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Subaru Extends Its New Vehicle Warranty For Current Customers An Additional 6 Months

Subaru is extending your new car warranty on all vehicles for up to six months. See what it means for customers.


The COVID-19 epidemic has hurt thousands of Subaru customers who have lost jobs, or those who were ready to trade in an older model may have to keep it longer than they were expecting. Your Subaru came with a 3-year/36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty when you purchased the car. A new report says Subaru of America is helping those customers who own a Forester, Outback, or other Subaru model by extending your new car warranty on all vehicles for up to six months.

Your Subaru vehicle also comes with a Powertrain Limited Warranty of 5 years/60,000 miles which covers major powertrain systems in your all-wheel-drive vehicle, including the engine. If you purchased an additional warranty for your Subaru, it will be extended 6 months beyond its date and miles.

2020 Subaru Outback, 2020 Subaru Forester, 2020 Subaru CrosstrekCan I purchase an extended warranty now?

If you own a Subaru model and need to keep the vehicle longer than expected, an extended warranty doesn't have to be purchased when you buy the car. In fact, you can usually buy a warranty any time before the car’s manufacturer warranty expires. Subaru offers many different extended warranty plans and you can see them here.

How reliable is your Subaru and do you need to worry about it needing repairs beyond the current warranty? According to the 2019 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study, your Subaru vehicle ranks slightly above average in reliability. As with any brand, as you add miles to a vehicle, they tend to need more repairs. Getting an extended warranty can cover repairs needed from mechanical breakdowns and sometimes due to the normal wear of parts.

2020 Subaru Outback, 2020 Subaru Forester, 2020 Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru is also automatically extending your current lease. Subaru says if you continue to make your monthly payments, you may extend the term of your lease agreement for up to six months to allow you extra time and flexibility. Subaru of America is giving current customers payment extensions of up to 90 days. Make sure you call your lender and ask for this option.

It’s a scary time for many current Subaru Forester, Outback, and other owners who are experiencing financial hardship. To help Subaru of America is extending your current vehicle warranty. If you need additional help contact the Subaru Customer Advocacy Department at 1-800-782-2783.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a variety of roles. All of his reports are archived on our Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Subaru Report. Check back tomorrow for more Subaru news and updates at Torque News!

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Weirdly (not verified)    May 1, 2020 - 3:59PM

We need more info and sources. Does this extend the power train warranty or just bumper-to-bumper? Please add details.

Jon Cantwell (not verified)    May 1, 2020 - 10:49PM

Don’t you think waving a month’s payment or deferring it would help us more and show you truly care.

Peter Vernam (not verified)    May 2, 2020 - 9:03AM

Extending a lease by six months while having to continue to make monthly payments only helps Subaru. In order to really help customers during this difficult time, Subaru ought to waive lease payments for six months and extend the lease by six months. That way we pay the same amount, only later.

KAS (not verified)    May 3, 2020 - 12:06AM

I purchased a new 2020 Outback 10 days ago. Will my Outback's warranty be extended by 6 months. Will the # of miles the car's warranted for also be extended? I did not purchase an extended warranty.

donald l bagnoli (not verified)    May 4, 2020 - 3:42PM

In reply to by KAS (not verified)

I purhcased a 2020 Forester on April 30. Why isn't Subaru offerring the same extended power train warrantee that it offerred for the 2019 model. I think that any new Forester owner would want to ask this question

John Day (not verified)    July 8, 2020 - 12:51AM

Warrantys are bogus as Subaru will tell you your problem is not covered under warranty even though you were told it was at time of sale. Less than 3k miles and now out of pocket for repairs.

Jack Maddox (not verified)    July 13, 2020 - 2:46PM

Why does Subaru only bumper-to-bumper back their cars in NA for only 3 years or 36k miles, when same vehicle gets 5yrs or 160k km (99k miles) in Europe? ie; U.K., Germany

John Day (not verified)    July 13, 2020 - 10:31PM

I was sad to be informed rocks hitting the vehicle is not covered. Also oem must be used or warranty is void. Seems you have more reasons to void the warranty than extend it. But I am very happy with my purchase and probably gonna eat the warranty.

Robert Hand (not verified)    August 18, 2020 - 8:33PM

The article in Torque news:By Denis Flierl G+ May 1 2020 - 7:42am
was incorrect. It stated "Subaru Extends Its New Vehicle Warranty For Current Customers An Additional 6 Months". After talking to Subaru Corporate customer service and then to Corporate CS Management I found that on certain customers qualify for Warranty extension of 6mo. Those customers whos warranty expired between Feb and May 2020 and they couldn't get the service due to COV19 restrictions.

Carol Senning (not verified)    March 20, 2021 - 2:19PM

The back side window behind the drivers seat of my 2020 Subaru Forester shattered. There was not a collision and nothing came through the window other than shattered glass. Is there any kind of warranty on windows that burst on their own?

Kerry Baidin (not verified)    June 26, 2021 - 8:21AM

I have a 2017 Subaru Outback with 55,000 on it. It has a warranty 100,000 bumper to bumper for the transmission etc., and/or 5 years I think.....does the extension of 6 months warranty apply to my car too?

Susan M (not verified)    August 16, 2021 - 11:39AM

I'm having a major problem with the paint rubbing off my painted leather seats in my 2018 Subaru Forester. Anyone else have this issue? Defective seats? Maybe?? Subaru refuses to replace the seats! Said its past the 36 months and not even considering the time we were shut down for the pandemic. Subaru talks a big game but fails to maintain their responsibility of their vehicles!! Very unhappy with Subaru!!