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Subaru Gets A New Favorable Ruling In The WRX STI 2.5L Engine Failure Lawsuit

Subaru gets a new ruling in the latest WRX STI 2.5-liter turbocharged engine failure class-action lawsuit. See why the court ruled in Subaru’s favor.

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The Subaru WRX STI 2.5-liter turbocharged Boxer engine failure class-action lawsuit is not over yet. Torque News reported last year, Subaru of America wanted to settle the lawsuit and move on and asked the U.S. District Judge Joseph Rodriguez in Camden, N.J to grant preliminary approval for the settlement. A report from Bloomberg Law says the judge has issued final approval to that motion after a recent hearing on December 5, 2019.

The plaintiffs in last year’s lawsuit represented by attorneys Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, contend the 2.5-liter turbo engine in some 2012-2017 Subaru WRX and WRX STI performance cars had a defect which allowed contaminated oil to carry “damaging metal debris through the engines” and Subaru knowingly sold the cars with defective parts that led to engine failure. The motion says "Plaintiffs alleged that defendants were aware of this engine defect, but failed to disclose it to consumers.”

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The U.S. District Court in New Jersey on Dec. 5, has now given Subaru of America a more favorable ruling in the case. The judge ruled two of the three plaintiffs who brought the lawsuit against Subaru can’t proceed with breach of express warranty claims because they didn’t show that the alleged defect was covered under Subaru’s limited warranty for defects in materials and workmanship, or that the warranty was unconscionable.

Two of the plaintiffs will not be able to proceed with breach of implied warranty claims because the 2.5-liter turbocharged engines in their WRX STIs allegedly failed outside of the applicable warranty period. A third named plaintiff, however, may proceed with warranty claims under New York law as well as claims under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, the court said. The plaintiffs may proceed with fraud claims.

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The plaintiffs will go forward with negligent misrepresentation claims because there are sufficient facts when the plaintiffs purchased or leased the vehicles, they incurred expenses after the engine failed and can claim loss of value. The class-action lawsuit filed in 2018 is seeking class certification on behalf of buyers of more than 250,000 2012-2017 Subaru WRX STI vehicles sold in the U.S. that were manufactured between October 2011 and November 2016.

What should you do if you own a 2012-2017 Subaru WRX/STI?

Anyone who leased or purchased a 2012-2017 Subaru Impreza WRX or WRX STI with an EJ-series 2.5-liter turbocharged engine is eligible to get settlement benefits. Your WRX/STI must be manufactured between October 11, 2011, and November 16, 2016, with bearing vehicle identification numbers (VIN) ending with CG203168 and up for 5-door models, and CG006225 through H9826807 for 4- door models.

The settlement allows for WRX/STI owners to receive from $3,500 up to $6,500 if they experienced “engine failure” and if it was repaired at an independent repair shop, but you must produce your receipts. WRX/STI owners who had engine repairs made at an authorized Subaru dealer can get 100 percent reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses. Subaru is also extending the powertrain warranty up to an additional eight years on the 2012-2017 models or up to 100,000 miles.

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Dana (not verified)    December 12, 2019 - 7:34PM

Where can I go to file a claim against the lawsuit? Everything I see expired earlier this year.

Brian Conover (not verified)    October 11, 2020 - 12:50PM

In reply to by Dana (not verified)

I m with you. I just bought my 2013 sti with 60k on it but all my reading is telling me that I'm too late for this lawsuit. I tried just going through subaru but since I have an aftermarket exhaust and intake they denied my claim! Wtf

Mark (not verified)    December 25, 2019 - 6:15AM

I believe the lawsuit on the EJ 2.5l engine is not placed properly by the judge and the oiling system does clean out the contamination in the oil. I have been a technician for Subaru for 28 years and know the product very well. Unless the oil pump is in fail safe causing full pressure and it to bypass part of the filter or the filter becomes clogged are the only way contamination can occur. What most likely happened is the customer had a engine replacement and poor workmanship occurred. Improper torque of cam caps or not priming the engine will cause severe damage and a new installed engine will self destruct quickly.
A modified EJ engine will also self destruct quickly.
I have had customers bring in their WRX STI with spun rod bearings. They had green engine coolant in it. Supposed to have super coolant blue by Subaru. Bolts were missing and loose and fuel smelled like E-85.
The ECM also did not have the proper CID number. Modified... Yes customer say it has been modified... No, can I prove it has been modified, yes of course. It's not always the product but the owner. Plus general maintenance as well. Check your oil level.

Mark Duffin (not verified)    June 26, 2020 - 12:12PM

I didn't know about Class action till my 2014 wrx hatchback engine failed last month. Subaru of America denying coverage, is it possible to join suit?

Eric H. (not verified)    July 28, 2020 - 4:43PM

In reply to by Mark Duffin (not verified)

Hey Mark, I had a 2014 wrx that experienced short block engine failure TWICE. First at 18k miles second at 32k miles. Metal shavings were found in the oil both time. Both times subaru tried to say its because I didn't change my oil. I checked my oil every 1.5k miles cus I loved my car. Also, would love to know how old oil disintegrates steel!!!

Subaru has my old address so I guess the notice was sent there in March of 2019. I wasn't aware of the settlement until last month.

I have contacted the law firm that lead the class action law suit and they said there is nothing that can be done on their end at this point. They recommend contacting subaru directly. I did that. They do not care about it at all. Literally at all. I'm probably going to keep calling mostly to vent out my frustration of paying about $7k on top of the $32k for the car. I loved my wrx and took great care of it. Never let anyone else drive it. Hate to see a "family" brand like subary not give a shit about its customers.

I doubt suing them is worth anything at this point. Unless there's dozens of disgruntled people like you and I. Anyway, enough of a rant for now.


Christa (not verified)    October 8, 2020 - 10:38PM

In reply to by Eric H. (not verified)

Just took my 2012 WRX into Subaru for the same exact issue. The warranty company denied my claim saying that I didn't do regular maintenance on it.I just bought it in March 2019. I have had no issues, other than my clutch going out.. until now. Obviously I maintained my vehicle. The dealership is saying it's going to cost me $15,000. Called Subaru of America and they are looking into it but I'm sure it will be denied. Was also told that my WRX falls under the lawsuit but it's expired.

Adrian (not verified)    November 24, 2020 - 9:26PM

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I Bought a used subaru wrx sti. July 31st. 25 days after i bought it. Aug 25th. The Right rear trailing arm broken in half. Dealer did not want to cover it. Rear suspension was replaced. Returned aug 28th. I requested for a multi point inspection. Was never completed. 24 days after that another cosmetic part breaks. Sep 21st. Front fender liners and clips were ripped. Returned sep 21st couple hours later. Oct 25th. Car stalled in freeway as i was driving home. Died. Vehicle did not want to start up again. Oct 26th monday morning when the major problem started. I bring in Vehicle to certified subaru dealership ship. (Originally bough car at Autonation dealership) but ever since day one. Only took it for service to certified subaru dealership. I made a case all the way up to SOAs corporations and SOA did not want to help me and denied my claim. SOA sent out an ouside inspector to look at Vehicle. Inspector said, engine seized due to the lack of oil lubrication. I had requested a multi point inspection every time i went in there. No one ever said you are low on oil. Milti point inspections weren't completed. After SOA. Subaru of america had denied me, and dealership where i bought it from were no help. I had to pay a substantial amount of money to repair the vehicle. $14,129.43 US dollars for the engine block and parts. Was with out a vehicle for an additional 25 days. Car Returned Nov, 20th. After paying for vehicle. After car was "fixed". The cars check engine light goes on again On Nov 22nd. I take vehicle back to dealership. Service guys (steven) connects computer and calls technician. Decides to clear the code off computer. Tells me bring it back to get it look at. No paperwork or anything was given. On Nov 23rd check engine light comes back on and again cruise control doesn't work. Took it in for service. Took about an hour or so. Said there was a small vaccum line was popped off. Secure the line and cleared the code. Nov 24th. 4:30pm turn on the car. Check engine light comes back up and cars cruise control does not work again. Call the dealership asked for a rental and requested to keep car to get fixed again. After paying that amount of money. Not having a vehicle for that long. That many tries to fix the vehicle. Requested paper from each time that i had been there ever since i bought the car. The first thing the supervisor tells me is. If you're trying to scalate this matter. On used vehicles there's no grounds for lemon laws. Starts to intimidating me about me scalating this matter. As of Nov 24th 4:52pm the vehicle is in certified subarus dealership. Lawsuit coming after them and SOA.