I know it's a Japanese car, but I'm beginning to think my 2007 WRX is developing a complete lack of respect for ah-MER-i-cuh.
Recall Memorial Day, 2011: catastrophic 5 speed transmission failure (shreded several gears requiring a tow to IAG for a rebuild)
And now Independence Day, 2012: possible catastrophic engine failure? (insane amounts of smoke billowing out of the exhaust requiring a tow to IAG for diagnostics/repair)
Within the last month, I've been noticing puffs of whiteish/grey smoke on startup. Initially, I thought it was just condensation because it would only last for a second or two and then clear up right away. I got concerned when it started to smell like straight burnage (for lack of a better description), so I called IAG and scheduled an appointment for diagnostics which was, oddly enough, today (July 5th).
Over the past two weeks, I've been keeping a close eye on the oil because it's been dropping at a rate of almost a quart a week. There have been no puddles under the car. Most of it seems to be concentrated in a film on the passenger side of the engine bay - mostly on the fender and some actually on the underside of the hood. It seems to be spraying from somewhere, but I can't pinpoint exactly where it's coming from.
Over the past couple of days, the car has been hesitating and almost jerking when I would drive it without using any boost. Although I have been trying to drive it very nicely, I did test it out several times and it still seems to be making plenty of power and boost. The hesitation seems to go away once the turbo kicks in.
On July 4th, after a 20-ish minute trip on the highway, the car began billowing out blinding clouds of greyish smoke from the exhaust, so I immediately pulled over and had the car towed to IAG.
I'm no expert, but this seems pretty bad. The little demon on my shoulder is hoping for an engine rebuild so I can get some aggressive cams and make the car sound super badass and bump the power up some more, but the little angel on the other shoulder is worried about my bank account and possibly missing the Hershey Park meet in September.
As usual, I'll keep everyone updated as I get more information.
Oh, the joys of modding