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Old 01-17-2013, 11:28 PM   #1
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Default 2013 Rear Armrest Will Not Stay Put!!!

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So i'm having a problem with my 2013 STI Limited rear arm rest. I looked around and found this thread but it wasn't quite what I needed. Every since I have had the car, I have noticed that my rear armrest doesn't like to stay put, it will fall down during normal driving or even when parked. This isn't a big deal but it is just a little annoying. So today I decided to check it out to see what the problem was if any, I had just figured that the leather armrest didn't want to stay put but I think that I was wrong. I lowered the arm rest and saw a "dent" in the bottom left of the armrest, it almost looked like someone shot something the size of a paintball into it, making a weird indent a weird indent. I then looked back onto the inside of the armrest holder and felt this really sharp and hard piece sticking out. I looked at it closer and it looks like something that is very sharp and hard (don't say it) it nearly penetrating the leather! This is really frustrating and would explain why I can't keep the armrest closed, cause it won't close all the way! I am just a little ticked that I am having this problem now with my brand new car right after the issue with my driver seat which is already happening again. The other problem is that the parts manager at the dealership is a douche bag and my car always seems to have something else wrong with it when I leave so I really don't want to go there, especially being stage 2 (the master tech said that it won't void my warranty but I thought that was up to SOA??). Anyway, onto the pics -






I was thinking about opening up the armrest area to trunk (You can do that on the 2013 sedans right?) and seeing if I could fix it that way but wanted some ideas first. I really hate going to the dealer but if I have to, I have to. I'm just sort of ranting because it is frustrating that no matter how hard I take car of something that I worked so hard to get, I keep finding issues with it (cosmetically luckily). I was also wondering if this has been seen before and if there are any remedies. Thanks for those that took the time to read.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:38 PM   #2
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... especially being stage 2 (the master tech said that it won't void my warranty but I thought that was up to SOA??).
They cannot void an entire warranty over modifications. All they can do is deny a claim based on the fact that your modifications caused the problem. I highly doubt your stage 2 setup caused this armrest problem.

What they can do however is flag your VIN to SOA and report your modifications. So if you ever do have a powertrain problem SOA can see it was flagged as modified and deny your claim. They cannot void an entire warranty however.

The only way you will void and lose a warranty is if the vehicle leaves the country or you swap clusters and therefore odometers.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:47 PM   #3
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They cannot void an entire warranty over modifications. All they can do is deny a claim based on the fact that your modifications caused the problem. I highly doubt your stage 2 setup caused this armrest problem.

What they can do however is flag your VIN to SOA and report your modifications. So if you ever do have a powertrain problem SOA can see it was flagged as modified and deny your claim. They cannot void an entire warranty however.

The only way you will void and lose a warranty is if the vehicle leaves the country or you swap clusters and therefore odometers.
I was not aware that my VIN could be flagged, thank you for informing me. This issue happened as long as I have had the car and there is no way that being stage 2 could have done it haha. I am just worried about my VIN getting flagged now but I was aware that they couldn't void my window motor warranty for example. Thank you for your input it is appreciated!
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:52 PM   #4
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To be honest since you are already stage 2 there is really no going back. You have pretty much already sacrificed your powertrain coverage. If something does go wrong and you send it in for claims it will be denied immediately with your mods. You can attempt to go back to stock and submit for claims but they will know. The main thing is the downpipe bolts have a black coating that shows tool marks when removed. Thus they have evidence you removed your downpipe and can deny a claim on the fact that you have modified.

The point of this being, what is done is done. Do not worry about your VIN being flagged since you cannot get around the powertrain warranty now. Everything else on your car is still covered.

Read more about people's first hand experiences here:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...240471&page=92
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:34 AM   #5
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:37 AM   #6
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Put some Velcro on that bad boy to keep it from falling down
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:07 AM   #7
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To be honest since you are already stage 2 there is really no going back. You have pretty much already sacrificed your powertrain coverage. If something does go wrong and you send it in for claims it will be denied immediately with your mods. You can attempt to go back to stock and submit for claims but they will know. The main thing is the downpipe bolts have a black coating that shows tool marks when removed. Thus they have evidence you removed your downpipe and can deny a claim on the fact that you have modified.

The point of this being, what is done is done. Do not worry about your VIN being flagged since you cannot get around the powertrain warranty now. Everything else on your car is still covered.

Read more about people's first hand experiences here:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...240471&page=92
I have heard about that paint on the bolts but it is weird, the master tech who worked for ESX has been there for years and is pretty much a Subaru guru. He is the person who straight up told me to get a downpipe and go stage 2, get a tune, and enjoy the car as it was. He told me that it would NOT void warranty to have those modifications and I asked him to clarify because I thought that all warranty claims had to go through SOA for approval and he told me that was not so. I am really not sure what to believe at this point. I love stage 2 but start to feel a little worried. I baby the car most of the time but I do enjoy it as well and drive it as it should be driven. My 3rd gear has a really weird feeling and so do my brakes but the brakes should be covered if there is an issue. It's been a long night lol.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:08 AM   #8
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Put some Velcro on that bad boy to keep it from falling down
I would do that but I am told by passengers that have tried to sit in the middle a few times that it is uncomfortable because the piece won't become flush with the seat as it should. Not a big deal but since the car is so new, I don't want to be having to put velcro on it
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:14 AM   #9
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I have heard about that paint on the bolts but it is weird, the master tech who worked for ESX has been there for years and is pretty much a Subaru guru. He is the person who straight up told me to get a downpipe and go stage 2, get a tune, and enjoy the car as it was. He told me that it would NOT void warranty to have those modifications and I asked him to clarify because I thought that all warranty claims had to go through SOA for approval and he told me that was not so. I am really not sure what to believe at this point. I love stage 2 but start to feel a little worried. I baby the car most of the time but I do enjoy it as well and drive it as it should be driven. My 3rd gear has a really weird feeling and so do my brakes but the brakes should be covered if there is an issue. It's been a long night lol.
I know what you mean. Give the linked thread a good look, I mean go through like the last 20+ pages to get a feel for how SOA deals with modified cars. I will not say any more as I have no first hand knowledge. Those people do.

You shouldn't have much to worry about if you do baby the car. Just drive it like a normal person (no launching, flat foot shifting, "drifting") and keep up with maintenance. Shouldn't have any issues.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:26 AM   #10
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It's broken sell the car for 5 grand
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:29 AM   #11
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My '12 WRX has done the same thing since the day I took it home, same thing with the front arm rest, it doesn't stay latched. Stage 2 must be to "torquey" for our armrests.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:30 AM   #12
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To keep the rear center arm rest from falling down in my car, I just keep the center rear seat belt latched...works real good.
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