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Old 12-02-2001, 04:33 PM   #1
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Default 7,500 mile check-up

I'm supposed to set up a 7,500 mile check up soon, in the beginning of Dec, but I'm at 5,600 miles. Should I take the check up or can I wait?
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Old 12-02-2001, 06:18 PM   #2
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Why do you need to do it in early December? Why not wait until you're around 7500?
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Old 12-03-2001, 12:08 AM   #3
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Ya know the sticker they give you, that says Dec 1st or 7500 miles. If you guys are saying that it's not necessary, then i'll just wait till I have 7500 miles.
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Old 12-03-2001, 03:22 PM   #4
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Why even bother? The only things that need to be done are oil and filter change, and rotate the tires. The first you could do yourself, the second you can get done for free at Les Schwab. If you don't want to do the oil change yourself, go to the dealer, but make sure you tell them that's all you want. Otherwise they'll charge you up the wazoo for all kinds of unnecessary procedures.

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Old 12-03-2001, 04:38 PM   #5
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I hate being charged up the wazoo!

You can do the 7.5K service yourself. It doesn't amount to much, really. The details of what is required by Subaru are in your owner's manual. Whatever services you have performed by a dealer, make sure they follow the factory recommendations, not their own interpretation of how to get more money from you.
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Old 12-03-2001, 06:13 PM   #6
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Wait. And don't do the tire rotate and balance at the dealer unless it's free, or very cheap. I just learned that the hard way, won't be doing that again..

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Old 12-04-2001, 01:10 AM   #7
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Do it at 7500 miles. Should be under $100. If you like your dealer it's always good to build a relationship unless you do mechanical work yourself. My dealer does free oil changes, so the 7500 check-up was $60. Includes hand car wash.
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Old 12-04-2001, 03:56 AM   #8
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Just do it yourself. It's cheaper, and more fun

Without additional jack or stand, or anything, I had to jack up 6 times to rotate the tire using spare tire. There must be a better way but I didn't have any equipments.

As for the engine oil change, I put in Mobil 1 synthetic 10-30 and it's the BEST oil I've ever used. Maybe there are better but I am happy with this. It seems like my car never bogs anymore, and it's sooo smooth even when cold. Also installed fumoto valve which will make my life easier later.

Point: Do it yourself! It's not that hard, and it's fun actually.

BTW, adjust your tire pressure after rotating. Make sure front pressure is about 3-5 psi higher than rear.
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