At 120K miles my car spent most of the last couple of years the city of Buffalo. I went over every filter and fluid and added JZW stage lll. Ran into a local guy with 9-3 2.0T that didn't know what I had on the highway. A couple of higher rpms than my normal 2 hour daily cruising and two exhaust studs were broken and had a exhaust leak. He didn't have a chance with the quick spool up of the GT17 in third gear.
Most of the studs were ha;f rust through when I went to check them. Only half the metal was remaining. I have a 90 degree drill attachment and a set of good drill bits and took out the broken bolts. It's a good workout even if your in physical shape. New cut gasket and she is tight as a drum even after towing another another 9-5 a few thousand miles with some 4th gear full throttle time up some small mountains.
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