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    average life of wrx turbo?

    I was looking to get a 05 wrx...actually going to go check one out tomorrow, but when I told my friend about it, he was quite hesitant...well here's how the convo went.

    ME: so, i'm thinking about getting an WRX now since my dad can't pay for insurance for the rsx-s. what do you think?
    HIM: so you know how to swap turbo?
    ME: why would i swap the turtbo
    HIM: because the turbo's average life is 60,000 mi
    ME: i see
    HIM: it's a pain in the ass
    HIM: plus you won't get good gas mileage
    ME: on a wrx?
    ME: it says 24mpg in city and 30mpg on highway
    HIM: right...

    The car I'm looking at tomorrow has 72k miles, and if what he's saying is right, then I should ask the dealer if a new turbo was put in. I'm kind of new to turbo's and non-honda cars, but I hope what he's saying is wrong because I feel like he's putting me under a bus. After checking out WRX's, i'm ready to let go of hondas!
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    youre friend seems pretty stupid. it sounds like hes pulling info out of his ass... maybe HE wants a wrx and doesnt want to see you get one.. so hes trying to steer you away from it. anyway,

    the average life of a turbo is not 60k. it all depends on how you drive, however there are members here who i'm sure have over 100k and arent having any problems.

    as far as gas mileage goes, they're not the BEST but they get pretty damn good mileage for the type of car that it is. i fill up once a week and usually get about 270 miles to a tank.

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    when is usually the right time to replace the turbo then?
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    when you feel like upgrading to a bigger one

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrxtreme06 View Post
    when you feel like upgrading to a bigger one
    this is true. the turbo will last as long as your good to it. by doing oil changes, coolant changes, letting ur turbo cool down, for a min after you drive. the wrx is cooled by water coolant from your engine, and its lubricated by the oil system in ur car....
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    I have 128k on my car and it has the same turbo on it from when the original owner bought it. I haven't had any problems with it. If you take care of your car it will take care of you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gel Mibson View Post
    I was looking to get a 05 wrx...actually going to go check one out tomorrow, but when I told my friend about it, he was quite hesitant...well here's how the convo went.

    ME: so, i'm thinking about getting an WRX now since my dad can't pay for insurance for the rsx-s. what do you think?
    HIM: so you know how to swap turbo?
    ME: why would i swap the turtbo
    HIM: because the turbo's average life is 60,000 mi
    ME: i see
    HIM: it's a pain in the ass
    HIM: plus you won't get good gas mileage
    ME: on a wrx?
    ME: it says 24mpg in city and 30mpg on highway
    HIM: right...

    The car I'm looking at tomorrow has 72k miles, and if what he's saying is right, then I should ask the dealer if a new turbo was put in. I'm kind of new to turbo's and non-honda cars, but I hope what he's saying is wrong because I feel like he's putting me under a bus. After checking out WRX's, i'm ready to let go of hondas!
    Your friend is wrong.

    I average 22mpg at worst, and 26mpg at best depending on A/C usage in my WRX. Just filled up today and the math worked out to 24.5mpg.

    A WRX is fun to own, but you will need to do research before just making changes. My stock turbo is fine, it's sitting in a box in the garage - I put roughly 50k on it, and have 35k on my present upgraded turbo.

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    lol okay i'm new to this as well i'm currently driving a 08 wrx automatic (i know its a waste but i'm sharing it with my dad) anyways how should i drive this car and what should i do to it to keep the engine from over heating or anything because i realize that this car heats up fast

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    is there any sure-fire way though for when to change it though? Is it distinguishable by ear or when you "feel" it's time?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gel Mibson View Post
    is there any sure-fire way though for when to change it though? Is it distinguishable by ear or when you "feel" it's time?
    squeling of the turbine, grinding of the turbine, or if there is play in the turbine shaft, you will hear the sound coming from the turbo area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JainYuan View Post
    lol okay i'm new to this as well i'm currently driving a 08 wrx automatic (i know its a waste but i'm sharing it with my dad) anyways how should i drive this car and what should i do to it to keep the engine from over heating or anything because i realize that this car heats up fast
    If your 08' overheats then take it in and get it fixed under warranty. If over heats its because your driving it to hard.
    When you do things right people wont be sure you've done anything at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gel Mibson View Post
    is there any sure-fire way though for when to change it though? Is it distinguishable by ear or when you "feel" it's time?
    The turbo is not a routine maintenance item. There is no reason to plan when/if to change it. There is no required replacement interval.
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    it doesn't over heat but i dunno if its normal to see the needle always in between c/h? like i dunno if when i reflash the system screwed it up but thats what i seen today after school but i'll wait till tomorrow to approve on that but right now after 2 hours of none drive it still sits at the same point as it was when i turned it off. also i'm shifter at 3 rpm using the sports shift. so if i'm not doing sometihng right tell me

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    Quote Originally Posted by JainYuan View Post
    it doesn't over heat but i dunno if its normal to see the needle always in between c/h? like i dunno if when i reflash the system screwed it up but thats what i seen today after school but i'll wait till tomorrow to approve on that but right now after 2 hours of none drive it still sits at the same point as it was when i turned it off. also i'm shifter at 3 rpm using the sports shift. so if i'm not doing sometihng right tell me
    ok so wat ur sayn even after you have not drove the car over night the needle still is in the normal operating temp. range. like you dont have to warm it up. if this is true get the gauge checked by the dealer
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    i'm not sure exactly what is going on but what i got was when i turned it on after i got home the needle was in normal temp not cold but my dad drove it home when i got home but i'm not sure.... i'll check tomorrow morning if the needl is still in the middle if not then i guess the engine just warms up fast

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