i have 2002 WRX that i have owned since 20,000 miles. It currently has 168,000 mile on it. About 5 months ago my turbo stopped working and my car became very slow, about a week ago it started to pump out white smoke out. I am pretty sure it is oil because my oil level went down. The white smoke is inconsistent, sometimes it barely noticeable or non existent and other times it looks likes i am a textile factory driving down the road. I brought it to a few places but they all told me anywhere from 1100 to 4000 to fix it but could not tell me what is wrong with it, most places told me they wont even work on my engine.
I just brought it off at the local Subaru dealership and the service man was telling me probably oil sludge because i would go every 5000 miles in between oil changes instead of 3500. I highly doubt it is oil sludge in engine from waiting and extra 1500 miles. My car is old now and i do not drive it as hard as me and my friend used to, i pretty much baby it when i drive.
My car drove completely fine for with out a turbo, it was slow but worked. I only use the car to drive to work and back which is a 4 mile drive so getting my turbo repaired was not on the top of my list.
Just wondering if anyone heard of anything like this or might no what it is. The age of the car and the miles i don't really want to dump allot of money into it because i wont get it back. From what i read on this forum it might be the turbo oil seal or it might be some serous engine trouble. I did not notice a bluish tint in the smoke but my head gasket test was fine and the car does run hot and the antifreeze level does not change ever.
any ideas let me know.