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This is a discussion on 15,000 Mile Service within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Coming up on this soon. Is it worth it or not? I'm not really car savvy, so I don't know ...

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    15,000 Mile Service

    Coming up on this soon. Is it worth it or not? I'm not really car savvy, so I don't know if I could do the 'inspections' and tell if everything is ok. I can change the air filter, oil. I could rotate the tires, but I don't have access to a lift, so it would be complicated.

    Also, does Subaru have any 'issues' with customers not having them do scheduled maintanence? Would they treat you different if you haven't? Just curious.

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    If you do it yourself or take it somewhere other than a dealership to do it (this is much cheaper) just be sure to keep documentation of what you did, or the reciepts for what someone else did so that if later it is ever called into ? it can be proved.... As they can not tell you who is allowed to perform your maintenance.
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    Service is always "worth it." Service plans are designed to keep the car running properly. Theres never any reason not to do maintenence. The most common reason for parts failing prematurely is lack or proper maintenence.

    As far as taking it to a dealership, the advantage you have there is that dealerships see 1000s of the same car, so they can often detect early signs of a problem, and save you money. Granted, you can get cheaper labor rates from a private shop, but its probably safest to have it maintainted by a dealer.

    Additionally, I think that a dealership service record is an excellent selling point, because a dealership can document that youve had all your maintenence done on time.

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    One member had a good suggestion. His dealership wanted something absurd for the 15k service, like $400. Part of that was the oil change. He told them to take that out, so the guy added up the prices of the individual jobs. It only added up to, IIRC, like $125. Might be worth a try.

    The big problem is finding a good shop. Unlike Joe, I have a rather dim view of most dealerships. I've had to many family and friend blatantly ripped off on service at dealerships - in several cases borderline fraud. Hell, one case not boderline - they charged my father $800 for new brake rotors for his BMW 325is and they didn't change the rotors.

    But I digress.... On the other hand it can be difficult to find a good shop to take it to. Ask around in your regional forum both on here and on NASIOC. See if there are any Subaru or import car clubs in your area as well. Try to find a Subaru specialist with a reputation for making Subarus last. If not a specialist, a generalist with a similar reputation. I'm always wary of recommendations like "these guys kick a$$ - they installed by springs for $50". Maybe a good place to take the car to get a set of springs thrown on, but maybe not the place to take it for maintenance!

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    Verbal, did you end up getting the 15k service done at the dealership? If so, how much did it end up costing you? What all do they do in the 15k service?
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