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    I am interested in the forum's opinion on the value / need for purchasing a 7/100,000 additional warranty. It provides a few other "perks" at the gold level (like towing and trip insurance).

    Please be candid and share you opinions and experiences. Upgrading the warranty is well over $1,200 to do, but maybe some of you have been successful at negotiating a better price.

    Thoughts?

    Thank you in advance.

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    do you plan on modifying your car in any way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrxtreme06 View Post
    do you plan on modifying your car in any way?
    Not really. Bought the WRX because it does what I need a car to do stock.

    Maybe better sway bars, but I doubt even that. Besides, the dealership i purchased it through is relatively mod-friendly.

    But in short, no-- I like the car for what it is, not what I can do to it.

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    I have typically found that if anything major is going to go wrong that would be covered by warranty, then I would see it happen long before the extension period for an extended warranty. That being said, I would see what exactly is covered under that warranty. Typically these are refundable too, so if you decide a year from now that you don't want the warranty (say the mod bug hits and you are replacing parts that would no longer be covered under warranty and you have done a compression test and are not worried about any major failures) you can typically get the money back for the plan. Again, that is something that you would want to verify with your particular dealer. The only time I ever had an extended warranty and it paid off was when I owned a chevy blazer. After about 80K miles the thing started to just fall apart (no offense any chevy fans out there).

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    I got the 7/100K warranty, you can negotiate the price as well. If you plan on keeping your car stock, it is not a bad coverage to have as it does buy you some piece of mind. However, if you plan on modding the car, I do not think it is bad unless your mods lead to an issue in which case, the warranty may not help.

    From what I have read, these cars seem to hold up extremely well so, I would not say you "need" it but if you can afford it, the extra insurance certainly is a good thing.

    Again, do not pay the price they first offer, make them take some money off or else I would not get the coverage. There are also two types, the third party which is more expensive and the Subaru which covers everything however, you have to use a Subaru dealership for repairs. Good luck!
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    And that's exactly what it is: insurance. They play the statistics game. It's making good money for them, but if the peace of mind is worth it for you, by all means take it. As long as you don't modify the car will hold up pretty well anyways... It's a gamble, but slanted towards the insurance.
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    I did but an extended warranty with my car. It is always good to have if you plan to keep stock. But the mod bug is hitting me a lot sooner than I expected so I am going to try and see if I can't get a hold of the servicer and get a prorated refund.
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    Didn't know you could stop the warranty and get it prorated. This is really good information, especially since I'm now learning I overpaid for my 7 yr/100,000.

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    I went with the 7yr/70k mile warranty. I paid $2000 for it. Sure, on reflection, I probably could have negotiated that down. But I don't care now, I'm just glad I have it. The only non-Subaru part I have is Cobb's AP. I simply don't have the time to work on my car, so knowing that anything major that goes wrong with it while I have it (I don't plan on keeping it longer than 5 years) will be taken care of by someone else gives me piece of mind.

    My 5th gear synchro had to be replaced under warranty during the first year of ownership. A rental car is not covered under the manufacturer's first year warranty which, IMO, is a bloody cheek when it's a failing of their product. However, it was covered by the extended warranty I had paid for, so it's paid a little back to me already

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    if it happened on the first year of ownership, then the standard 3/36 would've covered it.

    yeah i was one of the fools who signed up for the additional 5 year 60k mile extension for 600 bucks.

    im at 67k now and the only thing that went wrong in those miles was a bad blinker bulb and a weak fuel door spring, both replaced under warranty at the 1k mile mark.
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    Just as an FYI for the Subaru specific 7/100K warranty, it was well below 1200. I do not recall the exact number but it was around 700 because I remember thinking that the cost was not too bad. I would say talk to them and see what their best price is before deciding.

    Looking back, I would not have paid too much for the warranty considering the fact that these cars are reliable if taken care of properly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brazilnut View Post
    Didn't know you could stop the warranty and get it prorated. This is really good information, especially since I'm now learning I overpaid for my 7 yr/100,000.
    I think they are all different, you'd have to check with your specific warranty provider. That's what I'm doing.
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    The extended warranty paid off huge on my F150. First time I had ever done it. But it was for power/drivetrain only. Little voice in my head said extra moving parts, things can break. Glad I listened ... to myself ... lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soobvirgin View Post
    I went with the 7yr/70k mile warranty. I paid $2000 for it. Sure, on reflection, I probably could have negotiated that down. But I don't care now, I'm just glad I have it. The only non-Subaru part I have is Cobb's AP. I simply don't have the time to work on my car, so knowing that anything major that goes wrong with it while I have it (I don't plan on keeping it longer than 5 years) will be taken care of by someone else gives me piece of mind.

    My 5th gear synchro had to be replaced under warranty during the first year of ownership. A rental car is not covered under the manufacturer's first year warranty which, IMO, is a bloody cheek when it's a failing of their product. However, it was covered by the extended warranty I had paid for, so it's paid a little back to me already
    Just remember that if you engine pops and they check your ECU, they can tell that it has been reflashed by the Cobb AP even after it's unmarried and they may deny the warranty claim.

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