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hey guys new to suby world.so anyways this past friday i drove 2hrs and 30 min and bought a 05 legacy wagon 5speed. aftermarket parts were coilovers,turbo back exhaust,accessport v3 with "cobb stage2 mapping" running at 16psi boost, so anyways drove it home drove perfect no questions asked i was very pleased with the purchase. next morning i go to work start car up go back in house for few min. drive 3miles from my house and blows a rod, threw out shit ton of white smoke out the pipe and will not run without blimping throttle.with chatter in the motor. bought it for 4k. so anyways looking at putting a motor in it. but not sure which route to go . dont wanna spend to much but dont wanna do it wrong. worth doing a sti swap or just build a stock one up. i do want to drive this everyday i commute 40miles a day if that





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See my click here link for how to do the ej257 right the first time.




Your story is not new, sorry it had to happen, but that's a common story, or the turbo goes after a few days.


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305,600miles 5/2012 ej257 short block, 8/2011 installed VF52 turbo, @20.8psi, 280whp, 300ftlbs. (SOLD).  CHECK your oil, these cars use it.


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Thats what my wrx buddy said i need to talk to the legacy guys. What would be the lost cost easy fix.to het back on road just put a used motor in? He had mentioned he would put a stock motor in and port manifold, remove tgvs, gut uppipe, upgrade injectors, turbo. Custom tune and call it a day.
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Why do so many cars die 24 hours after purchase and not just 2 weeks later or similar. My only thought is that the turbo went because of a clogged banjo, and then the turbo was replaced and sold immediately without it being driven further and then clogged banjo bolt starved the engine of oil accounting for throwing the rod.


The good news is if you get a new motor into it for around 5k there are probably people who would take it off your hands for 9k and you can call it even or keep it and enjoy.


The 4000 price though should've have been a sign that this was going to happen.

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