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Subaru Outback, Subaru SVX, Car Warranties
#121 of 140 Re: Time for a follow-up [paisan]
Jul 02, 2007 (12:36 pm)
Absolutely correct, my wife calls it "gear oil cologne" and won't even get near me until I've showered - twice.
It doesn't look, feel, or even smell anything like used oil.
#122 of 140 Should I buy the extended warranty for my 07 Outback 2.5i?
Jul 30, 2007 (6:26 am)
Should I buy the extended warranty?
Should I buy any of the rust/undercoat/fabric packages that they have on sale for less than $200 each?
#123 of 140 Re: Should I buy the extended warranty for my 07 Outback 2.5i? [dbw001]
Jul 30, 2007 (9:02 am)
I'd say no to the undercoating, rust proffing, and fabric protection.
Maybe to the warranty. The warranty includes roadside assistance for the entire duration, and we got one and dropped AAA. That offset about half the cost of the warranty, which made it worth it to us.
#124 of 140 Re: Should I buy the extended warranty for my 07 Outback 2.5i? [ateixeira]
Aug 16, 2007 (7:59 am)
Many thanks. They did a pretty convincing sell of the undercoating, etc and had a very reasonable price, so I almost went for it.
Will think about the warranty - I guess I can purchase it anytime before the current warranty runs out.
#125 of 140 dealer profit
Aug 16, 2007 (10:08 am)
the undercoating and rustproofing can actually make your factory warranty invalid if not applied properly or they drill holes etc to spray box sections.
you can buy a can or 2 of Scotchgard and get the same fabric protection
#127 of 140 ext. warranty on 2002?
Sep 05, 2007 (1:26 pm)
I just traded in my 1995 Legacy wagon (I loved it) for a 2002 with 82,500 miles (yes, I know, a tad high for its years). I am debating on an extended 4 year/48,000 extended warranty which will tack on about $60 a month for life of loan (5 years). I do not drive a lot (1995 only had 110,000). My other option is a one year Subaru extended warranty on the Power Train for about $20/month (the 4 year is not a Subaru warranty). Any thoughts???? I have to decide by tomorrow.
The only problems I was beginning to encounter with my 1995 were due to age and rust (not body, but parts affecting suspension, exhaust, etc.) which were beginning to add up, thus the new car.
#128 of 140 Re: ext. warranty on 2002? [tia13]
Sep 05, 2007 (1:31 pm)
It might be worthwhile to get the extended Subaru powertrain warranty for a year, assuming the $20/month is only for the duration of that covered year, considering the possibility of head gasket issues. I would not opt for the non-Subaru warranty, as they tend to be more bark than bite, unless they are biting you in the rear. At $60/month, it sounds like a generous fleecing. $3600 (the amount you would pay over five years for the FOUR YEAR "warranty") is a fair chunk of maintenance change - an amount you are not likely to exceed during 60 months of low-mileage ownership including normal maintenance and occasional repairs. And, that amount you pay to the warranty would cover the non-maintenance portion only!
Even a head gasket replacement should not cost more than $1800 for the pair, and that is still half of your "budget!"
Good luck with the car!
#129 of 140 Re: ext. warranty on 2002? [xwesx]
Sep 05, 2007 (1:47 pm)
thanks for the quick reply! Actually, the $20 is the life of the loan(!) as the total cost is about $1140 so I am even a bit hesitant about that. Considering that I had no engine or transmission trouble with my '95 and other costs were mainly wear and tear I do feel that the 4 year is not worth it. I definitely don't like paying for it PAST the year it covers! I guess if I'd had a lot of service issues I would not have bought another Subaru. A service tech commented that the 2002 is a newer line altogether than the 1995/97 and that the rust issues are not even as much of an issue.
Have you found/heard of head gaskets being a problem with these or was that just one of the more expensive problems and that is why you mentioned it?
#130 of 140 Re: ext. warranty on 2002? [tia13]
Sep 06, 2007 (11:02 am)
Ask if your 2002 model had the coolant conditioner added and find out for sure if it's covered by Subaru's head gasket warranty that they extended.
That's the most common problem by far. If Subaru will already cover that for the next couple of years.
If so I'd pass on buying longer warranty protection at all (and I have a Subaru Gold warranty, FWIW).