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Would you let a trusted mechanic do the first (3750) maintenance/checkup?

1973 Views 16 Replies 11 Participants Last post by  I call her Sheila
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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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.
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.


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