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Old 10-14-2002, 12:51 PM   #1
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Default Does offroad driving void warrenty?

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I live in Lacey NJ, (Dead center of the Pinebarrens...you all probably see us on the news every few years, bigass forest fires...and the most infamous prom-mom) regardless, we have a ton of firetrails I used to romp on my Blazer in.. My question is... If I were to take my car out on these dirt roads (Packed dirt all the way) and somethin went wrong, would that something not be covered by warrenty anymore? very curious.

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Old 10-14-2002, 06:22 PM   #2
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well us in VT (well I used to be) would be screwed. There are more dirt rds than tarmac. No it wont void. They have to prove it was abuse.
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Old 10-14-2002, 07:55 PM   #3
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I would hope not. Lots of people have long dirt driveways.
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Old 10-14-2002, 09:02 PM   #4
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I'm talking 40-60mph :P


I guess unless something snaps off I could say it was my dirt driveway
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Old 10-15-2002, 12:22 AM   #5
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Well, I suspect a few Outback owners have driven on dirt roads with their cars...
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Old 10-15-2002, 10:23 AM   #6
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I have to go read my handbook again. I'm sure I saw somewhere it says not to go offroading with it, but then again I just saw an ad from Subaru that said all-road ability.. so hmm.
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Old 10-15-2002, 08:12 PM   #7
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First of all, there's a big difference between off road and dirt road, right? In my mind a fire road is not "off road" but rather "rough road". Most passenger cars should be able to hang on a fire road with minimal problems. You will obviously develop squeaks and rattles more quickly, but that should be expected.
I think common sense should come into play here. You don't have the ground clearance of a Blazer any more, or an Outback for that matter. So just be careful and use some judgement. You might be well served to get a under carriage cover and differential protector.
If you tweak your suspension by hitting a rock fast, it should not be covered under warranty. If your motor blows up it should...
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Old 10-15-2002, 09:52 PM   #8
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nope
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Old 10-16-2002, 08:27 PM   #9
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Stanley's right! If you look in the owner's manual, only the Outback Sport among Imprezas is designed for off-road driving, so in theory problems due to driving other Imprezas offroad could be denied warrantied fixes. However, you're talking about driving *on* roads, so you should be fine. Roads, even if unpaved, are fairly level, have big rocks removed from them, etc. That's a big difference from just heading off cross-country into the woods!
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