Extended Warranty: didn't pay for itself for me fwiw

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Todd H., Oct 19, 2006.

  1. Todd H.

    Todd H. Guest

    I gambled, I lost. :) Ah well.

    That 30k mi is now down to about 600 miles. My car's in today with a
    variety of nitty complaints fishing for the last ounces of value out
    of the warranty, and nothing came of the fishing expedition.

    o drivers door window squeaks mid-travel. Dx: worn weather
    strip and rubber components requiring taking apart the door
    and a part they don't stock. Est: $300. Not covered by
    o groaning of rear wiper motor during cold weather. Claimed
    it was my wiper blade and no noise made when wiper blade
    lifted from glass. *sigh* The noise I experience is
    indpeendent of that, but of course it's not cold today. I
    wonder if having the complaint on record may help when it
    does get cold.
    o groan/squeak from rear strut when going over curbs or
    speedbumps slowly. No problem found. Strut not leaking at
    least, which is good news. Dunno if suspension would be
    covered or not anyway.
    o Broken retainer clip on rear headrest. $26. Interior trim
    not covered.

    So, despite a lot of early trips to service for various engine and
    idle issues and it being relatively new in a subaru design cycle
    (which motivated me to seek the extended coverage I normally turn
    down), the car has been awfully damned reliable in it's mid-life. I
    think I did get about $400 worth of repairs or so out of the warranty,
    but nothing really to write home about.

    So the warranty didn't pay off for me, for whatever that's worth in
    the net.knowledgebase.

    Happy subie-ing,
    Todd H., Oct 19, 2006
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    bigjim Guest

    They replaced a leaking front strut with the subaru gold warranty.
    That was at least a $3-400 job. Warranty cost $1k . Still have 25k to
    go. I noticed the coolant level drops in the reservoir. I'll bring it
    in on Christmas vacation. If its head gasket the warranty will have
    paid for itself. Most of the stuff you complain about is just age
    related. At 100k miles you WILL have noises squeaks etc. If the wiper
    works thats okay. The headrest clip is no biggie.
    bigjim, Oct 20, 2006
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  3. Todd H.

    Todd H. Guest

    Oh that's right--that coolant additive recall I'd forgotten about.
    Was the agenda with that to prevent head gasket failure? Dunno if
    I've checked the coolant level consciously lately. :)

    Are head gaskets failing on this vintage as a trouble spot?
    Todd H., Oct 20, 2006
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    Jim L Guest

    Mine didn't either on my 00 Outback Wagon. About $150 worth of warranty
    repairs that would have been done on the 3 and 36. Got 82K on it right
    now. I guess I shouldn't complain....that's pretty trouble free and that's
    what we are hoping for. I just wouldn't buy one again on a Subaru. Jim

    Jim L, Oct 21, 2006
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    Ed Guest

    Looks like mine is paying off. Two days ago I heard a high pitched whine
    then lots of metal pieces banging against each other while in 2nd gear.
    I purchased a 100k/1 year/50 deductible on a used 2003 WRX. Mine cost
    $550. The labor just to tear down the tranny is $850.
    Ed, Oct 25, 2006
  6. Todd H.

    Todd H. Guest


    Did a gear shatter or something?
    Todd H., Oct 25, 2006
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    Ed Guest

    mechanic said some kind of retaining clip broke off and busted up 2nd
    gear. Actually they first drained the transmission and two gear teeth
    came out. Told me that it would cost $850 to open tranny. Thats when
    they found out what happened and said my extended warranty covered the
    problem. Since they have the tranny open decided to change the clutch.
    Ed, Oct 25, 2006
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