Read the following thread today:
Read it and see why I have a problem with it.
Basically, the OP stated that he’s at stage 2+, has 20K miles on the car and the car is exhibiting symptoms of cracked ringlands. Some responders tell him how to check for further symptoms (smoke coming from oil cap opening). Smoke was exiting the opening. In the next post, the guy states that he has his car on a flatbed and it’s on the way to the dealer. He states he’s reverted back to the stock tune (and that the dealer also stated he should do this).
Wow. I see these at least once a week on the forums. Some guys end up pannicking when they realize that Subaru of America (SoA) sometimes correlates such posts to real-life people and deny the claims.
IMO, issues such as these constitutes fraud. I’m a firm believer in “pay to play”. People who can’t afford to fix their car because they took it beyond the limits of Subaru’s design should not modify their cars. Shit like this is what makes it difficult for the guys with real/legit repair issues to get them fixed. Also, someone has to pay for the fraudulent claim (and it’s usually not the dealer nor SoA)…it’s usually other Subaru owners (the dealer spreads the cost to all Subaru owners by raising costs of other services).
I hate crap like this!
EDIT: here’s one from last week (pay attention to post 6)