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    New WRX engine failure advice

    Hi everybody. I have a 2014 WRX that has just under 15,000 miles. My engine failed and required a tow to the dealership.
    They said my #3 cylinder did not receive enough oil and caused a significant amount of damage. I'm far from a mechanic and am looking for advice. They are replacing the entire short block. I don't drive the car hard and am puzzled. Should I keep the car? I've lost some confidence in its reliability and am concerned about its durability after the original engine components have been altered.
    Thanks in advance for your input.

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    This is just a factory defect. You, unluckily so, happen to be part of the extraordinarily small percentage of devastating factory defects. I would keep it. Consider it a fresh start from Subaru! The rebuild they do should be of pretty good quality. However, if you want to go though the hassle of selling this car after they rebuild it and get another one that was exactly the same or even a different car then that is all up to you. These are fairly reliable cars when not extremely modded and there is no reason this second motor shouldn't last. But again, the decision is yours to make in the end. If you don't feel it is reliable then sell it and get something different.
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    Just like with any mass quantity manufactured item, a car can be prone to defects just the same as your XBox or Coffee Maker.

    Subaru technicians are competent...it will drive just like new and there won't be any problems. And if there are, its still under warranty. I'd totally keep the car cause otherwise getting rid of it, you will take a loss. There's no reason to lose confidence.
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    McBill and Mikie 13,
    Thank you guys for the advice. I really appreciate it! I hope this rebuild will last. You're right, the boxer engines are tried and true. So I'll keep it:-)

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    Goodluck with it! Just keep up with the maintenance like you would with any car, and you should be ok.
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    I have been buying and driving Subarus for years.
    Engine failure is a Rare occurrence.
    It's being taken care of. Once you get it back.
    You would never know that the failure occurred.
    And where Subaru is fixing engine, if something does happen.
    Its on the dealer. As long as it's not abused.
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    Engine failures on almost all manufacturers are rare. Even a engine in bad condition can drive 95% fine. Id say get the rebuild, and keep. If you were to buy that car used with 15k miles on it you would never know the block was rebuilt.

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    I vote to keep it. It sucks that it happened. But if you could get another something could happen to that, engine related or not. Especially if you get a 2015 as they are the first year of a new model.
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