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Old 09-29-2006, 07:08 PM   #1
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Question Modifications that won't void the warranty

I just got a Subaru Impreza 2.5I, love it to death but i could only afford the base model, are there any mods i can do with out voiding the warranty...
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Old 09-29-2006, 07:58 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by DGreeneSI2.5I View Post
I just got a Subaru Impreza 2.5I, love it to death but i could only afford the base model, are there any mods i can do with out voiding the warranty...
No one single mod with blanket-void the warranty. Warranties can only be voided under an extremely limited number of circumstances...check the sticky in this forum. What mods can do is make your car ineligible for specific warranty repairs if the mod is related to the failure. Basically, any mod that can increase horsepower could be linked to engine or transmission failure, and SOA or a dealer would be justified in denying warranty service on such a repair. A short but by no means exhaustive list would be CAI, BOV, TBE, ECM reprogramming (Accessport, Ecutek, etc.). Suspension mods could result in suspenion-related claims being denied. Adding things like gauges, ricer lights, aftermarket sound system, etc. could result in a claim being denied if it's found that such additions screwed with the electrical/wiring system of the car. Probably one of the few mods you could get away with little to no chance of it causing a warranty denial is a cat-back exhaust, but really the only benefit of those is a different exhaust sound and what's the point in that?

Dealers vary in the degree to which the let mods slide. Some dealers are very lenient, while others are super-strict...most fall somewhere in the middle. Go talk to the service manager at the dealership and see what he/she says. In the end, though, it simply comes down to this: do not modify your vehicle unless you are able and/or willing to pay for any possible repairs out of pocket. It's as simple as that. Since you could only afford the base model, I am making an assumption that a repair in the thousands of dollars might be out of your reach. If that is true, then don't mod your car, save your money, and wait for the powertrain warranty to run out. At that point, mod away!
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Old 09-29-2006, 08:48 PM   #3
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With a 2.5I - just save your money towards an STI. Done!
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Old 09-29-2006, 09:46 PM   #4
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Fuzzy dice for the rearveiw!!

Seriously, that's about it....
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Old 09-29-2006, 11:48 PM   #5
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Changing your cluster will void your warranty. No matter what precautions you take, changing it out for another one will "alter the mileage" and therefore void your entire warranty.

Everything else can only make them deny your claim.
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Old 09-30-2006, 09:26 PM   #6
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You're going to get alot of "anything you do voids the warranty" with your question. It's due to alot of claims being denied because of mods. It really depends on the dealer though, and what your relationship is with them. If you are straightforward with your problem and honest about your mods you have a better chance at getting something covered than if you are shady. I do not have any mods (except wheels) and have a good relationship with the service dept. but they are still just a little weird about any service because of how many people mod imprezas. Other people have ruined it for the rest of us...again.
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Old 10-01-2006, 12:11 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by DGreeneSI2.5I View Post
I just got a Subaru Impreza 2.5I, love it to death but i could only afford the base model, are there any mods i can do with out voiding the warranty...
yeh.... don't look at the car funny


Seriously though, you warranty doesnt get voided persay... just claims get denied if they feel that your mod caused the failure...

AS a result, the will fix your radio under warranty even if you have an exhaust system on the car. But if you have an aftermarket clutch on the car and you break your transmission, they will likely deny you warranty coverage on the repair. Get how it works now?

And as mentioned, if your dealer knows you and your car, they are likely to help you out if you need it.. as opposed to just going to a new dealership for the first time asking for warranty service... if they need to deny you, they will...since they don't know you or the car or how well it is taken car of and all that jazz
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