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Old 01-09-2007, 07:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Cost of a 30,000 mile tuneup ?

I bought a used '03 Forester a couple of years ago and need to bring it in for it's 30,0000 mile tuneup. This will be the first tuneup I have had for this car. What is a normal rate? I was quoted around $550 by a dealer in Northern Virginia and that seemed high.

Is the normal? It is my first car and tuneup so I am clueless on what these typically run.

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Get a detailed list of services to be performed, and compare them against the recommended list in the owners manual. Many times dealers add on services that are not needed, and are overpriced. If you have that, list them here.

Is the $550 overpriced? Don't know - I have never had my Subaru back to the dealer for service. Sounds a little pricey, though.
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Here are some ideas from a previous thread:

http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...light=30%2C000

The dealer here in GA wanted $470.
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For us the XT's come in around $400

03 Forester would be about $535

Depending on the labor rates in your area $550 would not be abnormal.

I would suggest calling around to other dealers in the area and find out what they get. We are constantly doing cost comparisons with the other dealers around here and find that for our area we are competitive ($535 (2 other dealers) - $750 (one other dealer) ) we don't want to be too high (customers scoff at the price) or too low (customers think you are using inferior parts / labor)
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Ours is $499 for a 2003 Forester so they are too far off. It might just be a labor difference or maybe they added something to their 30k that some others might not have.

as mentioned, calling around to a few dealers to compare prices is a good way to go about it. If a dealer a little further away does it for a considerable amount less, maybe try to get your local dealer to match it.
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The 30K one is pretty easy, Maybe you could consider doing the work yourself? - I purchase my parts from one of the vendors on this board, The parts cost under $100.00 and it only takes a few hours on the weekend and you know the work is done \ done properly.
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I bought a used '03 Forester a couple of years ago and need to bring it in for it's 30,0000 mile tuneup. This will be the first tuneup I have had for this car. What is a normal rate? I was quoted around $550 by a dealer in Northern Virginia and that seemed high.

Is the normal? It is my first car and tuneup so I am clueless on what these typically run.

Thanks!!
Be sure to verify what's included. Many dealers like to add on services that are not necessary or required. There's a sticky thread at the top of the forum page with the official SOA maintenance schedule.
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Does anyone know if Subaru's warranty is affected if someone other than Subaru does the 30,000 service?

I would imagine it's fine as long as I have a detailed receipt showing all the work done.
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Old 02-08-2007, 01:24 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Sheesh, I don't feel bad now, here in western "Taxed-in-vaneia" I paid $356 at the dealer.
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Text of coupon from my local dealer:

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Does anyone know if Subaru's warranty is affected if someone other than Subaru does the 30,000 service?

I would imagine it's fine as long as I have a detailed receipt showing all the work done.
It is O.K. Some people don't live anywhere near a Subaru dealer.

I do recommend taking your car to the dealer for an oil change or three just to establish some kind of relationship in case of the need for warranty work. People respond better to people they know. Don't worry to much about the extra cost it's only few bucks more to have the dealer do it.
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It is O.K. Some people don't live anywhere near a Subaru dealer.

I do recommend taking your car to the dealer for an oil change or three just to establish some kind of relationship in case of the need for warranty work. People respond better to people they know. Don't worry to much about the extra cost it's only few bucks more to have the dealer do it.
I've only taken it to the dealer for the first oil change (free) then put a Futmoto valve and changed it myself. I've got an appointment , next month, at Suby Specialties to do the 30,000 a little early and flush out the auto trannie. My fluid color has changed a bit at 22,000. I've also noticed that the trannie is over filled. I wonder is that explains some of the funky shifting I feel from time to time.

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My XT is at Mastro right this very second for it's 30,000 mile checkup. $390.00. I also used that 10% off coupon.
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A fair amount of the things that dealers perform at 30k are things you can do yourself. You should only get those things which you cannot or do not want to do yourself done by the dealer.

I just was at a dealer and I think they wanted $50 to replace the air cleaner. On my XT I can change that in under 10 minutes. I just looked at the 30k service for my XT and things like coolant change seem a bit premature. Fuel filter I guess needs to be done and it can't hurt to have the drive system inspected.

But don't pay to have your door hinges lubed.
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I've only taken it to the dealer for the first oil change (free) then put a Futmoto valve and changed it myself.
I did one better.
I had the DEALER install a fumoto valve during the free first oil change.
He knew he'd never see my arse in there again!

Actually, I just flipped 30k and so I have an appointment at the dealer on Monday for SS brake lines (Goodrich, thanks Mastro), brake fluid replacement (Motul) and a fuel filter.
Tomorrow I'm doing oil (M1 5W-40) & filter (Sube), ATF (Castrol dino), front & rear diff (M1) and coolant & conditioner (Sube).
I'm also cleaning my K&N, replacing the cabin air filter & wiper blades all around (thanks ROO).
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