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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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2012 Subaru WRX STI sedan

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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2016 Subaru WRX STI

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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Denis Flierl has invested nearly 30 years in the automotive industry in a variety of roles. All of his reports are archived on our Subaru page. Follow Denis on FacebookTwitterInstagramSubaru Report. Check back tomorrow for more Subaru news and updates!

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Where can I go to file a claim against the lawsuit? Everything I see expired earlier this year.
Do know if the warranty is valid if I purchased a 2016 STI today or in the near future?
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.
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?
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. Cheers.