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I know I can wait until 7500 miles as we haven't operated under extreme conditions, but I'd like to get the first service done with. I bought the car at a dealership further away from home than I'd like to go to to get service done, so I called the local dealer yesterday (and e-mailed them) to set up an appointment and they haven't bothered to call me back (more than 26 hours later as of now). I do have an appointment at the next closest dealer, but it's still a bit of a shlep.

I have a very trusted mechanic about 1/4 mile from home. Can they do the same work without voiding the warranty?


If the first trip should be to a dealer, can I take it to my guy for future regular maintenance?

Many thanks!
 

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Yes, Subaru can't force you to get the work done at the dealer. The only thing you need to go to them for is warranty work. Just be sure to save all the receipts and document mileage.
 

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3750 is all of oil/filter, cake walk for a very trusted mechanic. In fact I did that with mine, it’s the only way to get off that first/factory installed filter.
 

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Most importantly when servicing outside of a dealer is to save all of your service records in case of any future warranty issues. Be sure they are detailed with the date , mileage and work performed.

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as long as there are no ECU re-flashes, 'secret' recalls or TSBs to be addressed, anyone including yourself can do anything to the car - just save the receipts in case there's a question with a warranty claim. Receipts should include a description/part number of fluids and filters used.

SOME car makes MAY make a stink over a warranty claim if certain OEM fluids aren't used. Not likely to be a problem for normal maintenance.
 

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So I don't have to worry about getting a Genuine Subaru Air Filter and Genuine Subaru Oil?

I'm sure he doesn't have these on hand, but I've had him order parts from the dealer for me before, or I've brought them over myself with no problem.

Thanks!!!
 

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It is obviously not preferred by Subaru but an aftermarket filter is acceptable and more importantly is that it's performed as scheduled in your owners manual.

The Genuine filters are cheap enough though that an aftermarket should not even be considered , We offer a 12 pack with needed drain plug gaskets starting from 61.79

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So I don't have to worry about getting a Genuine Subaru Air Filter and Genuine Subaru Oil?

I'm sure he doesn't have these on hand, but I've had him order parts from the dealer for me before, or I've brought them over myself with no problem.

Thanks!!!

short answer, no. (but I'm surprised about the air filter - guessing you meant oil)
 

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You do not have the Oil Filters listed on your site for the 2013 Outback 2.5i - at least, I cannot locate them. I assume they are the same filter for the Forester's.
 

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You will save money anytime you stay away from dealer service and let your knowledgeable mechanic do the normal maint. jobs.
 

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For me, in Texas, i have free service from dealership the first 25k miles and/or 2 years. Came with the car and official from Subaru. Is that a Texas thing?? Oil change at my dealership without tire rotation is $30-35. I plan go to Discount Tire for tire rotation (free).
 

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For me, in Texas, i have free service from dealership the first 25k miles and/or 2 years. Came with the car and official from Subaru. Is that a Texas thing?? Oil change at my dealership without tire rotation is $30-35. I plan go to Discount Tire for tire rotation (free).
We have the same thing, however, if you read the fine print it states that it only covers 4 oil changes during that 2 year period.
 

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I changed my own filter (OEM) and oil (Mobile 1) for my first 3000 mile change and will do every future oil/filter change. Kept the receipts. From what I understand, legally, this is as good as any mechanic as far as warranty goes...
 

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