Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Boulder, CO
Car: 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium, stock
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Did I get screwed?
Let me start by saying part of this may just be inadequacy of not doing maintenance myself. My dad taught my brother and I how to do some basic regular maintenance (changing brake shoes, changing oil, small stuff) and rarely paid for maintenance. I don't have a garage or the tools to do much of this stuff, but I still feel bad for not doing it myself.
Just dropped my '15 Outback off at a very well-respected independent Subi specific repair shop in town for the 60K service. Quoted price before I left was about $560. I get a call in the shuttle on the way to the office that they finished the inspection and on top of the typical stuff for the service interval (spark plugs, belt check, brake check, oil change, etc) they wanted to replace the battery tie down ($75), replace the cabin air filter ($88), and replace the front and rear diff fluid ($can't remember exactly what he said...maybe like $120?) for a new grand total of like $860 ish.
I'm a little peeved they want to do an oil change, since I still had at least 1000 miles to go until I actually needed on (the sticker from them is still on the windshield) but whatever. Now I don't have to come back. It doesn't sound like anything but the spark plugs really needed to be changed from the inspection (as far as belts, brakes, etc. go) so it really feels like I paid them a **** ton of money to look at my car. $88 for a filter is absurd. I'm kicking myself since I know it needed to be changed (haven't changed it in like 35K miles) and probably isn't hard. The battery tie down....my last battery had to be replaced for corrosion because it wouldn't hold a charge when I got some hail damaged fixed last summer, so I guess I'm ok with that if it saves me from having to replace the battery again. Diff fluid...I'm not sure. I drive in the mountains a lot, and in the summer do a lot of camping off forest roads with a bunch of stuff in the back, so maybe...
I don't know. Just frustrated that this place is independent and super well-respected in the area, but seems to be no better than a dealership in pricing... Now I remember why I skip service intervals.