60,000 mile check-up Washington DC

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Jim, May 1, 2005.

  1. Jim

    Jim Guest

    My Subaru dealership wants $535.00 for a 60,000 mile check-up (on my '01
    Forester with 53K miles). Looking over the list of procedures, this seems
    over-priced. Does anyone have an independent Subaru mechanic in the
    Washington, DC area that they would recommend? Have any of you parceled out
    the procedures for any savings (say change of transmission, brake fluids,
    fuel filter at Jiffy Lube)?

    Thanks,

    Lori
     
    Jim, May 1, 2005
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    Generic Guest

    What does the list include? It's pretty typical, in my experience.
    Dealerships are not discount shops.

    -John
     
    Generic, May 1, 2005
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    Ed P Guest

    It is important to understand that repair shops -- whether dealer or
    independent -- often offer mileage-based service packages as a marketing
    convenience and that these packages are often universal and not specific
    to a particular make, model or year. A one size fits all approach.
    Some, or even many, of the services may not be needed for your car or
    situation. Or a particular package just may not represent good value.
    You should compare the offered package against your car's manufacturer's
    maintenance recommendations and determine whether it is cheaper or more
    beneficial for you to request specific services ala cart.

    Ed P
     
    Ed P, May 1, 2005
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    jabario Guest

    If it includes timing belt change its not bad. You really would trust
    jiffy lube to work on your trans? Penny wise pound foolish
     
    jabario, May 2, 2005
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    Bonehenge Guest

    Compare what they want to do with what's in the manual. If you can't
    find an indie, ask the dealership what it would cost to do only the
    services listed in the manual.

    I liked my Subie, hated the central CT dealer network. Dealership
    service departments in general tend to be a bit bloodthirsty, the
    Subaru guys took it to a new level. The Wallingford, CT dealership
    tried to foist a $500 30k service on my basic, manual shifted, OBW.

    I did the 30k list from the manual myself for under $100, with OEM
    parts.

    Barry
     
    Bonehenge, May 2, 2005
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    Lori Guest

     
    Lori, May 2, 2005
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    y_p_w Guest

    It probably is overpriced. Looking at my 2004 warranty/maintenance
    booklet, I see the following:

    oil and filter replacement
    brake fluid flush (.5 hr?)
    fuel filter replacement (.25 hr?)
    spark plug replacement (?)
    coolant replacement (.25 hr)
    air filter replacement
    various inspections (brakes, fluids, etc.)

    While the manual may say that tranny fluid changes are unnecessary,
    I would personally recommend it and I suspect the dealer is adding
    this. The spark plugs will take more time with a boxer engine.
    $535 doesn't really sound out of line for a dealer. The labor
    would probably be around 2.5 hours and the parts will be around
    $150 dealer prices. An independent could probably do it for less.

    Many of these services are easy to do yourself. The air filter is
    ridiculously easy (you probably don't need tools). About the only
    thing on the list I wouldn't do myself is the brake fluid flush and
    the fuel filter. I'd like to get my own service manual to see
    about the plugs. Boxer engines don't have very good access to the
    plugs.
     
    y_p_w, May 2, 2005
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    Edward Hayes Guest

    I change the spark plugs in my Forester in about 45 minutes and
    5-10minutes of that is a smoke break. A Subaru mechanic should do it
    in 30 minutes but most shops charge a full hour at $70 per hour + 3X
    price of spark plugs. The fuel filter is really really easy and again
    should take an experienced mechanic about 20 minutes. Remember that
    the shop time starts when the person must go get the car and drive it
    to the stall and put it on the rack.
     
    Edward Hayes, May 2, 2005
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