I blew my center differential today. It's been making bad noises since I did a hard launch and I got a LOT of spin out of the front tires. It got worse and worse until today, when I was backing out of a parking space. It locked up on me...the car stopped suddenly, like I hit something. went forward to see what I hit, and nothing was there, so I backed it up again, and drove straight to the dealer from there. They said they won't cover this one...so far, my tab's up to $350 and all they did was take teh trans out to tell me I need a new "viscous coupling." I asked if that was the center differential. His reply was, "I said viscous coupling." OK, so a hardened gearset won't help me, and a STi conversion is out of the question...I can't even afford the factory Subaru replacement parts! Right about now, I'm wishing I got a FWD or RWD car...I'd rather spin tires than gears and clutches, they're easier to replace. After much researching, I found a Cusco part that looks like it'd be a good replacement. It distributes 35% power to teh front and 65 to the rear (can you say "oversteer" ) I'm not sure how it compares to the stock unit as far as power handling goes, but I'm sure it's not as fragile as the stocker. On Cusco's site, it's got a list price of 140,000 yen...about $1,200. That's $300 LESS than Subaru wants for a stock diffy. After replacing that, I'll know if it's time for new gears. I'm going to get a MRT synchro set next. Since I spend almost all I make on car payments and insurance, I don't expect to drive the WRX until 2003. It's a sad day for me.