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Old 10-17-2001, 02:03 AM   #1
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Default Do people buy the extended warranty?

Hi people, i was wondering if the general public buys the various extended warranties. Are they worth it? If so, which package do people usually get and what price? Do modders usually stick with the factory warranty? thanks guys/girls
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Old 10-17-2001, 09:29 PM   #2
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I did, I figured that when I upgrade to the STI, it adds resale to the car.
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Old 10-18-2001, 04:55 PM   #3
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i got it, figured it was worth the cost since it covers almost everything, and coming from an acura, where everything broke.... i couldn't pass it up
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Old 10-18-2001, 05:50 PM   #4
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i got it, figured it was worth the cost since it covers almost everything, and coming from an acura, where everything broke.... i couldn't pass it up
Same here the 2001 3.2 CL type S had a trans melt down at 31k...
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Old 10-19-2001, 02:31 PM   #5
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After reading about Subaru piston slap issue and valve train noise, I decided to get the extended warranty when I bought my car, just in case I happen to need a new engine some years down the road.

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Old 10-19-2001, 09:27 PM   #6
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100k Gold, here. Didn't go for the Platinum.
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Old 10-20-2001, 05:56 AM   #7
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i bought it the 7yr/100k for $1500.

then i returned it.

just for your info:

you can get a full no questions asked refund within 90 days of contract on your extended warranty incase you change your mind.

i decided it to use the money towards mods since im getting pretty serious.

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Old 10-20-2001, 04:01 PM   #8
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i got the 7 year 100000mi just so that it would last me for four years.
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Old 10-20-2001, 10:45 PM   #9
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it depends on how lax your local deaer is towards mods. the dealer that i delt at- suburban in troy mi, was cool towards aftermarket stuff, so its not b a big deal for people to come in with aftermarket turbos and stuff and ask for servicing. personally i would NOT buy an aftermarket warrenty, from a dealer prospective, i love selling it bc you are padding my pockets with ben-jermans. we make a KILLING off the warrenty, and the 36/36 bumper to bumper + the 5year 60K on engine/powertrain is good enough for the bugs to come out.

basically if u are a fanatic, buy it and line the dealers pockets with bills. if u are a skeptic like i am, dont, spend the cash on parts. nothing breaks on most scoobys anyway. at least not mine! :P

just dont buy a aftermarket warrenty, buy a SOA warrenty!!!

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Old 10-23-2001, 09:32 PM   #10
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I DID. Hella lotta good it did me too. You find out after the fact that some stuff isn't covered. Too bad I was too lazy to thoroughly look over it. Hopefully mine will come into use someday though.
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Old 10-25-2001, 06:17 PM   #11
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7 yr, 100k for 1500. I put about 500 miles per week, so the longer the warranty the better for me! I call it peace of mind, and 1500 isn't that bad considering I spent 25k+ on the car.
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Old 10-29-2001, 12:07 PM   #12
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Umm I decided to not get the extended warranty, since I upgraded my fuel pump, Cut the fuel lines, and drilled into the firewall. Also with Subaru not wanting to deal with tranny issues, I doubt they are gonna do anything if my tranny/engine since they will attribute it to the turbo. All the little stuff I could pay for out of my pocket and save the money.

If you are unmodded and afraid that the engine is gonna go it might not be a bad idea, since the warranty cost less then the engine and labor.
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Old 10-31-2001, 07:46 AM   #13
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What about waiting until the factory 36,000 3 year warranty is up? My plan is to buy some level of xtended warranty when I get near 36,000 miles. Who else will be doing this? I'm not modding the car *much*.
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Old 10-31-2001, 11:32 AM   #14
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i'm buying one...but i have seem them payoff and NOT payoff...it's kind of a interesting situation.

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Old 11-03-2001, 11:49 AM   #15
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Do you feel lucky, well, do ya punk. Or I should say UN-Lucky.
If you buy the extended warrenty you are saying that you will have 2 or more MAJOR malfunctions with the car. If you have 0 then you wasted your money, if you have 1 then you about broke even with the dealer holding your money. 2 or more then you were on the right side of the gamble.
Remember if you took that $1500 and invested it in some good investments and you had 1.5 or so major breakdowns AFTER your 36k ran out you would still be even. If you had no break downs during that time you would have a nice little down payment on a new STi WRX when they come over here.
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Old 11-06-2001, 11:43 AM   #16
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I have heard from various sources (websites, dealership friends, friends who think they are in the know) that warranty prices are jacked sky high. Never, ever, ever pay full price for a warranty. Here's some outsider info:

Some dealers do mark up their prices over the suggested retail of an extended warranty plan. Just like additional dealer markup (ADM) on vehicles, the difference is that ADM is posted on the vehicle. You never know when the dealer is giving you suggested retail or their own higher price for a warranty. It's best to ask them straight out, then double check prices with another dealer. Why not try to negotiate a better price on the extended warranty, just like you did on the vehicle? After all, you are an Edmunds.com reader.


I have heard from a friend in the business that a normal tactic is to try and get the extended warranty sold for 3x the price they will accept. So if the dealership would at bare minimum sell the warranty for $300, they will start out trying to get $900 for it. Most people don't realize the price is negotiable just like the car (please don't tell me you paid sticker for the car too ). Negotiate the price down, and if they won't budge (they will) then tell them no thanks and go to an independent company for your warranty.

I went with a company from KS that I have been using for years. Their price is $500 and includes just a $50 deductible. They cover the big items, but won't cover things like belts and hoses, etc. unless a big repair item (like AC) needs them in the repair.
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Old 11-08-2001, 04:32 PM   #17
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hmm.. i'm pretty skeptical about an extended warranty, especially full price direct from the dealer at the time of sale... it's putting up front a bunch of money with the idea that your car *will* break. even then the coverage for the repair may not equal the initial payout..

better off putting that money in a money market account or something to collect interest, IMO. even save it for later repairs if you want. at least that way it's still your money if it doesn't get used...

just my thoughts..

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Old 11-12-2001, 11:58 PM   #18
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What about waiting until the factory 36,000 3 year warranty is up? My plan is to buy some level of xtended warranty when I get near 36,000 miles. Who else will be doing this? I'm not modding the car *much*.
I figured I would wait and see as well, I have been informed by SOA that owners can purchase the extended warranty anytime before 36,000K or three years. For only $750 I was considering the 6 years 80,000K plan however stupid I may be for taking it the option still stands through out the remainder of the year.

I was hoping to do some mods and everything seems to void a warranty these days. I figured to keep my warranty for at least three years I would start with suspension upgrades such as front and rear tower braces, better wheels and tires (18" OZ P1 summer only). Oh and Defi gauges with pod are in the future perhaps even Xmas. As far as a down payment for an STI is concerned although worth it I feel they my be out of my price range What is the rumor now base $35,000. I'll just turn my WRX into an STI over time
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Old 11-13-2001, 12:22 AM   #19
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I was thinking about the warranty, got a letter in the mail last week. Subaru is bound by law to warrant your car even if it is modified as long as the aftermarket product didn't cause the problem. I'm putting a turbo in, which means that they can argue that anything that happens to the drivetrain is a result of that, which is a good arguement. Any electronics I decide to run, can wipe the ECU's warranty away. And the gauges plugged into the stereo will void that. So what do I have left, the interior, no workmanship defects, so anything that goes I broke so I will have to pay for it. And the Suspension, but oh wait that turbo crossmember is up front, oh and I had to take the powersteering off temporarily to swap them. So what am I left with the rear suspension, and that's all consumables, so basically my warranty is shot to nothing.

Would I like the extended warranty? Yes
Would I be able to use it? Probably Not
So what do us modifiers do?

Take the money, Buy the factory service manuals, a good set of tools. And hopefully you have some dough left over for some parts when you need them.

(Saved my father $150 on replacing endlinks, It would have cost him $80 just for the dealer to tell him what was wrong, plus another hour for labor)

(Oh and if it's a serious enough problem the warranty might not matter anyways. The BMW v8 4 litre engine m60 got an across the line warranty boost from 30,000 to 100,000 miles when it was found to have low tolerance to sulfur content in fuels)

It's a gamble, but they wouldn't sell the warranties if it didn't benifit them. You may buy it and not need it, someone else will not buy it and the car will break down once a week.

Whether the car is stock or modified is one thing, but if you are very gentle on your car, you might just want to pass up on the warranty, cause chances are you wont need it. If your car is stock and you beat it up every drive, the warranty might be nice to have.

Sorry for being long winded
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Old 11-14-2001, 03:59 PM   #20
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Your basic WRX warrantee is 3 years, 36 thousand miles. The Power Train warrantee is 5 years 60 thousand miles FROM the factory. I have never bought additional warranties and have purchased cars since the 70's. This extra coverage is mostly a rip because of all the fine print in the contracts.
And I am sure allot of you added the extra warrantee coverage onto your car loan amount. Now figure that extra $1500 added to the cost of the WRX with interest over the loan period and it costs you much more than $1500 for the extended coverage.
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Old 11-19-2001, 05:54 PM   #21
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Coming from a family that has owned 4 Subaru's prior to my purchase of my RS, I felt the extended warranty was a rip off. The fact that it was offered right after the Sales Manager mentioned the "paint protection" plan didn't give me warm fuzzies. If I had gotten the extended warranty and the "paint protection", I would have given back the dealer almost all the money I negotiated off the price of the car. Coincidence??

Non of the 4 previous Suby's had any major problems. My father bought the warranty for his and strongly advised me against it as he felt he never needed it and wasted money that could have been better spent. I think that after 36K miles or so you should have a good idea if your vehicle is going to be a problem or a lemon and you can act accordingly. I forget who ever mentioned it previously, but beware of warranties not specific to Subaru. The dealer gave me a pamphlet about the warranty coverage to review in case I wanted to change my mind before delivery and it mentioned pop up headlamps as being covered. To the best of my knowledge Subaru hasn't used pop up headlamps for quite some time, SVX??? Made a a bit more skeptical still.

Just my $.02 on the issue.
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Old 11-26-2001, 04:09 AM   #22
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In most of my experience with extended warranties, the warranty isn't covered by the manufacturer but some third party insurance company who usually tries everything in the book to deny any claims.

No, I did not get the extended warranty.

The dealer I got this from did not even offer it because they knew that the car would get so heavily tinkered with they wanted nothing to do with the car after I drove it off the lot. And I say that almost verbatim.

The car isn't going to have a lot of resale value (or residual value depending). When the Sti comes out, if it ever does, this model is going to be so devalued it isn't going to be funny.
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Old 11-26-2001, 03:21 PM   #23
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Sigh... well I did get the extended warranty... not expecting to stumble upon this board and NOT expecting to get addicted to track days and NOT expecting to drool over every aftermarket part I see.

Its all your fault! Damn you i-club!

I did plan on keeping this car until it dies (expecting at least 150K out of it... before I-club that is.), but I'm on two paths. Either a new Legacy Turbo in 2004/5 or turboing the current ride...

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Old 11-27-2001, 04:46 PM   #24
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I got the extended warranty too...mine actually paid off though...because I got a bum tranny...but now I'm working on all kinds of mod ideas...which shoot my warranty right out the window. Guess I'm keepin' the L for the long haul. BUT...I can use it as a daily driver when I get my B4...knamean?

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Old 12-02-2001, 04:44 AM   #25
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I am planning on getting the extended warranty. I have been screwed over by other dealerships. I have a ford that blew a headgasket and had a stlipping tanny about 500 miles after the drivetrain warranty expired. Thats actually how I ended up with my WRX I figured it made more sense to put down $6000 on a new awesome car that put down $6000 to repair that other piece of trash ford.
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