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    Hi everyone. I just joined so I could drop in my two cents with my experience of the 2014 WRX that I picked up this January.

    The clutch definitely smelled a little during the first 500 miles. I didn't burn it but could smell it breaking in.

    There was also the strange but familiar smell of fingerprints for about the first 1000 miles. I had a 91 eagle talon in the past and after doing some bigger engine work the car would give off the same smell. I kind of liked it in this case being my first new car ever purchased and having that freshly assembled smell.

    Then, there started to be a smell of hot/burning plastic ever other drive or so. This was tough to track down. I noticed that the 2 connectors that are mounted to the top of the trans were on a mounting bracket but the connector closest to the turbo was not on the bracket. It was sitting about 4 inches closer to the turbo. I didn't see any signs of burning but was not comfortable with how close it was. After trying to get it on the bracket I realized that the tab on the bracket for the connector to mount to is too big. I questioned if all the 2014 WRX's were manufactured like this. To work around this I just unplugged the connector and reconnected it on the opposite side of the drivers side connector, pulling it away from the turbo. I haven't smelled burning plastic since and have put on another 2500 miles. Might be worth taking a look at.

    I take my car in next week for its 3,750 service. I told them about the connector and they said they hadn't seen that before and will look into it when I get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R3xL0v3 View Post
    Hi everyone. I just joined so I could drop in my two cents with my experience of the 2014 WRX that I picked up this January.

    The clutch definitely smelled a little during the first 500 miles. I didn't burn it but could smell it breaking in.

    There was also the strange but familiar smell of fingerprints for about the first 1000 miles. I had a 91 eagle talon in the past and after doing some bigger engine work the car would give off the same smell. I kind of liked it in this case being my first new car ever purchased and having that freshly assembled smell.

    Then, there started to be a smell of hot/burning plastic ever other drive or so. This was tough to track down. I noticed that the 2 connectors that are mounted to the top of the trans were on a mounting bracket but the connector closest to the turbo was not on the bracket. It was sitting about 4 inches closer to the turbo. I didn't see any signs of burning but was not comfortable with how close it was. After trying to get it on the bracket I realized that the tab on the bracket for the connector to mount to is too big. I questioned if all the 2014 WRX's were manufactured like this. To work around this I just unplugged the connector and reconnected it on the opposite side of the drivers side connector, pulling it away from the turbo. I haven't smelled burning plastic since and have put on another 2500 miles. Might be worth taking a look at.

    I take my car in next week for its 3,750 service. I told them about the connector and they said they hadn't seen that before and will look into it when I get there.
    Interesting.. I'm gonna have to look tomorrow at this! And I will let you know if mine is the same way.. I'm sitting at 133 miles right now.. So i'm still quite fresh! Also... I seem to be EATING gas... Are you eating gas as well!?


    Or does anyone eat gas when it's new!? I know they are not a prius.. But hell.. I've put on 71 miles and i'm sitting in between 1/2 and 3/4...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkkInNj View Post
    Interesting.. I'm gonna have to look tomorrow at this! And I will let you know if mine is the same way.. I'm sitting at 133 miles right now.. So i'm still quite fresh! Also... I seem to be EATING gas... Are you eating gas as well!?


    Or does anyone eat gas when it's new!? I know they are not a prius.. But hell.. I've put on 71 miles and i'm sitting in between 1/2 and 3/4...

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    My gas was horrible at the beginning also but improved over time I also found to be using more gas on [I] mode than in [s#] mode

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkkInNj View Post
    Interesting.. I'm gonna have to look tomorrow at this! And I will let you know if mine is the same way.. I'm sitting at 133 miles right now.. So i'm still quite fresh! Also... I seem to be EATING gas... Are you eating gas as well!?


    Or does anyone eat gas when it's new!? I know they are not a prius.. But hell.. I've put on 71 miles and i'm sitting in between 1/2 and 3/4...

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    For the first 1000 miles I would let the car warm up fully to operating temperature before driving it so I did not have very good gas mileage but don't think it was ever that low. This past weekend I did a 140 mile round trip up the mountains in Colorado and was not necessarily driving it economically. I burned a half a tank of gas. I am in the base model WRX so am not burning as much as an STI but it still loves to go through fuel. I can watch the gauge drop.

    The thing about forced induction engines is... More air, more fuel, more power = bust out your wallet

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    I have a 2015 with a CVT and I noticed the same smell for about 200 miles. Also noticed my tires were extremely warm to the touch compared to other cars I have owned in the past (5 within the last 3 years alone). It hasn't been as hot these last few days and I'm not at 600 miles, yet have not smelled the odd odor in a while.

    Also, I have never smelled that odor from a car in the past so I'll ask about it when I go to the dealer tomorrow.

    Edit: I noticed worse gas mileage the first tank as well. I think they filled it up with the cheap crap instead of premium. That's the only explanation I have.

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    I can see dealers doing that.. But I smell it as well.. Just had the car running for a bit playing with it and getting a feel for where everything is and i still smelt it.. But I'm only at 145 now


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    Talked to the dealer and they said its the crap that is sprayed on the car before its shipped to prevent rust. It takes a while to burn off

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