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    Off the lot Turbo Fail??

    Kind of a horror story here:

    So I purchased my very first - Stock, 2004 WRX, 72K - one week ago from a dealer. This week I drove it on a 3 hr trip to visit family. While on the highway, I noticed the turbo was kicking in-and-out, almost unnoticeable. After a bit the turbo stopped engaging and you could hear the air being forced out the hood.

    Pulling over immediately my engine began to shake, the intercooler was popping, and it would not idle below 1,200 RPMs without stalling. The check engine light came on and at the same time another problem happened... when you lock/unlock the car it does not make the normal beep sound it had been previously. My worry is something electrical is going on as well. I checked for loose hoses and didn't find anything. Is this the result of a bad turbo? Escaping fuel? Electrical issue?

    I didn't even put 300 miles on it yet and there was no 30 day warranty when buying it. Has anybody heard of something like this? I'm kind of stranded with the vehicle right now.

    *Any advice/help would be beyond grateful.
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    Keep checking for a boost leak first. Check the intercooler hoses, the inlet, etc.
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    It sounds like a massive boost leak; check your y-pipe (i.e. pipe going from turbo to intercooler), intercooler to TB coupler, BPV valve and gasket.

    The beep when you unlock/lock the car is from a piezo behind the front bumper, connection could be loose, or it could just be going bad.
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    I checked the hoses/pipes pretty thoroughly and didn't find anything. I'm having it towed to a dealership in the morning and see what they can find. Hopefully it is just a minor leak. The headlight went out and is not a dead bulb either, I'm guessing this is in correlation with the unlock/lock beep issue....

    Thanks for the quick replies.
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    Starting to sound like an electrical issue or combination of things. Let us know what you find out
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    I dont know where you live but up here in washington there is actually a law for that type of thing.
    Here i believe its called the "lemon law" where is you have 30 days after buying a car to be able to take it back to a dealership and they have to give you your money back if it breaks for normal wear and tear type of things or if it breaks from something that they failed to tell you when you purchased it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d_Ziggy_2000 View Post
    I dont know where you live but up here in washington there is actually a law for that type of thing.
    Here i believe its called the "lemon law" where is you have 30 days after buying a car to be able to take it back to a dealership and they have to give you your money back if it breaks for normal wear and tear type of things or if it breaks from something that they failed to tell you when you purchased it.
    I live in Wisconsin but purchased the car in Iowa. Unfortunately Iowa doesn't have any lemon laws which protect the buyer. Let this be a lesson!

    Thanks for looking out though, Zig.
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    So it looks like there was indeed a boost leak. It was the pipe going into the intake gasket. Going to cost around 1k to fix, but very necessary. Still trying to figure out what is going on electrically...
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    Quote Originally Posted by redjester View Post
    So it looks like there was indeed a boost leak. It was the pipe going into the intake gasket. Going to cost around 1k to fix, but very necessary. Still trying to figure out what is going on electrically...
    Before you spend $1K, post a detailed description of what part(s) you are talking about and post pictures with an arrow or something to indicate the affected part(s). I like cars and I like money, and I can't make sense of the problem so I think you could be overspending.
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    Please elaborate. 1K is steep, which pipe/gasket?
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    Post a picture of where the leak is please as previously requested. There's no leak under the hood that should be more than a few hundred to fix, it that. They're also all pretty simple fixes even a trained donkey could do.
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    Was it the turbo inlet or the intercooler Y pipe?
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    definitely shouldnt be that much money to fix a boost leak!
    Like everyone said already.. a picture is worth a thousand words.. hopefully in the case it can save you a thousand dollars =P
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    It was the turbo inlet pipe. The car is actually in a different city 2 hours away at a dealership. I'd provide a photograph if I could. The dealership had to order the pipe which was $110 and they estimated me $700 for labor. So roughly $800+ for the final costs...
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