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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Car Warranties, Sedan, Wagon
#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
#11 of 82 Re: Should I buy Gold Plus? [trautmak]
Jul 17, 2009 (12:08 pm)
there is no way to know when & how much you'll need the coverage but I've come out ahead on every extended service contract I've bought but one, even on reliable things like Toyotas ... the prices reflect the underwriting experience so they are far less expensive on Toyota/Subaru/Honda than, for ex., on Audi (prices through the roof).
Figure out how many miles you drive per year and look at the longest combination of time & mileage that makes sense given your car buying habits. I don't think that babying the car or quality of roads necessarily correlates with the likelihood of needing coverage on a complex, modern car.
For example, if you tend to keep a car you like and that is reliable, I wouldn't trade it just because it needs a timing belt change (& associated things you should do then too), if it's still working well and you still like it. Do the maintenance and roll on ...
My German car has been babied and driven on good roads, and (I've recovered more than twice what I paid for the extended service contract on it). All new cars are hideously complex. They tend to break less often than years ago, but they rarely are fixed cheap.
The prices are so relatively reasonable IMO that I will probably get a 7/100 contract on the '09 Ltd. it looks like I may buy shortly.
just my $.02...
#12 of 82 Re: Should I buy Gold Plus? [fendertweed]
Jul 22, 2009 (5:20 am)
Thanks for your thoughts on this. I got the 6 yr. 100,000 miles warranty just so I don't have to worry about a several thousand dollar repair. I like my 09 LTD but do wish the seats weren't quite so hard! Love the climate control. Really wish the sunroof were tinted so I could leave it open when it is sunny. Really wish it came with better tires.
#13 of 82 Re: Should I buy Gold Plus? [trautmak]
Jul 25, 2009 (7:45 am)
now you have me a little worried re: the hard seats, LOL ... coming from my '01 Audi A6, the most comfortable car I've ever driven... 10 hr. trips from VA to Cape Cod are nothing.
We'll get to test that out on the '09 OB in a couple of months.