Toyota refuses to claim its owner’s GR86 engine warranty after allegedly discovering drift photos at an Autocross event

Engine problems with the gasket material on the Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ 2022 cause some owners to complain about engine problems. In one extreme example, owner Blake Alvarado’s GR86 failed after 13,770 miles (22,160 km) and is now on the hook for a replacement engine.

Speaking to The Drive and in social media posts, Alvarado explained how RTV, a sealant used as a gasket in the FA24D’s engine, was scraped off and mixed with oil. This, then, clogged the oil truck and led to an oil starvation that destroyed his engine bearing.

This issue is particularly annoying because it occurred when the engine was very small. Others in the US and Japan have reported similar issues, which may affect even the previous generation model.

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More disturbing, however, is that Alvarado claims his Toyota dealer refused to replace his engine due to some photos that ended up on social media that showed his car at an autocross event. He reports that the dealer told him this meant the car had been “abused” and voided his warranty.

Alvarado is open about the fact that he took his car to a “Test & Tune” event and to a few driving events, but refutes the claim that he misused his car. He claims that he remains unmoderated and that he rarely exceeded highway speeds at the events he attended.

More importantly, Toyota advertises the car as a racetrack, even giving owners a free day to track through the NCAA called the “Toyota Saturday GR86 Race Trial.” It also offers owners a discount on a racing helmet.

However, Toyota North America’s warranty program states that “racing” and “abuse” will void the owner’s warranty. The region lacks a code in the software that can be found in the Toyota UK warranty that states that tracking days do not void the warranty.

This means that $11,000 was quoted to replace an engine in his new car. With the GR86 being his only car, he had to find a solution and decided to buy a used engine instead.

On the issue of an RTV causing oil picking up, Toyota told Road & Track that it is looking into the issue and has referred other owners to a Brand Sharing Center if they encounter a similar issue.

“Toyota is currently looking into the case you have indicated,” the company said in a statement. “Customer satisfaction with our vehicles is important to Toyota. As always, we encourage customers who are experiencing any issues with their vehicle to contact an authorized Toyota dealer or call the Toyota Brand Sharing Center (1-800-331-4331). Of course, in cases where they cannot Where the agent can solve the problem, customers are encouraged to contact the Brand Sharing Center.”

Neither Toyota nor Subaru, however, has a technical service bulletin or recall to address the problem.

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