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Thanks for posting, Skydiving and ETC.
Skydiving: Weird that we have had almost exactly the same problem. Apparently, when my second turbo blew, metal ended up in the motor and the local Subaru dealership's service department is in the process of replacing the short-block (I'm not really knowledgeable about car parts, but as I understand it, this is basically the bottom half of the motor.) They said my "heads" and "pistons" looked fine. Needless to say, this is a big-ticket repair.
ETC and Skydiving: I'm starting to be suspicious that this might be a manufacturing issue. When my first turbo blew, I wasn't able to produce enough service records to satisfy Subaru's warranty folks (this is a long story, but basically I lived in a couple of different cities in the first couple of years I had the car and had used a number of different shops for my oil-changes, etc., and had a hard time retrieving all the records). Thus, I paid out-of-pocket for replacing the first turbo. Replacement was done by a Subaru dealership's service department and was apparently a new part (but, ETC, I'm wondering if you are right that it had been manufactured at the same time as the original). Anyways, since the first replacement, I had all the necessary oil-changes and services (though not by a dealership service department) so I don't expect that I would have experienced any inadequate oiling or oil contamination. Still, the second turbo lasted only 18-months or so, which is just a bit longer than the 12-month warranty that came with the new part.
If I hear of a few more folks having the same problem, I'm definitely going to believe it is a design or manufacturing issue and will try to log a complaint with Subaru.