Do you guys know that a fuel additive is recommended by Subaru? Quote below is from their website.
Subaru's fuel additive has been formulated to suit the special design of the horizontally opposed Boxer engine featured in our vehicles.
When mixed in the fuel, the additive will help de-carbonate the inside of the engine.
The valves will be cleaner and the engine will start more easily due to the more stable air fuel mixture.
Use of the Fuel Additive is suggested at every 6,000 km.
I asked the service guys whether this was added to the car during the 6 month service and was told that if your car was a fleet vehicle that Subaru does not included the fuel additive during service and that you would have to purchase the additive yourself.
I just had my 25k service last week and they added this in. This is my second log book service tho, so they dont add it in every 6k at least for me anyway. The fuel additive cost me an extra $14 from memory (without having the bill in front of me).
Mine has always been serviced at the local Subaru dealer except for the first 5000km service, when it was done at the purchasing dealer. I've never had a complaint.
Each service an upper engine cleaner is added, part no SA459, for $15.59. At the 50000km service a fuel additive part no SA718 cost $13.50 was also used. They actually left the bottle on the front seat and said I could add it.
That was the service where the engine, diff & gearbox oil was changed as well as the brake fluid and coolant. Whole service was $424 (parts $205, labour $170 and GST $39) which is about what we pay at the Toyota dealer for a Camry.
I still don't know what the difference is between the two fuel additives.
Got my 09 XT service at Subaru Geelong today. Hit me up for the upper engine cleaner and the fuel additive at the 12,500 service. They put Shell Eco semi-synth 10w 30 oil in it. The manual specifies 5w 30 and I know the whole viscosity thing but previously they used Castrol Edge 5w 30 fully synthetic so I assumed I'd get that quality again. I'd prefer the castrol so might pay to specify or BYO for the next one. About $240 all up.