I agree with you that not all dealerships, even people in general, are honest. However, I don't see why multiple techs at different dealerships would consistently want to put themselves in such a bad situation with not much to gain.If you dont think dealerships lie, ok then. for me, the nail is in the coffin. my car is already out of warranty period.
no tech can guarantee any future warranty claim will be honored or denied, that is the entirely arbitrary decision of SOA.
if youre buying a used STI, get the normal PPI, leak down, and compression test. if those check out - negotiate as low as you can.
Your profile shows that you have a 2017. Unless it's salvaged or has tampered odometer readings, you might even be eligible for the 100k 8yr engine bearing settlement extension.
I also agree with you that techs can't guarantee warranty however I do believe they are a significant part of the equation for approval. I wouldn't say it's a 100% arbitrary decision by SOA. SOA should have a process in place to make consistent decisions on denying warranty based on support. It's only arbitrary when they give you a pass for goodwill to approve warranty when they have support to deny.
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