Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Houston, Texas USA
Car: 2000 Outback Ltd
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Timing belt...the word from Subaru
Thanks, guys, for the comments. I sent an inquiry to Subaru, and below is the reply I received. They didn't exactly pass the buck, but ... they still pushed the decision back to me.
"Our recommendations are to follow the SCHEDULE OF INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE SERVICS CHART found in your Warranty and Maintenance booklet. On page 42, the maintenance intervals for Camshaft drive belt are inspections at 30,000 60,000 90,000 miles or months; whichever occurs first. Replacement at 105 months or 105,000 miles; whichever occurs first.
The symbol (i) in the chart references = Inspect, correct or replace if necessary.
If the dealer has determined that your vehicle should have this item replaced, then we would recommend you follow his advice. However, this is your vehicle and what service/maintenance is done to the vehicle is ultimately your decision."
Of course, the dealer did not determine that my vehicle needed the early replacement, it is just a matter of their standard practice. I guess I'll just bite the bullet and pay the man.
Thanks again for all the advice and comments.