Reviving an Abandoned Subaru WRX: From Barn Find to Showroom Shine

5-Year-Abandoned Subaru WRX Gets Revamped In Deep Cleaning Transformation.

Barn discoveries can take on various forms and sizes. However, they typically involve vehicles that are at least three decades old. Occasionally, however, you stumble upon a modern car abandoned in a barn, which is a rarity compared to the usual classic finds. Such is the case with this Subaru WRX, which has been left neglected for only 13 years before being discovered. Fortunately, the team from WD Detailing has taken on the task of restoring this sports sedan from its five-year hibernation and breathing new vitality into it.

The flared, square fenders distinguish this WRX as belonging to a production year ranging from 2011 to 2014. These editions were given a bolder appearance, featuring design elements reminiscent of the WRX STI at the time. They were well-furnished with a factory-installed EJ255 turbocharged 2.5-liter flat four-cylinder motor producing a potent 265 horsepower and 244 pound-feet of torque.

WD Detailing reports that the current proprietor of this WRX abandoned it owing to a malfunctioning radiator that resulted in the engine stalling. Although this is a limited amount of information, all indications suggest an overheating complication. In addition to the issues with the powertrain, the vehicle’s front bumper is barely attached and the driver’s side fender bears a large dent.

When the WD Detailing team attempts to start the engine, the reality of the situation becomes clear. The dipstick for the oil shows completely empty, which is definitely not a positive sign. Adding oil to the engine and attempting to turn it on only results in a loud banging noise from the starter. Further investigation by using a tool to rotate the crankshaft reveals that the engine is completely stuck.

It is quite common for the Subaru EJ255 engine to experience certain problems. These include failures in the rod bearings and cracked pistons. In response to these issues, Subaru resolved a class-action lawsuit involving engine malfunctions in models such as the 2012 – 2017 WRX and STI with the EJ255 powertrain. Therefore, it is not unexpected to come across one that has ceased to function properly.

Despite the disastrous state of its drivetrain, WD Detailing excels at transforming the appearance of the WRX, providing a comprehensive detailing service that leaves both the exterior and interior looking stunning. The team goes above and beyond by addressing any imperfections on the body, skillfully repairing dented fenders with a rubber mallet and expertly utilizing light block sanding to diminish scratches.

Fortunately, there is a positive resolution after all the effort put into this project. The cameraman for WD Detailing had initially expressed interest in purchasing the WRX and replacing its engine. However, the team at the company decided to surprise him by buying the car and presenting it to him as a token of appreciation for his dedication.

Source: WD Detailing via YouTube

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