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#10848 of 11554 Car Owner Loses Case Must Pay Subaru $75K in WRX Warranty Dispute
Jun 18, 2004 (3:54 pm)
Car Owner Loses Case Must Pay Subaru $75K in WRX Warranty Dispute
SAN JOSE, Calif.--June 18, 2004--On Monday, a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge awarded $75,000 in attorney's fees to Subaru of America, Inc. under California's Consumer Legal Remedies Act. In awarding the attorney's fees the court found the evidence was overwhelming the plaintiff had attempted to defraud Subaru in bringing the action, and plaintiff's attorneys had an obligation to and should have determined that either when they filed the suit or during investigation and discovery.
The case involving an allegation of a defective transmission in a 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX was brought under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act and the CLRA. The court further found that because of their conduct in litigating the case, the plaintiff's attorneys had caused Subaru of America, Inc. to incur unnecessary attorney's fees of at least double the amount defense of the breach of warranty case should have cost. The court's award of the $75,000 represented the amount over what the court estimated were reasonable attorney's fees for defending the case.
Mendez v. Subaru of America, Inc. (Case No. 1-02-CV808407).
Plaintiff was represented by the Kinsey Consumer Law Center, Soquel, California;
Subaru of America, Inc was represented by Barbara J. Frischholz, Bowman and Brooke LLP, San Jose California.
Jun 18, 2004 (4:56 pm)
Could you please post a link to that story, riposte? Because of copyright issues, I'll have to remove that message if you aren't able to do that. Email me if you have questions - thanks.
Jun 18, 2004 (6:46 pm)
Prolly some punk street racer kid that fried his tranny and wanted to get a free lunch. Pathetic.
Jun 21, 2004 (4:47 am)
Went to dealer and saw an 05 STi parked right next to an 05 wrx and noticed that the mufflers looked identical. Has anyone heard an 05 wrx? I wonder if Subaru has added a little noise to the wrx.
Jun 21, 2004 (6:23 am)
Yes, the 05 WRX went to a single tip muffler. When I looked at an 05 STi and 05 WRX, the only difference in the mufflers I could see is that there is an "STi" stamped on the STi tail pipe. Otherwise, they look identical. I don't know if the sound or perform different. It could be that the STi version has larger inlet piping (because the stock muffler on my WRX had small piping).
Believe it or not, the OEM STi muffler is not particularly loud. Any of the typical options for the WRX, such as the Prodrive axleback, sound great on an STi and will give a smidge less backpressure. So that leads me to believe that the stock STi muffler is nothing special.
#10854 of 11554 here's a funny thing
Jun 21, 2004 (6:30 am)
We have a Prodrive muffler sitting in the shop right next to a stock WRX muffler. Guess what? The can looks exactly the same on both of them...
Go figure that one.
#10855 of 11554 Re: here's a funny thing [paisan #10854]
Jun 21, 2004 (8:52 am)
You must have them mixed up. The Prodrive is a nearly-circular cylinder can with 3" pipe and a single large oval tip. Shiny stainless steel (may cook to a brownish color).
The WRX muffler is an ellipsoid cylinder, dull gray in color, with a 2.5" pipe and dual round (02-04) or single round (05) tip with a fake chrome tailpipe shroud.
I think all the seams on the Prodrive are welded, while the seams on the WRX muffler are crimped.
Jun 21, 2004 (8:53 am)
Prodrive is straight through, while the WRX muffler has baffles.
Jun 21, 2004 (11:35 am)
I didn't look at them that closely. I was refering to the CAN itself, not the tip or inlet. I'll check next time I'm at the shop and look at the Cans more specifically but they both appeared to be very similar on the outside.