So this is old history at this point, but I thought I'd throw it out there and see if I got boned.
I've got an 04 sedan. Stock other than the wheels. I drive the **** out of it, but rarely go to redline, and only momentarily when I do.
I use full synthetic, and occasionally go up to 5k between changes. The car developed a nasty tapping sound after a road trip. I parked it, knowing it was bad, and only started it again to drive it to the mechanic. Within 2 miles it had developed into a horribe "your bearings are fried" rattle and kept dying.
After my mechanic looked at it, that turned out to be just the case. The bearings in the crank were spun, and metal had circulated throughout the entire engine.
Long story short, I had a Subie dealership perform a full rebuild (to get a good warranty), as the existing components were shot. The total price tag was $9,600 dollars, plus I had to commute on my ZX10R in February, in Seattle, for a month. I was a little pissed.
Is this a normal occurence? Can a few thousand extra miles on the clock between oil changes lead to such a catastrophic failure?
I'm sure that driving the car so hard didn't help, but this seems ridiculous.
Thanks in advance for the help.