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Old 11-18-2008, 04:34 PM   #1
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I'm due for a 90k maintenance and was wondering what I should be expecting to pay?

The dealership I bought my car from said it would be 575. They also gave me a list of the 30k maintenance list and said they were the same thing? True?

I called another dealership and they quoted 910!?

I live in Missouri, in case anyone has suggestions as where to take it. Thanks.
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Old 11-18-2008, 05:21 PM   #2
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Inb4 Unibomber.

Honestly thats one of the questions we can't really answer. We would need to know exactly what they were doing.

In large your going to save 90% of that money if you buy the parts and do the work yourself.

It also depends on what Maintenance you've done thus far and whats ready to be changed, flushed, or examined.

The only dealership maintenance I might do is for my timing belt, but i'll probably do that myself too.
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Old 11-18-2008, 05:29 PM   #3
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Inb4 Unibomber.

Honestly thats one of the questions we can't really answer. We would need to know exactly what they were doing.

In large your going to save 90% of that money if you buy the parts and do the work yourself.

It also depends on what Maintenance you've done thus far and whats ready to be changed, flushed, or examined.

The only dealership maintenance I might do is for my timing belt, but i'll probably do that myself too.
Ditto -- get a list of the items then select the one or two things that are not your standard maint things like oil and filter changes find out what they charge you for doing the one or two things. They are more than happy to charge you $500 - $900 etc for something that only takes them an hour to do and $100 worth of fluids and filters.

Have you replaced break pads or done a full break job yet? That should probably be on your 90K list from the dealer. Napa turns rotors for $15 a rotor - pads are easy takes a novice maybe 2hrs going slow to pull the rotors off - once you've done it you'll never pay a dealer for a break job again.
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Old 11-18-2008, 05:54 PM   #4
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I requested a list from the dealership I bought the car from and they gave me the 30k mile maintenance and said it was the same as 90k.

The list includes:
  • Change transmission fluid
  • Change transfer case fluid
  • Change differential fluids (front&rear)
  • Tune engine - replace spark plugs, air filter, and fuel filter
  • Adjust engine valves
  • Rotate + Balance Tires
  • Check all brakes and adjust rear brakes
  • Adjust engine drive belt tension (check condition of belts)
  • Check charging and starting system, perform battery service - clean terminals and load test battery
  • Change engine oil + filter
  • Retorque front and rear suspension system and steering system
  • Check for worn parts
  • Flush engine cooling system (chemical flush)

I got new brakes and tires not to long ago so could skip out on that stuff. I also just got my oil changed, which is when they told me I need the service. Also, my check engine light came on shortly after I got my oil changed and told them I didn't want to do the service at the moment. The light wouldn't be coming on because I need to get serviced would it? I will probably take it to Autozone and have them run their computer diagnostics on it for free and see what they say...
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Old 11-18-2008, 06:12 PM   #5
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I requested a list from the dealership I bought the car from and they gave me the 30k mile maintenance and said it was the same as 90k.

The list includes:
  • Change transmission fluid
  • Change transfer case fluid
  • Change differential fluids (front&rear)
  • Tune engine - replace spark plugs, air filter, and fuel filter
  • Adjust engine valves
  • Rotate + Balance Tires
  • Check all brakes and adjust rear brakes
  • Adjust engine drive belt tension (check condition of belts)
  • Check charging and starting system, perform battery service - clean terminals and load test battery
  • Change engine oil + filter
  • Retorque front and rear suspension system and steering system
  • Check for worn parts
  • Flush engine cooling system (chemical flush)

I got new brakes and tires not to long ago so could skip out on that stuff. I also just got my oil changed, which is when they told me I need the service. Also, my check engine light came on shortly after I got my oil changed and told them I didn't want to do the service at the moment. The light wouldn't be coming on because I need to get serviced would it? I will probably take it to Autozone and have them run their computer diagnostics on it for free and see what they say...
Yes take the care to autozone or a advanced auto and get a free read out, write down the code and post it here for some help there. You can EASILY do 90% of that list....

The list includes:
  • Change transmission fluid - 50 dollars for Fluids
  • Change transfer case fluid - 20 for Fluids
  • Change differential fluids (front&rear) I assume Transfer case is the rear diff and the front diff is changed out when you change the transmissions fluid...
  • Tune engine - replace spark plugs, air filter, and fuel filter. All very easy, 30 dollars in parts.
  • Adjust engine valves - if they did this i'd be surprised, thats actually intensive and MAYBE needed at your mileage (Btw my STi is at 91k too)
  • Rotate + Balance Tires (rotation is easy enough and would be free with 1hr worth of work tops.) Balancing not so needed depending on when you got the tires installed.
  • Check all brakes and adjust rear brakes, not really needed if you did brakes.
  • Adjust engine drive belt tension (check condition of belts), not needed
  • Check charging and starting system, perform battery service - clean terminals and load test battery, not needed.
  • Change engine oil + filter, you said its done.
  • Retorque front and rear suspension system and steering system, not needed.
  • Check for worn parts, like?
  • Flush engine cooling system (chemical flush), not needed.

In my opinion I would....

Change...
Brake Fluid
Transmission\Front Diff Fluid
Rear diff Fluid
Spark Plugs
PCV-Valve (easy to do)
Clean and reattach IACV (theres a thread on this for WRX's)
New Air Filter
New Fuel filter
New drive belts
AC-Recharge (maybe)
rotate tires
New Upper and Lower radiator hoses
New thermostat and gasket
Coolant exchange (goes along with the top two)


Thats really intensive and more then you probably need. You can do all of that yourself too, and the parts would STILL be less then 500 dollars.
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Old 11-18-2008, 06:17 PM   #6
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So basically they're asking 600 to change transmission/differ fluid, oil change, plugs and coolant.

^You can do this yourself for much cheaper. How much cheaper, 5qt Extra-S gear oil, ~65$, use 1qt for rear differ. Genuine subaru coolant and conditioner 30$. Oil change, depends on which oil you use, I use 5 quart/Walmart 16$ + oem oil filter 6$, plugs 45. Total ~160$

BTW, I would be thinking more towards an upcoming timing belt change which will cost $$$. Parts alone will be over 500$ if you want to do it right.
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