Hey guys, used to lurk here a while back, but haven't been around in several years. Looking for some advice...
I bought a WRX right after graduating college in May of 2002. Love the car. Ended up with a job pretty close to where I live in NoVA, and commuted by bike most of the time. The car, while 8.5 years old, doesn't have that many miles on it (Just under 67k).
Last weekend, on the way to meet some friends for some mountainbiking, the car started making this nasty knocking/rattling noise. The engine quickly lost power and then died entirely. I ended up leaving it on the shoulder and getting a ride home.
The following day, I got it towed to the nearest Subaru dealer. They checked it out and said that the turbo and shortblock were both dead. Basically the engine imploded. Their quote was $6900 to repair (replace the turbo and engine).
The car is and always has been completely stock (aside from the stereo and tires). Its been maintained. The 60k service was just done a few months ago, before some road trips I took over the summer.
I'm trying to figure out what could have caused an engine with so few miles to up and implode? I contacted SOA, but they declined to help with the repair at all, even after getting my maintenance history to make sure the car had been take care of. They did offere a $1000 rebate on a new car. I lost my job back in April and can't afford either a new car or a new engine (hell, I could barely afford to tow the car to the dealership).
I'm not a car guy at all, but it seems weird as hell for a stock engine with less than 70k miles to just... die. Especially in a Subaru, which supposedly has a decent reliability reputation. Is this unusual?