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Old 05-01-2001, 09:31 AM   #1
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Question 15k service

Well, I didn't take it in for the 7500, but feel like I should take it in for this one. Maybe I'm warranty paranoid, but I want to do it by the book.

How much does this cost anyway?
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Old 05-01-2001, 10:17 AM   #2
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I'm just about to hit 30K, and did my own 30,000 mile checkup this past weekend. Couldn't tell you how much the dealer might charge.

I did:
New plugs - NGK
Change oil & filter - Mobil1 & a Bosch 3310
Clean K&N air filter
Flush & Change brake fluid - Castrol GTLMA
Flush & Change coolant - Havoline Dex-Cool
Change tranny oil - Valvoline Durablend
Change Rear diff oil - Valvoline Durablend
Changed fuel filter
Changed wiper blades
Checked the brakes (pads, calipers, etc.)
Checked the suspension (struts, bushings, etc.)
Checked axles (CV boots, bearings)
Topped off clutch & power steering fluids
Checked battery (water)

This all cost me less than $90 and only took a few hours to complete. The only "recomended" service the dealer will perform will be the 60K checkup. And that's just because I don't feel like changing the timing belt myself!
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Old 05-01-2001, 10:28 AM   #3
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As far as the warranty goes, it doesn't have to be serviced at the dealer. You can do it yourself, just keep the receipts (to prove that you did it) and write down your mileage. Maybe even post the info on the Subaru mysubaru web page so that its semi-official. At least, I think this should be sufficient. Since I only have about 4k miles left on my warranty, I am not too concerned.
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Old 05-30-2001, 07:45 AM   #4
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I'm bringing this topic back up since I'm approaching 30k. I have a few questions for all of you since I'll be doing this myself.

What brand fuel filter and wiper blades do you suggest?

How do I go about checking the bearings and what should I look for?

Where do you drain and fill the rear diff. oil?

TIA,

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Old 05-30-2001, 08:24 AM   #5
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The fuel filter I used was a Purolator (sp) and the wiper blades were Bosch Micro edge.

You drain & fill the rear diff using the 2 plugs an the back of the rear diff. the plugs take a 1/2" drive ratchet, the lower one is to drain the diff. the top one is to fill the diff.

As far as checking the bearings, do you hear any unusual noises while driving? If not chances are everything is good. If you want to be sure have your dealer check those. Visually checking the bearings & brakes and axles will cost much less than doing the full 30K service.

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Old 05-30-2001, 08:28 AM   #6
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when ya change the timing belt? or haveyou? how much did that cost?
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Old 05-30-2001, 09:01 AM   #7
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Have a Nice Day?

I got destroyed on my 60k service--$780. The 30k service was about $350. Reasonable, but still a little pricey.


Needless to say, I'll go back up north to my independent Subaru shop for any services on my Impreza. It just seems like a ripoff to me. I just got an oil change for the 15k service.

And I'm sure as hell not taking the Brat to the dealer.
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Old 05-30-2001, 11:22 AM   #8
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Thanks Opie!

brat, I think the timing belt is 60k.

This shouldn't cost me close to the $350 the dealer quoted me. Part of that is because I replaced my front and rear brakes (along with the fluid), my strut tops, oil and filter, plugs and (cleaned) air filter recently.

The only stuff I haven't covered was the tranny, diff., power steering and clutch fluids and the coolant and wiper blades.

I'll probably take care of this stuff on Saturday.

-Mike.
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Old 05-30-2001, 12:56 PM   #9
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Holy Cow! I just checked the Maintenance Scheadule for my RS and it says the timing belt (it actually says "drive belts") doesn't get replaced until the 105,000 mile service! Wow!

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