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#1 of 82 Subaru Added Security
Jun 26, 2009 (6:26 pm)
Yesterday I got a brochure in the mail from Subaru offering their Subaru Added Security coverage. I purchased my 09 Legacy in Sept 08 and it now has less than 10K miles. They're offering the Classic Plus package for $564 to extend the warranty to 5 yr/60,000 miles. The brochure speaks of a $100 deductible per occurrence but says a $0 deductible option is available. I noticed on the Subaru website that a Gold Plus package is available as well, but there is no pricing on the website, or in my mailing, for that plan.
I have not owned a Subaru in the past and would like to know what other people think about the Subaru Added Security plan compared to other extended warranty plans. I guess I'm going to have to call Subaru sometime to ask about the Gold Plus package and the $0 deductible option. Any thoughts on Classic Plan vs Gold Plan?
Also, I had read on another thread that the plan(s) may be negotiable at the dealership? Is that during the initial auto purchase only, or anytime? I don't know if my local dealer would negotiate.
I hate the thought of spending money for the extended warranty, but I equally hate the thought of having a potentially high repair bill as well, after the factory warranty expires.
Thank you for your thoughts...
#2 of 82 have you needed extended warranties in the past?
Jun 27, 2009 (4:58 am)
We have 2 subarus (3 if counting my son's old 94 Legacy) in warranty now. My wife has a 07 Forester and I have an 09 Outback. We will not be buying the extended warranties for either of them. Our cars are babied probably more than most, so I'm willing to roll the dice. Some people need the peace of mind that the extended warranties bring. In our case, we considered the cars to be reliable enough to purchase and anything that comes along after the warranty ends, we'll deal with it.
Of the many new cars we have bought and kept beyond the basic warranty, there was only one - a 95 Chevy conversion van, that would have benefitted from an extended warranty when the transmission failed at 37K miles.
#3 of 82 Re: Subaru Added Security [jdljr]
Jun 27, 2009 (4:59 pm)
I should have waited until the mail came today before my initial response - I may have gotten the same mailing from Subaru that you did. The cost was $564 - but it was for 6 years/60K miles from the date the car was put into service, $840 for 6 years/80K miles and $1282 for 6 years/100K miles.
Its not a bad extended service contract - but I'm still going to pass for the following reasons: 1. Our cars are driven gently and 2. Our roads are some of the best in the US. So the miles put on our subarus are among the easiest any car would see. For example, my roundtrip commute is 108 moderate speed (55-60mph) highway miles with not one pothole.
I think if we did short trips, drove in the city, did any stop & go, on New England's awful roads, then we'd look into the "Subaru Added Security" extended service contract more seriously. For our situations, it isn't as likely to be needed.
#4 of 82 Re: Subaru Added Security [morin2]
Jun 27, 2009 (6:36 pm)
I didn't get all three options like you did, and I wonder why. My options are 5 yr/60,000 miles or 5 yr/ 80,000 miles, for the prices you have listed. Are my options not 6 years because I bought my 2009 Legacy in Sept 2008? Why would my 5 year option cost the same as someone else getting a 6 year option?
My car is gently driven as well, I'm usually the only driver and I don't hot rod it. My drive to work is 9.5 miles each way, speeds ranging from 35 to 45 to (briefly) 55. After 8 miles I get into town, and drive a mile and a half with some stoplights along the last little bit. No potholes, but the road is not smooth as glass. I live in the mountains and, while my drive to work used to be 20 miles each way on a curvy, mountain road, now I work closer to home and the drive is much less curvy.
I'm thinking I'll pass on the service plan too, but I might consider it if it was for 6 years from the date the car is put into service, like yours is. Subaru's are SUPPOSED to be reliable and durable, but anything can happen at anytime with any car, and I suppose I'll just bear the risk.
#5 of 82 Re: Subaru Added Security [jdljr]
Jun 29, 2009 (8:45 am)
You also get roadside assistance for the duration of the warranty, so that can offset other costs, perhaps.
Plus, it's MUCH easier to sell a vehicle that still has a little warranty left in it. We sold a 2002 Legacy last year that had a 7/100 warranty and the buyer said that was the reason he chose our car. He had almost a year left so no worries, no inspection, and he paid full asking price, which was about a grand more than my minimum price.
So if you look at it that way, I got my money back and then some.
#6 of 82 Should I buy Gold Plus?
Jul 16, 2009 (1:51 pm)
I am purchasing a 2009 Outback Ltd with 10,000 miles from a Subaru dealer. The dealer is offering 80,000 and 100,000 extended warranties for $1900-2000. If they are not used at all, you get your money back at the end of the term. Is this worthwhile?
#7 of 82 Warranties
Jul 16, 2009 (2:22 pm)
When I bought my 2003 Legacy in 2002, they told me I could buy an extended warranty as long as I did so any time before the standard 3 year warranty was up. I did that toward the end of the standard warranty, because I had a sunroof issue that would have been very expensive to fix if not under warranty. My 7/100,000 Gold policy is up in September, and so far, it has not been used. Knock on wood.
#8 of 82 Re: Should I buy Gold Plus?
Jul 16, 2009 (3:14 pm)
Yes, you can buy them before your 36,000 miles are up but if I buy it now, at time of purchase, I can get a refund of the entire amount as long as it is not used at all by the time the miles are up. If you sell the car before the term is up, you get a prorated (small) refund.
#9 of 82 Re: Should I buy Gold Plus?
Jul 16, 2009 (4:52 pm)
So now I am wondering which warranty to get - 80,000 or 100,000. Just in terms of when major problems ar likely to arise, would you recommend the 80k or 100k? We usually keep our cars till they die but I have been thinking that is maybe not so wise. Is it better to trade in at 90k or so - before the timing belt needs to be replaced?
If I get the 100k and sell before that, I lose. However, we are pretty lethargic when it comes to making major changes so might plan to trade it in at 90k but keep it way past that.
So, just in terms of potential problems, are you likely to get a lot between 80k and 100k?
#10 of 82 Re: Should I buy Gold Plus? [trautmak]
Jul 17, 2009 (7:27 am)
If you are going to get it and keep the car a long time, get the longest one, you never know if you will drive a little more or keep it a little longer.
I got my moneys worth on my 98 legacy GT with my Gold SAS - new a/c , several new power antennas, oil leak and various sundry other things, but on my WRX which I only drive 6K a year I probably lost a few hundred.
take these prices to your dealer and have them match it or beat it
scott putnams subaru,net site has great prices, about a third off list