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Old 03-15-2011, 02:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hi all,
i'm newbie here.
and planning for subie sooner

i came from honda civic experience...
i know compare to civic the cost of maintenance could be higher.

but would like to know if its too costly than civic or just the average before i go for shopping.

thinking to get 2011 fozzy with premium one.

found one offered to me @ $22,900 for premium no all weather, no nav, no destination...is it good offer.

thanks
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Try a thread search. There are numerous ones with extensive information that should answer your questions.

Happy shopping!
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Are you talking about the cost of maintenance (eg. scheduled things?) or repairs (eg. boom.)
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Are you talking about the cost of maintenance (eg. scheduled things?) or repairs (eg. boom.)
yes.
i talked to one of my mechanics and he didn't recommend me to buy subaru....
he thinks its too pricey to maintain.down the road...
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I just got my foz back from the mechanic and we just replaced a leaking A/C hose and refilled it with freon and it costs $350+ to do. I'm not sure how the price compares to other cars with the same problem but it seemed like quite alot. My mechanic mentioned before i bought it that pretty much anything you do to a Subaru will cost you an arm and a leg.

Another time, I had to get a 4" oil hose replaced and it cost $200+!
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Subies are very fun and reliable cars, but is something does go wrong with it, the repair bill can be pretty costly.

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Wow! Ouch!

My local garage around the corner would charge GB£55 for an AC regas. Had my old Grand Cherokee regassed afore I sold it last year.
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I just got my foz back from the mechanic and we just replaced a leaking A/C hose and refilled it with freon and it costs $350+ to do. I'm not sure how the price compares to other cars with the same problem but it seemed like quite alot. My mechanic mentioned before i bought it that pretty much anything you do to a Subaru will cost you an arm and a leg.

Another time, I had to get a 4" oil hose replaced and it cost $200+!
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Subies are very fun and reliable cars, but is something does go wrong with it, the repair bill can be pretty costly.

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The forester isn't any more expensive to maintain than most of the awd wagons on the market, probably comparable to something like the toyota highlander. Definitely cheaper than any euro car. More expensive to maintain than honda.

The problem is, there are certain issues common to subarus that the average shop won't know. If you find a good shop that knows subarus or DIY, they're a great car. If you bring it to jiffy lube, it probably won't last long.
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I know that this has been discussed before.

Compared to my old Honda CRV, maintenance cost is higher on the Forester. I'm talking about regular maintenance.

Can't comment on major repairs. None on the CRV in almost eight years, and none on the Forester so far.
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I've owned three Subarus.
My '85 GL had some very costly parts.
But, my '98 OB didn't. I could find almost everything I needed at very reasonable prices.
Mechanics like to say Subies are complicated to work on, but that's just because they don't see many boxer engines in their shops.
Actually, Subies are quite easy to maintain and repair. My '05 4runner was more costly/complicated in lots of ways than Subarus I've owned.

Like noted above, find a mechanic familiar with Subies. Every decent size town in regions where winter weather is an issue will have at least one.

Or, come here for advice and DIY! That's what I plan to do in the future. Lots of knowledgeable folks here...
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spark plugs 10 buckes x 4 = 40 bucks
differential change 10 bucks for fluids = 10 bucks
tranny fluid change 60 bucks for fluid = 60 bucks
filter change - air, cabin 40 bucks

This is the 30k maintenance i did. Cost to you if done by your self? 150 bucks Total.

Get some tools and do it your self
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thanks for the info.
i felt it would be like some european cars...

if its somewhere like highlander as mentioned that's fine...not a problem.

i know it definitely would be higher than civic ...but no too much like those european cars with labor/parts cost for maintenance...

is it easy to do oil change on these ones...
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Forester plug changes 30K miles. CRV 110K. (Forester 3X the cost)
Tranny changes CRV 60K. (Forester 2X the cost)
Forester (pre 2011, timing belt). CRV chain (after 2002).

There is more. Best I can remember right now. Traded mine two years ago.

Sure, you can do some yourself. But we're comparing apples to apples. Factory recommended maintenance.

So it costs me more. But I still like it.
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Forester plug changes 30K miles. CRV 110K. (Forester 3X the cost)
Tranny changes CRV 60K. (Forester 2X the cost)
Forester (pre 2011, timing belt). CRV chain (after 2002).

There is more. Best I can remember right now. Traded mine two years ago.

Sure, you can do some yourself. But we're comparing apples to apples. Factory recommended maintenance.

So it costs me more. But I still like it.
below is what i found from 101cars.com for forester 2011 maintenance.
this seems not bad. am i right??????

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new July 2010- synthetic oil is required in all 2011 Foresters

2.5L models- 0w-20 synthetic oil
Turbo models- 5w-30 synthetic oil

With ever changing technology and new government rules for cleaner burning engines and increased fuel economy, old fashioned, conventional oil doesn't provide the lubrication and protection needed. Car companies are looking at all ways to meet these new standards and synthetic oil is one way.

2.5 X models Synthetic 0w-20 oil only.
1st oil change required at 3 months or 3,000 miles.
2nd oil change required at 7500 miles or 7.5 months
Subsequent oil changes- every 7500 miles or 7.5 months.
Note: this is the minimum oil change interval required. It is generally recommended by many in the automotive industry to change the oil every 3750 miles or 3.75 mos.

2.5L XT turbo modelsSynthetic 5w-30 oil only.
1st oil change required at 7500 miles or 7.5 months.
2nd and Subsequent oil changes: required every 7500 miles or 7.5 months.
Note: this is the minimum oil change interval required. It is generally recommended by many in the automotive industry to change the oil every 3750 miles or 3.75 mos, and under race or other severe driving, even more frequently.

Tire rotations: every 6-10,00 miles. Equal tread required at all corners. Tires, wheels FAQ
15,000 mile inspection, tire rotation (rotation best every 6-10,000 miles), air and other filter changes as needed based on conditions, driving

NEW Spark plug replacement interval on all 2011 Outback, Legacy, Forester, Impreza 4 cylinder non-turbo, turbo, and 6cylinder, the spark plug replacement interval is now 52,500 miles, 52.5 months, or 84000km. This replaces the 60,000 mile, 5 year interval This is new, and in maintenance books printed Sept, 2010

30,000 mile service with fluid, filter, spark plug change, except XT turbo plugs are at 60,000 miles.
60,000 mile - repeat 30,000 service, replace plugs on XT turbo
90,000 mile service with complete fluid, filter, spark plug change, except XT turbo plugs are at 120,000 miles

X models have a Timing chain - no replacement needed
XT models have aTiming belt- replace at 105,000 miles

Super Coolant Radiator Fluid is blue in color and has an extended life. The 1st replacement is 11 years, 137,500 miles, or 220,000Km. The 2nd replacement is 6yrs, 75,000 miles (120,000km).

subject to change, correction
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What I have noticed with most cars is that despite where they're from, they have very similar life costs.

Many cars like the Hondas my family has owned or Dodge often require more frequent but smaller repairs (including brakes wearing earlier, CCs...etc).
European cars like my recent Audi seemed more expensive, but in reality had very few things done. There was less maintenance on a regular basis (oil changes every 10,000 that cost $70 but that vs 3,000 at $30 a pop, it was cheaper... just a bigger hit when it's done). Same thing for repairs. Had virtually zero! If one came up, it could be more, but it really was similar to the life cost of other cars I've owned.

The subies are more like the euros, they last longer, fewer issues, but if something happens, it is a bit more, but in reality, you probably got a lot more life out of the car before any issues occurred in the first place. IMO. Just be sure to take it to someone who knows boxer engines. Otherwise they're charing you more for longer work time (parts are cheaper than labor) because they're trying to figure it out.
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Routine DIY's like oil change etc are pretty easy to do in foz because of higher ground clearance. The drain plus is right in the front. You can do it without putting it on jack.

Cannot say that for other cars...
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