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Old 11-16-2000, 05:37 PM   #1
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Should I bother to take my RS to the dealership to change the oil, because I know they'll see my intake and I don't feel like changing it out just to take it in to the dealer, when I could take it to an STS or something and get it done for about the same price, same quality, and they don't care what's on the car. Does anyone know what exactly would void my warranty, or make them give me a hard time? Thanks.
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Old 11-16-2000, 08:35 PM   #2
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I know from experience they will probably try to give you a hard time if you need any major warranty work done. But they have no say in the matter. It all has to go through SOA. All you will have to do if the dealer does give you a hard time is call up SOA and complian about it, they will take care of it. Plus, I personally dont trust the dealerships. They almost always recomend that you need to change something when you really dont. I work for an indipendent Subaru shop and I cant tell you how many times people come in and say the dealer told them they needed to do things way early. One dealer around me even told a customer, and myself when I price checked them, that a 2.5 motor,which has platinum plugs good for 60,000 miles, was due for new plugs at 15,000 miles. They also said the 2.5 needs to have the T-belt replaced at 60k. Now that is not a bad idea, but the owners manual says it is not recomended untill 105k. It is no wonder that not very many people know when thier T-belt is due. Unfortunately, most dealers are not very honest with thier services. Thier employees are usually paid on commision and that more than likely is the problem. Now I am not saying that all dealerships are bad. There are many good ones out there. We only hear the horror stories and bad news I'm affraid. The other thing is the other shops usually have much better prices than the dealers. One thing to do when looking for a shop is make sure they are certified to work on Subaru's. If they aren't then that is where you may run into some probs with warranty work. You should probably get a second opinion on what I have just said because I dont know everything. I havent even had to personally use the warranty. A customer of ours did and they ran into some trouble with the dealership, so they called up SOA and that is how they got it taken care of, so they say. Maybe if someone has been in that situation before they should chime in and let us know how they took care of it. Sorry for the long post but if you love your car as much as I love mine. You will want to keep it around as long as possible. Finding a good shop is the best way of doing that very thing.
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Old 11-16-2000, 08:40 PM   #3
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Why don't you just change the oil yourself??? It's about as easy as it gets

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Old 11-16-2000, 09:26 PM   #4
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I don't want to bother with disposing of my oil I'm lazy :P But if someone maybe explained it all in crazy detail, maybe I will
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Old 11-16-2000, 09:43 PM   #5
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If you live in the US, look under the government section of the phonebook, look under waste management or disposal, and ask where is the nearest place you can take your used oil and they will tell you!
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Old 11-17-2000, 06:40 AM   #6
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Nothing "automatically" voids your warranty. It's only voided if the part damages the car and it has to be proven that the part did that damage.

I started changing my own oil a little while ago. It's so simple. Just do a search here or check your owner's manual. My town (as do a lot of towns) has a recycling center. Also some gas stations recycle oil.

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Old 11-17-2000, 06:47 AM   #7
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Fido, Just take it to sts if you dont want to do it yourself. But dont take it to Jiffylube or some place like that. I use to get my oil changed in the one in Ewing. Good Guys. If you want to change it yourself and need help PM me. It is very simple and you can take the oil to any pepboys. Good luck and hope to have another meet soon. Nate.
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