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Ok so i'm new to this forum and you can consider me quite the newbie in the subie world ! This is my story....My previous car was a 2011 Legacy which i loved but after driving stick shift all my life the cvt got to me ! So in May 2014 i decided to treat myself to a 2014 WRX STi Tsuguri Edition (I was looking to buy the 2015 but the guy couldn't confirm id get it for Christmas and i was planning on swapping the huge spoiler for a blank trunk anyways so the Tsuguri was exactly what i wanted). FASTFORWARD: bought the car end of May (demo with 8,000km - previous owner: dealer owner's daughter), drove the car unmodified for approx 3 weeks loving it more and more everyday until she died! Story: Went to a friend's house, gave him a good ride (nothing excessive, no redlining, nothing over 150-160km/h, a simple good 60-160 acceleration kind of ride on the highway...20 mins of pure fun. We came back to his place, parked the car maybe 30mins and when i got in to leave that's when the engine started to make a knocking sound at low rpms, a very nerve racking metal on metal type of noise. I had to go get my daughter at the inlaws so i had no choice but to drive it approx 15mins (believe me I Sunday-drove it religiously...ideally i would've preferred to have it towed right away)...anyways at a certain range of rpm (3-4k) the knocking wasnt so bad, i would hear it clearing when de clutching (i never want to hear that f***ing noise again!). FASTFORWARD: After 1 week at the dealership (Subaru Des Sources in the west-island) they finally got Subaru's OK to investigate the engine. Result: blown piston and bent rod (newbie here guys...might not be using the exact vocabulary) so they will order a new long block. The guy confirmed this about 1 week ago and after speaking to him yesterday he couldn't give me an info as to the whereabouts of the parts or any info on a possible timeline...it sucks but i'm prepared to be patient (not my best quality) + there are a couple of other things they need to fix like for example a freaking rust spot near a headlight and investigate squealing brakes). So I'm presently driving a superb 2014 white Forester....Believe me I miss my car big time ! That's it, i just thought i'd share my story after reading so many threads it was time for me to pitch in.... I also wonder if anyone has had any experiences in major repair work done at Subaru Des Sources in Dorval and if they'd like to comment on staff etc...
 

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Sucks dude. At least you got it covered though. A new long block is a pretty penny.


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Yeah man i know, the 1 week waiting period was indeed a bit stressful. I was pretty sure the warranty would cover it but after reading so many threads on the subject i still was worried Subaru would play the "excessive driving" card or something.
 

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Ya I've seen a few threads where they blame it on lack of oil or excessive driving. Really shitty. Maybe subaru of Canada is a bit nicer then SOA ;)
When people get denied like that or don't I've seen them pony up the dough for a built motor. Have you thought of that? Sell your brand new long block and get something forged. Of course there would be no warranty.


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I didn't think of that at all, and to tell you the truth right now i'm more chicken sh*t than anything, i want the work to be done right and move on with my first STi experience ! I bought it demo with 8,000km and purchased the extended warranty for this exact purpose. I'm planning on keeping it until theres about 6 months left on the warranty and swap for a newer model. I was planning on replacing the stock intake with a CAI from AEM but I've heard that sucker makes some nasty air sucking sounds...might try it. BTW, do you guys think i would absolutely need a pro tune with a AEM CAI ? AEM states i doesn't need one and that the MAF sensor won't see any difference...somehow i find that far fetched...


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I wouldn't even waste your money on a CAI. And as far as I know it would effect the tune. IMHO a CAI is a bit of a novelty unless your going with a proper build, injectors,turbo, etc. the stocker is good for 400 hp anyways.


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Thanks man thats the most constructive advice i get on the subject so far ! Whats your opinion on CAT backs...i might be interested in a STP cat back for a lower rumble...would that require any tuning ? (No down pipe, just the cat back).


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Thanks man thats the most constructive advice i get on the subject so far ! Whats your opinion on CAT backs...i might be interested in a STP cat back for a lower rumble...would that require any tuning ? (No down pipe, just the cat back).


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Catbacks do not require tuning.
 

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Ok well I just ordered an EVO3 catback from DSG Performance Inc. in Montreal. Should get it through their next shipment in about 1-2 weeks...we'll see how accurate that ETA is. After going through so many youtube videos on the subject, some of which are very well made (others not so much), I finally decided to go with the the GReddy EVO3. Now my car is still in the shop for at least an other 3 weeks (they're still waiting for the engine to arrive from Japan) and the guy at the dealership says he is willing to install my new exhaust. My question to you, the Pros, is : should I break in the new motor before installing the catback or should I have it installed before the car comes out ?
 

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wow cant believe I didn't see this thread earlier. I bought my 2011 STI (slightly used) from that same dealer, so far I have been having great experiences with them, the manager always says hello when I go there and he wants to buy my new rims from me :p the service techs are pretty cool guys as well, also car guys. Had to get a front wheel bearing replaced under warranty and it went pretty well, no hassle at all.

We are quite a few local Subaru guys who get together fairly often, send me your info and we could meet up sometime!
 

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also if it is just a catback and you can't do the install yourself (saves you money) then just let them do it, won't harm the engine at all, break-in or not.
 

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Thanks for the info, i'm dealing with a guy named Richard at technical service and he's cool, no prob so far. I will probably have them install my new EVO3 before the car comes out... although i'm pretty good with my hands i'm not much of a mechanic. Any idea how much i could sell an OEM catback with 10,000kms ?


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Thanks for the info, i'm dealing with a guy named Richard at technical service and he's cool, no prob so far. I will probably have them install my new EVO3 before the car comes out... although i'm pretty good with my hands i'm not much of a mechanic. Any idea how much i could sell an OEM catback with 10,000kms ?


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Not sure how much for an OEM catback, maybe $200-300 tops. Not a huge demand except people who need to return car to stock I'll keep mine to go back to stock when I get an exhaust.
 

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I would do the install your self if they want to charge you for it. But considering that you are going through this hassle you should see if they will do it for free. Most shops will.


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I would do the install your self if they want to charge you for it. But considering that you are going through this hassle you should see if they will do it for free. Most shops will.


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Why would they do it for free? they are already getting his engine etc. all handled and replaced for free under warranty, why would they agree to install aftermarket parts for free, if it is costing them labor? doesn't make any sense.
 

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I might run it by them as the guy is pretty cool, but maybe with a slightly comical tone...not sure they would agree either but hey you gotta try to know.


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I might run it by them as the guy is pretty cool, but maybe with a slightly comical tone...not sure they would agree either but hey you gotta try to know.


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those guys are cool, we talk cars all the time when they aren't too busy with customers. They know what's up.
 

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Why would they do it for free? they are already getting his engine etc. all handled and replaced for free under warranty, why would they agree to install aftermarket parts for free, if it is costing them labor? doesn't make any sense.

Can you pros give me an approx idea of how much i should expect to pay to have a Greddy EVO3 catback installed on my STi 2014 sedan ? Most likely the dealership will do it unless they charge too much then i have an other contact. I can't compare with anything as I've never had this kind of work done.


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Can you pros give me an approx idea of how much i should expect to pay to have a Greddy EVO3 catback installed on my STi 2014 sedan ? Most likely the dealership will do it unless they charge too much then i have an other contact. I can't compare with anything as I've never had this kind of work done.


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if you supply the parts, they will just charge you the time. They have a specific rate per hour, I think nowadays it ranges anywhere from $70-100 per hour, hopefully for you the install won't cost you more than $100-150. They just take the hours that the mechanic put down and multiply it by that rate. I would be surprised if the mechanic took more than an hour to remove the stock exhaust that is less than 1 year old and bolt the new one on.
 
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