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Gold Plus Extended Warranty -- worth it?



  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    They haven't been hush-hush about it, in fact the bearing issue was well documented. There were few Foresters, more WRXs. I had the range of VINs if you're curious to see if yours falls in that range.

    They sent letters to affected owners with early builds, and even had a stop-sale (a big deal in the car biz). They inspected engines and performed oil analysis on them, replaced bad ones, then extended their coverage on all the potentially affected engines (even ones running well).

    Indeed, it was a batch of crankshaft bearings, just like you experienced.

    If you got a new engine you can be sure they would have the revised bearings part #, and the warranty should offer piece of mind.

    So no worries, enjoy your Subie. :shades:
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Original batch of bad bearings fell in the VIN range begins with 9*700001 and ends with 9*700139.

    Does your VIN fall within that range?

    The recall may have been expanded, that information I got way back in 2009.
  • jogousajogousa Posts: 402
    Mine ends with 754361 - so, I feel safer now!
    But I do have the Gold Warranty exactly for those reasons that were on these pages elsewhere....
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    We have the Gold as well.

    I just don't worry about it. All paid with Subaru Bucks, too, from my Chase Subaru card. So not a penny out of my pocket.
  • I bought my Gold Plus extended warranty from Don at Mastria. He was great to deal with, handled everything perfectly and was less expensive than anyone else I checked with. (and believe me, I checked ). He had the 7 year 70 K at $849 , though I went with the 7 year 100k for $1275.
    Hey Don, if you read this, you should post your contact info here!
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    edited June 2011
    What deductible level was included in the warranty prices you cited above? And, for which year and model?
  • Just got the 7 years or 70,000 miles gold plus warranty with zero deductible from Roto Subaru for $835. Anyone interested in the warranty should shoot them an email and ask them for a quote. Below I listed their information. Joe will respond very quickly to your email.

    Joe Gingras
    Business Manager
    Roto Subaru Mazda Inc.
    847-255-5700 ext 290
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    My wife apparently went on an off-road expedition and didn't tell me, but...

    Dealer had to replace a front end link and some bushings in the front suspension. They said it would not have been covered by the factory warranty (I think she hit a large pothole), but because we had the Gold warranty, the grand total for the repair?


  • That's odd, isn't it?

    I mean, when describing the SAS Gold to me, I was told that it was "basically the same as the original factory warranty", minuse the trim, molding, wear and tear, etc.

    If it's covered under the SAS Gold plan, I would think it would have been covered under the original factory warranty as well.

    Anyway, glad it was a $0 charge!
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    edited August 2011
    Yeah, that's what I was thinking. I guess there is good in that warranty after all. AJ, you're outside the factory warranty for those parts anyway, right? I want to say you purchased that '09 in March of '08? I can't believe that much time has passed!

    I dunno, maybe I should spring for one (w/ Subaru Bucks!). I'd probably be looking at a 6/100 as the best fit.

    The last time I went off-roading in mine, I split a sidewall on a tire. My wife was not pleased.... :blush:
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The odd thing is that no, we're not at 36k miles yet, nor is it 3 years old.

    I think it should not have been covered at all, since technically it was damaged, not faulty, but they covered it out of good will because I'm a Gold customer.

    At least that's what I'd like to believe.

    They gave her a free loaner, too. A Kia Rio. Last time we were there (also for a Gold warranty claim) they gave us a Benz C240 4Matic wagon! Seriously.

    My dealer treats Gold customers well. :shades:

    No promises that you'll get the same service - my wife is attractive and that probably didn't hurt! LOL
  • buckdbuckd Posts: 1
    Your grand total for the repair was not $0. The grand total is what ever you paid for the Gold warranty.
    I had the Gold on a 2001 and the only repair that fell under that warranty was a tie rod replacement. I didn't save the hundred or so the repair would have cost. It cost me $700 plus I paid for the warranty.
    Your costs for repairs under these extended warranties is: Warranty Cost divided by the number of repairs.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I paid for the Gold warranty with Subaru Bucks from my Chase Subaru credit card, so $0 out of pocket.
  • dcm61dcm61 Posts: 1,457
    edited January 2012
    There's an opportunity cost to earning Subaru Bucks. You give up cashback on other CCs to get the Subaru Bucks.

    End result: You [indirectly] paid for the warranty.

    P.S. Granted, it's hard to find a CC with across the board 3% rewards.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Exactly. I usually get 1% on most stuff, so you're still getting 67% of it for "free".
  • A couple of weeks ago, I bought a new Forester and bought the Subaru Gold Plus extended warranty from Joe Gingras of Roto Subaru Mazda Inc.
    (847-255-5700 ext 290). He is very professional and prompt, and the warranty is Genuine Subaru warranty (my dealer tried to sell me some inferior and overpriced warranty called "platinum" - Subaru does not sell such a warranty).
    The warranty for 7 years/70,000 miles with $0 deductible cost $835.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Wow, that's a really fantastic price! Nicely done! :shades:
  • I didn't end up getting my warranty from Joe, but during my research, I found him to be a very amicable and low pressure guy. I would have had no problem doing business with him. Lots of good press for him.
  • ram78ram78 Posts: 1
    Does it cover the tires/rims, dunts & dings on your car for that price.
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