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Old 05-12-2014, 10:36 PM   #1
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Default 2015 WRX Extended Subaru Warranty

So I'm still in the process of waiting for my 2015 WRX to come in. Anyone think the extended subaru warranty is worth it for the new FA20DIT considering it's a new motor release (recap on the 08 WRX issues people had). I don't plan on doing any power mods at this time (debatable down the road of Stage 1 reflash; had Stage 1 and 2 on my '12 and was disappointed in the difference between the two).

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Old 05-12-2014, 10:41 PM   #2
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You get a 5 year 60K warranty on the powertrain. If something bad will go wrong it most likely will during the warranty period. In addition, you can always get the extended warranty later online for cheaper.
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Old 05-13-2014, 12:00 AM   #3
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You get a 5 year 60K warranty on the powertrain. If something bad will go wrong it most likely will during the warranty period. In addition, you can always get the extended warranty later online for cheaper.
The problem is, when headlights, power windows, radios, o2 sensors, blah blah start going bad.

Will these cost more than the 1-2K you are paying for the warranty? Yep. It also covers wheels and tire damage from pot holes. It covers the entire car bumper to bumper for 7 years. Minus maintenance items of course include the clutch.

If you sell your car privately, you can get a better deal selling the car with a subaru extended warranty and the buyer will have piece of mind.

Its a gamble, but it makes selling your car much easier. Its pretty much like buying a CPO car from a private party seller.

Get the 7 year gold one. I got it for 1.5K
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Old 05-13-2014, 12:15 AM   #4
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The problem is, when headlights, power windows, radios, o2 sensors, blah blah start going bad.

Will these cost more than the 1-2K you are paying for the warranty? Yep. It also covers wheels and tire damage from pot holes. It covers the entire car bumper to bumper for 7 years. Minus maintenance items of course include the clutch.

If you sell your car privately, you can get a better deal selling the car with a subaru extended warranty and the buyer will have piece of mind.

Its a gamble, but it makes selling your car much easier. Its pretty much like buying a CPO car from a private party seller.

Get the 7 year gold one. I got it for 1.5K
Same...I got the 7 year 100K extended warranty.

Reasoning because it is 1st MY and I got it for $1.5K which is about $20 more a month if you are financing for 60 months.

Also I drive an insane amount of miles so the warranty will run out for me real fast for me.

Seriously up to you though. Some people think it's a rip off but I think $20 a month is a great deal for a peace of mind for a long time.
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Old 05-13-2014, 12:25 AM   #5
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How much is peace of mind worth? The minimal addition to a monthly payment is nothing compared to that peace of mind to me. Paying cash? I can see the hesitation. But still....
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Old 05-13-2014, 12:34 AM   #6
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Don't waste your money. Know why the dealers love to push extended warranties? Because it is a huge profit item. Most people either never use the warranty or sell/trade the car before ever using it. This is a Japanese car, nothing is going to go wrong and if it does it will be the power train which is covered 5/60. My suggestion is put the $1500 the warranty costs into the bank "just in case".
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Old 05-13-2014, 01:49 AM   #7
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As stated above there is always two camps on this.

Bank the money you would have spent on the warranty. Throw extra in there when you can. Engine rebuilds, turbo's, axle shafts broken under added hp are all spendy.

or

Buy the warranty. I was offered the warranty on my BRZ last summer when I got it and it was for 7 years/but i forget the miles and offered for $1500. I had done research before I went to the dealer and knew there were dealers that offer discounts on warranties and I found that info online. Even though I didn't buy it because I knew I was looking at trading in a year or so I found it online for $1230. Even if I bought the warranty I'd still put money aside because as you probably know you gotta pay to play when modding cars. Plan for the best, prepare for the worst kinda thing.

Do you plan on driving the crap out of the car? Not knowing how long you plan to keep the car or what your annual miles will be on the car is a factor you need to look at too. If you plan on driving it hard and keeping it longer then the warranty might be for you. Sounds like you have had modded cars before so you know that some dealers are better than other's about modded vehicles. Congrats on the car.
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Old 05-13-2014, 02:21 AM   #8
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Can you buy the warranty anytime up to the point where your original warranty expires (3 years or 36k)?
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:44 AM   #9
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I work for a dealer and see both sides of this. They can be well worth having if something large goes wrong. Make sure you do your research on what you are buying. I have seen plenty of people who are delusional on their theory of what the warranty does and does not cover.

Normally smaller stuff can be hit or miss....large items such as an engine or tranny are almost always covered and can cost 4-5k easy.

Warranties are negotiable....you don't have to pay their asking price. Just be careful, some are very good at making it look free or cheap but hiding the cost elsewhere.
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:55 AM   #10
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Can you buy the warranty anytime up to the point where your original warranty expires (3 years or 36k)?
Yes. And you can buy a genuine Subaru warranty online as well, typically for a better price than what your local dealer will offer.

I am hoping they will offer a more modern engine in the STI in the next 3 years or so which might make me trade in my 2015 WRX
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Old 05-13-2014, 10:49 AM   #11
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I bought the extended warranty and the maintenance package. For someone like me that is older and has a house, wife, kid it gives me peach of mind knowing that I can drive the hell out of the car and if it ever breaks I just bring it to the dealer and not have to worry about shelling out any cash.
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Old 05-13-2014, 11:51 AM   #12
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Yes. And you can buy a genuine Subaru warranty online as well, typically for a better price than what your local dealer will offer.

I am hoping they will offer a more modern engine in the STI in the next 3 years or so which might make me trade in my 2015 WRX
The first dealer I visited gave me bad information, saying you could only buy the warranty up to your 2nd service (sounded like a load of baloney), and also said wear/tear items such as brakes/clutch were not included in maintenance, when the brochure clearly says they are.

Anyway, unless you really need to finance the warranty, is there ANY advantage to buying it now vs. later? You're paying upfront for something you won't need for a few years (3 if you don't put a lot of miles on your car). If you total the car or if it turns out to be a lemon, you lose the warranty. Except for the tire protection or whatever, I couldn't think of any reason to buy now. I've done extended warranties with other brands in the past (Toyota) and purchased a month or two before the factory warranty expired. Why spend $1500 now, when you don't need to spend it for a few years?

If you're not financing the warranty, then throw the money into some type of account where you get a return, buy the warranty in 3 years. Any reason why you wouldn't go this route?
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Old 05-13-2014, 11:53 AM   #13
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The first dealer I visited gave me bad information, saying you could only buy the warranty up to your 2nd service (sounded like a load of baloney), and also said wear/tear items such as brakes/clutch were not included in maintenance, when the brochure clearly says they are.

Anyway, unless you really need to finance the warranty, is there ANY advantage to buying it now vs. later? You're paying upfront for something you won't need for a few years (3 if you don't put a lot of miles on your car). If you total the car or if it turns out to be a lemon, you lose the warranty. Except for the tire protection or whatever, I couldn't think of any reason to buy now. I've done extended warranties with other brands in the past (Toyota) and purchased a month or two before the factory warranty expired. Why spend $1500 now, when you don't need to spend it for a few years?
My guess is most people bundle it in with their loan that is why they do it sooner than later.
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Old 05-13-2014, 12:07 PM   #14
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I bought the 7/100k gold for $1500 when I bought the car. It only makes sense because I have always kept my cars past 200k miles. I made sure the warranty was through SOA.
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I bought the 7/100k gold for $1500 when I bought the car. It only makes sense because I have always kept my cars past 200k miles. I made sure the warranty was through SOA.
me too, but in my case I'll be more than happy if the 2015 WRX
survives till 100K or at least 10 years of Daily Driving service to me.

and for the price of a couple premium of coffee a month I would rather
have a peace of mind that I am covered for 7 years or 100K.

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There are lots of shady companies out there selling extended warranties. Same with dealers and their bs add on's they push like stain guards and crap like that. That subie dealer is there to make as much off you as he can. Check online. I found dealers that were not big on volume for car sales but they sell loads of warranties at a discount and that's how they make their money. Since it is sold by a subie dealer it's the same thing the finance guy might offer you for more because you are excited to get out of the door and into that new car so people have a tendency to sign anything.

Being this is the first car with a turbo I have ever owned and having done my research about potential issues with this power plant I am pretty certain I am going to get the warranty. If the dealer will price match what I have already found great if not I will buy it elsewhere.
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Seven years without an aftermarket tune (or something else that would void your warranty)? You would be in some serious rarefied air around these parts.

If you have the financial discipline, set the $1500 aside, enjoy the car in stock form as long as you can and continue to check back to see if there are any major widespread issues that could cost you down the road. Pull the trigger on the warranty at 35 months (if you haven't voided it yet) and feel like it might be a better alternative than paying out of pocket.
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Old 05-13-2014, 04:01 PM   #18
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The problem is, when headlights, power windows, radios, o2 sensors, blah blah start going bad.

Will these cost more than the 1-2K you are paying for the warranty? Yep. It also covers wheels and tire damage from pot holes. It covers the entire car bumper to bumper for 7 years. Minus maintenance items of course include the clutch.

If you sell your car privately, you can get a better deal selling the car with a subaru extended warranty and the buyer will have piece of mind.

Its a gamble, but it makes selling your car much easier. Its pretty much like buying a CPO car from a private party seller.

Get the 7 year gold one. I got it for 1.5K
I got one for $1500 as well. What amounts to a 7 year bumper to bumper warranty made sense for me, as I plan to do no mods and keep the car 6-7 years.

I'm more worried about odds and ends stuff going bad, but Subaru does have an iffy history when it comes to WRX engines and transmissions so... peace of mind to the end.
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Yes. And you can buy a genuine Subaru warranty online as well, typically for a better price than what your local dealer will offer.

I am hoping they will offer a more modern engine in the STI in the next 3 years or so which might make me trade in my 2015 WRX

Is this through SOA directly or just certain dealerships that sell online?
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Is this through SOA directly or just certain dealerships that sell online?
Subaru dealerships that sell the Subaru genuine extended warranty.
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Anyone ever heard of or used the planet subaru warranty?

Free tires for life of vehicle

10yr 150k power train warranty


For $1195

Seems like a damn good deal if you planned on keeping stock rims/tires. Unfortunately I don't, and they won't cover my power train in a year or twos time, lol.


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never say never. but my car had 0 warranty issues during the factory warranty period. had i gotten the extended warranty i might have been able to get my secondary air injection valves covered about 1.5 years ago, but that wouldn't have come close to the initial warranty cost.
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The problem is, when headlights, power windows, radios, o2 sensors, blah blah start going bad.

Will these cost more than the 1-2K you are paying for the warranty? Yep. It also covers wheels and tire damage from pot holes. It covers the entire car bumper to bumper for 7 years. Minus maintenance items of course include the clutch.

If you sell your car privately, you can get a better deal selling the car with a subaru extended warranty and the buyer will have piece of mind.

Its a gamble, but it makes selling your car much easier. Its pretty much like buying a CPO car from a private party seller.

Get the 7 year gold one. I got it for 1.5K

To clarify so others are not confused or mislead:

The Gold Plus Plan will cover ONE tire blowout during the life of the warranty, and you have to get reimbursed. The problem with AWD is that usually if you get a flat with more than 20% of the life of the tires gone, you have to replace all 4.

Your clutch will NOT be covered, even with the Gold Plus Plan, if there are signs of abuse. (Hot Spots on the flywheel etc) Only if it is deemed "defective" by Subaru.

I agree they are worth the money, especially a 7/100K for 1500 bucks.
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Can you buy the warranty anytime up to the point where your original warranty expires (3 years or 36k)?

Yes. The perk to doing it up front is that you can roll it into financing, as opposed to having to pay outright for it down the road.
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Anyone ever heard of or used the planet subaru warranty?

Free tires for life of vehicle

10yr 150k power train warranty


For $1195

Seems like a damn good deal if you planned on keeping stock rims/tires. Unfortunately I don't, and they won't cover my power train in a year or twos time, lol.


Here's a link

http://www.planetsubaru.com/planet-passport-program.htm
Please for the LOVE of god do not do this. You are buying close to nothing for the price. Read the disclaimers. Pay close attention. You have to do every single recommended service at thier location. Every one.
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