Like most manufacturers, Subaru offers extended vehicle warranties. Unlike most manufacturers, the plans are clearly outlined and succinctly summarized for shoppers. Having researched many plans, Car Talk found the Subaru Added Security Extended Service Agreement plans (sometimes referred to as SAS plans) to be among the simplest to understand.
One way the Subaru plans are more straightforward than, say, Toyota’s, is that one can only buy a Subaru Added Security Extended Service Agreement for a Subaru when it is still covered by the 3-year, 36K manufacturer’s new car warranty. There is no plan available from Subaru for older Subarus or used Subarus outside of that window.
Subaru offers three plans. Powertrain, Classic, and Gold Plus. Subaru tries hard to make it clear which plan covers what breakdown. There are color graphics showing cut-aways of a Subaru that try to highlight which systems are included. The final page of the brochure from Subaru makes it clear that this is an “exclusionary coverage” plan, meaning that it only covers what’s on the list of covered items. It’s important for you to understand what’s on that list before you sign a contract.
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Within the three tiers, there are two choices a shopper will make. First, the duration. Subaru offers a choice of an 8-year, 120K mile plan, or a 10-year 100K mile plan. The number of miles you drive will dictate which is right for you. Second, a shopper will opt for either a zero deductible or a $100 deductible which lowers the premium price a bit.
Unlike some extended warranty companies that have told us they offer “thousands” of different plans for a given model, Subaru offers three, with two easy to understand choices of how your plan will work.
The other advantage here is the shop that’s going to be performing the work. If your car breaks down on a cross country trip and you’ve got a third party vehicle warranty, the closest approved provider might be a gas station at the end of the nearest exit. With an authorized Subaru extended warranty, the work is always going to be performed by Subaru technicians.
Specs / Key Features
Classic Plans offered by Subaru cover a wide range of parts in all major component areas, depending on your contract. Subaru lists the major coverage areas as such:
Gold Plus Plans include all Classic plan coverage, plus bumper to bumper coverage, and is very similar to the new car comprehensive warranty. The top tier plans may also include:
The Powertrain warranty includes just the engine, transmission and drive systems.
Added Benefits to Classic and Gold Plus Plans:
This is an “exclusionary coverage” policy, so anything that’s not on the list at the end of the brochure on Subaru’s website is not covered. So read your contract carefully, and make certain you understand your coverage. Subaru’s SAS plans do not include normal wear items like tires.
The SAS plan is also not a pre-paid maintenance plan. You will still pay for oil changes, timing belts, and services for other normal wear items. They offer their own maintenance plan, which you can purchase separately.
Items that are not covered by Classic or Gold Plus plans:
The chart below is taken from CarComplaints.com and reflects owner-reported problems. We have placed an *asterisk next to the oil consumption costs since in some cases, those would be paid for under a class action settlement on 665,000 Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, Impreza and Legacy models built between 2011 to 2015 that had excessive oil consumption issues.
New Motors Subaru of Pennsylvania publishes the cost of the Subaru SAS plans on its public webpage. We have recreated the data here. Note that for all 70k, 80k and 100k plans, STi sports cars have a surcharge of $495, and the WRX has a surcharge of $295. Your local dealer may have different pricing.
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Third-party warranties are an option for any make or model vehicle. These plans are offered by companies who profit by selling used vehicle owners a plan that they know will cost them more on average than the cost of any repairs.
The answer is little complicated. Subaru’s had three major class action lawsuits that resulted in extending its own original warranty to cover head gasket, oil consumption and CVT issues, and if you were one of the people affected, you probably wish you had that extended warranty.
Ask yourself two questions:
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It really depends on whether you have the money to cover a large repair. If your transmission falls out at 74,000 miles, you’re going to wish you had the warranty. If it doesn’t and you’ve paid thousands of dollars for a warranty, you’re going to wish you had that money back.
Yes. Subaru will sell any owner of a Subaru vehicle an SAS plan within the period of the initial three-year, 36K warranty period. After that has expired, Subaru does not offer extended warranties.
Yes. A Subaru warranty can be transferred to a private party and also be canceled for a prorated refund. There is a small transaction fee for either.
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