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Old 10-18-2019, 03:13 AM   #1
Speed Assault
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Default Did your WRX die and not sure how to decide fix or what?

Many of us love our Subi's right...
But as years go by things fail and we payout ,
but what do you do when the fix bill is Thousands or requires a new Engine block?

How have you based your decisions?
How have you weighed out costs in keeping and such?
Would you agree thats its safer putting down $7k knowing you can get another 8-10yr/ 100k miles out of it? or just spend $1500. so it runs well and trade in with a Dealer trade value of $8-8500 ? in hopes your next used car doesn't have its run of expensive hidden $$$. ?

Contemplating on replacing my 2008, but for the past year of searching I cannot find a sound solid 2013-2014 WRX hatchback, lotta risk taking on an unknown condition used WRX.
so now the day came and my engine needs replacement.
Sounds Crazy right
So on on one side, I know my car inside and out.
Has Rebuilt trans
1 yr old clutch
New Rack m pinion
LSD rearend
Alum. Radiator
few month old Coilovers
updated frnt Rotors
Cobb DP
lots of mods but no serious engine mods and no dumb mods.

On the other hand, the wooes and costs of checking into a used car, mechanics can only check so much.

I gota have Hatchback
Totally spoiled on the Torque and HP.

Thank You all
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Old 10-18-2019, 09:13 AM   #2
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I would say if the car is still in good shape paint, no rust. Just replace the engine. You have put some money in now.
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Old 10-18-2019, 11:23 AM   #3
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^^^ This.

you know the car inside and out. why would you want to roll the dice with another used car? if the car is in decent shape like stated above, and the only issue is the engine. just replace and be done with it. upgrade even... make it better!
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Old 10-18-2019, 01:07 PM   #4
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I've maintained my 2006 Wagon since new. The body style is irreplaceable to me, and I have full knowledge of its record. I sympathize with your situation, and would say keep it!
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Old 10-18-2019, 01:09 PM   #5
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IAG makes good options. Would be cheaper to replace a block than to buy an entirely different vehicle you aren't familiar with.
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Old 10-18-2019, 01:55 PM   #6
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I agree. If you like the car and it's in otherwise good shape, even a well-built shortblock upgrade and turbo and induction upgrade will probably come in cheaper than buying something newer and comparable that hasn't been ruined by abuse or use.

Newer cars of comparable performance are pretty pricey and, TBH, I would miss the simplicity and honesty of my Subaru.

If you planned to keep it for a while longer anyway and like it etc, fix it. It's worth more fixed than broken anyway...
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Old 10-18-2019, 04:04 PM   #7
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I agree. If you like the car and it's in otherwise good shape, even a well-built shortblock upgrade and turbo and induction upgrade will probably come in cheaper than buying something newer and comparable that hasn't been ruined by abuse or use.

Newer cars of comparable performance are pretty pricey and, TBH, I would miss the simplicity and honesty of my Subaru.

If you planned to keep it for a while longer anyway and like it etc, fix it. It's worth more fixed than broken anyway...
Went through this a few years ago deciding what to do with my 04 STi.

Issues: turbo was burning oil, and had intermittent misfire (ended up being an issue with the connector on the harness).

Pros to keep the car:
No payments.
Mechanically sound.
Suspension components all replaced with what I wanted. (KW Variant 3 on the corners, and the Whiteline catalogue thrown at it)
Perfect winter car (except it was not lifted)

Cons to keep the car:
None, other than it has started to develop some rust at the wheel wells.
Not much 'tech' to a car that was 11 years old at the time.

I ended up putting a new turbo, and had a spare block built using forged pistons/rods, rebuild kit, upgraded the injectors, TGV deletes etc. Everything I wanted to do it.

End result: Spent $$ installed built short block / turbo / supporting mods. Still has rust.

Why?: To replace the 04 STi with a newer / new car with similar would require me to spend a lot more $$$$ for what? technology? I am not a fan of car payments and I could not justify that kind of $$$$ for a winter car.
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Old 10-18-2019, 05:55 PM   #8
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im running 195xxx miles on my 08 fxt, and im planning to run it to the ground. body and chassis is in great shape. Plan is to buy a IAG stage 1 block, and get a solid daily going.

i suppose thats anybodys question, what else is it gona take to get her running again and what rubber parts should be replaced..
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Old 10-19-2019, 04:07 AM   #9
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Thank You guys this feels good and gives me relief.

its a blast to drive no doubt. I just test drove a 2014 wrx and was unimpressed. test drove a 2012 STI and it was ok.

From now will be more gentle, no more random mountain fast driving, no more driving over 80mph , no more over 5k rpm, no more dropping the clutch.

I heard an awesome exhaust yesterday on a 05 and it was from a muffler shop called Andy's in the East bay.
I hope to fit it and add this as the final touch.
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Old 10-19-2019, 11:18 AM   #10
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@SpeedAssult,
Good decision. My '08 LGT still runs great and was returned to stage0 when I gave it to my wife. We has 160k on her now and the plan is to keep her until the next timing belt change interval. Then I'll trade her for scrape.

I looked at IAG blocks yesterday and have known of their integrity for years. I'm sure you won't go wrong purchasing a crate motor from them, having it shipped and getting new or used heads put on. I also saw the Tomaei turbo you were looking at. No hiding that blue actuator

One of the reasons I purchased an STI was to get away from the SMOG requirements here in CA. I remember the first time I went for inspection. Some of the measurements didn't even register. PPM's were 0 emissions, then the hood popped up and that's where it ended. Guy just whipped out his flashlight and then signaled me over. Younger guy too. Thought he would be cool. I tried at another shop and the same thing. DP was catted and not all shiny or polished up either. Car was my daily driver and suddenly I was going to have to swap my DP so I could pass. The car was definitely fun to drive, but wasn't worth the time or expense to be in compliance. Gains were minimal when taking one's time into consideration. So I stepped up and am now stock and boring

There is much to say about building your car the way you want it, Drives and performs well. Also one of the biggest reasons we all climb into our Subaru's each day. There's nothing else like it. Just have a back up plan in case the smog nazis (and I'm sorry, but that's what there are here) decide to give you trouble.
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