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Old 11-15-2013, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Is the lifetime warranty bumper to bumper? Parts & labor? Approximate cost?

On another note, I was told by Subaru that they offer free new tires for life, if service is conducted there.
Free tires That sounds like a great deal.

OK - my "Pro Certified Lifetime Warranty": I had to buy a special one because usually it's for work at any of their Walser dealerships- a major dealership around here. BUT, since I won't be here I had to get one that would cover me anywhere.

It covers: Engine (a bunch of stuff here); Transmission/Transfer case/AWD assembly; drivetrain assembly; brakes; electrical; steering; cooling; fuel system

There are many things under each category that are not covered.

Emergency Road assistance; car washes for a year, oil changes


$2100 - higher due to being outside their dealership area.

Not sure if this is a good deal or not - but, the deed is done.

 
Old 11-15-2013, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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I bought a brand-new Mazda Speed 3 six years ago and have loved every minute driving it. This is probably irrelevant to Umbria's choice because her model (an SUV) and mine (a smaller, very sporty car) are as different as night and day. Mine is turbo charged and its top speed is supposed to be 155 mph, although I've never driven it faster than 125. It has a six-speed manual transmission and factory tricked out brakes and suspension. Apart from a rather vicious torque-steer at very low speeds (being front-wheel drive), the handling is superb; this car is a total joy on curvy mountain roads.

But it is also very practical, being a five-passenger hatchback. Summer before last (summer of 2012) I took a road trip in it with the approximate itinerary of Los Angeles, El Paso, Austin (Texas), Galveston, New Orleans, Little Rock, Kansas City, Denver, and home to Los Angeles. Visited friends and relatives, museums, etc. and had a wonderful time.

I have also taken other road trips with my Mazda and have always found it such a great joy.
Sounds cool indeed. It wouldn't work for me here in New England in the snowstorms on all kinds of roads, and I have to be able to fit in two kid carseats and related paraphernalia plus two dogs. Need a small SUV. (Maybe when I'm 80.)
 
Old 11-15-2013, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Well then on your way to Asheville swing by Floyd and we'll go flat-footin' on a Friday night at the Country Store.
Got it - how fun would all this be
 
Old 11-15-2013, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Free tires That sounds like a great deal.

OK - my "Pro Certified Lifetime Warranty": I had to but a special one because usually it's for work at any of their Walser dealerships- a major dealership around here. BUT, since I won't be here I had to get one that would cover me anywhere.

It covers: Engine (a bunch of stuff here); Transmission/Transfer case/AWD assembly; drivetrain assembly; brakes; electrical; steering; cooling; fuel system

There are many things under each category that are not covered.

Emergency Road assistance; car washes for a year, oil changes


$2100 - higher due to being outside their dealership area.

Not sure if this is a good deal or not - but, the deed is done.

And how many years do they consider to be "lifetime"?
 
Old 11-15-2013, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Sounds cool indeed. It wouldn't work for me here in New England in the snowstorms on all kinds of roads, and I have to be able to fit in two kid carseats and related paraphernalia plus two dogs. Need a small SUV. (Maybe when I'm 80.)
Yes. One of the limitations of my Mazda is that there is not enough clearance to use tire chains.
 
Old 11-15-2013, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Originally Posted by Escort Rider View Post
I bought a brand-new Mazda Speed 3 six years ago and have loved every minute driving it. This is probably irrelevant to Umbria's choice because her model (an SUV) and mine (a smaller, very sporty car) are as different as night and day. Mine is turbo charged and its top speed is supposed to be 155 mph, although I've never driven it faster than 125. It has a six-speed manual transmission and factory tricked out brakes and suspension. Apart from a rather vicious torque-steer at very low speeds (being front-wheel drive), the handling is superb; this car is a total joy on curvy mountain roads.

But it is also very practical, being a five-passenger hatchback. Summer before last (summer of 2012) I took a road trip in it with the approximate itinerary of Los Angeles, El Paso, Austin (Texas), Galveston, New Orleans, Little Rock, Kansas City, Denver, and home to Los Angeles. Visited friends and relatives, museums, etc. and had a wonderful time.

I have also taken other road trips with my Mazda and have always found it such a great joy.
Mazda's rule I had my little Miata for 11 years and after sitting dormant every winter (in a garage - but this is MN) it would pop off right away in the spring. I did have to buy one new battery but I never had any other trouble with it. This was another deciding factor when I made my final choice in cars.

The Mazda Speed 3 are very popular and a turbo is really good for mtn driving.
 
Old 11-15-2013, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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I just dropped the Honda off my list. I did not like the size and design of the rear window or the mediocre visibility from driver's seat out the rear sides. It kind of reminded me of a hearse.

For the compact SUV I now have the basic Subaru Forester and Outback, Toyota Rav4; perhaps Mazda.
 
Old 11-15-2013, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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And how many years do they consider to be "lifetime"?
Geez you ask a lot of questions () - back to my folder: 1) As long as you own the car or 2). will never exceed the purchase price of the vehicle
 
Old 11-15-2013, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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I just dropped the Honda off my list. I did not like the size and design of the rear window or the mediocre visibility from driver's seat out the rear sides. It kind of reminded me of a hearse.

For the compact SUV I now have the basic Subaru Forester and Outback, Toyota Rav4; perhaps Mazda.
Those are all good choices. Is the Rav4 2014 out yet? When I was researching I could only find the 2013. I have always liked the Rav4 but I needed a car now and couldn't wait for the 2014 Rav 4.

P.S. A friend of mine said the Honda looks like a dog taking a dump - I just can't get that thought out of my mind.
 
Old 11-16-2013, 01:49 AM
 
Location: Florida
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My 'new' Subaru is now almost 4 years old. It's my 5th one and 3rd Outback.
Obviously I'm a loyal fan.
Mileage exceeded advertised on this last trip south at 33...is usually 27.5 to 30
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