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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-12-2015, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Maintenance Inspections

What's everyone's opinion on the inspect items at the different maintenance intervals? I searched and couldn't find any threads with this info.

It seems dealers like to charge quite a bit around here (CO) to do these inspections. Or you get a price break if you lump it in as the 15k service etc.
Should you get these done at third party places?
Can you do them yourself?
I'm considering doing my own oil changes which shouldn't be too much of an issue, but I'm unsure about these inspect items and what do. Especially since if you don't get an oil change at the same time they cost an arm and a leg.

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There's actually many threads discussing this, but the majority just contain complaining..

How you do them is really up to the end user (you) and what your comfort and price constraints are. If you have some mechanical aptitude and you're not afraid to get dirty, purchase the factory service manuals (FSM) from Subaru Technical Information System - Welcome or AlldataDIY.com or eBay. Give the inspections a read-thru and you'll see a majority are pretty simple. There's some like the differentials, et.c that require a bit higher skill level - those you may want to pay for...

However if you don't know the difference between a Torx and a Phillips, (just not good with tools etc) perhaps its in your best interest to leave it to a mechanic of your choice you feel comfortable with - be it the dealer or a specialist shop.

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If your dealer will do a la carte service (as mine will), have them do the fluid changes and other *real* work you want them to do and look at your own radiator hoses, antifreeze level, brake fluid level, tire tread wear, etc. I prefer having them do the tangible stuff like fluid changes to get face time with the svc manager and other service guys if there is a problem and to prove beyond a doubt that you have done oil changes and things that might be questioned if you end up with an oil consumption problem or something.

Stuff like air filters, cabin air filters, and various inspections may be things you can do yourself. (Why pay the dealer $75 to change a $10 cabin air filter--a 5 minute job? And the cabin filter would not affect any warranty coverages.) Plus, you can join mysubaru.com and log your own service work or service work done by other shops. For instance, Discount Tire does my rotations for free, and I log them on mysubaru.com to make it clear these are being done and also to remind myself of mileage readings.

If the dealer insists that you spend $300 to have them "inspect" stuff, find another dealer.

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The dealership will know your car the best .......... but they want to sell you stuff ......... Whatever they try to sell you get a second opinion.
Fluid changes are a good thing, but just changing the fluid in the reservoir is not the same as flushing/bleeding a complete system. And as a rule dealership parts prices are not the best deal. I do use Subaru oil filters, transmission fluid and coolant, but thats about it.
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My dealer service dept. like several other Seattle-area ones offers a free multi-point inspection-"Let our Factory Trained Technicians perform a thorough multi-point inspection."

They have coupons online but I believe they do it anyway if you ask. It covers all the "Inspect" items listed in the factory maintenance schedule. Every 6 months I'll have them rotate my tires and do this multi-point inspection. I go by the factory severe service schedule. I'll have them follow this schedule during the warranty period to show I'm having the stuff looked at. Oil & filter changes and "normal" user-friendly maintenance level checks like brake fluid, coolant, battery level, engine and cabin air filters, tire tread wear, etc I can handle myself.

I won't be doing my own CVT & differentials fluid changes, brake fluid flushes, brake jobs etc so the dealer or a 3rd party Subie shop can handle those for me.
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...My dealer service dept. like several other Seattle-area ....
There are some excellent Indy Subaru shops in the Seattle area, like All Wheel Drive in Kirkland. I drive past 2 Subaru dealers to take my car to AWD.

If at all possible, find yourself a good Indy shop in your area & stay away from the dealer for anything but covered warranty work. An Indy shop will work to keep your business, as where if the dealer p*sses you off, they know there will be 3 new owners to take your place.
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The basic items I usually do myself. 15k is basically an oil change, cabin filter and air filter then inspection of brakes etc.
It's a good idea to lube your brakes every year so you don't have frozen calipers in 3-4+ years.

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There are some excellent Indy Subaru shops in the Seattle area, like All Wheel Drive in Kirkland.
Thanks for the recommendation, I've heard good things about AWD, and Smart Service in Seattle.

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Thanks for the responses everyone, definitely helpful.

I think if this thread contained a bit more information it could be a great searchable resource. If there are indeed a lot of threads that aren't just people arguing over doing oil changes yourself vs. someone else/complaining with these opinions it would be nice to link them here since a Google search for Subaru Forester maintenance inspections links this thread.

To follow up, given timing currently I will pay for the 15k service minus the cabin air filter. It will also give me a chance to gain face time with the service department at the dealer. I'm seriously considering buying the guide and doing (most) of the inspections myself going forward. I have no problem using tools, working on machines, etc. just never done it with cars before. I'd love to save myself $100+ bucks every time something needs to be inspected.

It would be awesome to have a list of make sure you have it done professionally items (e.g. from what I've gathered, the CVT fluid).

Thanks again! Would love to hear more on this subject.
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Well my Forester got all these amber messages on the dashpod the other day, guess the stealership didn't remember to reset anything when doing service! Geez.

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