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    Broke a rod NEED SERIOUS HELP!!

    MY STORY

    well, basically i was driving along and i start hearing this popping noise coming from the engine then some weird noise from under the car. so i'm thinking ok i need to take this to a mechanic...so as im on my way the car just shuts down. so my sisters boyfriend (who is a mechanic by the way, Zach Yop if you know him) and his cousin figure out that i broke a rod. booooooo!!

    THE IMPORTANT PART:

    im trying to decide if i should get a new short block, an entirely "new" JDM engine and transmission, or just a JDM engine. If I only got the JDM engine would that even bolt up right with my current tranny?

    any input on what would be the smartest way to fix this would be great.
    **I would like to get something that will be the most reliable long term fix for my car that will still get me close to STI spec (if that's possible)**

    P.S. by the way i have a 2005 WRX (no mods, 100,000 miles).

    P.S.S. i just bought this car a week ago.... is it even possible to know about a broken rod until it actually happens or should i be pissed at the guy who sold me the car?

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    bump bump bump bump!!!!!!!

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    get a 2.5l block and use your 2.0l heads and ECU, that is the cheapest easiest solution.
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    Hello, and welcome.

    Just buy a crate ej257 shortblock, and bolt all your stuff on it. Put it in your car, and enjoy the 2.5L STI hybrid.

    1700-2000$ for brand new from subaru, for the shortblock.
    YOu'll need valve cover gaskets, a ej205/257 gasket kit, and such.

    I recommend also having your turbo oil galleys cleaned, and replace the "oil cooler", as you'll NEVER get all the metal out of it.
    Make sure you thoroughly clean ANYTHING that has oil passing through it. Also get a new oil pump, water pump, and timing belt..
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    A motor with such low miles is IMO unlikely to fail unless it's not been maintained, has been modified, both, or has something ancillary happen to fail and starve it of oil, water, or both. How did your friend figure out the rod failed? What caused the rod failure?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    A motor with such low miles is IMO unlikely to fail unless it's not been maintained, has been modified, both, or has something ancillary happen to fail and starve it of oil, water, or both. How did your friend figure out the rod failed? What caused the rod failure?

    According to the first post it has 100,000 miles on a 2005. I would say that is pretty high mileage for such a young car.

    Has anyone pulled it apart to see that it is actually a rod problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jordieb213 View Post
    According to the first post it has 100,000 miles on a 2005. I would say that is pretty high mileage for such a young car.
    I don't think a motor is at its end-of-life phase at only 100,000 miles, especially in the 21st century. I don't think natural causes were the cause of death...

    Has anyone pulled it apart to see that it is actually a rod problem?
    Good question, I'm interested too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    I don't think a motor is at its end-of-life phase at only 100,000 miles, especially in the 21st century. I don't think natural causes were the cause of death...
    I agree that something else went wrong here, and I also agree that 100,000 miles is not 'high' mileage on a four cylinder car, especially with the reliability of our subies. I just think that the car has been driven an awful lot in 3 or 4 years to get 100,000 miles on it if it is an '05. 25,000-33,000 miles a year is a lot of driving.

    To the OP

    Are these miles all highway? Are they stop and go? There are so many variables involved here that mileage probably has little if nothing to do with it. You ARE using 91+ Octane right? You don't need a detonated engine. We are definitely going to need more info to solve this one for you.

    Keep us posted!

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