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Old 03-05-2002, 08:36 PM   #1
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Default outback sport 36k mile tuneup $400!?!?!

Ok heres the deal; my mom just called two dealerships and was told the full maintence deal for 36K miles on an outback sport was going to be 400.

Is this really true??? I looked at the book and it didnt look like 400 worth of work....What is your experience with this maintenence, how much did your dealer charge? Is this the correct pricing?

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Old 03-05-2002, 08:40 PM   #2
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What part of Ohio are you in? I live in Dayton, do all my work at Wagner Subaru in Dayton, and they charged me about $190 for the 30K service.

They're 60k service is $400, tho, but they change every fluid, tune-up, plugs, etc.
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Old 03-05-2002, 09:17 PM   #3
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what do they usually do at 36 k miles? and then 60 k anyone?
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Old 03-05-2002, 11:09 PM   #4
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I paid $330 for my 2.5 RS 30k service.

Watch out, the dealers sometimes add things that aren't on the Subaru list (e.g. fuel conditioner...)

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Old 03-08-2002, 11:13 AM   #5
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a 36K (for me) was a tune up, basically. Changed coolant, oil, plugs, fuel filter etc.

A 60K service will change all fluids, plugs, gear oils, trans fluid, etc.

You should check your maintenance book. It will list everything for the service intervals.
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Old 03-08-2002, 01:07 PM   #6
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whats the name of ur dealership
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i migjt cp,e i[ tp dayton to avoid a 400 dollar "tuneuP"
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Old 03-08-2002, 01:46 PM   #7
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Well, after dechipering your post, I'll answer

It's called Wagner Subaru, and it's actually in fairborn, which is right outside of Dayton. They are one of the few dealerships I know about that are also a tuning shop. They do great work, and are very reasonable.
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Old 03-08-2002, 02:55 PM   #8
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wow totally didnt notice doing that; stuipd me!

pos keyboard at work...pos mouse too!

sorry thnx though
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Old 03-11-2002, 03:37 AM   #9
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I go to the Subaru website and download the maintenance schedule for the MY that has a maintenance interval coming up. Click on Owners, then Subaru Care, then Maintenance Schedule. I print that out and take it with me to the dealership. The the service writer and I go over it piece by piece and I usually highlight everything that needs to be replaced, performed or inspected to make sure that it gets on the work order. Then I check the W.O. against what we talked about to make sure everything is in there before I sign off on it and give them my keys. I also keep a copy with my vehicle maintenance portfolio so I know what was done and when and who did it.

I find this process is a lot easier than going through the owner's manual and trying to translate that into a working document that's easy to use.

This keeps my costs down and precludes some "extra" charges from ending up on the work order. I've paid as much as $360 for a 60K checkup but typically I'm in the $150 to $200 range if I have the dealer do it and about 1/3 of that if I do it myself.


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Old 03-11-2002, 06:30 PM   #10
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I given a rough quote, 5 hours @ $90/hour for my 30K service at the Santa Rosa subaru dealership, plus parts (fluids, filters, spark plugs, etc.).
Thats $450 +. Seemed a little high to me.
Checked with a auto shop. Talked with the owner, nice fellow. He checked on his computer (probably off a CD), it said 5 hours work. The shop rate is $75 per hour. So that would be $375+. I do have a one time %10 off parts and labor coupon.
Since the Livermore subaru place was cool about everything, gonna check with them, get a rough quote.
Thing is, I can do some of the stuff myself. Both of the above places said they would still charge me the 5 hours and the parts (something about having to follow what the book says for insurance reasons).
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If you can do the work yourself, then order the parts from Subaru Parts dot Com, or pick them up from your dealer and do it yourself. Then only have them (the dealer) do the maintenance/parts that you can't do or don't have time to do. Just don't have them write it up as a 30K, 60K or whatever service. Only have them write up what it is that they are actually doing. Keep track of all your receipts for your personally-purchased Subaru parts and indicate the date, mileage you installed them or that you performed the maintenance checks. Keep a registry of all your maintenance. The way the dealer gets the big bucks is they pad it to do the service "package". You avoid that package price by again, having them write up the specific service that you can't do and that keeps your Subaru maintenance schedule intact.

Good luck.

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Old 03-11-2002, 09:12 PM   #12
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30Kmi service should be easy enough to perform by individual w/ right tools.

If you do not want to get your hands dirty or unsure how to do the maintaince, you can always buy all the necessary parts from www.subaruparts.com and take it to a local auto shop to perform the work. Also, it's a good time to have the shop pour some Mobil 1 as well.
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so what do u recommend that i get done at the 36k marc...btw this car has 40 k on it blargh! no time... do u guys recommend that I do whats mandated in the manual or??

so howabout this as an idea...buy all the necesary parts at subaruparts then take em into my dealership...that should save me a chunk of change right?
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Old 03-12-2002, 01:44 AM   #14
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According to the Subaru website (mentioned above), here's what's on the schedule:
Replace - Engine oil
Replace - Engine oil filter
Replace - Engine coolant
Replace - Fuel filter
Replace - Air cleaner element
Replace - Spark plugs
Replace - Brake fluid

Perform - Inspection of the Brake lines and check operation of parking and service brake system
Perform - Rotate and inspect tires

Inspect - Drive belt(s) and camshaft drive belt
Inspect - Cooling system, hoses and connections
Inspect - Fuel system, lines and connections
Inspect - Transmission/Differential (F & R) lubricants (Gear oil)
Inspect - Automatic transmission fluid
Inspect - Disc brake pads and discs/Front and rear axle boots and axle shaft joint portions
Inspect - Brake linings and drums (including parking brake linings and drums)
Inspect - Clutch system
Inspect - Steering and suspension system

Here's what I recommend you do. If you can do most or all of the the "replace and perform" parts of the schedule, do those yourself with Subaru parts. For the rest, the "inspect" parts of the schedule, take it to the dealer and ask them to replace your coolant (got to give them some work/payment incentive) and to do a complimentary 27-point inspection on your car. Look over the 27-point inspection sheet with the service writer and see which parts of the 30K "inspect" schedule are not on it (and there really shouldn't be anything that's not) and then your "inspect" portion is taken care of.

Modify the process to fit your particular need (what you can and can't do and what you have time to do especially since you're already past your next service interval at 37.5K and almost halfway to your next service interval at 45K) and pay for what you have to. The other option that was mentioned is to get your local shop to do it with Subaru parts.

Good luck, Dale

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