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Old 05-01-2003, 12:53 PM   #1
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Hey there guys. I just brought my car in today to Ron Price to have a little bit of warranty work done. I brought it in for the following issues:

1. Front OEM body kit was coming apart from bumper
2. E-Brake Cable was really loose

While I watched the techs work on my car, they managed to fit at least 5 guys under the car while it was on the rack to point out every little modification including my cat back, and perrin DP w/out cat, swaybars, and lowering. Not only that, but the even popped my hood for no reason, and found my blow off valve, and boost controller. The service advisor made sure to make comments in the service report that the aftermarket parts were found. I strongly suggest that if you have mods dont go to Ron Price, cause they are looking, Whether or not I can dispute the BOV, and Boost controller stuff is iffy, cause there was no reason to pop the hood to fix an ebrake cable, or lower front air dam on an oem body kit. If anyone knows a friend at a dealership, that can somehow erase the mods from the comments I would glady give ya some cash. It just seems like these dealerships are looking for reasons to void warranties.

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Old 05-01-2003, 01:05 PM   #2
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They fixed your problem right? Your mods wouldn't cause those parts to fail.

It sucks, but with many people making fradulent warranty claims, Subaru has to protect themselves. If you're not prepared to pay when parts break on your modded car, don't mod it.

ps. Why would you take it to the dealer for those lame problems if you're so concerned about them finding out about your mods?
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Old 05-01-2003, 01:31 PM   #3
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Yeah they fixed the problem, but Im just worried that sometime down the road my valve cover gasket could go bad, or some very unrelated thing, and they will say that my drivetrain warranty is void because of my mods!
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Old 05-01-2003, 01:46 PM   #4
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Errr.. How much power over stock is the drive train expected to withstand?
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Old 05-01-2003, 01:55 PM   #5
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In the real world somewhere around 300hp. But to SOA, nothing more than 227. Im just concerned that I may have just been blacklisted, and now no matter what dealership I go to, they are going to have a record of the mods, and SOA will deny claims on very expensive repairs like the tranny and engine itself.

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Old 05-01-2003, 03:19 PM   #6
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But from their point of view, they have to draw the line somewhere, although it sucks if you are the wrong side of the line.

I auto-x my WRX, and as such, would not expect SOA to cover wheel bearings, shocks, etc. However, if the starter motor or AC packs in, I consider them unrelated to how I use/abuse the car. Where it gets grey is engine/drivetrain. Auto-x shouldn't really load these any more than an enthusiatic drive through the hills, but I could see that it is heavier than average road driving.
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Old 05-01-2003, 03:30 PM   #7
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Understand their point of view too. About a couple of months ago, on i-club.com there was a guy who blew his engine because he didn't know how to tune his engine correctly. He was running 18 psi on stock turbo with CAI and no engine management. He blew his engine running rich.

He then tried to get it fixed under warranty by changing his car back to stock. Unfortunately someone sent the dealerships around him an e-mail the thread and he was denied repairs everywhere.

It's these types of "change it back to stock" people who cause dealerships to be extra wary of their warranties. Ron Price is a good dealership (if you read all the reviews on this board) and they most likely won't void your warranty if it isn't due to your parts.

I hate to say it though, but once you start messing with the boost, I think SOA has grounds to deny warranty work if anything engine related breaks. Sorry.
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Old 05-01-2003, 04:12 PM   #8
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My understanding is that SOA has required ALL dealers to start doing this kind of thing because of the issues or perceived issues that were cropping up with warantee service.
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Old 05-01-2003, 05:11 PM   #9
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My understanding is that SOA has required ALL dealers to start doing this kind of thing because of the issues or perceived issues that were cropping up with warantee service.
That will just make people more nervous to go to the dealer with mods. So more will take it back to stock before going.
SOA just needs to make and publish explicit guidelines for warranty work.
Then people can know exactly what to expect.
If it were published that, "though changing your exhaust is not recommended or necessarily legal, having a less-restricted exhaust path will not be grounds for denial of warranty work on your transmission or engine", people would be a lot happier.

What happens when the dealers are all paranoid and have no guidelines, like now, is they freak out and go "Aftermarket Exhaust! He must be running more boost, drag racing and just removed the boost controller before bringing it in. SOA will deny us our warranty work money months later. So we must deny the customer."

Maybe now that the STi is going to be here there will be less warranty claims on modded WRXs cause people will just get the STi instead. Heh.
Maybe with the crackdown, everyone will stop modding their cars - right.
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Old 05-01-2003, 06:31 PM   #10
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Haha, with the STi here there will be even MORE people getting and modding WRXs to try to match/beat its performance!

I agree that Subaru needs to draw the line somewhere, but it would be good to have some kind of guidelines to explain that an aftermarket exhaust or lip is not going to mean a voided drivetrain warranty.
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Old 05-02-2003, 03:24 PM   #11
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Dealer suck. They just want to pump up the hours they work on your car and make $$$ with labor. I got hosed last time I went to a dealer.
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Old 05-02-2003, 03:41 PM   #12
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yep this really sucks, and yes all dealerships do this now.

they turned down my warrantee work at santa cruz. i had a bad rear O2 sensor that they wouldn't fix under warrantee. one of the clips broke that holds the sensor in place so the sensor touched a hot pipe and burned right through one of the wires.

at first SOA said it was because i have an aftermarket uppipe (i-speed jdm), but when i contacted them about what i found about the broken clip they said it must have been done during the install of the "performance exhaust"

all a load of bull***** if you ask me, and i had to pay for the parts to fix my own car cause they won't cover it.
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Old 05-02-2003, 08:51 PM   #13
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Sorry to hear that Tony, yeah I know the dealer can be a pain and I guess they don't like your Blitz muffler and exhaust. How's your HID coming along, let me know. Late.
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Old 05-02-2003, 10:07 PM   #14
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They really dont like any mods....those buttheads. But anyways...the HID's are just sitting in the Morettes all ready to rock. Turns out the covers that I brought in to be painted were painted with some sort of aerosol by the previous owner, so when they went to re-spray them the paint just lifted and bubbled. They had to strip it down to bare plastic, prime it, and start all over. Supposedly they will be done early next week. Even with the delays its ok, cause its pouring rain, and I'm waiting on my "city light" led bulbs, and my silverstar turn signals. Now Im thinking about getting a Cwest Grill, and getting another STi scoop....should have never sold the one I had. Stupid decisions. Anyone have a Cwest grill? Do you know if it uses the fasteners that pop in place just like the stock grill? These along with a pair of stock wheels powdercoated gold, and some good rubber will be my last exterior mods.
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Old 05-03-2003, 01:30 PM   #15
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ron price subaru are pretty shady imho. my sis went to service her vw, and they charged her 300 bucks for replacing the side mirror, and they even used her old scratched mirror, just replaced the housing, and they "charged" her about 400 bucks to replace 1 brake pad which they said had about 80 percent pad left at her last service, but somehow wore down in a month. well, they gave her a full discount on the brake and said they were doing her a favor. bullish. favor these nuts
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