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Will using 'aftermarket' or recycled parts void my warranty?

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Warranties CANNOT be voided. Please familiarize yourselves with the federal Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act.
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When not if your CVT takes a dump you can be rest assured that Subaru will determine that the part you installed is the problem. Then you are stuck paying $8k for a new CVT or are without a working vehicle while you argue with SOA. . . <snip>
Maybe, but probably not. You're assuming a bit of bad faith on the part of Subaru. In a given situation, it might happen. As for timing, dealerships understand that you're out the vehicle. Unless a claim matter is super complicated, it should get resolved in a few days.

Most car dealerships and zone managers live in the real world. If it's clear that the part you installed failed or caused a problem, well okay. But if it's unclear (or impossible to determine), most dealers just honor the claim. If there's a real question, they can kick it up to SOA's technical department. I've seen dealerships replace parts or do repairs which probably weren't under warranty or which they might have a reason to disclaim, but they did it anyway as a customer relations matter.
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The CVT cooler was not a factory installed item therefore you have modified the system. The warranty info clearly states ... <snip>
This is only half of the issue. The modification would have to cause or contribute to the failure. For example, maybe the CVT cooler leaked fluid and the CVT ran dry. Or, maybe the cooler caused the CVT fluid to become contaminated. Or, maybe the cooler became blocked and stopped the fluid from circulating. And, AND, the warranty-voiding dealer can demonstrate this.

The mere addition of some part is not enough to void the warranty. There must also be be some link of causation to the failure you experience. It is/was popular to add an oil cooler to some engines. Some car makers even sell optional oil coolers and/or ATF coolers with their trailer hauling package. Oil coolers, whether for the engine, AT or CVT, are not inherently bad things. If a dealer/maker decides to void your warranty for this reason, there needs to be some fairly obvious causation between the failure you experience and the part you install. At least for oil/ATF coolers, that may be a heavy lift.
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