mxandcx5 New Reader
12/27/21 3:54 p.m.

I added a 2017 BRZ 6spd manual with only 40k miles to my stable this summer (30k on engine). The market allowed me to get a very fair price for my 2007 Mazda3 hatch (even without working A/C, in August, in TX!)- but forced me to get creative when it came purchasing a suitable replacement. So yes, I purchased a lemon- or a dealer "buy back" at a good price. I did research before doing so, and was comfortable making the purchase. It is a two owner car. The seller was a mechanic at a large dealership and let me take a look around it up on a lift. He was even nice enough to agree to putting new pads on and cut the rotors on it before the sale. It seemed to be very well cared for aside from some minor cosmetic blemishes.

When I first test drove the car it was on an E85 tune and didn't feel too far off my 986 Boxster in a straight line. I am currently running it on 93 due to E85 availability, but I have a FT-86 SpeedFactory catted UEL header planned with a Stage 2 tune (OFT tuner came with it) to bring it back up to speed. I am currently living with the torque dip around town, not a factor in my highway commute.

It looks like a few people on this forum own 86s, so I figured I would start a thread. The build will be pretty mild as it is my DD, though I want to get it on track/autocross in the summer. I usually shoot no frills youtube vids to share any  knowledge I gain with the community or enthusists considering the car and I will post links to those as well.

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/27/21 4:19 p.m.

Why was it bought back?

captainawesome Dork
12/27/21 4:43 p.m.


Also curious on the buy back situation.

12/27/21 5:39 p.m.

To this day, Mrs NOHOME refers to my 2013 FRS as the REMON.  Something to do with the early glitches and valve spring recall.



mxandcx5 New Reader
12/28/21 1:17 p.m.

Subaru North America would not disclose the reason to me, so I am going off the word of the seller. Apparently the original owner had issues with compression in the original engine. Regardless the engine was replaced and only has 30k on it according to the documentation I have. Subaru honored the warranty and were very accommodating when I had it at a dealer for work recently- despite me being in the process of registering it in my name & a cross country move.

mxandcx5 New Reader
12/28/21 1:18 p.m.

If a lemon is ok with Doug, I reasoned it should be ok with me!

Welcome to the fold! My 2013 FR-S has been serving me well for a daily driver that is also fun and sees occasional motorsports use.

mxandcx5 New Reader
12/30/21 5:06 p.m.

I found RTV in my oil filter and I am looking for advice.

In October I had the dealer replace three pulleys that had failed bearings. While the car was there, they found the cam carriers to be leaking oil and had the timing cover off to make repairs. When I installed an oil cooler recently (from the new 2022 model!) I noticed a chunk of RTV in the oil filter. I autopsied the oil filter today and found RTV remnants in nearly every pleat.

I have an appointment at the dealership where work was performed in October and I'm not entirely sure what my ask should be besides an oil change w filter- drop the oil pan to inspect pick-up screen (of course this is RTV'd as well)? Should I be contacting Subaru North America and try to get my warranty extended? YouTube vids below in order from most recent:

Oil Filter Autopsy showing RTV:

2nd Gen Oil Cooler Install:

Failed pulley bearings :

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