CVT warranty extension is useless after 100k when cars need it

The failure of the same major part in two different cars of the same model speaks to a design flaw IMO. Not just bad luck. I’m on the OP’s side and think it’s odd that Subaru would offer to lower the repair bill by 13%.

That said, many other manufacturers would not have covered the first repair. Who knows what the full story is, IIRC Subaru extended the warranty on the CVTs due to numerous customer complaints to the government, and without fighting and losing a court case. It would not be surprising if their legal representatives have told them not to be overly generous in covering repairs to cars that do not comply with the terms of the extended CVT warranty.

$2000 IMO is a lot to spend on a single repair on an old car. It is a large % of the value of the car. And it’s likely that by the time I “get my money” from such a repair, it will be time for the next big repair bill. The OP’s second car is outside the longer timeframes that an extended Subaru warranty would cover; there’s a reason they won’t cover IIRC for 8 years, 120,000 miles and 10 years, 100,000 miles. It would cost them too much to fix the age/high mileage repairs.

OTOH $2000 is also only a few percent of the cost of an average new car. If the second car has been taken care of and the OP is otherwise happy with it, that might be a reason to fix it and move. I think it would also make a difference if you have a good rust job with your repair place.

I would be wary of trying to do better with another brand. They know their business and have been at it for many years. IMO it’s like coke and pepsi, they taste pretty much the same and both can rot your teeth. :)

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