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Old 01-19-2019, 01:30 PM   #1
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Default Will working on your own car void warranty?

I am in the process of purchasing a 2016 Crosstrek with a 3 year warranty, I like the idea of having the extra coverage but not so much taking the car in all the time to change the oil or other small maintenance tasks. I have always done work on my own vehicles and I like doing it, will changing the oil myself void the warranty? Or anything else I will do myself?
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Old 01-20-2019, 02:10 PM   #2
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I am in the process of purchasing a 2016 Crosstrek with a 3 year warranty, I like the idea of having the extra coverage but not so much taking the car in all the time to change the oil or other small maintenance tasks. I have always done work on my own vehicles and I like doing it, will changing the oil myself void the warranty? Or anything else I will do myself?

Keep ur receipt for oil, filter and date u purchased. Take a picture for the Mileage every 5,000 kilometers for ur proof. The Stealership will allow the warranty and good luck.
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Old 01-20-2019, 02:31 PM   #3
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I have always done my own maintenance and never had a warranty claim even ask about.
As said above, keep some kind of records.
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Old 01-20-2019, 05:08 PM   #4
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Vehicle maintenance is 100% OK from a warranty standpoint. I mean, after all they do want their vehicles to be maintained. Just don't break something during maintenance and expect Subaru to warranty it!
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Old 01-20-2019, 06:07 PM   #5
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Yeah, as other have said, keep your receipts if you're worried about warranty.

One of the issues I have with my cars is I too service my own cars so Carfax shows zero history since taking ownership when it comes time to sell.
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Old 01-21-2019, 01:44 PM   #6
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You can manually add items to the carfax as you perform them, if you like
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Old 01-22-2019, 07:23 AM   #7
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Good to know, thank you for the input everyone!
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Old 01-22-2019, 09:23 AM   #8
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I keep a small spiral notebook in each car. When I do something, I write down the date, miles, what I did/added/checked quantity and price.
So, if I check tire pressures, I log it and add pressure info on pressure found and what I left them at.
If I am low on a fluid, what and did I add.
When I do an oil change, I list the weight.
When I do a gas fill, I also do the MPG so I can track how the engine is running. I also add if it's a tank pulling a trailer to show why it may be lower.

This way, if I go to a dealer, I can pull the book out and show everything that was done.
Never had an issue with them relating to me doing work.
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Old 01-22-2019, 12:15 PM   #9
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I keep a small spiral notebook in each car. When I do something, I write down the date, miles, what I did/added/checked quantity and price.
So, if I check tire pressures, I log it and add pressure info on pressure found and what I left them at.
If I am low on a fluid, what and did I add.
When I do an oil change, I list the weight.
When I do a gas fill, I also do the MPG so I can track how the engine is running. I also add if it's a tank pulling a trailer to show why it may be lower.

This way, if I go to a dealer, I can pull the book out and show everything that was done.
Never had an issue with them relating to me doing work.
I use an app on my phone called Drivvo. I use that to keep track of gas fills. I input odometer reading, station location, grade of gas, price per gallon, and gallons filled. It will automatically keep track of MPG and has a bunch of other features. It also will auto-input gas station location if you've been there before. Great way to keep track of mileage and also gas station location of stations where you've found notable gas (good or bad).
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Old 01-22-2019, 02:49 PM   #10
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I keep a small spiral notebook in each car. When I do something, I write down the date, miles, what I did/added/checked quantity and price.
I do the same thing. My toolbox has a hanging side cabinet with a bunch of small drawers. Each drawer contains a notebook for each of our vehicles and also for our tractors and other small items (chainsaw, leafblower, etc). Honestly, for me, it's critical - especially for lower use items like classic cars or leaf blowers where I just can't keep it all in my head when things happened last.

Anytime I work on something I pull out the notebook and record what happened and the mileage or hours. Doesn't need to be a novel of information. Usually it's "Oil, filter and crush ring change, xxxx miles, xxx date". I also put all of my receipts in the drawer.

I don't know if it's the "best" system, but if something ever happens to the WRX, I just need to open that drawer, grab all the receipts and log book and I should be able to present a clear maintenance timeline.
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Old 01-22-2019, 03:40 PM   #11
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Just to be sure, read the warranty you purchased. What’s it called?
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Old 01-24-2019, 08:36 AM   #12
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It's the 3 year/60,000 km I am pretty sure, I don't know if it had a name or not but it's full warranty including everything in the car
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Old 01-24-2019, 01:59 PM   #13
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I use an app on my phone called Drivvo. I use that to keep track of gas fills. I input odometer reading, station location, grade of gas, price per gallon, and gallons filled. It will automatically keep track of MPG and has a bunch of other features. It also will auto-input gas station location if you've been there before. Great way to keep track of mileage and also gas station location of stations where you've found notable gas (good or bad).
+1 for Drivvo. I use it to track everything from gas fills to maintenance items such as oil changes, tire rotations etc., and any expenses. I like that the app lets you see your average mpg each time you fill, assuming you log the fill-up every time.

You can also set reminders for maintenance items, on a miles and/or months schedule.
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Old 01-26-2019, 03:23 PM   #14
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Yeah, as other have said, keep your receipts if you're worried about warranty.

One of the issues I have with my cars is I too service my own cars so Carfax shows zero history since taking ownership when it comes time to sell.
I don t put too much faith in carfax, I ve seen several times and heard stories about gross errors in being accurate with everything from maintenance to accidents. When it comes time to sell/buy I d rather see a well documented car by the owner than carfax.
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Old 01-28-2019, 02:22 PM   #15
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am i the only one that uses the mysubaru app/website to log maintenenace? I also have a google drive folder for each car. I have a folder for each car for each service interval. The service folders have pics of receipts, mileage, what I did. I use a scanner app on my phone to quickly create PDFs of my receipts and upload direct to google drive from phone.

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Old 02-03-2019, 12:24 PM   #16
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Wow - that looks so well organized and well done. I can’t see any reason why someone would “challenge” the validity of that info. Especially with receipt photos. Well done!
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