I have a 2003 WRX - STOCK all the way, save for Synthetic motor oil.
I drove to work today arriving at 4pm. At around 7:30 I drove to get something to eat, while at the drive-thru I thought I smelled smoke but figured it was the Civic ahead of me. I drove back to work, about 1 block away from work I stopped at a light, saw some light to moderate smoke coming out of my hood scoop...I lef the engine running and popped the hood only to find the source of the smoke to be coming from somewhere under the turbo heat shield...The smoke wasnt heavy or too steady. I returned to work, called my friend in a panic, and he said it may be nothing and to drive the car full boost tonight and see if it persists. Well, I took it for a quick run and smelled smoke (oily smell) again but did not see it this time.
I changed my oil about 3 weeks ago. I peeked under the hood and found no oil dripping down the oil filter. I checked my oil and it is full.
The only anomally is that I was up in Connecticut this weekend and ran out of gas (this is a whole other story about Subaru Roadside Assistance I will post here later). A tow truck brought gas to me (6 gallons) which i am sure he found behind his boat or 4 wheeler. I filled up with premium the next morning. Then, when I returned to N.J. I added Octane boost and filled up again.
Any ideas? I know I should bring it to the dealer but just want some input from you guys first.