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Old 12-05-2001, 12:21 PM   #1
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Post 15k service prices

I didn't realize different dealers charge different prices for the 15,000 mile service.As far as I can tell, they do an oil/filter change, inspect the brakes/pads, inspect the clutch *shudder, shudder*, and check out the steering. I've been quoted from $140-$229 for the same service. Anyone have any other suggestions? I know most of this is DIY, but being my first new car, I'd like to stick to the maintenance schedule and avoid any possible warranty conflicts.(failure to service).

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Old 12-05-2001, 12:37 PM   #2
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The 15K and 30K service prices are a real profit item. Basically you have a oil change ($25 max) and 20 minutes of inspections. At $70/hr that should be $60 total. If you want to pay 3 times the fair price, that's your choice, but it just lets the dealers continue this. I'd call the service manager, and tell him that you figure the fair cost of the inspections is $40, and that you'll pay that for 30 minutes of inspections, plus the oil change - and see if he'll go for it. Otherwise find an independant who will do the job for straight time & materials - or just do it yourself and note it in the service manual. That's what I'll be doing. There's just nothing in the 15K service that is even slightly difficult.
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Old 12-05-2001, 12:49 PM   #3
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yeah, good point...
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Old 12-05-2001, 01:51 PM   #4
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I'm pretty sure that ANY shop that is ASE certified can do your recommended services. You should double check with SoA on that.

If so, I know of 3 ASE Certfied shops that charge $45/hr AND only charge you for the actual time worked vs. the $72/hr a dealer charges by the "job".

Your receipts for all the oil/filters you use for home oil changes are enough proof that you change your oil on schedule.

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Old 12-05-2001, 02:42 PM   #5
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I called SOA about this and they said, "we have a set price for the scheduled maintenance, but it's up to the dealer what they will charge you". One dealer may be able to do it in 1 hour, another dealer may take up to 3. Is the quality of the work the same? who knows?

As far as taking it to a non-Subaru shop to get it done, "if anything were to fail later down the road, they could choose not to cover it under warranty because work was performed at a non-Subaru shop"

I'm sure this is not a new topic by any means. I guess I'll go to the dealer who will do it cheapest. That way, all my service work will be done by Subaru Technicians, just in case something were to happen down the road.

Call it peace of mind I guess..
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Old 12-05-2001, 03:25 PM   #6
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As long as the service was competently performed and documented by some means, it would be very tough for SOA to decline warranty coverage. My car has not been back to the dealer at all except for the O2 sensor recall. Otherwise I have performed all maintenance, and intend to keep at it. SOAs "varies" statement most likely means SOA sets out what has to be done, but dealers are free to add "services" to the list and perform them (and charge you for them) if you simply ask for their 15K service. Things like oil and fuel conditioners and the like are all gravy for a service dept. Dealerships make bank on service, much more than they make on selling a car initially.
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Old 12-05-2001, 03:39 PM   #7
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just go to a subaru ceftified independent shop (if there are any around, lol).

i love those in between services that costs money, but dont really do much.

this is what the service intervals usually mean to me:

15k: air filter
oil and filter
tire rotation
spark plugs

30k: valve adjustment and timing
oil change
tire rotation
fuel filter

60k: belts
water pump
valve adjustment
oil change
etc,

haha

thats all i see when i look down the long list of services performed under these service intervals.

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Old 12-05-2001, 09:09 PM   #8
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The 15K service on the WRX in question is even simplier! No plugs to change until 60K, air filter should be good for 30K, so that just leaves oil and tire rotation if needed, and while the tires are off a fast look at the brake lines. There's no way the pads will be very worn, likewise the clutch is a non-issue (other than the "normal" shudder) and the rest of the stuff is dealer padding - like changing the air in the tires, polishing the tail light lenses, lubing the trunk hinges, and adding dried water to the windshield washers.
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Old 12-05-2001, 10:24 PM   #9
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... and adding dried water to the windshield washers.
That's hilarious, but probably accounts for 30% of actual costs
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Old 12-06-2001, 01:45 AM   #10
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I had the same intention for my Jeep... being a new $35k vehicle, I wanted to stick to the recommended maint. schedule. It turned out that the 15k service took me for over $400. Ouch.

So my Subaru is DIY whenever possible. So far all of my oil changes are ahead of schedule, and yeah, I could be screwing myself because I don't keep receipts for filters and oil. I have been entering everything on my.subaru.com though.
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Old 12-06-2001, 10:56 AM   #11
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Get this! My current dealer goes by the owner's manual.

My former dealer added a lot of stuff like, $2.00 for washer fluid, $8.00 for oil treatment, $8.00 for gas treatment, etc.

Call up a dealer and ask exactly what they do on their 15k. If they mention something that's not in the owner's manual, use someone else.

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