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    sorry to hear that what is your build date (it's inside the door on a plate)?

    also please register and post to this thread- thanks

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    What a disapoint this is. After driving the 09 the other day waiting for the delivery of my new Mazda3 at the Suby/Mazda dealership I was sold. I've immediately began selling the aftermarket parts for my 05 in preperation of a purchase within a month. The main reason for the impulse to get rid of it is because the car has never felt the same since the dealership put the new motor in. Annoying buzzing and vibration between 1800-2000 of the interior, which they considered "typical", though didn't occur before they put their hands on it. Then the notchiness of the rebuilt tranny........ I can only imagine the anger/heartbreak and distrust of the car I'd have if I had the motor blow on me and the dealer had to replace it. Good luck to those going through the process.

    Hi Mike,

    This having any impact on your planned mods for the car? I see you're looking to race in DS, so the mods would be few to the power side, but it'd certainly suck to start lightly modding the engine for other classes, only to have it go at 20K or something and not getting it covered under warranty. Considering I only got 45K out of a well taken care of(IMO) Stage2 tuned 2.0L, my faith in Subaru motors is definately challenged, but I can't think of a better car at this price point.
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    that's a bummer guys. Best of luck to you.

    Went through two engine failures on my 04....but it wasn't part of a rash....

    sure glad I have my 06 right now!---sorry had to say it guys

    but seriously, engine failures stink
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    Quote Originally Posted by tuskenraider View Post

    Hi Mike,

    This having any impact on your planned mods for the car? I see you're looking to race in DS, so the mods would be few to the power side, but it'd certainly suck to start lightly modding the engine for other classes, only to have it go at 20K or something and not getting it covered under warranty. Considering I only got 45K out of a well taken care of(IMO) Stage2 tuned 2.0L, my faith in Subaru motors is definately challenged, but I can't think of a better car at this price point.
    As you point out out I elected to give DS a go this upcoming season (prior to any engine issues being raised) so I'm comfortable. Obviously disappointed there are issues, especially as these issues seem to be the very same issues that had early in 08- spun rod bearings.

    It appears by everything I've read that if you have an effected engine, it's going to let go early- most often before 3000 miles.

    The thing I find most disparaging is SOA being mum on whole the issue. I think they should be more forthcoming on what they've found, what vehicles may be effected and how they are remedying (beyond replacing long blocks).

    Without any doubt this is the best WRX built to date from a performance standpoint, hopefully the spun bearing issue remains a small percentage and any effected are fully taken care of (they are doing a good job on that account!)
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    Man, I had really high hopes for the 09'. I hope Subaru gets this taken care of quickly.
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    Revs hang up when i shift to neutral when I come to a stop

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    09 WRX hatch... about 2k so far. No problems - knock on wood - sometimes the revs hang up when putting the clutch in in stop and go traffic I dont know, the engine is still breaking in (not just breaking, I hope )

    I for one did NOT follow the manual's break-in procedures, and routinely "drive it like I stole it" , since day 1 from the dealership.



    I just got an 09 wrx, 1500mls no engine troubles yet, but i too get the revs hanging up in stop and go and reverse. maybe my footwork maybe not. any input?
    I did break in my engine properly but I too get the rev hang ups.

    There's also a rattling noise when I accelerate and let off of the gas when keep it in 2nd gear. I don't hear it when i'm in other gears. I wonder if it's a heat shield rattling that I hear? Does anyone else have these problems?

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    I just got my new 09 read about the engine failure efore hand so I purchased the extended gold warratny just to be on the safe side... I'm only at 800 miles but im climbing that odometer fast... My break in has been extended in all rpm ranges and throttle ranges ....
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    09 wrx, purchased it in october and im sitting close to 12000 miles i love to drive my car, but at 4000 miles i dont remember if it was 2nd or 4th piston but it spun a rod bearing, dealership reaplced it for free, gave me a response within a few hours and done in a week....

    i believe thats my hold up on my stage 2, ill probably wait till 15000 miles and give myself the go ahead.

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    have you already posted your failure in the nasioc thread? if you haven't could I trouble you to do so? we're trying to document all known failures in one central location

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carter View Post
    well babying them does't seem to help...
    Actually, following the manual on proper break in procedures is the best way to go. The problem is when you "drive it like you stole it." Is that you do not allow the piston rings to mate well with the cylinder wall not to mention a lot of other parts to have time to properly mate with the other parts around them. So, maybe you might not lose a lot of power by driving it like you stole it however, you will rob yourself of power and longetivity down the road.

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    As long as this debate has gone on, there has never been scientific proof on either side. If break-in was so crucial, I find it hard to believe manufacturer's would rely on the mass public to do it right. I've never even heard a salesman so much as mention a break in period on any new car I've bought, nor point it out in the owners manual. Furthermore, have you ever heard of a manufacturer trying to deny warranty work by proving it wasn't broken in right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tuskenraider View Post
    have you ever heard of a manufacturer trying to deny warranty work by proving it wasn't broken in right?
    Yes. It happened to a friend of mine and I know he followed the manufacturers guidelines for proper breakin of his engine and he had a valve retainer fail and the dealer tried to deny the warranty work. Claiming he did not break the engine in right. He had only 150miles on the clock when that engine let go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuskenraider View Post
    If break-in was so crucial, I find it hard to believe manufacturer's would rely on the mass public to do it right.
    The other thing is why would the factory want to break your motor in for you? That costs more money, they would have to build facilitys just for the purpose of breaking an engine in. The automaker industry is super competitive they don't want to add cost any where they don't need to. So, if they have to spend an extra $1,000,000.00 or so a year to replace motors that some tool blew up cause they did not break the motor in right that is cheaper than tooling up and building facilitys and hiring people just to break motors in before they go in the car.

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    I certainly wouldn't expect the manu to break it in, no more than I would expect TV makers actually calibrate their product to match real life colors. It does add cost. If it WAS important, there would be better emphasis and tighter scrutiny to save the manu money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tuskenraider View Post
    I certainly wouldn't expect the manu to break it in, no more than I would expect TV makers actually calibrate their product to match real life colors. It does add cost. If it WAS important, there would be better emphasis and tighter scrutiny to save the manu money.
    Well if it was NOT important then why do they even bother to put it in the manual and waste ink and cause the owner grief?

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