I received a copy of the warranty replacement for the WRX. I’m thankful the last line was “No Charge.”

If you recall, my WRX started tapping/slapping/knocking on my way home from work a few weeks ago. I pulled over as soon as possible, but it was too late. The damage was done. The engine decided to grenade itself in dramatic fashion.

The dealership determined that it was a warranty issue, despite evidence that they were the cause. Either way, somebody else was going to foot the bill.

It took long enough to get everything done, but I finally got the WRX back last Saturday. Happy days! Joyous times! Wait, now I have to break in a new engine!?! That sucks.

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Ok, now for what you’ve been waiting for. The big number. The answer to all your questions. The... alright, here it is: $8,770.14. Wow. Let’s break that down into all the gory details.

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That’s $6,889.12 in parts, $1,881.02 in labor. You might be wondering about that second labor line. After reassembly, the WRX threw a CEL and it was traced to a “bad or misreading AF sensor.” It’s not clear why they didn’t charge for the part, but the labor was to cover the diagnosis and installation.

If this had happened outside of the warranty, I would have been in a pickle trying to figure out what part of my budget was going to suffer so I could afford a rebuild or replacement. I’m sure we could have found something used in the $2-4k range, but then I would be looking at installation, so the total price would still be in the $4-7k range.

Ouch.