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.
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.