I have a 05 WRX with 67k miles. When my car is still warming up and when at idle for more than about 30 seconds a lot of white smoke comes out of the tailpipe when I take off.
I asked people I know about this problem, and I looked around different forums for people who have a similar problem. I heard many things but nothing serious. I even asked my tech at the tuner shop what was causing this. He said it should not be anything to worry about. WRONG!
When my tech at the tuner shop installed new brakes recently he told me he let my car sit at idle for about 5min while he was checking the brakes. When he revved the engine a lot of white smoke came out from the tailpipe. I said "told you so." He then said he should check it out because of the amount of smoke that came out.
To make a long story short, he looked into it and told me that my valve seals on cylinder 1 and 3 are leaking and I need to replace them, as well as the other seals (might as well) and the head gaskets of course.
ALSO, when he pulled off my intercooler, he saw a lot of oil in the pipe leading to the intercooler. He told me to get a new turbo or ship it off to be fixed.
He charges $75/hr, so labor alone is going to be $1500. He says he has to take out the engine to get to the heads and labor for this takes about 15 hours.
I am just pissed. How could this happen? What could I have been doing to my car to have this happen? I take great care of it. I dont even drive it hard. I bought a Subaru to avoid problems like this. Sorry for *****ing.
Is this normal for these cars? Why so soon? Can anyone give me some kind of feedback please?