If you're located in the States, register at MySubaru
. They have the factory & the dealership recommended services. I'd stick with the factory services & consider the ones from your dealership as optional.
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Excellent points and I'm registered.
I used to think my dealer's service department was fair and not a "wallet flush" operation - until I opened my mail Friday.
"Your 2009 Subaru Forester should have approximately 14,692 miles and is due for its REQUIRED 15,000 miles service soon. We will change the oil and filter and inspect the following: Brakes/linings/fluid/operation,chassis fasteners, drive axles and boots,ball joints/toe rods/suspension components, engine air filter, cabin pollen filter, front and rear differential fluid, transmission fluid, exhaust system, tires and windshield wipers.
$195 plus taxthen in mouse type any additional parts,filters,fluids determined to be necessary are at additional cost. Tire rotation $6.95 extra.
We recommend a GENUINE SUBARU Fuel and intake system flush service every 15,000 miles to keep your Forester running to factory specs - just $79.95
So -they are going to try and soak me for $195-plus the cost of an air filter and cabin filter (which I just changed myself) plus $6.95 for rotating the tires they have to remove anyway to inspect the brakes, plus $79.99 for a fuel system service the car does NOT need.
I'm doing the service myself and will CHANGE the transmission oil and differential oil, plus oil and filter and engine are filter for a cost of about $65- using synthetic engine oil.
I hate dealer service departments- as they try to scare people into $$$$ bogus services.
Also at the end of the letter -"remember the performing of all required maintenance is necessary to keep your factory and Subaru Gold Extended warranties in effect"
I knew I shouldn't have spent the $900 for that damn Gold warranty FTD!!!
Have to agree with you! IMO a good service interval is somewhere between the dealer's and the mfr's recommended.
More than just 'highly' suspect. IIRC there are no lube points on a Forester's chassis.
x2...don't recall ANY lube points on my Forester or any other Forester or Outback that I've ever looked under!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ***???
Wow does it include a tube of K-Y?
Must be, cause that's the only lube point in the whole Forester/owner interface. :/
My dealer wants $79.95 for AC filter srvice (read between the lines, they are going to replace the cabin air filter!), $39.95 for tire rotation (they are going to have the tires/wheels off already for the brake inspection, ***?) and that is it...not real happy with this.
As per My Subaru, here's the 15k service:
Interval: 15,000 miles / 15 month service
Replace Engine oil
Replace Engine oil filter
Inspect Disc brake pads and discs, front and rear axle boots and axle shaft joint portions
Perform Inspect brake lines and check operation of parking and service brake system
Inspect Clutch operation
Inspect Steering and suspension
Perform Rotate and Inspect Tires