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Old 12-01-2005, 10:58 AM   #1
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Default Dealer asking $280 to install new plugs!

Suby dealer in Columbus, GA says it takes three hours to install new spark plugs. The platinum plugs alone are like $64+ I seriously doubt it takes that long, or that the labor should cost that much. Are these guys just after some easy $$ or what?
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Old 12-01-2005, 12:23 PM   #2
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have you looked at how the engine in your car is orientated. It's a PITA to get to the plugs due to the boxer engine design. Its not like any other engine where the plugs are right on top. You have to get down into the sides of the engine bay to change plugs
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Old 12-01-2005, 01:12 PM   #3
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Ah, I did notice...they're hard to even see from above. What do you think, can an amatuer do it? Or, should I take it in? The cost isn't that great of a concern, and I would like the car to continue to run well for at least another 80K miles. I thought that the stock platinum plugs were supposed to last a long time though, like up to 100K. I know it's recommended at 60K, but so far I haven't experienced any problems, but I know nothing about the ignition.
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Old 12-01-2005, 04:10 PM   #4
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DO NOT pay them to do it. EVER. Buy the plugs yourself, gap them and install yourself. It's tedious and at time a PITA, but not technically difficult. If you can turn a wrench you can do it. Run a search for spark plug install. Scoobymods.com has good instructions too.

The Cliff's notes install requires this: Remove airbox, battery and washer bottle. Remove 12mm bolts holding the coilpacks on the plugs. Slide coilpacks off. Remove spark plug with rachet extension(s). Apply a bit of dielectric grease to the end of the plug the coilpack goes on. CAREFULLY thread the plug back in, taking care not to crossthread. Coilpack will slide on but will not give you a reassuring click. Replace 12mm bolts securing coilpacks. Reassemble airbox, washer bottle, and replace and connect battery.

Profit ! $$$$$$
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Old 12-01-2005, 04:16 PM   #5
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it's very easy. in no way is it worth $280 to have someone else do it.
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Old 12-01-2005, 04:42 PM   #6
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On the WRX, 60k is a good time to change the plugs. It's not trivial, but is certainly doable for an amateur. Especially your first time, you need to be patient, and make sure you have all the correct tools in advance (like a plug socket of the correct size). A friend/acquaintance who has done it before is *extremely* helpful.
Don't forget to use a bit of anti-seize on the plug threads.

If you don't feel comfortable doing it, you can also have an independent mechanic do it (who will charge less). I'd make sure the shop has experience with turbo Subaru engines, though (or pick a Subaru-only shop).
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Old 12-01-2005, 05:12 PM   #7
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I would like the car to continue to run well for at least another 80K miles.
wow you sure don't expect much from your car. give it some love and do it yourself
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Old 12-01-2005, 05:21 PM   #8
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That job should take an experienced mechanic, ie., someone who has done it before, no more than 40 minutes. It shouldn't take a novice more than an hour and a half.

They are trying to fleece you. Either do it your self or take it to a different set of hands.
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Old 12-02-2005, 12:48 AM   #9
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Book time it 2.1 hours according to alldata.
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Old 12-02-2005, 04:12 AM   #10
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If you post in the SE Regional Forum, I'm sure you can get someone to help for beer or do it for like $50. Beer and friendship is the best choice though.
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Old 12-02-2005, 11:18 AM   #11
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FYI! Real time labor guide a guide that collects national DATA and compiles real time stat National Average 1.6 hours I find them acurate as an average when you take some really fast guys and some slow! I prefer a average speed guy! I have seen more than an average stripped plug holes in subarus and the problems that creates in a suby is multiplied by location!
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