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Old 07-25-2016, 09:01 PM   #26
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suby specialties =D. Steves the man!!
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Old 08-05-2016, 11:05 PM   #27
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I moved to the Pasadena area a little while ago and have been looking for a new mechanic. I've read all the threads praising Suby Specialties here and on on Yelp and decided to give them a call for a quote.

Let me preface by saying I'm not trying to throw anyone under the bus and I am legitimately curious as to whether my experience was out of the ordinary for Suby Specialties.

After numerous unsuccessful attempts to get in touch with them, I finally spoke with Mary and asked for a quote to replace my timing belt, tensioner, pulleys, water pump, and relevant gaskets. My car is coming up on 120K, so I also asked about the 120K mile service cost, figuring that mostly everything I was asking about is easy to take care of at the same time as the timing belt.

The services I was quoted were itemized as if they were all stand alone requests, not taking into consideration, for example, that changing the water pump while doing the timing belt shouldn't add that much effort.

Not sure what the protocol is here for revealing quotes, but I will say that the quote I received was pretty significantly more (>20%) than the quote I got from the nearby dealer for the same work.

What am I missing? Are they so busy that they don't value a new customer's business and just threw a high number at me to see if I would bite? Or is there something else going on?

Appreciate any input. Thanks
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Old 08-06-2016, 04:09 AM   #28
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speak to someone else. Or physically go to the shop.

There's always DIY if you have the time. The most annoying thing is probably draining the coolant because that stuff loves going everywhere.
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Old 08-06-2016, 07:04 PM   #29
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I moved to the Pasadena area a little while ago and have been looking for a new mechanic. I've read all the threads praising Suby Specialties here and on on Yelp and decided to give them a call for a quote.

Let me preface by saying I'm not trying to throw anyone under the bus and I am legitimately curious as to whether my experience was out of the ordinary for Suby Specialties.

After numerous unsuccessful attempts to get in touch with them, I finally spoke with Mary and asked for a quote to replace my timing belt, tensioner, pulleys, water pump, and relevant gaskets. My car is coming up on 120K, so I also asked about the 120K mile service cost, figuring that mostly everything I was asking about is easy to take care of at the same time as the timing belt.

The services I was quoted were itemized as if they were all stand alone requests, not taking into consideration, for example, that changing the water pump while doing the timing belt shouldn't add that much effort.

Not sure what the protocol is here for revealing quotes, but I will say that the quote I received was pretty significantly more (>20%) than the quote I got from the nearby dealer for the same work.

What am I missing? Are they so busy that they don't value a new customer's business and just threw a high number at me to see if I would bite? Or is there something else going on?

Appreciate any input. Thanks
I've done my timing belt nearly a dozen times this year putting in a new motor and chasing oil leaks. It sounds scary at first, and I know the dealer quotes a helluva lot of hours of labor. If you want to bring it over and we can do it, it only takes a few hours.
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Old 08-07-2016, 03:20 PM   #30
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I've done my timing belt nearly a dozen times this year putting in a new motor and chasing oil leaks. It sounds scary at first, and I know the dealer quotes a helluva lot of hours of labor. If you want to bring it over and we can do it, it only takes a few hours.
Thank you and I appreciate your offer. I'm going to shop around a bit more and maybe give Suby Specialties a call and explain the situation before deciding. I use the car to commute to work and carpool with coworkers, so I don't want to risk any set backs.

I'm still curious as to whether this is common for SS or whether I'm getting the run around for some reason.
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Old 01-14-2017, 11:22 PM   #31
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Thank you and I appreciate your offer. I'm going to shop around a bit more and maybe give Suby Specialties a call and explain the situation before deciding. I use the car to commute to work and carpool with coworkers, so I don't want to risk any set backs.

I'm still curious as to whether this is common for SS or whether I'm getting the run around for some reason.
Did you happen find a shop or get work done at Suby Specialties?

I'm trying to find a shop like you were.

Thanks
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Old 01-15-2017, 12:59 AM   #32
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Did you happen find a shop or get work done at Suby Specialties?

I'm trying to find a shop like you were.

Thanks
I moved to the IE and had it done at Hine Subaru in Temecula. Ended up being about $1300 with tax for the whole kit (timing belt, tensioners, water pump). Same ballpark as Sierra quoted me in Monrovia.

Crazy that when I lived in New England I had a local mechanic do the same job for $400.

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Old 03-09-2017, 01:45 PM   #33
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I'm curious to know what kind of oil suby specialties uses. Is it the same as the OEM that dealers uses?
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Old 03-12-2017, 10:17 PM   #34
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Anyone try Foothill Smog & Auto Repair in Pasadena?

https://www.yelp.com/biz/foothill-sm...dium=s_nb_i_mg

They have a sign in front that says "Independent Subaru Service".
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Old 03-12-2017, 10:19 PM   #35
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I'm curious to know what kind of oil suby specialties uses. Is it the same as the OEM that dealers uses?


Last time I got an oil change there, they used Unocal 76 5w-30. I think it was a synthetic blend.
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:02 PM   #36
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Anyone try Foothill Smog & Auto Repair in Pasadena?

https://www.yelp.com/biz/foothill-sm...dium=s_nb_i_mg

They have a sign in front that says "Independent Subaru Service".
I'll try to swing by one of these days on my way to In N out and ask a few questions.

East Pasadena has a lot auto industry, would be nice to find someone that know's subaru.
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Old 04-09-2018, 06:17 PM   #37
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I went to Foothill Smog and Repair last week and got a quote for my head gaskets on my 08 Impreza 2.5i. Overall the owner there seemed honest and his quote was comparable to other mechanics in the San Gabriel Valley. Since this is my 1st Subi i was shocked to find out how much it was going to cost to repair! 3K to r/r the head gaskets with all the bells and whistles. ughh!!
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Old 04-10-2018, 09:28 PM   #38
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FWIW Mary quoted $2400 to do my WRX which was the same price as my local dealer.
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Old 04-10-2018, 11:04 PM   #39
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I went to Foothill Smog and Repair last week and got a quote for my head gaskets on my 08 Impreza 2.5i. Overall the owner there seemed honest and his quote was comparable to other mechanics in the San Gabriel Valley. Since this is my 1st Subi i was shocked to find out how much it was going to cost to repair! 3K to r/r the head gaskets with all the bells and whistles. ughh!!
lol you could just buy a used engine and drop it in for less.
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Is it just the places I called or all independent suby shops really busy? I called on a Thursday looking to get a cv boot replaced and couldn't get an appointment until Monday and one place couldn't do it till Wednesday. I ended up doing it myself and learned something. Didn't have the crimping tools so had a local mechanic crimp the boots on for me.
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FWIW Mary quoted $2400 to do my WRX which was the same price as my local dealer.
I spoke to Mary and she quoted me the same price of 3K, but that's while doing the heads and timing belt kit and water pump...etc. $2400 for just the heads alone. As far as replacing with a used engine i was quoted $4500! in other words im hosed!
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Old 04-17-2018, 05:21 AM   #42
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I spoke to Mary and she quoted me the same price of 3K, but that's while doing the heads and timing belt kit and water pump...etc. $2400 for just the heads alone. As far as replacing with a used engine i was quoted $4500! in other words im hosed!
Is this the general rule of thumb for a 2.5 turbo anywhere from roughly 2005-2014 ... $3k for a head gasket job and $4.5 for a rebuilt motor?...here in the SGV
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Old 04-17-2018, 03:17 PM   #43
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Is it just the places I called or all independent suby shops really busy? I called on a Thursday looking to get a cv boot replaced and couldn't get an appointment until Monday and one place couldn't do it till Wednesday. I ended up doing it myself and learned something. Didn't have the crimping tools so had a local mechanic crimp the boots on for me.
Seems to me any shop that does good work will be busy. I'd be worried if a mechanic was sitting around waiting for customers.

I know in the case of Suby Specialties there are two mechanics; one of them is Mary the owner! Needless to say, two people can only do so much each day.
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Old 04-20-2018, 08:04 PM   #44
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I concur...I've been going to Subie Specialties with my modded Fozzie because she understands the car; Steve trained her well. No upselling just straight up honesty. She's also OCD in a good way; when something is wrong that needs to be troubleshooted, she will do it till she knows that it's in working condition. Andrew, the other mechanic, is Mary's twin and as good as her.
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