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Hi,
Does everyone get the verbatim scheduled service at 12,000? Is it required for warranty?
Is it overkill like many manufacturer suggested maintenance?

Thanks....purchased in Sept. and miles are piling up.
 

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It is required for warranty be it distance or time based over here. At least you get 12K miles over there; we get just 12.5K kilometres (7.8K miles) which is a blatant rip-off! Timing belts used to be at 100K kilometers / 60K miles yet another rip-off; even now at 125K kilometres (I think) still a rip-off.
 

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Waste of $25.....dealer hit me up with the cabin air filter, and I wasn’t expecting that...$50 total.

I‘ll do the engine filter myself...another $50. They both seem simple now.

Air filter was filthy, which was surprising for highway driving.
 

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Waste of $25.....dealer hit me up with the cabin air filter, and I wasn’t expecting that...$50 total.

I‘ll do the engine filter myself...another $50. They both seem simple now.

Air filter was filthy, which was surprising for highway driving.
Sorry to hear you got ripped off. Cabin air filter is easy to check yourself...
 

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Rip off. Rotate tires every 8 to 10 K miles
 

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I just completed my 2020 Forester 6K/12mo scheduled maintenance. Was caught off guard on check/inspect rear differential fluid? I believe it's to be checked every 12k miles (don't have maint. schedule in front of me).
 

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I suspect checking the rear diff fluid happens about as frequently as so-called examinations of spark plugs or O2 sensors, namely it does not happen. I am of the school that you should change the oil at least every six months and ideally every 3000 miles for long-term engine health.
 

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Quite often, dealership service department fluid inspections translate into looking to see if there are visible fluid leaks, and nothing more, with the assumption that no visible leak translates into the fluid level being acceptable.

As for spark plug/sensor checks, those probably translate into verifying the engine has them installed... nothing more. If you’re going to inspect them, you might as well replace them at the same time, from a “cost of labor/effort” perspective .
 

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At least you get 12K miles over there; we get just 12.5K kilometres (7.8K miles) which is a blatant rip-off! Timing belts used to be at 100K kilometers / 60K miles yet another rip-off; even now at 125K kilometres (I think) still a rip-off.
My theory - Somebody screwed up the metric conversion, and Subaru is too embarrassed to admit it.

"Hey, what's our number?"

"100"

"Got it."

But back to the basic question - The answer is that getting it done preserves the warranty. Good insurance.
 

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A point not yet mentioned. To keep your warranty valid, NONE of the maintenance need be performed by the dealer, and that is by statute in the USA.
Much of what they overcharge you for can be done simply yourself, or less expensive elsewhere.
e.g. If you buy tires at Discount Tire, tire rotations are free.
A dealer must be employed for most (all?) free warranty work, but other than that, you can chose anyone, including yourself, to maintain your car.
 

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Waste of $25.....dealer hit me up with the cabin air filter, and I wasn’t expecting that...$50 total.

I‘ll do the engine filter myself...another $50. They both seem simple now.
A simple education, think of all the money you'll be saving over the next 40 yrs. Half full side of the glass :cool:
 

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I remember the 'good' 'ol days of 1,000 mile service intervals.
 

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I love how some people assume that Subaru messed up by having shorter service intervals in metric countries. What if the error is the reverse and they messed up with the longer intervals in the US?
Would you rather buy a used Forester in 10 years with 120,000 miles on it that had 10 oil changes in its lifetime, or one that had at least 20?
Long service intervals, may appear to save money on maintenance, but may well have the effect of meaning larger engine repair bills in the future. I think the same can be said for CVT transmission fluid changes.
 
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