I took my WRX in today for a scheduled warranty appointment regarding some footwell trim that has become detached. I also wanted them to investigate an abnormal noise coming from under the car that I feared could be the dreaded clutch vibration issue.
I had heard this particlar dealership was mod friendly, so being and honest guy I initiated a conversation thus:
Me: '..just to be up-front with you guys so you don't have any unexpected surprises; the motor has been lightly modded..'
Service Manager: 'What do you mean, lightly modded?'
Me: 'Larger turbo, plus fuel system, engine management, and exhaust system upgrades.'
SM: 'You know what you just did?'
SM: 'You just voided your cars warranty....'
Me: [Take deep breath, count to 10, then proceed to point out to the SM that a warranty on a component is not *voided* by a completely unrelated modification. '.....for example I don't think you guys are going to be able to show that my larger turbo caused the footwell trim to become detached..'
He was pretty cool about it after I demonstrated that I'm actually somewhat informed on the subject and he wasn't going to be able to panic me with the official SOA spin. The way he recited his verse about the voided warranty, it sounded exactly as though he had memorized it from an SOA bulletin. This does not bode well if my vibration noise does indeed turn out to be a clutch issue, especially since the problem started LONG before I made any mods whatsoever to this vehicle.
We shall see. I'm clocking up miles fast enough that my warranty will be eaten up by the time the car is 18 months old anyway...