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This is a discussion on 09 WRX Engine Failures within the Everyday Impreza Talk forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; two recent ones form NASIOC- one w/ 26k the other w/ 28k that doesn't bode well for anyone w/ a ...

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    two recent ones form NASIOC- one w/ 26k the other w/ 28k

    that doesn't bode well for anyone w/ a 07,08/08 build date
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkaresh View Post
    One thing to keep in mind is that engine failures are very rare these days. I process over 1,000 repair reports a month, and see hardly any engine failures in cars with less than 100,000, even 125,000 miles on them.

    Electrical stuff? This and that sensor? Tons of that. But mechanical failures--very, very few.

    So if over 100 people have reported an engine failure, and they're all within a two-month build window, this is clearly unusually bad. Even if the failure rate is somehow only 10%--and with 100+ reports on a forum out of a population of three to four thousand cars it's at least this high--it would be crazy high by current standards.

    Not that anyone here is arguing otherwise.
    Although we are a biased sample of enthusiasts with an additional bias of having online access and the wits to find this forum, since most of us are younger than Volvo drivers (excepting me) , I would guess this bias is not as fatal since I believe most WRX drivers drive it hard occasionally.

    BUT I have read at least one review of 09 that suggested that the factory ECU strategy of a lean boost is dangerous.

    I'm pretty good friends with a Subie master mechanic and he told me they strengthened the bearings substantially on my second motor. I imagine they continued this for 10 models et al. Maybe they just put some STI meat on them since I imagine it's all interchangeable now...

    Mine died right after hitting the rev limiter in 2nd - wasn't planning on it but it was a tight onramp with a few semis heading my way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sky WRX View Post
    two recent ones form NASIOC- one w/ 26k the other w/ 28k

    that doesn't bode well for anyone w/ a 07,08/08 build date
    Or a September like my FIRST engine was!

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    ^ true enough a few very early Sept builds bit it as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackjak View Post
    Although we are a biased sample of enthusiasts with an additional bias of having online access and the wits to find this forum, since most of us are younger than Volvo drivers (excepting me) , I would guess this bias is not as fatal since I believe most WRX drivers drive it hard occasionally.
    The WRX engine should be engineered for aggressive driving. And I don't think you're arguing with my basic point: engines hardly ever fail these days, so when more than a few do it's clearly not just a matter of how the cars are being driven.

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    Just crossed 33k. Engine is still going without any issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sky WRX View Post
    two recent ones form NASIOC- one w/ 26k the other w/ 28k

    that doesn't bode well for anyone w/ a 07,08/08 build date
    Makes me nervous, I'm at 25000 KM's I thought I was in the clear.

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    22K here on my September 08 build.......still going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkaresh View Post
    The WRX engine should be engineered for aggressive driving. And I don't think you're arguing with my basic point: engines hardly ever fail these days, so when more than a few do it's clearly not just a matter of how the cars are being driven.
    You are correct I think there is a real problem with those builds. I would guess this is why they are paying for them and throwing in extended warranties if you howl long enough.

    I spoke to my local master mechanic about forged pistons and beefing up the block and all. He told me I wouldn't save any money by being preventative - just let it blow and then do it...

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    mine has 18.5k on it and still going idk when it was built i picked it up november 08 i got it right when it came off the truck so it wasnt sitting at the dealer for a long time.

    how do i check my build date?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 09whiterex View Post
    mine has 18.5k on it and still going idk when it was built i picked it up november 08 i got it right when it came off the truck so it wasnt sitting at the dealer for a long time.

    how do i check my build date?
    Doorjam - drivers side I think. Look with good light and you'll find it!

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    I dunno. All these engines wrecking with low, low KM's on them. 07+ STi's eating ringlands.

    I absolutely love my WRX and aspire to own an STi some day.
    Now I wonder if I should aspire to an Evo instead... There's no engine failure threads on their forums...

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    Now I wonder if I should aspire to an Evo instead... There's no engine failure threads on their forums...
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    just checked my build its September 2008

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