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Old 10-19-2000, 06:32 AM   #1
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Post How much should I pay for the 30,000 mi. service?

My dealer said $450 for the full service, but I already changed the spark plugs and air filter. So hopefully it'll be less than that. That seems high to me! They are just going to replace the fluids (brake, tranny, diff., coolant, oil/filter). They are going to put synthetic oil in the tranny & diff.

What did you pay for this service?

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Old 10-19-2000, 11:20 AM   #2
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It can vary widely. I paid $425. The dealer I went to charged me for a lot of unnecessary add-ons. I was at another dealer recently and their price was $315! They go by the book instead of making up their own service policy.
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Old 10-19-2000, 11:27 AM   #3
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What in the world do they do for ~$400?
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Old 10-19-2000, 11:36 AM   #4
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Orbit - $8.00 Oil additive, $8.00 fuel additive, $2.00 for washer fluid, spark plugs (not needed until 60k), and some other things I can't think of. That service manager is no longer there either.
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Old 10-19-2000, 11:42 AM   #5
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According to Subaru.com at 30,000 mlies they are supposed to:

Inspect drive belts
Inspect camshaft drive belt
Replace oil & oil filter
Replace coolant & inspect coolant system (hoses & connections)
Replace fuel filter & inspect fuel system (hoses & connections)
Replace the air filter
Replace spark plugs
Inspect trans. & diff. fluids
Replace brake fluid
Inspect brake pads, rotors, linings, & drums
Inspect f&r axle boots and shaft joints
Check operation of parking brake
Inspect clutch operation
Inspect steering & suspension

And that is it. I think if you are familiar with your car you can do this all within a matter of a few hours yourself pretty easily.
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Old 10-19-2000, 11:57 AM   #6
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Hey, the mechanics and service managers need to feed their children also!!!!!!!!!!! And maybe pay for the gas in their Bayliners... those suckers hog gas, ya know!?

Besides replacing brake fluid(which seems excessive at 30k), I don't see how anything else can be that complicated to justify that cost. Brother, it's simply the fact that cars are more reliable and the dealer has to make money somehow. I mean, they don't get that great of a profit off the Imprezas.

You just need to invest in some tools and a Chiltons manual. More than half of that list is "inspect." Just because they don't actually do anything doesn't mean their inspection time is free.
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Old 10-19-2000, 01:37 PM   #7
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i had the 30K miler done and all that plus some extra stuff...but then again my dealership rules and kick butt at it...only thing they didn't do was...uhmm...well..they even polished the rims and tyres, and cleaned the car and interior and sorted out all my change and put it in the spots for it, as well as rearragening everything that was just tossed in by yours truly...so i think it was worth it, it came out 400% cleaner than when it went it too!
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Old 10-19-2000, 01:50 PM   #8
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According to 8Complezes list of stuff they do, you could do all the fluid changes yourself for around $30.00. I did notice a lot of checking and inspecting, I don't know everyone's knowledge of cars but that sounds to me an easy four hundred dollars that the service dept. may get from some woman that barely knows how to fill her car up with gas. I know the 30k service on my old honda was only $125. But that was three years ago, since then I do everything myself know. I went out and spent $25.00 and got myself pretty eduacated when in comes to import cars. I only let dealers and service tech work on specialized stuff, such as electrical and internal mechanics that I know that I couldn't do without some sort of special training. All in all I would pay for it and do it youerself, hell it would only cost you a Saturday.
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Old 10-19-2000, 01:52 PM   #9
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Sorry that is a "I wouldn't pay for it and do it yourself."
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Old 10-19-2000, 02:31 PM   #10
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How do you change the fuel filter, and where is it? Also what type of plugs are better than stock. Asked this question in another forum and was mostly chided for it. My car is a we past 30k, like 66mi past, and I'd like to do this soon.
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Old 10-19-2000, 03:05 PM   #11
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Fuel filter is the black cylindrical thing with two tubes coming out of it located to the right of the engine. Easiest way to find it is to go buy a new fuel filter (one's from the dealership fit best), take it out of the box, and look at it. Now look under the hood, it's easy to find when you know what you are looking for and very easy to replace. Simply remove the two gas lines and then hook them up to the new filter. The filter has the tubes labeled IN and OUT, make sure you keep the same orientation with the new filter.

That's a really easy job, easier than changing spark plugs and on par with changing the air filter. As for spark plugs, if you have a normally aspirated engine, I would go with the Bosch platinum +4s. Not because they will give you any more performance, but because you'll only have to change them once in a blue moon. Those things are supposed to last 100,000 miles. If you have a turbo or supercharger, don't use them (or if you want to replace your plugs more often). Just about any new plug will out perform and old plug. I use NGK copper plugs and like them. Those iridium ones are supposed to be the best but at $15-$20 each, I don't think they are worth it (especially for such a disposable item).
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Old 10-19-2000, 05:55 PM   #12
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oh and btw i got mine service for no charge as my dealer loves me
Well not only that...but you know
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Old 10-19-2000, 06:51 PM   #13
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actually, the Mercedes already have an oil quality sensor. That's what I was told at the Mercedes dealership
(this one is owned by Mercedes, the sales guys there are nice and don't give people BS, plus, we know the guy )
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Old 10-20-2000, 12:13 AM   #14
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The 3000 mile oil change is another fallacy purpetuated by the oil companies. Unless you are using your car as a cab, towing a boat (all the time), or running stage rallies, you don't need to change your oil every 3000 miles. The manual says 7,500 miles. That may be a bit much. I change mine every 5,000 miles.

Mercedes is working on a system that will monitor oil quality. On some prototypes, they are getting 15-20,000 miles between oil changes. Pretty amazing.
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Old 10-20-2000, 06:12 AM   #15
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Tim, do you know the part numbers for the Plat. +4's? I ran them in my VW and liked them.

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