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Old 11-21-2006, 12:16 PM   #1
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Default My Exhaust Woes

Its been less than a year since this happened. However, it was the first time I took pics and now that I have pics, I figured I'd post about it.

This all started after I'd owned my car for 8 months. The black paint started chipping off the exhaust. I take the car in and ask the dealer what can be done, they claim "SOA will consider this wear and tear, it won't be covered." Fine, I drive around for another year and a half with this crusty muffler. Luckily, by the time I was through, nearly ALL of the paint had chipped off and it was finally one color!

Unfortunately after owning it for about 2 years, it rattles. Dealer checks out the rattle and says the "element" has come loose in the muffler. Dandy! I finally get the exhaust I'd been waiting for! The dealer puts the paperwork through and SIX weeks later my muffler comes in. That was a long six weeks of rattling, thanks SOA.

Now for the installation. This isn't SOA's fault, but rather the dealers. They call, say its in, ask me when I can drop it off. I say "but its only a muffler, I can't just wait?" Nice girl at the dealership says "No I don't think so, we're probably going to need you to leave it." Fine, I make my appointment for about a week later. I think about it more and its two bolts and a gasket. This shouldn't take more than an hour. The dealership is 30 mins from me. Even though my schedule is tight, I'd rather sit at the dealership and waste an hour of my time rather than:

30 mins there
30 mins there (friend/ride)
30 mins back
30 mins back (friend/ride)
30 mins there
30 mins back.

Thats a lot of driving for 2 people over an axleback. I find the service managers number (Jim Donnelly) and figure I'll reason with him. Surely he'll see where I'm coming from. I call him and he too, insists that I drop it off! I call him one more time (kind of a PITA I know, but this is a PITA for me at this point) and he still denies my requests. He wins, I drop the car off.

I drive back to pick up my car and am just happy for it to be over with. I don't check out the work because "hey, its a two-bolt fix, how could it be screwed up?" I wash my car 4 days later and find the edge of the tip scuffed and dinged! I'm livid. I don't even bother going back because it its worth the 6 week wait time and ~3 hours labor (MY labor) to get rid of the dings.

However, how much did the little marks on the tip bother me, you ask? A lot. I picked up an SPT catback largely in part to the tip looking like crap about 6 months later. I was already in dismay over the dealerships work, but then I crawled under the car to change it out. I climb under and go "WTF is that??" Investigate it some more, and hrm, it appears that they never bothered to pull a sticker off the can. Smart guy probably thought it would eventually wash off, little did he know it would actually weld itself on.

What is the point of all this? Well, not sure really. I couldn't believe that you could actually screw up an axleback muffler install, I thought wrong though.

The dealer was Burke Subaru. I may buy a car there again, but they'll never see it for service.

C/N: Axleback went bad on my car, it took a long time to get fixed, and the Dealer did a poor job.
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Old 11-21-2006, 12:32 PM   #2
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Old 11-21-2006, 01:46 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by RBelcher00 View Post
Welcome to Subaru dealership service departments.
We're not all like that

First, to the OP, even if the paint issue was wear and tear, wear and tear items are covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles. You need to familiarize yourself with your warranty, and apparently, your dealer too. (this I would call SOA on, because that dealer does not know Subaru warranty)

You also need to find out (probably from SOA) WHY the exhaust took so long. I think you will find that it was probably the dealer, not SOA. It probably never got ordered.

Unfortunately, the paint on the muffler, even if you got a new one, probably would have come off again. Your car is not the only one it happens to. But, I am not sure if it is a Subaru thing or a corrosion thing (crap on the road). I have replaced ones that just started to peel (under 3/36, no questions asked) only to have them peel again. Sucks, I know.
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