So I drive a 2008 WRX to deliver. It’s all I have and I’ve only been able to find part-time work for a while, so I haven’t been able to get a beater. Tonight while delivering in a town 30 miles from where I live, my car decides to stall, with all the check engine type lights on, and smoke pouring from the engine. I was like “Shit!”, this is my only car, after all. I let it rest for a few hours (after clocking out), and drove it slowly home using the back roads (US 1). I made it, and tomorrow I’m going to take it to Subaru. But I took it to them before because it was acting “funny”. They diagnosed it both times saying it was fine. Nothing wrong. Now the 36K warranty is up, so I’m anxious to see if they suddenly diagnose a problem that isn’t covered. If they do, it will be the first and last Subaru I ever own.

*Update* Subaru found nothing wrong with the car. Yet again. They claimed there was oil on the engine and that’s what the smoke was and suggested I might have stalled the car when it started smoking. That’s possible, but highly unlikely. When I lost power I tried to get it going again and the car wouldn’t go. When you stall, everything should still work fine, just put it in gear again, restart the engine and go. That’s not what happened. I don’t plan on doing this job forever, and a BMW is looking really nice for the next car. Or maybe a G37X coupe 🙂

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