Hey, folks! Don't be a dumb ass like me!
I bought my '05 WRX Wagon for $9500 with only 64k on it. Too good to be true!
I was having a rough idle and some seriously disturbing fuel economy (or lack thereof) but I also wanted to get some ideas about custom tuning/full exhaust, so I took it over to Speed Industries here in Michigan (an authorized Sooby-go-fast place). Guess what?!
Engine fire. IT HAD AN ENGINE FIRE.
A wire to my alternator is literally snapped in half. My vacuum hose plug is completely disconnected. There are things, um, taped together. A washer is missing from my oil pan and it's dripping (a little). A bracket is missing. Things were obviously put back in after the crispy aftermarket intake and turbo were taken out.
I kept thinking my clutch was burning and that's why I was smelling a weird smell, but I'll be honest, I have been known to be an aggressive clutch-er. No. The clutch is (probably) fine. The ENGINE smelled melty.
The good news? It runs. It's going to be okay (because if you throw enough money at anything, it will be okay). The guys over at Speed Industry were really friendly and helpful and respectful of my OBVIOUS lack of common sense. Basically, in two to three weeks, all will be well, including new exhaust and a tune. And my fuel economy can only improve!
I did, however, learn a very important lesson. And the lesson is: understand when it is appropriate to see electrical tape in an engine bay, and when it is not.