I think it's because anyone going over stage 2 isn't going to bring their car back to the dealership after they break 2nd gear, and go "look, I'm running 300whp and I broke my tranny" and expect them to fix it.Originally Posted by SGOSWRX
If I break it, I won't even bother. If you are stage 2 (light mods) it's really easy to go back to stock and try to at least have SOA take a look at it. I'm not pulling my turbo and injectors and all that other crap to have them tell me to take a walk, which I know they would anyways. I witnessed the owner of a local shop talking to the owner of a neighboring subaru dealership and telling him about the rampant tranny failures, and the guy was shocked. He obviously tried to defend the car and brand, but he had no idea or was playing dumb.
SOA sucks but I don't expect them to fix my car after running 100+ whp over stock. I have seen cars in local speed shops with broken transmissions, heavily modded, and none tried to get their car fixed by SOA. I can just picture them popping my hood at the dealership and laughing hysterically at my warranty claim. It gives me nightmares.
I'm honestly thinking of ditching this car just because of the possibility of transmission failure. Not everyone falls into this category but I bet alot of people who break their transmissions would have done so stock, modded, or even in another car because they beat on it or don't know how to drive it. I still think this transmission sucks, but I'm sure there is a human element here to that is contributing to all these failures. I had a 17 year old kid ask me at a gas station if I had any transmission problems. He told me he had to have his syncros replaced twice, and was shocked that I am almost 300whp and have had no problems (knocking on wood). People like that make you wonder if it really is the transmission or if it's the nut behind the wheel.
Anyways, I'm seriously considering a GTO or something just to avoid the sleepless nights. I have heard horror stories of STi engine failures, Evo tranny and clutch failures, anything and everything failing on wrx's. I think I'm almost done, I've had my fun but it's only a matter of time before I'm on here complaining about something breaking. I think I'm just going to build a factory 5 cobra that will kill anything on the street for 25k and call it a day.