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Old 03-03-2009, 07:01 PM   #48
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'17 seeing eye Outback


Originally Posted by JeanGrey View Post
So after it's fixed I should change coolant with every oil change and I should also add that conditioner stuff?
Coolant changes follow the regular maint. schedule, just add conditioner.

Originally Posted by JeanGrey View Post
Has anyone else has success getting money from Subaru when the car wasn't under warranty?

The dealership will charge me $50 to diagnose the problem. Then, Subaru will tell me if they'll give me any "goodwill assistance." However the dealer told me it can run over $2000 if they do the timing belt at the same time. My mechanic (who is very good) said he'd probably charge $800. Not to mention the fact that when I made the appt. the dealership service guy was like "oh, and you know you'll be here, so you can get some information, and sometimes they do deals on trade-ins." F*$# you scumbag. I really just want to cancel and have my mechanic bang it all out for $800, as I doubt Subaru will cover even close to the difference, and they are looking for external leaks on a 2003 apparently, and won't deal with internal leaks which is what all symptoms point to. I figure the timing belt will cost a few hundred anyway.
I understand you are upset. It is a flaw that is common. I would still recommend you go through the motions with SOA. Reason is, you don't know how much they will do for you until you try. Mention that you have an independent that is cheaper (maybe even with "goodwill" involved), see what they say. Just ignore the sales pitches, they are inevitably intertwined with the dealership experience. If they fail to get your business, you (and they) know you tried to work it out.

Your 2003 (what model?) is almost certainly externally leaking. It may not have a puddle of coolant (as many others have not either) because the antifreeze is hitting the exhaust and burning off. If your oil looks like chocolate milk, I stand corrected, but it is very rare to the usual failure.

No, I don't work for Subaru. Just trying to stay positive in life.
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