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Old 03-08-2019, 01:24 AM   #1
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Subaru Stars Question: 2018 Impreza Maintenance Help

Hey guys,

I got a 2018 Impreza and I already have 13k miles on it, so I'm hoping to get a idea of how to go about the routine maintenances on my car.

Here are the quotes I got from local Subaru shops: (it's pretty expensive)

Pm auto works $140
Garage one $215
5Js $119
Stevens Creek Subaru $375
Fremont Subaru $190

Services they offer:
Replace Engine oil
Replace ac filter
Rotate tires
Inspect vehicle

Now this is my first car and I definitely want it to be taken care of and to last a long time. I'm not sure if it's best to take it to someone or to try and learn to do some of this maintenance myself.

I got a few concerns:

- Will it interfer with warranty if I don't go to dealer?
- Should I take advantage of their "vehicle inspection" during this warranty period?
- Can I perform some of the services (e.g. replace oil) myself and have them do the rest for less money? If so please send links

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Old 03-08-2019, 05:54 AM   #2
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Its hard to go wrong doing your own routine maintenance if youre willing to get the tools and supplies. Also at 13k your filter should be fine unless you do a lot of off roading or are a heavy smoker.
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Old 03-10-2019, 03:23 PM   #3
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Gotcha. Do you know if doing service at a non-subaru repair shop or on my own would void my warrenty?
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Old 03-10-2019, 03:36 PM   #4
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Gotcha. Do you know if doing service at a non-subaru repair shop or on my own would void my warrenty?
It does not if you keep records... and this is assuming the place you goto doesnt screw up the work.. ex. Over or under filling, wrong oil, other stupid things..
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Old 03-10-2019, 03:38 PM   #5
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Do filters youself. Buy them off amazon get generic fram ones or similar and you can do both cabin and engine in less than 15 mins for $23.

It does save some money to do your own oil changes at home if you buy oil at walmart like pennzoil platinum for $23 for 5qts $6 for a 6th qt, and an OEM filter online for $8.(i dont trust aftermarket filters) For some people its a wash on being worth the effort. I do because I have a fumoto drain valve.. I drive up on 2 2x6 blocks, slide under with a catch can and stick a tube onto the valve and drain cleanly tool free right into the hole in the catch can. Change filter while it drains and then refill it.. 15 mins of effort (usually walk off while it drains).

Rotating tires has some initial investment costs.. need a real jack and should use jack stands.

I track service in google drive.. folder for each service with pics of odometer receipts etc.

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Old 03-10-2019, 05:28 PM   #6
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Let me translate this service into reality-speak.

"Do an oil change"

Go off and do that. You absolutely can do it anywhere you want. Save the receipt. I have a box in my garage and when I buy oil and filters, I throw the receipt in the box. If I ever need to prove that I've done the changes, I write when they're done in the maintenance manual and have the receipts.

$375.....hahahaha.
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:54 PM   #7
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It's a robbery out here. I went into the Fremont Subaru location, mainly because I want to make sure the transmission of my car is ok since I bumped my car into a guard rail (don't ask how).

This is the cost structure of their work:

Replace oil change & filter (6qts) - $82
Check all fluid levels and adjust as necessary - $9
Rotate tires - $29
Replace A/C cabin filter - $55
7 other inspections - free

I told him I'll do my cabin filter myself. I believe it's $10 to buy it and replacing takes 5 mins, right?

The total went from $175 to $120.

If someone can tell me how much each would cost to do these on my own (with quality supplies) that would be awesome. Also, do I really need to replace the A/C filter if I only owned the car for 5 months?

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Old 03-17-2019, 12:02 PM   #8
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I prefer to do things my self. Everything you mentionned if easy, albeit some items have slight logistical complexity.

The best thing to do is get informed about how to do these things.

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Replace Engine oil
There's tons of videos and information on the subject. Youtube for the process. There's a forum specifically for oil information called bobisitheoilguy.

Oil: Follow the specs from the manufacturer (0w20, SN). All major brands (Penzoil, Quaker State, Valvoline, Castrol) are very good. Looks for deals, especially if the car is a daily drivers. You might find a *slightly* better "boutique" oil like Royal Purple or Amsoil for way way more $$$. If your application is different (racing), there might be a point in going with fancier oil.

Filter: Subarus seem to have some bypass valve pressure specificities. You might want to go with the OEM.

Keep your receits for warranty.

This is fairly simple but I have been deceived the few times I had it done by someone else. Over tightening of items, used an uneven crush washer causing a small leak and overfilling.

If you think you will take care of this item often, try to get a futumo valve. It makes the oil draining process even simpler and much cleaner.
https://www.fumotooildrainvalve.com/

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Replace ac filter
Easiest and cleanest job.
Quote:
Rotate tires
That's where the logistical complexity comes. Depending on how well you are equiped to lift a corner or side...
Quote:
Inspect vehicle
There's information on the subaru site on what's included in the services. Do the same inspection.
Look for leaks on items containing oil that have gaskets. Look for oil/wet spot on the shocks/struts
Look for grease leaking from boots.
Direction/bearings: Lift a corner, hug the tire and tries to shift it side to side & up/down for slight play.

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Old 03-17-2019, 12:29 PM   #9
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Let me translate this service into reality-speak.

"Do an oil change"

Go off and do that. You absolutely can do it anywhere you want. Save the receipt. I have a box in my garage and when I buy oil and filters, I throw the receipt in the box. If I ever need to prove that I've done the changes, I write when they're done in the maintenance manual and have the receipts.

$375.....hahahaha.
Agreed.
Warranty issues come up if you can't document work (I have a couple buck small spiral bound book in each car......log miles, gas fill, check tires, oil change.....whatever.....running log......save receipts.....).
More docs, the better. Even if, "date....miles.....check tire pressures....". You show you care and document what you do.


I never had a warranty issue with a log and receipts......
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Old 03-17-2019, 01:07 PM   #10
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Using google drive/microsoft one drive/dropbox for your receits is even better. Snap a pic or scan them in PDF. Store them in folder with the YYYYMMDD - #####KM/Mi.
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Old 03-17-2019, 01:13 PM   #11
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What are they going to inspect at 13k? What warranty work they don't want to do.
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Old 03-18-2019, 02:55 PM   #12
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these are my costs:

Replace Engine oil: I replace with OEM Subaru 5w30, 4.4 qts (so 5 qts), subaru genuine oil filter, and gasket

-oil: ~$40 (8 bux a qt)
-Filter & gasket ~$6

$46 total

Replace ac filter

i typically replace with a OEM. think they're like $20-25

Aftermarket like a fram range anywhere from $15 and up. The more expensive, the more it'll have things like carbon and better filtration to absorb foul odors or filter out smoke. kinda like how household HVAC filters have different prices for different grades.

Rotate tires & Inspect vehicle are all self done.

So typical total for a routine oil change is like $50 bux then. Cabin Filter is replace after whatever the manual says - but that's up to you. U can go about extending it if u like, it mostly affects incabin odors and amout of air that gets to you. Wont affect car performance.

INSPECTIONS:

There's a list i'm sure you can find online; it's mostly eyeballing things like coolant level, brake pad wear, brake /clutch feel, window wiper blades, etc. That stuff's real fast.

a lotta places that charge mostly charge cuz of labor, which by today is kinda round the $100 mark. toss in cost of materials, and an oil change can easily be $150 at typical mechanics place. Any place that charges cheaper i'm guessing works more on getting as much cars in and out.
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Old 03-18-2019, 04:48 PM   #13
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$375!!!

Personal experience I had at my dealer was similar. I leased a 16 WRX. I wasn't sold on the motor yet and figured I'd lease before buying to make sure. A little more money wasn't an issue for me over quality and dependability.

Anyways, I brought the car to the dealer for the usual oil change, filter, etc.. They said my car needed a new cabin air filter. Seemed odd at 20k but ok. I asked how much for the change of filter and this is where it gets good. The associate said to me that "we do not charge for the install of the filter, it's just the part you need to buy" I said, "Ok, fine. how much is the part?", knowing it was maybe $20 (even less on amazon) and it only takes 5 min to pop out the glove box and install as Ive done it on other cars in the past. He said that all in it would cost $80... I asked to check with parts on the price and loan behold they were selling it for $25. I then said, if parts is selling it for $25 and you don't charge labor on install then where did the $80 price come from? He could not give me a strait answer and he knew he was caught.

Moral of story, don't listen to everything a dealer tells you and always cross reference and do your research prior to doing anything. I never used that dealer again.

For comparison, I paid $120 at a dealer for oil, tires rotated, filter, inspection but if you find a shop you'll likely pay less.
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Old 03-18-2019, 08:15 PM   #14
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It's a robbery out here. I went into the Fremont Subaru location, mainly because I want to make sure the transmission of my car is ok since I bumped my car into a guard rail (don't ask how).

This is the cost structure of their work:

Replace oil change & filter (6qts) - $82
Check all fluid levels and adjust as necessary - $9
Rotate tires - $29
Replace A/C cabin filter - $55
7 other inspections - free

I told him I'll do my cabin filter myself. I believe it's $10 to buy it and replacing takes 5 mins, right?

The total went from $175 to $120.

If someone can tell me how much each would cost to do these on my own (with quality supplies) that would be awesome. Also, do I really need to replace the A/C filter if I only owned the car for 5 months?

Thank you!


Yeah, its definitely more expensive here! Here are a couple question for you, do you have a place that you can work on your car. . . Garage, carport? Do you know anyone that can show/help you how to do the basic maintenance?

As for costs, I just did my oil change on my wrx a couple days ago and my cost was $47 for oil (6 quarts subaru oil from dealer) and $7 for the oil filter. I didn’t rotate my tires but it wouldn’t have cost me anything other than time. Now tools if you don’t have anything to start with, it will be more of an investment but will pay off down the road. You can probably get an inexpensive jack and jack stand with some basic hand tools for $100-200 easy but I recommend if you can, buy some quality tools and equipment because you’ll probably be using them for a while.

Cabin ac filter is not mandatory to replace, I replaced mine on my previous vehicle every year or so. It just filters the air in the cabin and unless you drive in dusty areas all the time or have a weird smell, I would wait on that. You can also just take a look at it and see if it looks really dirty, they’re usually really easy to get too.
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Old 03-18-2019, 09:24 PM   #15
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0W 20 synthetic that's for your car is easy to find for between $24 and $30. Filter $5-ish.

I have never replaced a cabin air filter. Until the last decade or so, no car but maybe a Lexus had such a thing. If you feel like replacing it at 75k or 100k, go pull it out, blow it out with compressed air and put it back in.

Tire Rotation.....do you own a jack?
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