Subaru Of America - Subaru denied warranty on two blown engines in less than 10k miles.
Subaru seems to randomly cover or not cover engines in the STi model that break piston ringlands. I had to get quite hostile to finally get reimbursed for my first one, which went at 1,987 miles. I'm SOL on my 2nd one at 9900 miles and they say that there is no mechanical or manufacturing issue involving this model. Yet at least hundreds of people are having these engines break ringlands and often go on to chug all of their oil because of the resulting blowby until they have spun rod bearings because the oil got consumed so quickly they had no idea the car was in trouble. The Chuck Engine Light won't come on until the car is overheating because of the spun bearing.
I've been blamed for both of my blown engines, with "neglect" the reason cited the most. Neglect, indeed. I have my own friggin' lift, around a dozen oil filters for this car, (and the same for any other car I own), a $25k Snap-On roller cabinet, use Motul 600 brake fluid, that gets a little flushed out of the system anytime I put the car on the lift, a shelf full of gallon bottles of Castrol GTX in varying viscosities, Snap-On tools, etc, etc, etc.
I don't exactly have the trappings of a guy who neglects cars.
And I've had 1 new WRX and 2 new STi's prior to the 08 and never had any trouble with the previous ones, yet I and many others are having problems with the 08 and later STi's. And somehow the guy who is probably the best equipped to service them regularly, and who does so with almost religious fervor is one of the minority who gets the car shoved where the sun don't shine when something goes wrong.
My car was in the shop 39 days this last time, making it a slam-dunk Lemon Law issue, and I can make it more so if not for the fact they removed and tore down the engine after I specifically told them not to, since one needn't tear down the engine to determine a ringland is broken. So if I could drive it up there, I'm sure it'd take a while for them to replace the right side low-beam (those are $90, which I didn't know was covered under warranty until I'd already replaced one) and the steering column that seems no longer attached to anything so if the car ran, it would be excessively dangerous to drive.
Subaru of America will host you on this car if they feel they have a chance of doing so. Please do NOT buy one of them. There are two kinds of 08+ STi owners. Those who regret their purchase, and those who will sooner or later regret their purchase.
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