My 2002 WRX at 42,000 miles is in need of a new clutch and flywheel which was really scored and burned up. My mechanic tells me that this was causedby a broken connector on the turbo boost control hose, which allowed the turbo pressure to go way above the safe pressure, and produce too much h.p. for the stock clutch to cope with. Before someone tells me it sounds like a fairy story made up by a greedy mechanic who needs work, it is in line with certain symptoms I experienced during the preceding few weeks - on accelerating after a short (4mile) warm up first thing in the morning in cold weather (52F) the rev counter would shoot up to 7K and then quickly drop back to around half that even though the car was physically accelerating in a normal manner (i.e., not consistent with a quick boost in revs). After about 15 miles everything felt normal. I tried stopping the car and putting it into 2nd gear with the handbrake firmly applied and let the clutch out, and the car stalled as indeed it should. Also flooring the gas pedal while on the move did not cause the clutch to slip either. The other day I was traveling on a level freeway at about 80 in 5th when I slowed to about 60 and then accelerated again and the car felt like it was in neutral. Right, the clutch had burned out within an instant! The day before this, the car felt a lot more lively than usual. I thought this was due to the cold weather and maybe the gas had improved in quality. In retrospect that would be consistent with extra over the limit turbo boost. My type of driving should not have burned out the clutch as I take off gently and only accelerate after the clutch is fully engaged. 90% of my driving is on a freeway mostly in 5th gear. My love affair with Subaru is about to come to an end - at 38,000 I had to have the high-pressure a/c hose replaced due to a bad fitting at a cost of around $350. Even though the car was less than 30 months old, it was not covered under warranty. The actual mileage should not have affected it, the part was defective. My other car is now 14 years old and the paint looks practically new with but a fraction of the rock chips that I have on the WRX. A great shame as the WRX is in a class of it's own when it comes to steering feel, front seats, luggage capacity, (at least with the wagon version), and gas mileage versus performance. Has anyone else experienced the type of problem I have described?