
    Thanks man!

    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    Welcome and congrats on the purchase! Funny story (particularly for you): Last week my wife and I took our Kia Sportage into the dealership for a recall notice. The local dealership primarily services VWs, but they also service Hyundai and Kia. We brought the Kia to the service entrance (all VW mind you) and the door opened to this GORGEOUS service garage. My wife turns to me and says "wow, this is really very nice! I've never seen a service center so complete and well planned!" I say to her: "well of course! This is a VW service center, so they've had a LOT of practice!" Cheers.



    You should absolutely consider the order since many of these parts are predicated on the previous installation of other parts on this list.
    Haha they are all like that! My local dealership said they repair more water pumps on the MK6 GTI's then they do oil changes. Quite ridiculous and I got fed up with it.

    On another note, I think I see what you're saying about the order of the parts. Some of them require tuning again after installation so they should be bunched up together. I'll try to revise them because I'm having doubts on some of the parts anyway.
    Previous: 2011 VW FrankenTurbo GTi
    Present: 2016 Subaru WRX Stage 2
    Build Thread: Click Here
    Instagram: Steamax

  12. #11
    Registered User royal_wmb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Omaha,NE
    Posts
    72
    Beautiful car man! I should know, have the same one.. Welcome!
    2016 WRX Premium LBP 6mt
    1969 Chevy C-10 Corvette red

  13. #12
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Posts
    3
    I'm waiting on my lapis blue wrx still! I've only seen one in socal this whole time so soon we'll all know each other

  14. #13
    Registered User Steemax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    237
    Quote Originally Posted by royal_wmb View Post
    Beautiful car man! I should know, have the same one.. Welcome!
    Thanks man! Feels good to be here!

    Quote Originally Posted by phiberoptiks View Post
    I'm waiting on my lapis blue wrx still! I've only seen one in socal this whole time so soon we'll all know each other
    Actually now that you mention it, the only WRX's in the wild have either been WRB or DGM
    Previous: 2011 VW FrankenTurbo GTi
    Present: 2016 Subaru WRX Stage 2
    Build Thread: Click Here
    Instagram: Steamax

  15. #14
    Registered User Goose42's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    1,865
    I know it feels good OP , enjoy!
    Drive like hell, you will get there faster!

    2015 WRX COBB Surgeline Stage 2 Pro Tune
    Journal-

    http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/builds...ml#post3579257

  16. #15
    Registered User Steemax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    237
    Quote Originally Posted by Goose42 View Post
    I know it feels good OP , enjoy!
    Thank you sir!
    Previous: 2011 VW FrankenTurbo GTi
    Present: 2016 Subaru WRX Stage 2
    Build Thread: Click Here
    Instagram: Steamax

+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 13 1234567891011 ... LastLast

Quick Reply Quick Reply

Register Now

Please enter the name by which you would like to log-in and be known on this site.

Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Please enter a valid email address for yourself. We strongly suggest that you stay away from using aol, yahoo, msn, and hotmail accounts. Sometimes the mail server blocks the emails from our server. As a result you will not receive any notifications including the confirmation email.

Please select your insurance company (Optional)

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Posting Permissions

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •