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Old 12-10-2019, 06:38 PM   #1
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What are some ludacris prices a dealership has tried to charge you.

Brought the 2010 Forester in today for an airbag recall and got a $2100 estimate for a exhaust (resonator pipe to y pipe and two mufflers) and $900 for front and rear brakes.

The best one is $90 to change the in cabin air filter. Glove box doesn't need to be removed. There giving .52 hours to the tech to change it, unbelievable. The first time they changed it and I saw that charge I called them out on it. They gave me $50 back. Didn't have them do it this time of course.

I am paying $8000, hopefully a little less to have a new block installed, maybe thats ludacris, but I'm sure that's what most places would charge.
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Old 12-10-2019, 07:48 PM   #2
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It’s ludicrous to think that Ludacris had anything to do with your local car dealership.
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Old 12-10-2019, 08:02 PM   #3
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Old 12-10-2019, 08:23 PM   #4
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Old 12-10-2019, 11:00 PM   #5
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What are some ludacris prices a dealership has tried to charge you.

Brought the 2010 Forester in today for an airbag recall and got a $2100 estimate for a exhaust (resonator pipe to y pipe and two mufflers) and $900 for front and rear brakes.

The best one is $90 to change the in cabin air filter. Glove box doesn't need to be removed. There giving .52 hours to the tech to change it, unbelievable. The first time they changed it and I saw that charge I called them out on it. They gave me $50 back. Didn't have them do it this time of course.

I am paying $8000, hopefully a little less to have a new block installed, maybe thats ludacris, but I'm sure that's what most places would charge.
I encountered the filter price as well. I told them they are robbing people blind. The assistant manager was being an ass already so I had no qualms about telling him Iím not paying for it.
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Old 12-11-2019, 12:00 AM   #6
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Dealer cabin filters are expensive, even though they are designed better than aftermarket. What's crappy is how much they are marked up and that they aren't going to budge a penny...unless maybe you are spending thousands of dollars on other repairs and their mark ups for the other items more than make up for the "loss" of lowering the price of something already grossly marked up. :/ Compare a set of oem spark plugs to the same brand "aftermarket" counterparts' price...yikes.
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Old 12-11-2019, 12:08 AM   #7
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I am paying $8000, hopefully a little less to have a new block installed,
$8k for a shortblock seems a bit high - certainly higher than a dealership price here.
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Old 12-11-2019, 03:03 PM   #8
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Dealer cabin filters are expensive, even though they are designed better than aftermarket. What's crappy is how much they are marked up and that they aren't going to budge a penny...unless maybe you are spending thousands of dollars on other repairs and their mark ups for the other items more than make up for the "loss" of lowering the price of something already grossly marked up. :/ Compare a set of oem spark plugs to the same brand "aftermarket" counterparts' price...yikes.
It wasnít the filter price $30, it was the half an hr of labor at over $75 which literally takes 3 mins to do.
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Old 12-11-2019, 09:03 PM   #9
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It wasnít the filter price $30, it was the half an hr of labor at over $75 which literally takes 3 mins to do.
Not sure of any subaru that needs to have labor for a cabin filter, all the ones I've seen are cake. Hondas on the other hand, the early years, suck balls and require at least half hour. Otherwise they can enjoy the mildew.
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Old 12-12-2019, 07:04 AM   #10
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Itís ludicrous to think that Ludacris had anything to do with your local car dealership.
Ha! You'd be surprised.
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Old 12-12-2019, 09:00 AM   #11
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Try a different area code!
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Old 12-12-2019, 11:34 AM   #12
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1500 for timing belt replacement...was first time doing subie timing as kits are very inexpensive comparatively! Oh and more recently 1200 for rotors iirc, was over 1k for sure!
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Old 12-12-2019, 01:24 PM   #13
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Had a dealership tell me they had to charge an hour of labor because I had spacers on my wheels, and "they're a real bear to work with"?. I told her I take put them on and take them off all the time, always use anti-seize. She took it down to a half hour. I liked the place because they did good work and they were convenient and were really good about getting me loaners. But that was the last time I went there. If she had just been honest I would have eaten the half-hour, but the fact that she tried to gouge me on it and then lied about it was the real deal-breaker for me. I feel for people that don't know anything about cars, they must get ripped off every time they go in.
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Old 12-12-2019, 02:12 PM   #14
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obviously if you think a dealership is a "brain trust" for your particular brand of car... you would be incorrect in that assumption.
They have an investment to recover... don't like it don't patronize. Nobody is obligated to use a dealership for anything...
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Old 12-13-2019, 01:29 AM   #15
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Old 12-17-2019, 02:22 AM   #16
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Was quoted 2100 to replace my rear struts that are clunking (I have bilstein b16's I'm installing soon)
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Old 12-17-2019, 02:50 PM   #17
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This is why I like buying OEM parts and accessories from https://www.subarupartsdeal.com/ because their prices are cheaper than dealer prices. I save up to 40% off retail prices.

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Old 12-17-2019, 02:57 PM   #18
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obviously if you think a dealership is a "brain trust" for your particular brand of car... you would be incorrect in that assumption.
They have an investment to recover... don't like it don't patronize. Nobody is obligated to use a dealership for anything...
Totally understood but if they are going to lie through their teeth and be complete dumbasses then yeah, they gonna get patronized.
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Old 12-17-2019, 05:11 PM   #19
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Replacing the cabin air filter would be a normal thing every 2-3 oil changes if they didn't charge 79.95 to do. I'll be cheap and buy a few online and do them as mine get dirty. Hell i'm going to buy my mom one for Christmas and offer to change her forester one over paying the dealer.
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Old 12-20-2019, 05:11 PM   #20
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I laugh when people complain about paying for work and claim they can do it themselves and when they do they screw it up and come back in anyway. Or "I read online it's not that hard to do so why are you charging me so much".
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Old 12-20-2019, 05:45 PM   #21
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Going to a reputable shop would be better than the dealer.
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Old 12-21-2019, 07:22 AM   #22
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This is why I like buying OEM parts and accessories from https://www.subarupartsdeal.com/ because their prices are cheaper than dealer prices. I save up to 40% off retail prices.
jesus... spam much???
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Old 12-21-2019, 07:29 AM   #23
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Totally understood but if they are going to lie through their teeth and be complete dumbasses then yeah, they gonna get patronized.
Always amazed me how the attitude never changes from every type of "dealership". They must have advanced classes on condescension.
Then it hit me along time ago... they are just a bunch of grifters in a purty building. Talented wrenches dont hang around very long which is the brain trust. But a "citizen" will think all the folks there are "lab coat" level experts...lol.
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