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Old 02-02-2004, 11:10 AM   #1
davidburns
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After driving for 2 minutes in 25 degree (f) I watched as the temperature gauge started to climb. It ususally stopped at 1/3. Today it went to over 2/3 of scale and I got concerned. Now I needed to get somewhere fast. The speed (60) kept the gauge steady at 2/3. Riding on the shoulder to avoid traffic to get 2 miles to Hillside Subaru dealer. The antifreeze was coming from the top of the overflow cannister. .. Service manager implied a two day process. 2nd day he still can not diagnois problem. Now it must stay there over the weekend! I ask him if the lot is secure? 'Oh yeah, it on our lot, if I can, I will bring it inside" Fat chance says I. I have heard horror stories on the 'net' about the honesty of dealer employees. 'He has his best mechanic on it' !!!!!! I ask, is it thermostat? Is it head gasket? He says if I know so much how come I don't do it myself? Enough said, ok let the man work I think. Talking to everyone I know about problem. Each brings another' maybe this, maybe that' to the situation. Now I am playing a waiting game with Hillside Subaru in NJ.
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Old 02-02-2004, 02:19 PM   #2
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hmmmm, could be tons of stuff.....since the car is at the dealer, not much to do except wait for them

could be a simple thermostat, could be fan not turning on, could be temp sensor......if they're a$$es, then maybe u should take ur business elsewhere
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Old 02-02-2004, 02:56 PM   #3
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well, it turned out to be the thermostat. I made a serious mistake! I authorized the replacing of the item without asking the cost. The bastards had the cojones to charge $198.62 for changing the thermostat! The service manager said that was a fair price. I asked him if he would kiss me, cause i always like to be kissed when I get f**ked! Maybe a hand release would be good instead. Now I remember why I don't go to the dealer for stuff. Oh right, I have my baby back and she is ready for boost! It's only money aint it? Sex is great, but at the age of 52 boost is better!!!!!!
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Old 02-02-2004, 05:07 PM   #4
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Wow, that is steep - I'm about to change my thermostat, and it was less than $20 for the 'stat and the gasket. Labor time should be putting the car on a lift, draining the coolant, removing the lower hose (1 hose clamp), removing the thermostat cover (two 10mm bolts) swapping the pieces, and reversing the previous steps, plus refilling the coolant and purging any air from the system. That'd be maybe an hour, tops, plus whatever they charge for the fluids. MAYBE a hundred bucks. That's the dealer for you, though. Always taking the long way home.
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Old 02-03-2004, 09:18 AM   #5
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OK, the car is back with me. After driving a few american cars (my girlfriend's Sunbird and her mom's 1996 Taurus) my car seems like a Rally car! The speed, handling and overall performance is night and day. WRX owners please take a moment and thank Subaru for making these cars! We are so blessed to have the sense and cents to buy these fine automobiles. Don't ever take your car for granted or let anyone drive your car without you being with them!!! If it is to be damaged, you be the one to do it, because I would never forgive anyone hurting my car. I know that is selfish and non-christian, but if you own one you can understand. Anyway, there is no price too great for all the joy and pleasure this car gives me. Thanks for your empathy and a comradarie!
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