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Old 06-19-2010, 12:13 AM   #301
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Hi all. New to the site. Have an 08, 30K on the odometer. Had uppipe, down pipe, TBE, HKS A/I, and a professional 94 octane tune (on 4 Wheel dyno and computer mapped).

Blew engine (cylinder #1) and now the dealer is sending the entire engine and ECU to head office for further review prior to advising whether warranty will cover or not.

After reading all threads in past on 08 engines failing modded or not, and how Subaru of America has dealt with them, not feeling good about my situation.

Mine is one of the recall/ECU reflash models that had the detonation issues.

Now, the mods were all done by a pro shop with one of the only 4 wheel dynos in my neck of the woods, and they told me that prior to my tune, my engine had a knock. They smoothed it out and did a leak down test with nothing showing as being wrong.

This may be an old issue based on some of the threads on this topic, but this just happened to me and I have a feeling I am going to get jacked.

Any input would be appreciated.
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:50 PM   #302
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Well I just found out that my 03 WRX with 61xxx miles on will not have repairs done to the cat. converter even though its under Federal Emissions law due to the fact of it having a Salvage Title...

Has anyone ever delt with this before. They have yet to give me an specific reason why other then it being a Salvage title. Recalls can still be performed but not Emission repairs under 8/80,000.

sucks even more because I work for Land Rover and they seem to find not a problem to still have the repair done Salvage or not.
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:37 AM   #303
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Then take it to Land Rover and have them warranty it.

It is a SALVAGED TITLE. There are reasons that you should already know why manufacturers do not warranty a car when the title is salvaged. They do not have to cover it because it is salvaged. This is not hard to understand, and surprised that someone who works in the business has an issue with it.
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:16 PM   #304
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Hi all. New to the site. Have an 08, 30K on the odometer. Had uppipe, down pipe, TBE, HKS A/I, and a professional 94 octane tune (on 4 Wheel dyno and computer mapped).

Blew engine (cylinder #1) and now the dealer is sending the entire engine and ECU to head office for further review prior to advising whether warranty will cover or not.

After reading all threads in past on 08 engines failing modded or not, and how Subaru of America has dealt with them, not feeling good about my situation.

Mine is one of the recall/ECU reflash models that had the detonation issues.

Have you told the dealership any of this? If you haven't, you are almost certainly screwed. If you are completely upfront and honest from the beginning, you might have gotten a 50/50 deal or at least some help. I'm guessing now that it has gone up the chain it will have too much attention to get any help, its going to be a flat out denial of the claim based on mods.
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Old 07-23-2010, 01:00 PM   #305
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I really wish this thread would be stickied in the NEWBIE section. This topic comes up many times a day there and if people had easy access to read this, maybe it would stop a bunch of usless posting.

Mods, can we pretty, pretty please (with sugar on top) sticky this in the newbie section????
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:22 PM   #306
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Anyone have a good phone # for SOA?

My Clutch that was going on an off at 19k is now gone at 37k. It would slip for a day or two here and there. I ended up not doing my due diligence and taking the car to them everytime it did since they blew me off the first time I brought it in. Working full time and going to school full time I just didn't have time to be there at the dealer every other week as was happening.

The dealership gave me a # at SOA, but I can't imagine them giving me a # to anyone but a "No-Man"

I don't hold out a lot of hope for them covering any of it, but $1700 to replace a clutch? They definately are not going to get the work after the problems I've had with the car.

I'm pretty sure they have decided that with the problems I've had, I'm lost as a potential customer, so screw it, we're going to get whatever we can out of it.

Too bad, I like the Trebeca.
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Old 08-17-2010, 11:27 PM   #307
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There is already a thread with this post in it. I replied to it. Also this doesn't apply being your "warranty is not voided". The clutch is not a covered component at 37k. Why didn't you address this at 19k-35k??

I always gave customers SOA number so they can call them. I mean it can be found on the internet. You act like it is the batphone to the President.
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Old 08-18-2010, 02:03 AM   #308
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There is already a thread with this post in it. I replied to it. Also this doesn't apply being your "warranty is not voided". The clutch is not a covered component at 37k. Why didn't you address this at 19k-35k??

I always gave customers SOA number so they can call them. I mean it can be found on the internet. You act like it is the batphone to the President.
I realized after posting to this that this thread was not likely the correct one.

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Old 08-30-2010, 05:18 PM   #309
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Ok, so I've read all the FAQs in this section, including most of this whole thread.

I have a 08 WRX that was on the factory GOLD warranty when I bought it, and at the time of purchase I extended the warranty through Subaru to 7/70K.

I have two main questions:

1) Oil changes. From what I read, as long as I keep detailed records of the mileage and date of the oil change, its ok that I do them myself. I believe that I also need to keep the receipts for all filters and oil used.

Question: MUST I use Subaru brand filters or oil? I search online and I get nothing but conflicting answers.

2) I have ordered a Kartboy short shifter. If my transmission takes a dump one day due to no fault of my own (I NEVER abuse my cars, no launches, no clutch dumps, etc...), would it be in my best interest to swap in the factory shifter BEFORE I take it to the dealer for a warranty claim? Its an easy swap, but I'd like to know if this is really necessary or not for a transmission claim issue.


EDIT: Ok, so I would very much like to hear the answers from the experts here, but I decided to actually talk to the service department at my dealership about the oil issue. The guy said that all I needed to do, was document the date and mileage of every change, and keep receipts. I asked specifically if I needed to buy ANY particular oil or filter, and he said that the brand did not matter, just that the change was done at the right time and receipts exist.

^ Does that jive with what you all understand to be true?

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Old 08-30-2010, 05:29 PM   #310
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1) I would say that you must use a Subaru or equivalent filter. The catch is that most manufactures that claim OE replacement for Subaru are not an exact replacement and have a different pressure for oil bypass. Any oil that meets the requirements as laid out in the manual is fine.

2) One could argue the ethics/morals of it, but the reality is that more than likely they will be able to tell that you were working on it with tools shortly before you brought it to them.
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:33 PM   #311
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1) I would say that you must use a Subaru or equivalent filter. The catch is that most manufactures that claim OE replacement for Subaru are not an exact replacement and have a different pressure for oil bypass. Any oil that meets the requirements as laid out in the manual is fine.

2) One could argue the ethics/morals of it, but the reality is that more than likely they will be able to tell that you were working on it with tools shortly before you brought it to them.
Yes!

Great point! I'll be sure to double check that the filter and oil meet the specs.

Heck, I may break down and just buy the oil and filter from Subaru, but I feel that the Rotella is probably superior to the OEM Subaru oil....not sure how to actually verify that without lab testing though.
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:34 PM   #312
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I use Subaru Filters with whatever oil is on sale at costco. For my driving, I'm not convinced the cost of superior oil filter is even measurable...
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:36 PM   #313
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I use Subaru Filters with whatever oil is on sale at costco. For my driving, I'm not convinced the cost of superior oil filter is even measurable...
I'm not entirely convinced either, but I'm an "err on the side of caution" kind of guy, especially on a turbo charged car.

I think I'll buy the Subaru filters and use the best oil I can find that meets or exceeds the specs of the OEM oil.
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Old 05-19-2011, 02:06 PM   #314
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i really want to tune my car however its a toss up....is it worth it to void the warrantee? ive already purchased parts(tuner)...
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Old 05-19-2011, 02:12 PM   #315
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that's obviously a decision you need to make. why do people ask internet forums to make decisions for them?

here's the answer: a lot of people will say its worth it and a lot of people will say they don't want to risk repairing things on their own bill
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Old 07-21-2011, 04:35 PM   #316
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very helpfull i thought any upgrades to the car would void it
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:01 AM   #317
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Salvage title is a salvage title.

Who knows what they did to the car to steal it, or while it was in their possession.
Unless things are different from USA to Canada, a Salvage Title here means that a vehicle was deemed a "total loss", and was then fixed and safetied by a certified safety tech. A total loss occurs when the repair costs exceed 75% of the depreciated value of the car, value determined by insurance company. If, for example, you have a $10,000 car, and have $8000 damage to it, it is deemed a total loss, however you can buy the car back from the insurance company, and repair it yourself(or have it repaired), and get the car safetied and put back on the road. This is a very common thing, both in Canada and USA, also, I checked US definitions while writing this, and it's the same in both. Salvage title doesn't mean stolen, just TL'd and repaired.
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:05 AM   #318
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Now, the mods were all done by a pro shop with one of the only 4 wheel dynos in my neck of the woods, and they told me that prior to my tune, my engine had a knock. They smoothed it out and did a leak down test with nothing showing as being wrong.
Ah, yes, let's try to extract more power out of an engine that already has a knock. Excellent idea!
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:26 AM   #319
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Unless things are different from USA to Canada, a Salvage Title here means that a vehicle was deemed a "total loss", and was then fixed and safetied by a certified safety tech. A total loss occurs when the repair costs exceed 75% of the depreciated value of the car, value determined by insurance company. If, for example, you have a $10,000 car, and have $8000 damage to it, it is deemed a total loss, however you can buy the car back from the insurance company, and repair it yourself(or have it repaired), and get the car safetied and put back on the road. This is a very common thing, both in Canada and USA, also, I checked US definitions while writing this, and it's the same in both. Salvage title doesn't mean stolen, just TL'd and repaired.
In the US, there are several reasons a salvage title could be issued, some vary by state:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvage_title
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:20 AM   #320
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Make sure you keep all receipts for everything. When you put $00.50 in an air compressor at the gas station to regulate tire pressure ask them for a receipt. Just keep it in the file cabinet in the hatch along with the 7000 other files you need for your car to be covered.

I know this sounds crazy..... But that's what your responsibility is.
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:07 PM   #321
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This is great. I have always worried about modding my car. Now I can mod away and not have to worry.
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This is great. I have always worried about modding my car. Now I can mod away and not have to worry.
It's obvious that somebody read the thread title, and stopped right there.
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:19 AM   #323
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Thanks for that post, good stuff. MJEFF
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:21 AM   #324
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Thanks for your post, my apologies if this is a double post. MJEFF
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Old 10-14-2012, 01:17 PM   #325
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I agree with what people were saying about marketing and how they show cars doing things in commercials that would void a warranty. I know in jeeps commercials they show them off-roading, and the jeep warranty covers any damage done while offroading. It'd be nice if Subaru would do something similar if they are going to advertise as a "race car"
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