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#10206 of 18028 I'd get the extended warranty...
Apr 10, 2003 (5:37 am)
...for peace of mind down the road.
I had a leased Nissan up until 1999. Never needed an extended warranty.
I paid for a Mercury up until 2002. Had WAY TOO MANY problems with the car NOT to consider an extended warranty just before crossing the 36K mile/36 month mark. Sold the car shortly after crossing that mark and bought the Subaru.
I now have a relatively reliable 2002 Subaru Forester S. Will I buy the extended warranty? Most likely...yes. Unlike the last two vehicles, I intend to keep this car for awhile. I think anyone who plans on keeping their car for the long haul should consider offers for an extended warranty from a reputable carrier of said warranty.
Can anyone speak badly of the Subaru extended warranty program? That might help the person who originally asked, as well as those considering the warranty for later on. I, for one, would like to know if the dealerships readily honor the warranties -- to the letter and no more, or above and beyond what the warranties cover?
Apr 10, 2003 (5:39 am)
Have not needed it yet. We have a 7/100 but it's only about a year old now.
We did cancel AAA, so it's paying off partially. Plus we'll probably sell it with 97k miles just to have that as a selling point, so even if we never use it, it's not so bad.
#10208 of 18028 Extended Warranty
Apr 10, 2003 (6:19 am)
Thanks for all the input. I decided to go with a $0 deduct, 6 year/100,000mi from Subaru. It added about $25 to my monthly payment. If anyone decides to purchase one I'd advise to note the deductible, search the Internet for pricing, choose one backed by manufacturer and take your time. I made the mistake of not knowing the nuances of the extended warranty and bought it while signing the papers for my car. Research that night revealed there were better deals to be had. A friend of mine belongs to an on-line consumer group (checkbook.org). Listed on their site are dealers who will sell warranties for $50-$200 over their cost. If you are in a region checkbook.org covers it is worth the $25 fee. So, after the research and relentlessly kicking myself around the house for a day, I asked the dealer to better the service and keep the price the same. They agreed, I'm happy and they still made money off the deal.
Apr 10, 2003 (8:25 am)
Most people don't know (I didn't until I read about it on Town Hall) that extended warranties are cancellable (in most US states anyway). There may be a pro-ration fee involved but you can change your mind about them, unlike any other part of the car buying process. That could explain why your dealer was willing to deal after the fact, Deanstah.
Apr 10, 2003 (6:19 pm)
Get a Subaru Credit card with 3% payback in Subaru bucks. You can save up to $500 / year. Put that money aside for any problems that pop up.
Apr 11, 2003 (4:32 am)
I already have $150 in Subaru bucks from a credit card that I'll use when I buy.
#10213 of 18028 Fender Flares and Cruise Control
Apr 11, 2003 (6:00 am)
Picked up a set of fender flares for ~$30 bucks shipped from ebaymotors, installed it last night, it was pretty easy, took about 1.5 hours to do, that includes half an hour spent looking for a lost screw. The instructions were easy to follow. I installed the driver side rear first, that first one took a while to figure out, especially the little piece that goes on the rear passenger door (note: Subaru really need to work on their hole drilling, they don't match up with the clips at all!). After the first one, the rest were easy. I like the way they look, for ~$30 it was a steal.
This part is a question, I also purchased a Cruise Control kit from ebaymotors since the option wasn't availble when I bought my Forester. I am under the assumption that everything is wired and its just a matter of plug and play, right? Correct me if I am wrong!! Anyone have any advise to give for removing the stearing wheel and working with the airbags?? I know I am suppose to disconnect the battery and let it sit for approximatly 15-30 minutes before working on the steering wheel, anything other than that I should know or be aware of? Any advise would be GREATLY appreciated, from the bottom of my heart (not to mention my wallet :p).
Thanks in advance!
Apr 11, 2003 (6:28 am)
You have a '98 L, like me. I had the dealer add cruise.
Disconnect the battery, and then step on the brakes until the brake light dims. That kills whatever residual power there is, and you won't have to wait 15-30 minutes.
I also installed fender flares. Heck, if yours is green they're twins.
Apr 11, 2003 (6:43 am)
Lost screw - very funny, sooooo true. LOL