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#4584 of 11746 Re: extended warranties
Feb 09, 2002 (2:12 pm)
Here's my experience of extended warranties (and warranties in general):
1) 86 New Subaru 4WD Hatchback (with LO and adjustable suspension those were the days!)-- got suckered into extended warranty never used it sold the car to a friend who still has it 300,000 miles a never a problem.
2) 1991 Legacy 4WD Wagon -- did not buy the extended warranty gearbox quit at 65,000 miles (too much mountain driving) got it fixed for $700. Sold the car at 120,000 miles no other problems.
3) 1996 Outback -- No extended warranty, vehicle chronically overheated after about a year, dealer and factory technician uninterested in my problem, told by my highly experienced Subaru mechanic that my "engine was wrecked" by constant overheating, dumped the car in 2001 swearing never to buy another Subaru, long time customer got treated like dirt by SOA.
Feb 09, 2002 (2:44 pm)
Well I would like to thank everyone here for helping me with the purchase of my new 2002 L.L Bean. It was a fun learning and buying experience. The car is beautiful. I should be able to pick it up Tuesday morning. They made me such a good deal I decided to get my son a Outback sport too. I was just reading all the new post on the extended warranties and I'm still undecided what to do. HELP I have till Tuesday morning when I go to pick them up to make up my mind. We didn't discuss prices yet. This will be my 3rd and 4th Subaru. I hope they will be as good as number 1&2
Feb 09, 2002 (4:27 pm)
Statistically, extended warrantees are overwhelming ripoffs for the consumer and gravy for the manufacturer. I have never been tempted to get one, usually because I have a high degree of confidence in the products I buy. That said, some people luck out with extended warrantees if something does go wrong.
If you finance a car, use the money as a down payment instead of spending it on the warranty. You will have saved a good deal of money in interest over the life of the loan. If nothing ever goes wrong, that's money in the bank. If something does go wrong, that's your contingency repair fund. The odds will be on your side in this case, instead of the manufacturer's!
Feb 10, 2002 (5:21 am)
Jeff- Actually, there's no need for you to rush your decision. You can purchase Subaru's extended warranty at any time prior to the expiration of the 3/36 bumper-to-bumper warranty.
#4588 of 11746 Outback cargo area light
Feb 10, 2002 (9:07 am)
Just bought an Outback base model. Would have liked the cargo area light, but didn't want all the other options of the Limited model. Has anyone installed this light aftermarket?
Feb 10, 2002 (9:54 am)
Can you clarify what you mean by the cargo area light? I had a base Outback and now have an LL Bean. Both have lights on the ceiling in the hatch area (in addition to the light up near the seating area). I do not see any lights on the Bean that were not on the base wagon except those in the doors.
#4591 of 11746 WRX-->Legacy Stereo Transplant. Dashboard??
Feb 10, 2002 (11:37 am)
Hello! (sorry if this issue has been flogged here, but I got exhausted browsing posts!)
My friend just bought a 2002 Legacy L wagon which came with a basic radio/cassette. I had previously removed the stock double-DIN radio/CD changer from my WRX to make way for my beloved Empeg, so I offered to give it to her.
Once I get the dash apart, I think the install should be easy; the harness connector is the same AFAIK. She'll just sacrifice one of the 2 pocksts that are there now.
Getting the bezel off on the WRX was easy, but I chickened out yesterday when trying to remove the Legacy trim/bezel. I removed the shifter trim piece, the change holder cup, and the screw holding the brace behind the ashtray. I saw no other screws, and I assume that the piece is just held with spring clips, but the amount of leverage that I was applying to the bottom of the bezel was making me nervous.
Short of buying a shop manual, does anybody have any advice on this? Have you done it? Is there perhaps a little tool to pull the edges of the bezel to pop the spring clips?
It's a big piece, going all the way over to the steering column, so I figure it would be serious $$$ if I break it!!
One other Legacy question: Her car was not delivered with any sort of front license plate bracket. Does such a thing exist, or do they just tap the front bumper???
Side note: she got what seems like a pretty good deal on the AT wagon, about $18.5K or so. It came with 16" WRX wheels and RE-92s. I assume these were take-offs from a WRX wheel upgrade at this dealer.
Thanks in advance for your insights
#4592 of 11746 Rear Bumper Cover Fee and Other Dealer Fees - Legit or not?
Feb 10, 2002 (12:24 pm)
Do rear bumper covers come standard on 2002 Outbacks (specifically the LL Bean) or are they an additional accessory?
There is also a plastic wrap/full tank of gas fee of $61. Is this also a standard dealer fee or just some way for them to get money for nothing?
Feb 10, 2002 (12:29 pm)
Sob, just ruined my 98 GT wagons front bumper! Pulled into a parking space and "grounded" the front on what I thought was just some snow/ice -just heard a very transient scrape - but there was actually one of those stupid concrete barriers there and this one had a 1/2 in metal bolt protruding up about an inch. When I backed out, it pulled off the driver side of my bumper, two fasteners got messed up.The scraping sound going back seemed to be a lot longer than the one going into it and I stopped. I had just picked up the kids so I thought maybe the extra weight had lowered the car sufficently to make it scrape more but it was worse than that. Managed to jam the bumper back on but the fit is not great though it would probably pass for a badly manufactured car (like your average GM ). Unless you are looking for it or knew it was there its not real obvious. i just hope the fender doesn't start rusting where the fasteners are.