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Old 10-22-2004, 02:39 AM   #1
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Default Warranty issues w/ blown head gasket and minor mods?

Warranty issues w/ blown head gasket and minor mods? Went to Rennick today to buy rubber floor mats, since we've had rainy weather in Socal. On the way home 5 fwy northbound was a friggen parking lot so got off some where in La Mirada. While driving the STI spiritedly on the side streets, I came to a stop. As I took off I mashed the gas pedal, then next I heard a burst from boosted pressure that definitely didn't sound right. Next thing you know car would stall at idle. It would start but it would die a second later. With just by the feel of the motor stalling, I knew there was a definite loss of compression.
Well, I've only had the car for a couple months now with only 10885 k on the motor, it's still under factory warranty. I had it towed back to Rennick where they will diagnose it tomorrow. The only mods I have are a Turbo XS fmic with HKS ssbov, Invidia catless dp, and Blitz Nur spec Touring cat back exhaust. Should I have any warranty issues?
I heard they are mod friendly dealer but I've recently read some posts of thier service department getting strict. I don't see why, they have an extensive line of aftermarket performance parts. If worse comes to worse I can tow it back home and reinstall everything back to factory, tmic, factory dp and exhaust. Anyone have any experience with them in this situation?
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Old 10-22-2004, 02:49 AM   #2
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eh...good luck man.

I think your warrenty is shot unless a miracle happens.

most likely they will have already seen it, with mods, and written it off.

good luck mang

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Old 10-22-2004, 03:02 AM   #3
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did you read the announcement that carlos put at the top of the page, have fun with the repair bill.
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Warranty issues w/ blown head gasket and minor mods? Went to Rennick today to buy rubber floor mats, since we've had rainy weather in Socal. On the way home 5 fwy northbound was a friggen parking lot so got off some where in La Mirada. While driving the STI spiritedly on the side streets, I came to a stop. As I took off I mashed the gas pedal, then next I heard a burst from boosted pressure that definitely didn't sound right. Next thing you know car would stall at idle. It would start but it would die a second later. With just by the feel of the motor stalling, I knew there was a definite loss of compression.
Well, I've only had the car for a couple months now with only 10885 k on the motor, it's still under factory warranty. I had it towed back to Rennick where they will diagnose it tomorrow. The only mods I have are a Turbo XS fmic with HKS ssbov, Invidia catless dp, and Blitz Nur spec Touring cat back exhaust. Should I have any warranty issues?
I heard they are mod friendly dealer but I've recently read some posts of thier service department getting strict. I don't see why, they have an extensive line of aftermarket performance parts. If worse comes to worse I can tow it back home and reinstall everything back to factory, tmic, factory dp and exhaust. Anyone have any experience with them in this situation?
isn't changing the car back to stock to get warranty repairs dishonest?
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Old 10-22-2004, 03:29 AM   #5
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oh, and not to be dick or anything but posting this in a public forum where renick posts often proably wasnt the brightest idea



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Old 10-22-2004, 03:33 AM   #6
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oh, and not to be dick or anything but posting this in a public forum where renick posts often proably wasnt the brightest idea



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heh...thats why I quoted him
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Old 10-22-2004, 03:36 AM   #8
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did your parents not pick you up enough carlos?

hehe

j/k i love you

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Old 10-22-2004, 03:41 AM   #9
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did your parents not pick you up enough carlos?

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j/k i love you

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it wasn't so much the picking up part, as it was the repeated dropping on the head.
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Old 10-22-2004, 03:44 AM   #10
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hahahaha

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it wasn't so much the picking up part, as it was the repeated dropping on the head.
i know of another guy that was droped alot as a kid






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Warranty issues w/ blown head gasket and minor mods? Went to Rennick today to buy rubber floor mats, since we've had rainy weather in Socal. On the way home 5 fwy northbound was a friggen parking lot so got off some where in La Mirada. While driving the STI spiritedly on the side streets, I came to a stop. As I took off I mashed the gas pedal, then next I heard a burst from boosted pressure that definitely didn't sound right. Next thing you know car would stall at idle. It would start but it would die a second later. With just by the feel of the motor stalling, I knew there was a definite loss of compression.
Well, I've only had the car for a couple months now with only 10885 k on the motor, it's still under factory warranty. I had it towed back to Rennick where they will diagnose it tomorrow. The only mods I have are a Turbo XS fmic with HKS ssbov, Invidia catless dp, and Blitz Nur spec Touring cat back exhaust. Should I have any warranty issues?
I heard they are mod friendly dealer but I've recently read some posts of thier service department getting strict. I don't see why, they have an extensive line of aftermarket performance parts. If worse comes to worse I can tow it back home and reinstall everything back to factory, tmic, factory dp and exhaust. Anyone have any experience with them in this situation?
sweet street racing in the rain and making the tires spin awsome
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Old 10-22-2004, 06:21 AM   #13
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isn't changing the car back to stock to get warranty repairs dishonest?
What's not honest?, especially when that dealership sells several catless downpipes, the APS fmic, upgraded turbos, etc. It's like your local police department selling weed. It's not like, I upgraded the turbo, turned up the boost, redid the fuel map and detonated the motor, then put it back to stock after blowing the motor.
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oh, and not to be dick or anything but posting this in a public forum where renick posts often proably wasnt the brightest idea
By the way, it's probably, not proably. If you look at thier website, they show you customer's vehicles with way more mods than I have. Anyways, thank you for your support I know you didn't mean to be so insulting. Besides it's not thier service department I'm worried about, more like the adjuster from Subaru that may have to come down to inspect the vehicle before approving a repair like that, depending on the diagnosis.

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did you read the announcement that carlos put at the top of the page, have fun with the repair bill.
Thanks for your support, it's all about Karma.

You know, this could happen to any of you. Maybe some good advice can actually help your brother suby owners that may experience this instead just making criticizing remarks. I'm not the first and certainly not the last.
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re:Onederer What's not honest?, especially when that dealership sells several catless downpipes, the APS fmic, upgraded turbos, etc. It's like your local police department selling weed. It's not like, I upgraded the turbo, turned up the boost, redid the fuel map and detonated the motor, then put it back to stock after blowing the motor.
Please see the announcement up top and think about it.


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By the way, it's probably, not proably. If you look at thier website, they show you customer's vehicles with way more mods than I have. Anyways, thank you for your support I know you didn't mean to be so insulting. Besides it's not thier service department I'm worried about, more like the adjuster from Subaru that may have to come down to inspect the vehicle before approving a repair like that, depending on the diagnosis.
It's their not "thier", anyway not "anyways", and customers' not "customer's".

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Thanks for your support, it's all about Karma.

You know, this could happen to any of you. Maybe some good advice can actually help your brother suby owners that may experience this instead just making criticizing remarks. I'm not the first and certainly not the last.
Again, please see the announcement up top and do as it says. KTHX
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FYI
just because the dealership sells aftermarket parts does not mean that they HAVE to cover whatever issues that you or your vehicle have after the parts are installed.
that is purely YOUR responsibility.

If you have the parts on your car, and were out of warranty due to the addition of the parts, then yes...yes it is dishonest practice.

and regarding karma. it swings both ways compadre.
I have a host of aftermarket parts on my car. and if I were to blow my engine, i'd fully understand that it was not SOA's job to cover me under my warranty.
Besides...who adds a FMIC to a stock turbo? Unless you are a big fan of turbo lag.
I hear the regional SOA rep reads these things, and loves to deny warranty repairs due to just these types of threads.
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eh...good luck man.

I think your warrenty is shot unless a miracle happens...
After reading the rest of the thread, what Mr. SolidForce above said still summarizes my thoughts.

You could try, just be upfront and honest, and if they don't cover it, at least it's not like a denied transmission warranty (where you need to pay them extra for mandatory labor if they deem broken gears un-warrantable).

If i were you, i'd just head straight for Suby Specialties, Chaste Automotive, or Aerosim Research at this point. They can do all the work for you and they're nice people, no need to worry about having to deal with a service manager who may/may not be a dick about your warranty and mods.
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heh...thats why I quoted him
How much bad karma can you hold off!
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How much bad karma can you hold off!
i counter balance the karma thing by doing good deeds for those that are deserving. minimum twice a year, i volunteer my time and money to a worthy charity. When a friend is in need I will give them the shirt of my back if thats what it will take to make things right for them.
I don't ask for a free ride...from anyone.

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just because the dealership sells aftermarket parts does not mean that they HAVE to cover whatever issues that you or your vehicle have after the parts are installed.
that is purely YOUR responsibility.

If you have the parts on your car, and were out of warranty due to the addition of the parts, then yes...yes it is dishonest practice.

and regarding karma. it swings both ways compadre.
I have a host of aftermarket parts on my car. and if I were to blow my engine, i'd fully understand that it was not SOA's job to cover me under my warranty.
....I agree.
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just so you know, that FMIC voided your warranty.

i asked about what mods will void the warranty, and this is one of them.

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Just giving you honest answers man, and helping you out by giving you answers that really matter.

What do you want us to do? Lie and say "oh it will be fine! Renick is awesome! Ya fight the power!" like a buncha stupid hippies?

I think giving correct answers is support, personally.

Oh and the grammar/spelling thing. I really donít care how that ish comes out. This isnít an English term paper that I am writing or an APA journal I am submitting to be published. Just FYI.

I agree on going to the local Suby places to get it fixed. PM them on this board and tell them the situation.

Again, Good luck.

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[b]As I took off I mashed the gas pedal, then next I heard a burst from boosted pressure that definitely didn't sound right. Next thing you know car would stall at idle. It would start but it would die a second later. With just by the feel of the motor stalling, I knew there was a definite loss of compression.
Did you have your engine undertray on at the time?
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re:Onederer What's not honest?, especially when that dealership sells several catless downpipes, the APS fmic, upgraded turbos, etc. It's like your local police department selling weed.
What the part's department sells have absolutely nothing to do with how SOA would honor warrenty on a particular car.

I am sure there are policemen who sell weed, I am sure there are policemen who smoke weed (probably inside the police station), and every policemen speed on the road and break all traffic law. Would they bust you for smoking weed and speeding.......you can bet on it
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