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Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? #4776472
06/03/18 04:37 PM
06/03/18 04:37 PM
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Coastal South Carolina
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10 years or more ago friends said their mechanics told them things like " if you buy another Subaru, dont bring it here" and some articles said some mechanics charged more to work on them.
what was that about, and is it still a problem?


These products are all new every year?? They are a revolution!!! Razor blades, mens shirts, TVs, wiper blades, gutter guards, hearing aids... according to the ads. But also all new last year
Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1] #4776479
06/03/18 04:42 PM
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Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1] #4776524
06/03/18 05:35 PM
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southern mo
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Yes pretty much. They aren't hard to work on per say just different. Some jobs are easier and a few are a lot harder. They build a good car. It'd a factor but I wouldn't let it deter you if you find one you like.


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Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1] #4776535
06/03/18 05:45 PM
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I have driven several Subarus and I don't like anything about them .


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Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1] #4776550
06/03/18 06:01 PM
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New England
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Likely areas where Subaru is not popular. I have never heard a successful mechanic have a single complaint about them. But I live in New England and thought it was a popular car since a kid growing up in white mountains.

Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1] #4776555
06/03/18 06:06 PM
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They’re strange cars.

Spark plugs for instance. Those are a pain to do.


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Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1] #4776557
06/03/18 06:07 PM
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Subaru dealers are generally pretty familiar with working on Subarus.

So I'd say that if there is somewhere local to buy a new Subaru, there is probably somewhere to have it serviced.


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Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1] #4776581
06/03/18 06:43 PM
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As with any other make, there are Subaru indies who know these things inside and out and who can fix anything any of these cars will ever see.
The routine stuff is pretty easy, as it is with almost any other car.
I write this having had four of the beasts with two in the extended family fleet ATM.
I'll note that there is no easier oil change or brake service than what you get with a Subie.


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Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1] #4776591
06/03/18 06:57 PM
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Compared to a V6 they are very easy to work on from my personal experience.


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Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1] #4776594
06/03/18 07:09 PM
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Upstate NY
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I'd rather work on a Subaru over any minivan made...


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Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1] #4776620
06/03/18 07:46 PM
06/03/18 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted By: edwardh1
10 years or more ago friends said their mechanics told them things like " if you buy another Subaru, dont bring it here" and some articles said some mechanics charged more to work on them.
what was that about, and is it still a problem?


Technicians/Repair Shops don't have a reason for that type of behavior, Suburu labor guides give pretty accurate times compared to say......Chrysler that has NO issue with printing .5 Hours when the job really takes .8 Hours.

The WRX is the only Suburu model that's popular here.


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Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1] #4776628
06/03/18 07:55 PM
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They're quirky, yes. But amazingly simple. The turbo cars are a pain, but that's every turbo car.

I like working on them. There aren't many engines you can do a timing belt and water pump job on in an hour, hour and a half.


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Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1] #4776630
06/03/18 07:56 PM
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They are different, not necessarily difficult. Not many boxer engines out there other than Subaru and Porche.


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Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1] #4776641
06/03/18 08:08 PM
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Simple to work on, nothing too quirky about them they are similar to any other water boxer. I do wish they would loose the open deck cases however and return to a closed deck and loose the CVT or at least offer a real auto or manual box in the grocery getters like they do in other parts of the world, for me the CVT is a deal breaker.

I have done a couple that had converted closed deck inserts from IAG and that made them bulletproof. Other than that awesome cars.



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Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: Trav] #4776647
06/03/18 08:19 PM
06/03/18 08:19 PM
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Originally Posted By: Trav
Simple to work on, nothing too quirky about them they are similar to any other water boxer. I do wish they would loose the open deck cases however and return to a closed deck and loose the CVT or at least offer a real auto or manual box in the grocery getters like they do in other parts of the world, for me the CVT is a deal breaker.

I have done a couple that with converted closed deck inserts from IAG and that made them bulletproof. Other than that awesome cars.


The CVT is a deal breaker for me too. My father has a Subaru with a CVT which is a complete turn off to me. There is nothing nice about that transmission imo. Nice car otherwise, but no thanks because of the CVT.


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