Just bought a 2003 with 61,000 miles. It has not had the 60,000 mile service. So I called my closest Subaru dealer and the service manager wants to sell me a timing belt replacement as part of the service. Quoting $1000 to do the whole thing and $500 - $575 without belt.
So I ask him why they recommend the belt at 60K when Subaru says 105K? Have you seen failures to lead you to believe this is necessary, I ask? His reply, well IF the belt fails it can cause damage....
So I'm now thinking that changing the belt isn't really necessary but would love to learn what you have been told or experienced. I now thinking of letting my very capable mechanic do this service but want to make sure he won't miss something important.
For example I read on this forum that the dealer will add a supplement to the coolant to help with a known seal problem. Is that something I can buy for my mechanic to add and are there any other things of that nature I need to make my mechanic aware of when I take it to him?
Also, I'm going to need brakes in the near future and will probably have them done then too. My mechanic had suggested ceramic pads to keep the dust down with the open wheels. Is there a brand that you have had good results with and/or are ceramic pads even the way to go? (I did read several of the brake related posts but I can't tell if what is being discussed are ceremic or not.)