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    They are replacing the engine under warranty and gave me a loaner car in the mean time (2012 legacy its actually a really nice ride, really slow compared to the wrx but still nice). Anyway, got a call from the dealership saying my clutch is burnt out and he can replace it for 850 since the engine is apart right now, +1500 if i wait. He said it maybe has 1000-5000miles left? My car is stock, I have NEVER launched my car, and the only time the clutch was ever burned was when I was trying to teach my little sister how to drive stick, which she didnt even burn out that bad. Do you think this is their attempt to try and get some money out of me since they are replacing the engine under warranty? The car is a lease and going back in two months. Im trying to do an early trade in and not even get the car back once the engine is replaced. Any advice?

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    If you're planning on turning this thing in within the next two months... skip the clutch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2w0r0x9 View Post
    They are replacing the engine under warranty and gave me a loaner car in the mean time (2012 legacy its actually a really nice ride, really slow compared to the wrx but still nice). Anyway, got a call from the dealership saying my clutch is burnt out and he can replace it for 850 since the engine is apart right now, +1500 if i wait. He said it maybe has 1000-5000miles left? My car is stock, I have NEVER launched my car, and the only time the clutch was ever burned was when I was trying to teach my little sister how to drive stick, which she didnt even burn out that bad. Do you think this is their attempt to try and get some money out of me since they are replacing the engine under warranty? The car is a lease and going back in two months. Im trying to do an early trade in and not even get the car back once the engine is replaced. Any advice?


    He's replacing it for 850?!?!?! He's ripping you off. I had a motor replaced last October, and when they pulled the engine, they told me the same thing. Replace the clutch since it's already exposed, and the labor was all under warranty with the engine replacement. Cost me 150 for the clutch to be replaced. He's charging you for a full clutch replacement, labor and parts included. 850 is what it would cost you, even if the engine wasn't pulled.

    Tell him to knock off 700 from the price and justify it by saying all the work is done, they just need 10 minutes to put the new one in!

    But yeah, if your turning it in in a few months, don't replace the clutch unless you have to. But dear god, not for 850! All the damn work is done!

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    ^^^This. If it's all out and the clutch is already exposed, it shouldn't cost EXTRA labor. That'd be ridiculous.

    Maybe an extra hour of labor out of pocket, which I'd still equate to a great deal because they have to focus time on the clutch itself aside from the engine, but not for a full clutch job in the least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    ^^^This. If it's all out and the clutch is already exposed, it shouldn't cost EXTRA labor. That'd be ridiculous.

    Maybe an extra hour of labor out of pocket, which I'd still equate to a great deal because they have to focus time on the clutch itself aside from the engine, but not for a full clutch job in the least.
    Yeah, but they could technically lump that all in the engine replacement time (Shhhhhhh no one would ever know!) and get paid by Subaru. I belive that's what my dealer did.

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    and this is why I felt like I was being ripped off and had to ask you guys thanks..

    850 while the engine is already out and 1500 to do it if i come back after with the new engine.

    the car has 49,250 miles on it - i never launched it, and rarely ever burnt the clutch like I said before. How long is the expected life of the stock 09 wrx clutch?

    Any advice how I should call out this butt hole of a head mechanic at this dealership?

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    I wouldn't really say there's an expected life. Some people blow clutches in 20k miles...some make them last 200k miles. From what I understand though, the 3rd Gens have potential to eat clutches...from 09s-11s.

    Tell the mechanic that the price is absurd. You want to see the documentation that it should cost that much. And explain to him that there's no reason why it should be extra labor since the engine is already out. If he doesn't see it that way, then don't get it done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    I wouldn't really say there's an expected life. Some people blow clutches in 20k miles...some make them last 200k miles. From what I understand though, the 3rd Gens have potential to eat clutches...from 09s-11s.

    Tell the mechanic that the price is absurd. You want to see the documentation that it should cost that much. And explain to him that there's no reason why it should be extra labor since the engine is already out. If he doesn't see it that way, then don't get it done.
    ^ This

    I doubt he will provide documentation though. He would have to over inflate the prices so absurdly to the point it would be easily spotted. 850 to 1k is the high end of what it should cost for a clutch job, done by the dealer. It's not a hard job, just a pain in the balls to pull the tranny. Especially an AWD tranny. If he goes anything over 200 tell him to piss off.

    I'd send a complaint to the BBB and attorney generals office. But that's just me.

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    IT HAPPENED!!!!!!!!!! 09 WRX SEDAN WITH THE 08/08 BUILD DATE. Normal driving and it just started making noise and I lost oil pressure.I made it home so I will have to take it to the dealer this week. I had a stage two set up for three weeks and everything was just fine. Well back to stock and keep my fingers crossed.
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    yea i got ripped too by dealer trans rebuild (blown 1st gear and shaft) and clutch replacement....they bent me over for 1800$ hahahahaha never again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2w0r0x9 View Post
    and this is why I felt like I was being ripped off and had to ask you guys thanks..

    850 while the engine is already out and 1500 to do it if i come back after with the new engine.

    the car has 49,250 miles on it - i never launched it, and rarely ever burnt the clutch like I said before. How long is the expected life of the stock 09 wrx clutch?

    Any advice how I should call out this butt hole of a head mechanic at this dealership?
    I replaced my clutch in December. I had about 30-36k miles on it. It cost me about that much to get an aftermarket clutch and bring it to get it done.

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    I'm not sure if dealers use labor rate books. Most of your local shops have these to stay competitive and not underbid each other out of business. Example, if they look up your car's clutch job it may say 8 hours. My dealer/local shop charges $70/hr labor rate. There's $560 in labor with parts not included. They use this as a standard whether you bring the car to them torn down or complete. This also justifies that huge number they'll throw at you and hope your are not wise. Shop around labor rates vary. It makes sense for the shop to do this because they'll charge you for 8 hours of work which may actually only take 4 hours to do. Once you get a few quotes and if your savvy with tools, spend the money on your own tools and do the job yourself. The last time I let the dealer screw me, I knew I could pull the job off myself and I still kick myself for paying someone to basically rip me off. That's what I get for being lazy. Good luck I hope all your cars are up and running better than before. Soz for the book writing.

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    Some of you who are on NASIOC probably saw my post but I'll do a repeat here...

    Quote Originally Posted by economatic
    Well, at 14,000+ miles and three years the '09 bearing debacle is over for me. I got the car back today with a new long block and the remainder of the factory warranty intact. Overall, I'm very happy with how the situation was resolved. I did not get a new turbo (didn't ask) and did not request for an extended warranty (again, didn't ask). I also didn't get a question about modifications, oil change receipts, or how I drove my car.

    Here's how it worked out. I dropped off the car with all kinds of suspension goodies and aftermarket wheels and tires thinking this won't end well. Got a call a few hours from the assistant manager saying a long block is on the way without a single question asked. I specifically asked if it was an issue that I had a turbo back exhaust on the car (weakness of my North Dakota honesty coming out) and he said "No, my manager said this is a warranty issue. You're covered under warranty." I also asked if he wanted oil change receipts or any other documentation. Nope, I was good. To think, I had the oil change receipts in the glove box and 5 Blackstone reports in my back pocket, if needed. I was fully prepared for a battle and was willing to throw down some cash considering I was at stage 2+, even though this clearly was a manufacturing defect. No worries, SoA will never see this car again for warranty service.

    All I have to say is....very cool. They took care of the issue and made me a very happy customer. Even better, I won't have to give in to my wife's infatuation for a Mini () so we will probably get an XV later this year.

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    Glad things worked out for you! Nice to hear a non-horror story with SoA every so often.
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    A couple of days ago I purchased a 2010 WRX HB. I had an option to finance the car for 72 months through Subaru for 4.5%. 60 month interest is 3.9%...
    I'm 6'2" and weigh 240 lbs. I feel very comfortable in the WRX. Plenty of headroom with the seat cranked down.
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