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Dear all,just took the forester for its 5 year/60,000 service and was rather shocked at what i got for my money. The gararge is the only official subaru dealer on the island so i didnt have much choice the only bennifit is all the work is guaranteed , i got a new cam belt,5/40 total quartz synthetic oil,new oil filter,some antifreeze and my brakes cleaned, all that for £453 . So after drying my eyes and paying the bloke who could not look at me i asked if the next service would be cheaper etc only to be told it was a major service next year and to start saving now:icon_eek:. Does this sound about right to you lot or are the lovely subaru guys taking me for ...t??????????? any feed back would be appreciated cheers
 

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Main dealer prices are always higher plus they work to the clock hence why I have never used a main dealer for servicing. That said the cam belt does bang it up a bit I know that much.

My 3 year service was done March '09, the car was only 3 years old in October '09 but the mileage it had covered in it's early life dictated that it was it's 3rd service in March, and I was expecting the cam belt to be done then however it wasn't and is indeed, like yours, 5 year. I think my 3 year service cost around the £200 mark and that was at a localish approved independent.

I don't know why the 6 year service is a big one though, I'll have a look at the service schedule tomorrow but I'm sure that someone will have come back to you by then.

Subaru's aren't cheap to run but they're worth it :biggrin:
 

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first question, is there any warranty left? If so then i'd think about main dealer.

Otherwise i'd be asking round the island for a subaru specialist, one of my mates is from Port Erin and is in the Trade and will probably know someone who does Subaru or at least someone who is good. Mind you with the size of the island you can probably find that out yourself.
 

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if the cam belt needs doing then it shouldnt add that much as although its billed as a big job, it took my mechanic just over an hour to replace the cambelt, the tensioner and all the other belts.
 

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Dear all,just took the forester for its 5 year/60,000 service and was rather shocked at what i got for my money. The gararge is the only official subaru dealer on the island so i didnt have much choice the only bennifit is all the work is guaranteed , i got a new cam belt,5/40 total quartz synthetic oil,new oil filter,some antifreeze and my brakes cleaned, all that for £453 . So after drying my eyes and paying the bloke who could not look at me i asked if the next service would be cheaper etc only to be told it was a major service next year and to start saving now:icon_eek:. Does this sound about right to you lot or are the lovely subaru guys taking me for ...t??????????? any feed back would be appreciated cheers
Sounds fine to me.....mine was £486 from a main dealer. timing bet from a dealer is approx £100.

60,000 miles service was around £495.
 

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If you had the cambelt done this time, that was the main service!

Price is not horrendous for cambelt, local specialist (API) charged me just under 400 for my 90K service (cambelt is 45K on earlier cars, 60K on yours).

Simon
 

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Thanks for the input guys,i did get an estimate from a guy from a company called Pace,
he said as it was the same engine as the impreza and its the same price!!!£800 ish pmsl,thats why i went to subaru also the local mechanic took one look in his book at the cam belt arrangement and said wow thats a big belt,what he really ment was thanks but no thanks.I also read a thread on here about a bloke who went to a local guy for his cam belt doing and he ended up buying a new engine!! looking at my service book its saying that the ,
oil and filter
coolant
diff oils
fuel filter
spark plugs and filters??
air filter
brake and clutch fluids
sounds expensive but if it needs it , it will have it,she only has 25,000 miles on the clock but but i think i will keep up with service/maintainance.
 

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i asked that same question and was told its 60,000 miles or 5 years which ever comes first,
it also states that in the service book.
 

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Sounds about right, I just got 60k service which included cam belt , full service, diff oil change and gearbox oil change for 640euro. I know its not cheap but from a main dealer I was expecting much worse!!!
 

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A Gates cambelt kit cost me £317 plus VAT recently. The kit had the tensioner and three pullys. Be a shame to only change the belt and have the tensioner fail!
 

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i also thought that but the lovely man from subaru said it would be inspected and changed if there was a problem with it,he also said its very rare that a cam belt or tensioner will fail .
 

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IN the future check around for servicing charges in Lancashire the nearest main dealer in 50 miles away so I emailed 4 dealer inc specialists the prices varied by over £110.00, the timing belt replacement is crucial & the kit from dealers nearer £300.00 + fitting see ebay item here
Subaru Timing Belt Kit on eBay (end time 06-Feb-10 16:44:52 GMT)

The price you paid looks about right + you have a 12 month guarantee + an invoice for resale purposes .
 
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