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Discussion Starter · #21 · (Edited)
I think we need to see the port you are talking about sir. You need to remove the pcv stuff out of the way and show us that area. Btw I have a 2011 myself and my car/engine doesn't have that white pcv connector in the front like yours does connected to metal vent pipes. Maybe because you have that Mishimoto coolant tank, who knows.
I've done a few mods to the car including the Mishimoto coolant Tank (mine cracked) and the Cobb Pitch Stop - the car has a very interesting history according to the Carfax, a lot of owners, auctions, sitting for a number of years, etc. I'm the 6th owner and got the car with 40,967 miles in 2021.

I will try and remove more of the engine parts this weekend and post pictures.
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You also need to remember that the dealer would have to be proven negligent. Considering how much you’re having to rip apart that motor to still not yet prove it isn’t an STi, a dealer wouldn’t go through that kind of trouble just to make a sale.
 

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You also need to remember that the dealer would have to be proven negligent. Considering how much you’re having to rip apart that motor to still not yet prove it isn’t an STi, a dealer wouldn’t go through that kind of trouble just to make a sale.
You would be so surprised as to what these places would do to save a buck. Junkyards make the best parts stores.
 

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Yep, that is most definitely an EJ253. You can see the rear port under the turbo compressor housing is threaded which the EJ253s use a different threaded PCV valve installed there.
 

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Yep, that is most definitely an EJ253. You can see the rear port under the turbo compressor housing is threaded which the EJ253s use a different threaded PCV valve installed there.
THANK YOU! Subaru Shop could not even tell me this info... which confirms its from a non turbo SOHC Forester/Legacy Outback platform.

 

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Very curious how this works out for you. I'm betting it was the previous owner who swapped the engine and traded and the dealer didnt' know. Maybe they will help you out.
 

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Buy pcv setup for ej253 and a thick Cometic headgasket to lower compression if somehow you get the short end of the stick law wise. That’s a shitty situation regardless. I had an 04 wrx with an STI short block wrx heads fully built which is the common way to go....Did they just happen to have a random ej253 sitting and said yep lets put some bullshit together.
 

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On June 1st I purchased a 2011 Subaru STI with 40,000 miles from a dealership here in San Diego California. The check engine light came on the second day of ownership. In my DIY spirit I tried to fix all the problems myself. Fast forward a few months and little luck fixing my error codes I had the car towed to a Subaru Specialist here in SoCal. Here is what the mechanic is telling me.....

My car has a non turbo 2.5 EJ small block with STI everything else... hence the "Fake STI" in the title. I thought I was purchasing an STI and what I bought is not that. The mechanic says that the car would not/could not pass smog due to its compression rate so the only way to fix my check engine codes is to replace the small block. I've been quoted between $6,000-$7,000 to make this happen.

My question is, am I screwed? Do I have any recourse? I have not confronted the dealership yet and am curious if there is anything I could even do. CA Lemon Law? BAR (Bureau of Automotive Repair)? Any idea's or help would be great.

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Legally, you are going to have a hard time getting anything out of the dealership. If the VIN shows that its an STI, that is a strike against you, because legally it is an STI. As well, it is more than likely the case you signed paperwork you didn't read, cause no one ever does, that absolves them of any liability. Contact a lawyer and see if you have grounds for a dispute, before contacting the dealership.
 

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^what he said
you can hire a lawyer blah blah, but the car probably came to them like it was, checked out, and you were the buyer. Buying used WRX's and STI's are one of the hardest buys to do.. you can't just pick one. People f*ck these cars up left and right, as did the person whom owned this. it's unfortunate for sure. the best fix is a new short block made for it. it'll cost the same as you would hiring someone and then what? sending it back? or them fixing it? they can't, they aren't a a subaru dealer or subaru shop.
 

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Very curious how this works out for you. I'm betting it was the previous owner who swapped the engine and traded and the dealer didnt' know. Maybe they will help you out.
Update - Talked to a few lawyers and I'm basically screwed and took the L. Decided to buy a new EJ257 short block and rebuild.

Today was supposed to be the day I put the motor back in the car and I ran into an issue maybe somebody here can help with. The old/fake motor did not have an oil cooler so I purchased one with all the hardware/hoses. When I went to install the exhaust manifold today it interferes with the oil filter. Looks to me like I do not have the correct exhaust headers for my car, can anybody tell? Can anybody help identify what I have?

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Second update: Found a set of headers I think will work, apparently there are some OEM headers that are compatible with an OIL cooler and some that aren't.

Here is some pictures of the old motor I pulled out of the car - the FAKE STi motor if you will. Can anybody help identify this motor? Does it have an value or should I dump it in trash?

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Maybe you had the exhaust manifold for that that engine, the EJ253. Either way, ditche it and get yourself and ELH. Perfect time to do it lol.
ELH are a little pricey! It's confusing because I'm seeing some STI's with this exhaust and some with the other version (oil cooler compatible). It's all very confusing.
 
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