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Old 06-24-2005, 08:49 AM   #1
Ovcoursitsilver
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Question Would you spring for the extended warranty?

I'm expecting to pick up my new '05 Legacy GT LTD next week and the dealership called to offer me an extended bumper-to-bumper warranty.

When buying an American car I paid well over $1,000 for an extra three years of drivetrain warranty. I collected on that one when they replaced the transmission. But when I bought my Civic Si, I refused the bumper-to-bumper three year extension at only $500 and never needed it. I used the strange logic that if the warranty is expensive, you're likely to need it, but if it's cheap, it's because the car is good and their risk of paying is low.

Now the Subaru dealership is offering me a three year extension of the bumper-to-bumper warranty for over $1200 CDN; roughly $950 US; I find it expensive. The car comes with a pretty extensive 5 year, 100,000 km powertrain warranty but they claim all the electronics, covered for only 3 years and 60,000 km, are very expensive to replace.

I would appreciate your opinions on the need to buy this extended warranty on non-powertrain items. I realise the current Legacy is relatively new to the market, but it does have a lot of gizmos and some of you may have had some experience already.
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Old 06-24-2005, 09:00 AM   #2
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Warranties never hurt, my friend.
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Old 06-24-2005, 09:47 AM   #3
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Its all a gamble when it comes to that. The power plant is proven so I would not worry too much about that but as with any model redesign you may see some problems in the first year. Also if you plan on modding look at how that will effect the warranty. In the end you just have to decide if nothing breaks was your peace of mind worth 1k or not?

I did not buy mine on the BE and had to shell out almost 900 for a new VC just out of warranty. I did just buy one for my wifes VR6 Jetta, more for her peace of mind than anything.

So ya I got nothing....
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Old 06-24-2005, 09:56 AM   #4
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Check out third party extended warranties as well and really make sure you know what is covered and more importantly what is NOT! Had I checked one stinking more box on my forms I would have sved a good $1200 in work.

Sit down and read the entire form fine print and all.

Although I'm sure the factory warranty is pretty good.
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Old 06-24-2005, 10:24 AM   #5
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I have found extended warranties to be worth it. Sometimes it is more for peace of mind than anything else. I bought one with my '02 but, hope I do not need it. I used it on a Pontiac I had many many times.

I payed about 60-65% of the dealers first quote for the extended warranty on the Subie, I do not remember what it finally was. But, work them over on the cost of the warranty. There is huge mark-ups on that stuff, pure profit for the dealer.

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Old 06-24-2005, 10:36 AM   #6
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I payed about 60-65% of the dealers first quote for the extended warranty on the Subie, I do not remember what it finally was. But, work them over on the cost of the warranty.
Hmmmmm; Good idea I had not thought of. I haven't purchased yet so that's still a possibility.
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Old 06-24-2005, 11:55 AM   #7
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I got the extended warranty, but it only cost me $500 ish. Its a good idea, and a piece of mind that IF anything happens your covered. I have had to many cars that once they hit 36,000 miles went off warranty and I worried alot about it, and usually ended up selling/tading the car for new just to get out of it before it broke.

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Old 06-24-2005, 03:16 PM   #8
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We just picked up a similar car non-Limited though. We declined the warranty offered at $1500. Just to break even you need to have a $1500 repair, less common in itself. Big deal if the repair is $1500 or close to it, you still paid $1500. In order to actually win against the house(warranty) you need more than $1500 in repairs which I believe is pretty low chances.

However if you don't have $1500 easily available at all times and making payment is a thought maybe not a bad idea for your own peace of mind.
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Old 06-24-2005, 04:03 PM   #9
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I wouldn't forsee any major expenses on a Subaru that aren't covered by the standard warranty. If your car's electronics are going to fail, they'll more than likely show problems during the first year or two.

Figure, dealerships wouldn't sell warranties if they didn't make money on them in the end... the odds are in their favor. As a consumer, extended warranties typically aren't worth the extra charge.
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