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#4776472 - 06/03/18 04:37 PM Are Suburu s still quirky to work on?
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Registered: 01/17/03
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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?
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#4776479 - 06/03/18 04:42 PM Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1]
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#4776524 - 06/03/18 05:35 PM Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1]
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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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#4776535 - 06/03/18 05:45 PM Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1]
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I have driven several Subarus and I don't like anything about them .
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#4776550 - 06/03/18 06:01 PM Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1]
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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.

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

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



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#4776557 - 06/03/18 06:07 PM Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1]
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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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#4776581 - 06/03/18 06:43 PM Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1]
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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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#4776591 - 06/03/18 06:57 PM Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1]
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Compared to a V6 they are very easy to work on from my personal experience.
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#4776594 - 06/03/18 07:09 PM Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1]
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I'd rather work on a Subaru over any minivan made...
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#4776620 - 06/03/18 07:46 PM Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1]
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Registered: 12/19/13
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Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
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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#4776628 - 06/03/18 07:55 PM Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1]
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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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#4776630 - 06/03/18 07:56 PM Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1]
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Loc: TN
They are different, not necessarily difficult. Not many boxer engines out there other than Subaru and Porche.
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#4776641 - 06/03/18 08:08 PM Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: edwardh1]
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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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#4776647 - 06/03/18 08:19 PM Re: Are Suburu s still quirky to work on? [Re: Trav]
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Loc: NY
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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