I have been a member here for some time and while generally lurking, am thinking this is a good time to post to ask your expert opinions...
I have a 2005 EJ20 WRX with no real mods. It is roughly 130k miles. It has been making an odd ticking noise around 3000-3500rpm, and recently, something happened that i noticed on a highway offramp where the car lost all mechanical power, went to idle for 1-2 seconds and died. I was able to get it restarted and coast it into a place where I could have it towed back to my house. Started it and drove it to the dealership 3 miles away where they told me the 'engine was blown' and it would be 6500-8000 to fix it.
My question with the limited info I have given is, is the dealership bending me over or will the car really still run (albeit with very little power) with a blown motor?
Very loud knocking noise (when started)
Dies at idle after about 5 mins, but will idle for first 5 mins or so
Completely unable to start after 5 mins with ignition
Able to start by being pushed and popping clutch but if RPMs go to idle (realistically under 1500rpm's), car dies and needs to be push-started and will run with VERY little mechanical power until rpm's drop.
Turbo sounds like it will still spool and BOV still fires same as it ever did.
Dealer says motor blew, I am skeptical...