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Old 06-01-2010, 08:54 PM   #1
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Default Just bought a 06 wrx, with extended warranty

Like that title says, I recently bought a 06 wrx with 43k on the clock. The car drives wonderful, the dealership certified it... Don't know how much to put into that except that it knocked 1000 of the price of the warranty.

So anyways I got myself into a 6 year loan, which I am fine with and all. The warranty cost me an extra 2k, and its good for 6years, or 100k miles. I assume I will hit the mile mark before the date.

So my question is, I've had the car for under a week, and I am debating whether or not I should keep the warranty or not. The manager told me that the bank "required" that I got the extended warranty (I sincerely doubt that), but I had already planned on buying it before I sat down, so I didnít battle it much.

I planned to buy the warranty before I actually bought the car, because I donít exactly know the history of the car and I want to be covered if anything happened to the car.. It is a wrx and I donít know the previous owner or how they drove it... Now I am thinking, does it matter? The old owner could have drove it to reddline each shift but I am still going to liable for the repairs of the car, and if I spin a bearing or somehow wreck the engine the dealer is going to tell me it was my fault and deny meÖ

Or am I just being paranoid? I bought the car with a cat back exhaust, and I plan to go to stage 2 next year, probably
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:02 PM   #2
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Like that title says, I recently bought a 06 wrx with 43k on the clock. The car drives wonderful, the dealership certified it... Don't know how much to put into that except that it knocked 1000 of the price of the warranty.

So anyways I got myself into a 6 year loan, which I am fine with and all. The warranty cost me an extra 2k, and its good for 6years, or 100k miles. I assume I will hit the mile mark before the date.

So my question is, I've had the car for under a week, and I am debating whether or not I should keep the warranty or not. The manager told me that the bank "required" that I got the extended warranty (I sincerely doubt that), but I had already planned on buying it before I sat down, so I didnít battle it much.

I planned to buy the warranty before I actually bought the car, because I donít exactly know the history of the car and I want to be covered if anything happened to the car.. It is a wrx and I donít know the previous owner or how they drove it... Now I am thinking, does it matter? The old owner could have drove it to reddline each shift but I am still going to liable for the repairs of the car, and if I spin a bearing or somehow wreck the engine the dealer is going to tell me it was my fault and deny meÖ

Or am I just being paranoid? I bought the car with a cat back exhaust, and I plan to go to stage 2 next year, probably
if your saying you plan on going stage 2 in a yrear......probably. that means you are 50/50. keep the warranty its worth it. even if you do go stage 2 and something happends that you need engine work you can always swap the downpipe, slap the stock heatsheild back on and reflash to stock. the dealer will never know people do it all the time
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:04 PM   #3
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if your saying you plan on going stage 2 in a yrear......probably. that means you are 50/50. keep the warranty its worth it. even if you do go stage 2 and something happends that you need engine work you can always swap the downpipe, slap the stock heatsheild back on and reflash to stock. the dealer will never know people do it all the time
you dont think a mechanic at the dealer isnt gonna tell that you swapped parts for a warranty claim?? good luck.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:12 PM   #4
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if your saying you plan on going stage 2 in a yrear......probably. that means you are 50/50. keep the warranty its worth it. even if you do go stage 2 and something happends that you need engine work you can always swap the downpipe, slap the stock heatsheild back on and reflash to stock. the dealer will never know people do it all the time

Yeah, That is what I was kinda thinking. Its a huge hassle but worth not spending the money on a new engine. I do believe that after flashing your ECU even back to stock it will leave a footprint that the dealer can pick up on, if looked for.

I believe I cam across something saying that in my search's...


Am I really at mercy of the mechanic being "cool" or not?
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:29 PM   #5
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FWIW, I bought my 2006 WRX new and modded from day-1. I have an extended warrranty none-the-less and did not cancel it. I fortunately have not had to exercise the warranty.

Modding = you take the risk into your own hands.

Modding does not equal 'voiding' the warranty. They can however 'deny your claim'. These are not one and the same.

If the extended warranty is effectively built into your financing, then keep it. Remember that it has to be proven that the modification caused the failure.

Modding your car, causing damage due to modding/driving habits (e.g. racing) and then swapping the original parts back on to make a warranty claim is akin to fraud. Just so you know, I'm not telling you or anyone else what's right or wrong. I'm just making a statement, that's all.

Keep the warranty, mod the car, maintain the car, enjoy it, and don't beat the crap out of it and you'll enjoy many, many more miles of driving it.
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Old 06-02-2010, 01:00 AM   #6
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This is an interesting question. I also purchased a 2007 WRX that came with an aftermarket catback. I highly doubt anyone would try to deny me warranty coverage because of a catback exhaust, but the point I'm headed towards is the fact that I bought it at a Nissan dealership that really had no idea whether anything on the car was stock or not. So if I purchased the car AND the extended warranty the way it came off the lot with aftermarket parts, isn't the purchase of the extended warranty now considering the vehicle as is? And if so, couldn't you always default to "Hey, I bought it from you guys just like this" if they tried to deny coverage based on an aftermarket part?
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Old 06-02-2010, 07:23 AM   #7
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And if so, couldn't you always default to "Hey, I bought it from you guys just like this" if they tried to deny coverage based on an aftermarket part?
I was thinking this, but really where is the proof? did you sign something saying you bought a "modded" car?... or did it just kinda fly under the radar, I know mine did.

To be honest though, the dealer I was working with seemed pretty chill, when I made a joke about blowing the engine up within the next 6 years so I get another 10 years out of the car the manager just kinda laughed and said it wouldn't of been the first time.


I guess I will just start hunting through warranty denial threads, see what people have been saying
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I did the same and kept my warranty -- if nothing else it is a bit of peace of mind up to 100k miles.
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