Subaru extends new car warranty to five yearsNew five-year 100,000-mile warranty for Subarus

08 January 2013

Subaru has become the latest car manufacturer to extend its standard warranty on new cars to five years.

The longer five-year/100,000-mile warranty replaces the previous three-year/60,000-mile one. Subaru's anti-corrosion warranty remains unchanged at 12 years.

Five-year warranty 'more valuable'

The new five-year warranty applies from 1 January 2013 to all new Subaru cars except the WRX STi.

Subaru's ETCo (Everything Taken Care of) package - launched in 2011 - has now been axed.

The move comes in response to feedback from dealers and customers. Haydn Davies, Marketing Director at Subaru UK, said: 'The ETCo package, though designed to be a ground-breaking and industry-leading offer, was less attractive to the majority of prospective buyers than a longer warranty.

'Research also showed that customers were not using the services offered by the ETCo package. However, longer warranties are considered as more valuable.'  

Any customer who bought a new Subaru before 31 December 2012 will remain entitled to the benefits offered by the ETCo programme.

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Longer warranties becoming more common

Subaru joins a growing number of manufacturers to offer factory warranties that are longer than the industry standard of three years. Renault now provides a four-year warranty, while Alfa Romeo, Chevrolet, Hyundai and Toyota all have five-year warranties on new cars.

Some other brands offer warranty upgrades at extra cost, such as newcomer Dacia, which charges £395 to extend from three to five years.

Two brands have gone even further. Kia offers a seven-year warranty as standard, while Vauxhall offers a 'lifetime' warranty, but for the first owner only and limited to 100,000 miles.

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