I am new here and, as you guys might expect, made an account for the purpose of this post. I have a 2011 Subaru WRX that I bought used last year. It currently has below 30k miles. The car seemed to be in great mechanical condition at the time, and although I could be wrong, I believe whatever issues I am facing now are due to a recent episode with a poor driver and my car.
Anyway, I had some family over last week. One of the family members (NOT a teenager before you guys jump to conclusions) tried to push my car, which I was fine with. He was riding the clutch pretty hard which wasn't an issue for me because it does take some wear off the tranny. However, he did not rev match between gear shifts and when shifting from third to fourth, he missed the fourth gear and brought it back down to second, which jerked the car pretty hard. He quickly changed gears before any apparent damage was done and did do a final pull back in third gear. There was a burning clutch smell (due to a high rpm launch; he did not dump the clutch).
The next day, the car was driving fine, however I did have some gear grinding between shifts at higher rpms. This grinding occurred initially between third and fourth but later occurred between all other gears infrequently as well.
I decided to take it to the dealership today.
Upon initial check-up they said that the clutch seemed worn out but the mechanic also mentioned that the tranny was "bad". He was very vague and said the labor to take apart the motor/clutch/tranny would be a small fortune. I have warranty but if they find any signs of abuse, they would not cover it obviously. I decided to not get it done and am going to another dealership for a second impression tomorrow. My question is that if the car seems to be driving fine (apart from occasional gear grinding), do I have a blown tranny? Or is it more likely a problem with the clutch and maybe the synchros. I mean can one incident like this, which was not even too bad imho, destroy a tranny? Also, is it worth fighting this out with SOA to get a claim covered if the dealership does not take the claim? The dealer I met today is adamant on replacing the transmission, which I feel he is trying to rip me off since the car is perfectly drivable as of now.
This is really annoying and I made an honest mistake in letting a family member drive the car. I would really like to solve this issue and need some advice from you guys.