I wanted to see if anyone has either had this happen to them, heard of it happening to anyone else, or has any suggestions.
This is the story of the little engine could, and did...throw a rod 3 times.
Me being a dumbass, I went a few hundred over my oil change... I was on the highway and my engine blew. Well, started rattling really bad. Dealer said I threw a rod. They asked me before I even gave them the keys "do you have a bigger turbo? turbo-back-exhaust? blow off valve?" luckily, I guess, I said "no, no, and no". So they fixed it.
Then I went to pick it up, on a Friday night...turned in my rental car... drove off in my fixed up WRX and got about 5-10 miles down the road and my engine blew AGAIN. Threw a rod again, they said. So they fixed it. This was all covered under Subaru's "good-will" repair, whatever that means.
So I pick up my car about a week later. Drove it home (120miles away) and nothing broken yet. "Yes!" I'm thinking.
About one week later, I'm taking a friend home and it blows again, right by their house. Engine won't even turn over it's screwed up so bad. Threw a rod, again, they said. (And by now for those of you who are asking if I'm a complete moron and don't change/check my oil or anything: yes, I do and did. And both times it blew the oil level was full and clean/brand new looking oil as they had just repaired it at the dealer...)
So at this point, I'm thinking they have horrible mechanics, and they're thinking I drove the thing like a bat out of hell. So I demanded a new engine or something, especially since I was under warranty still. They finally decided on a new short/small block, but not without checking the ECU to see if it was tuned, they said. That would of course screw everything up, eh?
Since I was the 2nd owner of this WRX, I called COBB to ask if say, the person who had this car before me had the AP and then uninstalled it, would the dealer be able to see? COBB said no. I asked the dealer this too though, about what would happen if the person before me had it tuned... and he said that they would be able to determine WHEN it was tuned and if it was tuned before I bought the car, it wouldn't be my fault. Weird? But I drove that thing for a year and put nearly 30,000 miles on it after I bought it, so you'd think if the tune was the problem, it would've gone bad a long time ago.
So now it's been a few months, and no engine blowups... it's still a really big mystery to me and the Subaru dealer what happened... the service manager said "in my 30 years of working on cars I've never seen this. Neither has my parts manager or my top mechanic. We have the #2 rated mechanic in the country working on your car too, and he doesn't know what happened either"