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Dealer want $276 for trans flush #4813304
07/13/18 02:24 PM
07/13/18 02:24 PM
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Upstate NY
Donald Offline OP
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For Subaru Forester. This is the vehicle where they extended warranty on CVT to 100k miles.

The price sounds high but if they push 14 QTs through of Subaru CVT at $19 QT that's almost the full flush cost.

Obviously there is a known issue with the CVT or they would not have pushed it to 100k warranty. So it's best to use Subaru CVT fluid until at least 100k.

Even on EBAY the Subary CVT fluid is very expensive.

Is Subaru CVT fluid synthetic?


2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)
Re: Dealer want $276 for trans flush [Re: Donald] #4813311
07/13/18 02:32 PM
07/13/18 02:32 PM
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Basehor, KS
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May be OK price. In Feb 2017, paid $32 per qt for a drain/fill at the Subaru dealer in Wichita Labor ran about $70. I chose to have it done at the dealer precisely to make sure the correct fluids and no "good enough" substitutes were used. We have 130K on the Subaru with no complaints on the CVT.

Last edited by JayhawkRoy; 07/13/18 02:33 PM.
Re: Dealer want $276 for trans flush [Re: Donald] #4813314
07/13/18 02:33 PM
07/13/18 02:33 PM
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Rio Rancho, NM
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The Stealer! Are you certain they use actual Subaru oil or spec equivalent? A few years back, I called the local Mitsu Stealer. They didn't have a flush machine and didn't believe they were necessary. This may have changed, but I didn't agree. Every application is different and unique et. al.

Have you considered Valvoline? Just a thought!



Respectfully,

Pajero!


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Re: Dealer want $276 for trans flush [Re: Donald] #4813317
07/13/18 02:34 PM
07/13/18 02:34 PM
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Ohio
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14 quarts at half the price of $19 you gave would be more accurate so $133 in fluid and $140 for "labor". Sounds more reasonable for them....

They may also be doing a "drain-and-fill", not a full flush using 14 quarts, so they're only going to use 3-4 quarts. Great money maker for them !

Re: Dealer want $276 for trans flush [Re: Donald] #4813321
07/13/18 02:37 PM
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North Carolina
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Price sounds right, even for a pan drop, filter, and fill.

Labor ain't cheap.


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Re: Dealer want $276 for trans flush [Re: Donald] #4813325
07/13/18 02:39 PM
07/13/18 02:39 PM
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Peace valley, Missouri
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Peace valley, Missouri
Don't know if it's compatable but advance auto parts has castrol transmax cvt fluid on sale $5 a quart stated for most Japanese cars

Re: Dealer want $276 for trans flush [Re: Donald] #4813332
07/13/18 02:49 PM
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Southern NY
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If you don't mind whats the name of the dealer or the location? And how many miles do you have on it?

I went to Westchester Subaru to get oil filter and coolant a couple of months back and I asked them about this. I have only 24000 miles on 2015 Forester. They do not flush, its just drain and refill. I was quoted 'around' $320.


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Re: Dealer want $276 for trans flush [Re: Fitter30] #4813333
07/13/18 02:50 PM
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USA
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Originally Posted By: Fitter30
Don't know if it's compatable but advance auto parts has castrol transmax cvt fluid on sale $5 a quart stated for most Japanese cars


approved

Yes, it is compatible. Castrol makes great stuff, and their CVT fluid will give you no problems. And since it's on sale for only $5/qt, it is the best value by far. Plus, the Castrol CVT is fully synthetic smile

Re: Dealer want $276 for trans flush [Re: Donald] #4813341
07/13/18 03:00 PM
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They have made it such a pain in the place you sit the Stealership's think they have you by the short hair. The government needs to tell them to make it easier or their gong to do it for free.


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Re: Dealer want $276 for trans flush [Re: Donald] #4813393
07/13/18 04:29 PM
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Upstate NY
Donald Offline OP
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This is Haddad in Pittsfield MA. I am in NY but on border. They said a flush for $276. A flush to me is total fluid exchange which is 13 QTs plus 1. I assume they will use Subaru CVT. I will check if I go for it.

I have 65k.

An alternative is to wait until 100k (out of warranty) and then use Valvoline or Amsoil.

But given that there are possible issues with this year transmission, I prefer to use Subaru CVT fluid while under warranty.


2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)
Re: Dealer want $276 for trans flush [Re: JohnnyJohnson] #4813410
07/13/18 05:02 PM
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Missouri
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Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson
They have made it such a pain in the place you sit the Stealership's think they have you by the short hair. The government needs to tell them to make it easier or their gong to do it for free.


Lol really? No one forces you to drive a vehicle. You could quit driving, you can do the service yourself, take it to an independent or pay the price. Look at all those options!

No reason to tell thousands they need to work for free just to satisfy your pocket book.

Re: Dealer want $276 for trans flush [Re: Donald] #4813477
07/13/18 06:51 PM
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275 is a bit high for a fluid exchange. A quick search found that other dealers are doing it for 189.

https://www.sellerssubaru.com/service-menu-pricing.htm

Edit: I see that prices are subject to change. Could also vary by location or supply and demand.

Last edited by RyanY; 07/13/18 06:57 PM.

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2012 Honda Odyssey EX-L >93k miles (Pennzoil Platinum 0W-20 + Fram Ultra filter)
Re: Dealer want $276 for trans flush [Re: Donald] #4813480
07/13/18 06:56 PM
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PR CA, USA
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The snacks in the waiting room arent free!

Re: Dealer want $276 for trans flush [Re: 2strokeNorthstar] #4813517
07/13/18 08:03 PM
07/13/18 08:03 PM
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Canada
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Originally Posted By: 2strokeNorthstar
The snacks in the waiting room arent free!

Neither is the coffee!
coffee


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Re: Dealer want $276 for trans flush [Re: Donald] #4813531
07/13/18 08:18 PM
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Sounds about right.


2012 Honda Accord EX-L K24z3
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2014 VW Jetta SE 1.8T ea888
40,xxx miles
Castrol OEM dealer fill / OEM filter
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