This is a discussion on New Guy! within the New Member Hangout forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; Originally Posted by nbudros I know how to search, and i figured some one was going to flame me, but ...
I have been told that Subaru dealers can now detect if you have flashed your car - even if you reflash back to the stock map.
Since there are no eproms on the CPU, I am not sure how this is done. The reflash must slightly alter the checksum in some way. Again, this is rumor only and I don't know first hand. However, the rumor was enough to keep me away from it until my warranty runs out.
If I don't die by Thursday, I'll be roarin Friday night - Jimmy Buffett
My car is a Subaru Impreza WRX sti right? Cus a lot of places just have WRX, and mines the sti, so its technically a wrx but not all wrx's are stis right?
yup. there are these models:
subaru impreza (doesnt have a turbo roughly 197 hp i believe)
subaru impreza WRX (turbo.. roughly 230hp)
subaru impreza WRX STi (turbo, roughly 300 hp)
those are the 3 different levels. so yes, not all wrx's are sti's
I love my car though, so its all good.
Every enthusiast has to start some where right? My friends all suggested I test drive one, and so I did and I fell in love with it. Im just trying to learn,
Also if i didnt want a 08 i would have gotten an 04, so its not like dont know anything.
Last edited by nbudros; 05-19-2008 at 02:01 PM.
Everyone knows '05 is the best yearOriginally Posted by nbudros
In all seriousness, though - I got to ride in a Cobb StageI '08 a few months ago, and it was great. I normally don't like hatches, but it was about as quick as my car, and it rode a lot more comfortably.
Enjoy the car
Can the dealer detect my reflashed ECU (AccessPort/EcuTek/Open Source)?
YES the checksum of the ECU changes.
YES the dealer can easily read the checksum.
NO the dealer has nothing to compare the checksum against there are many revisions of the WRX ecu they all have different checksums. If the dealer had someway of putting this checksum into a database he COULD verify that the code had been modified but at this time he doesn't.
The 05+ ECU and some of the 04s have the VIN in the ECU code. The current versions of reflashed ECUs only change the tables so the VIN will report when queried.
Bottom line: If you don't want modifications to be detected, don't modify the car.
It's great reading for a new owner. It can be found here > Unabomber's Manifesto - NASIOC