I understand the theory that spending money on preventative maintenance for my vehicles will save me money and stress down the road, but at the same time, imagined savings are hard to visualize when the Subaru guy tells you exactly how much it costs to do said preventive work on your car.

I suppose it’s my own damn fault for buying foreign cars.


  1. Yeah, that Subaru “70k miles” maintenance thing is expensive. I didn’t do mine until 100k miles though. If that is where you are, I’d do it though, because when they replace your timing belt, they also replace the crankshaft gasket, which has almost a 100% failure rate in Subarus over 100k miles. They also do a bunch of crap in those packages that really won’t help anything, but if you ask them to itemize, and cut things out, you lose the savings of doing it all at once.

    Anyway, I just traded my Subaru in for a Chrysler… I miss her, but she was starting to act her age (137k miles.)

  2. Yeah, I miss the days of plugs, points and condenser = tune-up.

    I doubt you’d see much less in savings going with an American car, but I haven’t reached that milestone on mine yet.

  3. Yeah, but if you DO maintain them they’re dog-reliable.

    I just drove my friends old Subie 250 miles so that she could give it to her brother. It had 213,000 miles on it, and was still a very solid-driving car. She bought a “new” one…with just over 100,000 miles on it.

  4. I inherited a Subaru, and I have to say it was not really worth the price. I still drive it to save gas but I am always having to work on it for the alternator. Damn tension bolt keeps breaking off. Anyway when it comes time to get rid of it I will be going back to GM, never had problems with them (knock on wood). I sure as hell won’t buy a Subaru. . ..

  5. I’ve found with GM products, as long as you change the oil regularly, they tend to keep running, especially the older engines. I have a `90 S-10 pickup that sat for a year, outside at a friend’s house. He gave it to me to get rid of it. I put a battery in it and it started right up. The clutch is going out, but it’s 18 years old and it’s been treated poorly, so that’s no surprise and no huge deal.

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