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Old 01-24-2002, 04:19 AM   #1
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Default Are there warranty issues if dealer installs Subaru's perf. suspension or exhaust?

I'm buy a WRX soon and the only reason I would considering ordering with exhaust or suspension is if the dealer is more likely not use it as an excuse for denying ANY warranty issues.

Is this the case if Subaru's parts are used? If so, does it matter it is installed at time of vehicle purchase or can I install the parts later?
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Old 01-24-2002, 07:47 AM   #2
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As far as the suspension, the dealer probably won't install that for you.
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Old 01-24-2002, 11:50 AM   #3
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Well anytime you do it at time of purchase it is better because of the fact that you can fianance it with the car. I think the exhaust is over priced for what you get. You should see if your dealer would supply aftermarket parts for your subie. The dealer I'm going to go through is going to put all the aftermarket parts I'm ordering on with the fianancing.

And aftermarket parts can only effect your warranty if the part in question caused a problem and if it did your claim will be denied.
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Old 01-24-2002, 04:15 PM   #4
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This topic has been beat to death here, Subaru's STi "sport" suspension and exhaust are "intended for off highway use".

Technically they are not to be installed by dealers (although some dealerships are more compliant in this regard than others) and the parts come with no warranty.

Read the fine print on the brochure......
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Old 01-24-2002, 05:53 PM   #5
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My dealership would have been more than happy to install the suspension setup for me, were I so inclined. I still might have them do the bushing kit.

The muffler, suspension and short shifter don't come with a warranty but realistically, what can go wrong with those things that wouldn't have without them? If the muffer has a workmanship defect, about the only thing that can make a muffler go bad, I'm sure Subaru would replace it.

Suspensions just don't go bad, and the WRX suspension (stock) is built not only to haul, but FOR the long haul.

The short shifter includes the linkage, and the throws are perfectly spaced, just short enough that you couldn't do tranny damage if you TRIED. Color me impressed.

I would try the Subaru suspension kit, but I've heard that it's harsh and bouncy. I'd love to get a ride in a car equipped with the setup, just to know.

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Old 01-24-2002, 06:15 PM   #6
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All genuine Subaru parts and accessories installed at the port or by the dealer prior to the new owner taking delivery are covered by the Subaru New Car Limited Warranty (3yr/36000mi). SOA has specifically instructed dealers not to install the STi sport suspension and muffler. But if yours will install them prior to delivery and if they are listed on your invoice as installed options or accessories at time of delivery, then you would have a good case for claiming warranty service on those parts.
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Old 01-24-2002, 07:35 PM   #7
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Default dealer already has a wrx with STI muffler installed...

I test drove it. From what I inderstand, the owner of the dealership had it installed to test drive himself. Given that they are willing to sell a WRX with the muffler pre-installed, I will try to get them to sell me one with muffler and perf. suspension with full warranty coverage.

If not covered under warranty, then I won't install now or later...
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Old 01-24-2002, 07:41 PM   #8
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Default one last thing on warranty...

I'm not worried about warranty on the suspension or muffler.

Instead, I'm worried about the dealer/subaru claiming that the turbo is bad because of an aftermarket muffler, etc.

I have a chipped S4 now and I'm glad I decided to get out of the car because although it has been fun- i keeps me up at night thinking I might have a $8000 repair bill if I blow the turbos.

So, I figured if the dealer install the muffler and it is a Subaru part, then Subaru won't deny warranty on other parts of car. From what people are saying, it seems that this is only true if I manage to get the dealer to install at time of vechicle purchase. Which I will try and confirm...

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Old 01-24-2002, 10:18 PM   #9
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If you have a wheel bearing go bad, they might have a case for claiming the suspension caused it.

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harsh and bouncy
Not that bouncy. Fairly harsh - but it is a performance suspension.

The suspension kit comes with warranty disclaimer stickers ON THE PARTS and boxes.

http://www.new-impreza.com/na/disclaimer.htm

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Old 01-25-2002, 10:19 AM   #10
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Thanks for the input, Glenn. I'd love to get a ride in a car equipped with the SPT suspension. I don't know why I'm such a suspension tramp, but I am.

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Old 01-25-2002, 11:43 AM   #11
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I'm a bit of a suspension tramp too, I install them in people's cars just to try them. I think I'm up to 10 or so.

Remember the SPT suspension is basically STi VII OEM spec, or at least that's what I am lead to believe.

Glenn

PS if you're in Seattle, I'll take you for a ride in my car.
Seriously, they've sold a lot of these suspensions (subaruparts.com can barely keep them in stock) so you should be able to find someone local to try.
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Old 01-25-2002, 11:54 AM   #12
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I wish. Everybody in the Chicago area is running some other spring with the stock struts, doing coilovers, or staying on the (very fine) stock suspension.

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