[MR2] OT - Toyota VS Subaru Rant
priamyd at comcast.net
Tue Sep 15 19:55:22 EDT 2009
As a proud owner of a 1986 Mr2 for 6 years, and an owner of a 1999
Subaru Impreza 2.5RS, I feel it my duty to rant quickly on 3 particular
I've worked on my fair share of 4ag(z)e, 3sg(t)e and ej25 engines.
From the factory, Toyota blesses our 4a and 3s engines with a windage
tray (aka. oil splash guard) - Subaru does not... not even on the STi.
Why is that a simple piece of bent and slightly drilled plate steel is
included with thousands of engines in Mr2s, Corollas, Celicas & Camrys
(and others), and yet Subaru does not even outfit their high end STi
with such a device?! You certain can drop $300 and buy the Cosworth
part, after the fact.
Beyond that, all AllTrac Celica/Camry (not sure about the Corolla or
Matrix) owners can take pride in the fact that they have a Torsen (gear
driven) LSD from the factory... And yet, the WRX & 2.5RS (unsure of the
STi) are given the cheapest LSD available - viscous... That's called
Another wonderful thing that 4a/3s owners can take great pride in is
their........ OIL PUMP. No joke.
I've done a fair amount of searching and never found a 'high flow' oil
pump for the 4a or 3s from Toyota or TRD. As you can guess, there is a
'high flow' oil pump that Subaru does offer (factory part on the STi's).
So, funny as it might sound, the exact same oil pump that rests in the
WRC cars of yester-year (and current in the Australian Rally), are the
same factory units in our road going cars! But, Subaru wants more of
your money for a factory part, if you want that peace of mind...
Toyota understands the benefit of giving their road going vehicles
proven and reliable parts - it just so happens that they're also the
parts they put into their race cars! I've no doubt that the race units
do undergo scrutiny to remove any possible oil flow blockages or
disruptions - that can be said of any part. But, they still use the
factory part - not some special order piece.
As one might guess, once I am done paying off my 2.5RS, I'm quite
certain that I'll be selling off my Subaru and removing Subaru from my
roster entirely... And yes, I still own my AW11... It is going thru a
3sge swap currently. :)
- Joel -
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