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#2 of 31 Re: scheduled maintenance costs [bette608]
Nov 20, 2007 (8:52 am)
That is very high. Ask for the necessary items only. They are probably tacking on a lot of profit-padders.
My dealer is expensive, and his 60k mile service is less than that!
#3 of 31 Re: scheduled maintenance costs [ateixeira]
Nov 20, 2007 (9:36 am)
Thanks for your reply. The problem is these are the necessary items listed in the Subaru Warranty and Maintenance Book. We do have a 10% coupon but even so I still can't believe this quote! And actually even though spark plug replacement is listed in the book I don't think that was listed in their verbal quote. We'll start looking at independent auto shops in the area to compare as well.
#4 of 31 Re: scheduled maintenance costs [bette608]
Nov 20, 2007 (9:40 am)
It definitely seems high. Do you have other Subaru dealers in your area?
I'm lucky, there are 12 in my region.
One thing that might help - consider a Subaru Chase credit card. You earn 3% back in Subaru Bucks, and can use those to pay for maintenance.
We have earned $1600 so far!
#5 of 31 Re: scheduled maintenance costs [ateixeira]
Nov 20, 2007 (11:04 am)
Thanks for the tip about the credit card. We only have one dealer in the city of 250,000 but I called an independent ASE certified and their estimate is $200 for the complete service. All I can say is thank goodness the Suburu technician gave me a quote--I had not asked for it thinking it was quite routine and would get one when I brought in the vehicle. Again, thanks for your assistance.
#6 of 31 Re: scheduled maintenance costs [bette608]
Nov 20, 2007 (11:05 am)
Just save those receipts, you should be fine.
The Magnussen-Moss warranty act means that as long as you document the service your warranty will be unaffected.
#7 of 31 Re: scheduled maintenance costs [bette608]
Nov 20, 2007 (1:56 pm)
When I had the 30k service performed I made sure that the service rep showed me the list of work they wanted to perform. I then proceeded to line thru all the items that weren't included in the Forester's maintenance schedule. This resulted in cutting the cost almost in half. I think alot of the items they wanted to do were in the "severe conditions" schedule which did not apply to my type of driving. In hindsight, it probably would have been cheaper and easier to go to an independent and would have saved on having to argue with the service rep
#8 of 31 30K service
Dec 04, 2007 (9:43 pm)
Subaru reimburses a dealer approx $300.00 for a 30K service when a maintenance agreement is purchased. $350-$450 might be acceptable with some add on's. However, $825.00 is a total rip off.
#9 of 31 Re: 30K service [bwinters]
Dec 05, 2007 (6:26 am)
Thanks for this information--very handy to know! We had our maintenance done at a reputable independent mechanic for $260.
#10 of 31 Re: 30K service [bette608]
Mar 21, 2008 (2:48 pm)
Good for you. Wish I knew who you went to. For me, $550 , 60K svc., 2001 Forester, Lee Volkswagon Subaru, Fort Walton Beach, FL. 03/21/2008"
#11 of 31 Re: 30K service [timothyfc]
Mar 21, 2008 (4:16 pm)
We charge $305 at our shop for the 30k on the subies which includes:
F/R Diffy Fluid Change
Brakes, timing belt, drive belts