(!) Water pump/water pump gasket FAILURE.
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    (!) Water pump/water pump gasket FAILURE.

    2002 WRX, 66k (90% highway) miles, following mods:

    -catless 3" exhaust
    -TurboXS RFL BOV
    -TurboXS MBC
    -TurboXS UTEC
    -Autometer Phantom gauges
    -H&R springs
    -Air box silencer removed, K&N drop in filter
    -O2 sim and resistor mod for cels

    I purchased 33 days ago, added mbc/bov/utec, friends with previous owner, he noticed the last 25k or so a slight smell of coolant during stops, marked overflow bottle and reported no loss, I was noticing the smell last few days, checked the level, no loss.... until today, upon further inspection after belly pan was removed and I checked it out while running, the gasket on the water pump where it mates to the block appears to have failed, while idling it goes DRIP DRIP DRIP DRIP, onto the t-stat housing and ends up on the heatshield eventually dripping or vaporizing depending on how warm the engine is, did not lose any coolant besides the overflow so no overheating or other issues

    This vehicle is just out of manufacturer's warranty and the dealership I purchased from offered 0 warranty, will SOA/local dealer push a fix through?

    I am *NOT* wanting to go through a timing belt change on a 2 year old car, this is ONE of the reasons I didn't buy a cheap DSM, thought these things were made better, now I feel like i spent 15k on a 4 door talon :/

    -1991 Audi 80 Quattro beater
    -1993 Ford Escort GT backup beater
    -2002 Subaru Impreza WRX goes nowhere garage \/\/hore

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    Not a snowball's chance in hell w/ all those mods! It'd be hard to get it covered w/ all those mods even if it was still under warranty.

    Sorry to have to give you the bad news.

    "Inasmuch as ye have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it to me." -Jesus

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    If it makes you feel any better, we just replaced the water pump (and timing belt - same labor) in our Outback. 64,000 miles. It was seeping coolant.

    It makes sense to do the timing belt and pump at the same time, since the labor to get to them is the same. You'll save yourself the labor to replace the timing belt in the future.

    The water pump is a known issue with soobs. Dunno why, but it is.
    02 WRX Sedan, Silver ("Bugeye")
    TXS Up-pipe, Turbo-back w/cat, Cobb AccessECU Stage 2.
    97 Legacy Outback, White
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