Subaru Forester Owners Forum banner

1 - 20 of 22 Posts

·
Registered
2007 Forester XT manual
Joined
·
1,452 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Just had the 125000km service done by Wippells Subaru and was charged $754. It was the basic service of oil/filter and the cam belt. Labour was $378 and the belt $198 of that and GST $68. The same service in our V6 Camry was $818 at a Toyota dealer so I guess it isn't too bad
 

·
Registered
2007 Forester XT manual
Joined
·
1,452 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
Two hundred dollars for a cam belt? Geeze........what a rort!!! I hate paying for branded things!
Yeah but it is under warranty until the end of June so I can't argue and I'd trust the Subaru belt more than an aftermarket one. In comparison the genuine Toyota belt for my V6 Camry was only $69 but it also got a new idler pulley and idler belt that cost $106 and $39 each so that is why it ended up being more overall.
And that cam belt lasted 292,000km which must be some sort of record!
 

·
Registered
2007 Forester XT manual
Joined
·
1,452 Posts
Discussion Starter #5
Do you remember what they charged you for the 5000 klm/3mth service?
$287.56 but that included the fitting of front splash guards costing $91.70
The next service 12500km was $208 for basic oil/filter and the only other one involving just an oil/filter was the 87500km costing $206
All others have had extras such as coolant, gearbox/diff oils, spark plugs, air filter, air con dust filter, tow bar or higher intensity h'beam bulbs (worth it)
eg the 37500km with air filter was $297
the 50000km with brake fluid, gearbox/ diff oils, oil/filter was $424
the 62500km with air con dust filter was $271
the 75000km with air filter was $241
the 100000km with coolant and brake fluid was $408
the 112500km with spark plugs, diff & gearbox oil, air filter was $556
On all these services they rotate and balance the tyres, top up the washer fluid (big deal), add upper engine lube and wash it and drive me to wherever I want to go and pick me up

I'm going to keep going there because I can't fault them - as good a dealer as I've used in 37 years and 11 cars owned
 

·
Registered
2009 Forester
Joined
·
34 Posts
Brilliant info...thanks.

If they wash it and rotate the tyres etc, and give you the service as good as you say they do I think I'll keep going there too. My first service is next Tuesday, so I'll see how they go then.
 

·
Registered
2007 Forester XT manual
Joined
·
1,452 Posts
Discussion Starter #7 (Edited)
The first 5000km service was done at Llewellyn Subaru in Ipswich where I purchased the car and they were good to deal with then- only a one off judgment though - but all the other have been done by Wippells Subaru here in Toowoomba. They've been good - if I complained about a buzz (in the dash) or a rattle (in the rear hatch) they chased it and fixed it and I guess I'm getting good warranty cover with the distance I'm putting up on it. And to be truthful I don't know of any other Subaru specialists in the area and I'm not going to go to the inconvenience of using others in Brisbane. And my experience with my Camry - and who could stuff up a service on one of them?:icon_rolleyes: - going to a reputable independent costs as least as much.

BTW good luck with your ownership - they are great cars and one day when mine has over 300,000km I will probably get another. This one has been almost perfect - easy on the brake pads and uses no oil and hauls my camper trailer like it's almost not there.
 

·
Registered
2009 Forester
Joined
·
34 Posts
My parents have been Subaru people since way back in 1978 when they bought their first Sportwagen....they've currently got a Liberty that's done 380,000kms and another that has done 80,000kms, so I've been around them all my life. They live of the Sunshine Coast though, so they get their car worked on at SunSpares.....sadly that isn't an option for me and that's why I'm asking questions about Wippells.

It's good to hear you've got nice things to say about them.....puts my mind at ease a bit. I'll get it serviced by the handbook (and would like to do so somewhere reputable) until the warranty is up, and then service it myself after that time (but still according to the handbook).
 

·
Registered
2007 Forester XT manual
Joined
·
1,452 Posts
Discussion Starter #9
Wippells workshop also does VW's and in all the times I've waited in the customers lounge I've only heard one negative complaint and it was about a problem Golf. This is my first Subaru but various friends have had them for years. One had a '92 Liberty that did 546,000km almost trouble free and she replaced it with an early '03 that has now done 300,000km. I drove it just the other day and can't believe that the original struts still feel good.
 

·
Registered
2009 Forester
Joined
·
34 Posts
Yeah, there's a reason why people go back and buy Subaru after Subaru.....they really prove themselves to be brilliant cars and make you want to go back and buy another. Aside from the horrible fuel economy so far (got 324kms out of my last tank before the fuel light came on), I can't fault it....beautiful to drive, heaps of room, comfortable, looks good, practical.....I'd have another in a heart beat!
 

·
Registered
2007 Forester XT manual
Joined
·
1,452 Posts
Discussion Starter #11
I've never gone that low. The best on a tank was 600km and the worst 360km towing my camper trailer with kayak on top sitting on 120km/h into a very strong head wind across the Nullarbor last September.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
42 Posts
I'm quite chuffed at our service costs so far. Just had the 40k service and including new brake pads all round it was just over $700 from the dealership.

Compare to a mates Q7 Audi, he gets free servicing under the corporate policy but had to stump up $2300 for a set of pads and front discs. Very amusing, nearly had to call in the medics to pick him up off the floor.
 

·
Registered
2010 Forester X
Joined
·
15 Posts
Just registered and this is my first post. Just wanted to say this appears to be a great forum as I have already gotten some valuable info.

Just purchased a new 2010 Forester X as the wife's car and I have a question regarding the service intervals and the distance vs time requirements. The warranty and service handbook indicates that the services should be performed at intervals of 12500 Kms or 6 months whichever comes first. My wife would be hard pressed to drive 12500 Kms in a year much less 6 months. How do you members deal with this if you are in a similar situation?
 

·
Registered
2004 Forester
Joined
·
71 Posts
Just registered and this is my first post. Just wanted to say this appears to be a great forum as I have already gotten some valuable info.

Just purchased a new 2010 Forester X as the wife's car and I have a question regarding the service intervals and the distance vs time requirements. The warranty and service handbook indicates that the services should be performed at intervals of 12500 Kms or 6 months whichever comes first. My wife would be hard pressed to drive 12500 Kms in a year much less 6 months. How do you members deal with this if you are in a similar situation?
If you love your car, halve the recomendation so service it every 3 mths / 6000 kms is what I would suggest.

I personally do it every 5000 km but only travel about 11000-14000 km a year so its normally every 3 months.

Hope that helps.
 

·
Registered
2007 Forester XT manual
Joined
·
1,452 Posts
Discussion Starter #15
Just registered and this is my first post. Just wanted to say this appears to be a great forum as I have already gotten some valuable info.

Just purchased a new 2010 Forester X as the wife's car and I have a question regarding the service intervals and the distance vs time requirements. The warranty and service handbook indicates that the services should be performed at intervals of 12500 Kms or 6 months whichever comes first. My wife would be hard pressed to drive 12500 Kms in a year much less 6 months. How do you members deal with this if you are in a similar situation?
Do 50,000km a year like me - that deals with it :biggrin:
Seriously, just get it serviced every 6 months and be thankful you'll have a low milage car to get rid of at the end of your ownership.
 

·
Registered
2007 Forester XT manual
Joined
·
1,452 Posts
Discussion Starter #16 (Edited)
I'm quite chuffed at our service costs so far. Just had the 40k service and including new brake pads all round it was just over $700 from the dealership.

Compare to a mates Q7 Audi, he gets free servicing under the corporate policy but had to stump up $2300 for a set of pads and front discs. Very amusing, nearly had to call in the medics to pick him up off the floor.
What have you been doing to get through a set that quickly? At my 125,000km service the other day they congratulated me on still having 7mm left on the original pads and were staggered when I told them over 20,000km of that was hauling a camper trailer too. I find it strange too when you consider that I live at the top of a mountain and regularly drive with enthusiasm over the Northbrook Parkway through Mt Glorious (and those of you who are familiar with that know it would be the most punishing brake test on Australian roads). Our 300,000km Camry has had only one replacement set too but before that my cars used to eat them. My Golf needed a new set at least every 30,000km.
 

·
Registered
2010 Forester X
Joined
·
15 Posts
Thanks guzzla and sean85...looks like I'll be doing the 6 month service intervals then. I just think it's a bit strange and costly that if you follow the 6 month service intervals you'll be replacing some items at 50% of their expected service life according to the distance intervals (assuming that the vehicle is driven 6250 Kms or less every six months).

Oh well...:shrug:
 

·
Registered
MY10 X
Joined
·
138 Posts
i think you'll find that they may hold off on replacing certain items if you service it every 6 months and do not do the required km's. Thats what the service manager said to me, "to save me some money"

I would be happy with this as long as it does not affect my warranty
 

·
Registered
2007 Forester XT manual
Joined
·
1,452 Posts
Discussion Starter #19
And remember in 5 years time you should have a low milage Forester that should bring above average returns on the used car market and that will more than make up for the extra service costs.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
42 Posts
What have you been doing to get through a set that quickly? At my 125,000km service the other day they congratulated me on still having 7mm left on the original pads and were staggered when I told them over 20,000km of that was hauling a camper trailer too. I find it strange too when you consider that I live at the top of a mountai and regularly drive with enthusiasm over the Northbrook Parkway through Mt Glorious (and those of you who are familiar with that know it would be the most punnishing brake test on Australian roads). Our 300,000km Camry has had only one replacement set too but before that my cars used to eat them, My Golf needed a new set at least every 30,000km.
No idea, its my wife's company car (maybe thats the drama). I did notice some pad chatter before we took it in and thats now gone, so obviously the pads weren't 100%. Maybe they've changed compounds from whats on you 07?
 
1 - 20 of 22 Posts
Top