This is a discussion on 09 WRX Engine Failures within the Everyday Impreza Talk forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; Originally Posted by mwake1 hey, I was looking at your mod list, what's "license plate delete"? If I may: It's ...
Ok so i just pick up the car not that long again and im not sure what the build date is? how do i find out?
it on a plate on the inside the driver side door jam.
wellllll, the wait of doom is over. started hearing a tapping sound a couple days ago over 2300 rpm, brought it in, and it's officially the rod bearing. 16,565 miles. 08/08 build.
And you guys think you have it bad?!
"Since last December I have had a spun rod bearing cause catastrophic engine failure requiring long block replacement. Ever since then I have noticed an occasional severe hesitation during acceleration, which persists to the present day (as well as a few other abnormalities probably all a result of the factory ECU tune). I have driven for 2 months with intermittent CEL's requiring 4 different trips to my local dealer to presumably resolve (one trip to diagnose, one completely unsuccessful, one to replace secondary air injection valve, one to conduct service on wiring harness/relay/fuses related to secondary air injection valve system). I have made 2 trips to my local dealer for service relating to what I believed to be use or loss of engine coolant; service adviser hypothesized that engine coolant was lost due to specific service procedure conducted and engine coolant level was not restored at the conclusion of service. Upon receiving my vehicle back from the secondary air injection valve replacement service the vehicle was returned to me with an apparent boost leak (or other abnormal high frequency noise from engine bay after turbo spool up), a damaged intercooler, and literally 7 other different pieces of equipment that were not installed properly (not clear to me if defects originated from factory and had not been observed or otherwise originated from dealer service). Bolts were literally missing, fasteners were not fastened, etc.
At that point I documented (including pictures) all of my problems and contacted SOA. Vehicle was returned to dealer for service. Dealer resolved a few of the existing issues but I still have a damaged intercooler, I still have an apparent boost leak (or other abnormal high frequency noise from engine bay after turbo spool up; I've also confirmed this abnormality by driving another 09 WRX Sedan since), and believe it or not (even though I provided pictures demonstrating exactly what defects existed in regard to improperly installed equipment) not all equipment was installed properly!
It's become obvious that my local dealer will be unable to remedy my problems but I'm not sure any other dealers will want to deal with them either. And regardless of that I have developed extremely valid concerns about the reliability and longevity of this vehicle. I have attempted to remain cordial while trying to work with SOA to assist in putting me in another 09 WRX or other Subaru but I'm beginning to feel like they've recently developed a policy of ignoring me. I honestly have no idea how to proceed at this point and I am beginning to feel like my only option is to lawyer up."
AshJ from NASIOC
I too have a friend considering purchasing a new Legacy; the decision basically hangs in the balance of SOA's course of action with me (though I didn't inform SOA of that; I've been trying to remain as cordial as possible).
This is a bit late but here is the info regarding my 09 WRX engine crap out.
Date of Birth: 08/08
Miles at time of crapout: About 7500
My engine never totally failed but there was a faint knocking and I took it in right away. They did find pieces of metal in the oil.
They replaced the whole engine long block. They ran tests on the turbo and showed that no damage was done so they wouldn't replace it.
Runing great since. There is 9000 plus on it now.
We should make a club of people who had this happen lol. I'll be putting the info on NAISOC as well.
the nasioc list is starting to push 90 folks! a few pretty high mile ones- 16K and a 19.5k iirc
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SOA have not IMO proven to be as conscientious about good-will repairs after warranty as, say, US Honda have, and I hate to say it but I can't help suspecting that they've taken the course they've taken in order to simply see how many cars they won't have to repair at their expense, but rather for profit, at 60,001 miles. I would not mind being wrong at all.
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they went about it all wrong. They created cars that they knew were going to blow due to a bad bearing. Instead of pulling the cars off of the lots and fixing them, They instead would rather ruin 2-3 weeks of their customers life and then give them back a car they will never feel the same about.
WTF were they thinking. Just shows that they didnt give a damn about the consumer.