The details in this section are with regards to the UK supplied and owned Imprezas. Details may and will vary from country to country. In the UK, the warranty lasts for three years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. To keep the warranty in force, Subaru insist that the car is serviced in accordance with their recommendations by Subaru approved dealers.
Certain "consumable" items, such as tyres, brakes, exhaust, clutch and items changed at specific services are not covered by this warranty, unless their failure was caused by manufacturing defects.
Also, the second and third years of the warranty (the Extended Limited Warranty) applies to:
- All Mechanical Components
- All Electrical Components
- All Trim Components
But not to any defects in sheet metal, body panels or paintwork.
Given the low cost of servicing and high replacement costs of many parts, it is very rare to find any Impreza that has not been routinely maintained by Subaru.
The warranty, like other manufacturers is only valid for approved Subaru parts and accessories. See Warranties and the effect of modifications for more details.
In the UK, we are probably in the unique position of having high quality approved performance parts available from Prodrive (get the WR Sport brochure from your dealer). The fitting of these parts is approved and actively promoted by Subaru, and doesn't affect your warranty in any way. The parts are expensive (Prodrive, Subaru UK and your local dealer all have their profit margins on them), but then again quality never was and never will be cheap. Prodrive argue that their kit increases the value of the car while some replacement kit decreases it ... which is probably true if you sell to a dealer, and may be true for some private buyers too.
Bodywork is covered by a 6 year anti-corrosion warranty, subject to inspection and re-treatment (at owners expense) 12 months, 36 months and 60 months after first registration. Paintwork is covered by a 1 year warranty.
If things should go wrong (even in the event of an accident) - and they rarely do - then the car is covered by a comprehensive 3 year recovery and assistance programme valid both in the UK and Europe. Cover includes vehicle recovery, home and roadside assistance and a 24 hour 7 day a week helpline and message service.
We are glad to report that both the recovery service and warranty provided by Subaru UK are superb. In one case, a car which was just under 3 years old (by a matter of days), and had just exceeded the 60,000 mile mark was recovered from Europe following the failure of an engine component, and all new parts fitted by the dealer in the UK without problem (apart from the delay in receiving such rarely needed parts!).
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