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2019 - value of 36 month prepaid maintenance plan?

sport 2019 ... what does it save for the buyer over "pay as you go" ala carte?

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sport 2019 ... what does it save for the buyer over "pay as you go" ala carte?
You'll save the ~$90/each time cost of 6 oil changes, tire rotations, and fluid top ups. You may get a battery replacement for ~$175. You may get new wiper blades ~$60. You may get the engine air filter and cabin air filter changed (cast unknown). The total cost/value is somewhat unknown and speculative.


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My Subaru dealer told me it would be over $400 for the first service so I should buy the service plan.

All the first service requires is an oil change and tire rotation. I had it done at Firestone for $60.


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@ekoeko ...do NOT buy it. It is far cheaper to just follow the maintenance plan in your owners manual and have done what needs to be done. These are HUGE money makers for dealerships and I don't recommend it at all.

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Many people assume they need to go to the overpriced dealer service route to keep their warranty valid, but that is not true.

If you really enjoy getting reamed in the wallet, that's a good reason to go to the dealer.
Another is for warranty service which is free.

Denying warranty coverage for having maintenance performed at the provider of your choice, or by yourself, is illegal by statute.
All that is needed is to keep records of the service done, or if by yourself, of the parts and supplies you purchased.

If the stealership is saying it's $400 for the first service, as @harlenm77 noted, which is basically a look at the car and change the oil service, I can only imagine what they would charge for something substantial. That price could be a lie to get you to buy their inflated plan, or if an actual quoted cost, they are thieves and should be avoided.
At many dealers, the first service is free. Two words of advice in this situation - "Run Away".

If you don't want to, or are unable to do the simple things needed to maintain your car, then shop around for a good independent shop.

The difference between the cost of either route will be substantial in ordinary circumstances, but likely huge if dealing with the loan sharks the other poster noted.
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Ask for maintenance plan pricing quite sobering: 24/24 $465, 36/36 $860, 36/42 $925, plus tax I will wager. Getting an idea now why some do their own oil change!

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You'll save the ~$90/each time cost of 6 oil changes, tire rotations, and fluid top ups. You may get a battery replacement for ~$175. You may get new wiper blades ~$60. You may get the engine air filter and cabin air filter changed (cast unknown). The total cost/value is somewhat unknown and speculative.
why ?
battery and wiper blades are covered by 3/36 warranty
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$60 Wiper Blades?!?
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why ?
battery and wiper blades are covered by 3/36 warranty
Subaru will only replace your wiper blades once and then they are done with their "obligation". The battery is covered under a full 3/36.

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Subaru will only replace your wiper blades once and then they are done with their "obligation". The battery is covered under a full 3/36.
Maybe, but it is not how it is in "Warranty Booklet"

in 2019 warranty wiper blades and battery listed in same paragraph under (3/36) and i don't see anything about about once and no (*) next to it

(but on most other of my cars it was listed under 6-12 month )

BTW Also in 2019 it say you have unlimited miles for 12 month so 3/36 really starts after 12 month

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All I'll say is that if you can get Subaru to replace your wiper blades more than once more power to you. Here, they will only replace them one time and then you're on your own. Was the same when I was up in VA and purchased Subaru's too.

Where does it say unlimited miles for the first 12-months???

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page 3 of same "Warranty Booklet"
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https://www.mysubaru.com/warranty/warranty.html
"1 YEAR = Unlimited Mileage =Replace parts and accessories limited warranty"
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