I have actually been a member (or "lurker") here for a while, but I guess it is time to come out of the shell. I got a '02 WRB WRX Sedan (wingless) back in June. I purchased it used (or cert pre-owner or whatever you want to say) from a dealer in MA, with about 30k on the clock, and it has been a blast. I also have been a Subie driver for a while as I grew up with them in my family, but then switched to Audi's. I love the Audi's too, but just so much to go wrong, and so much money every time they go in. They all have their pro's and con's but I wanted something a little sportier, and more reliable. Anyway, I'm not new to the forum life, and love cars, and my WRX. They truly are sweet cars, and it IS true that once you drive one, the bug bites you. My father bought a ‘05 WRB WRX Wagon 3 days after I purchased mine.
Ok, so I have also read plenty about SOA shafting people on warrantee claims, and (call me a sucker) I purchased the extended warrantee on my '02 WRX. So, this added 3 years, and/or 36k more to what it had left (which was very little), and supposedly covers everything again. Now, the car has the "premium sound" upgrade, which basically just means tweeters and speakers I guess, but does not have the factory subwoofer. I completely redid the sound in my Audi and still have all of that, but I feel as I am a bit past all that, and am fine with the stock stuff, but would like just a bit more bass. Of course, the dealer can install that factory sub, for a good chunk of change (almost $400 I believe). Now, doing some online research, one can find the OEM sub in box with the whole kit etc for MUCH cheaper than the dealer. However, and this is my question basically. Even though it is the OEM equipment, and all that, if the dealer does not install it, are they going to try and shaft me on a warrantee claim if say something goes electrically wrong in a year or something? I also have keyless entry, but do not believe I have the "security system" and have also found the OEM security "upgrade" online for much less than the dealer. I feel confident that I could install these OEM items as I am decently car and electronically able, but at the same time, would rather not throw away the extra money paid for the warrantee if they are going to shoot things down because of "non-dealer" installs.
I am sorry for the length of this post; I guess I felt like my first needed to get some stuff out. I hope to help here, as this community is awesome from what I’ve been viewing/reading for almost the past 6 months. Thanks in advance!
(P.S.- I have plenty of pics that I can post at some point, but its a stock wingless bugeye WRB WRX sedan... more to come...)