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90k service and then some

November 14th, 2016 at 08:45 am

So my 2010 Subaru Outback has just about 90k miles on it. Wow that went fast. Anyway it cost me $524 for the service and fixing a headlight. Yes my DH could do it but it takes a lot of time to replace the headlight while being really careful with the plastic shield so for $30 he said have them do it. Actually the part was $25 and that's what they charged me free labor.

But they told me the serpentine belt needed to be redone for $115 and front brakes $350. I need to call other dealerships and see if any are having a deal and coupon in the area. Also on the radar is the timing belt to be done at 105k miles which is around $700. Ugh.

But at least by maintaining the car I'll get a lot more years of use out of it. We did buy it new and except for all this routine maintenance the serpentine belt being the only thing that hasn't been "routine", this car has been incredibly reliable and great. I had a corolla for 14 years preivously also bought new and my DH forced me to sell it when we had kiddo #2. Lack of Latch, airbags, ABS made him uncomfortable with me driving it anymore. He'd have gotten rid of it in 2010 but we couldn't afford it.

Recently we got to talking about our plans to keep this car. I laughed and said until DK#1 is driving so 16 years. He said no way. We'll wait newer safety features. I will admit the rear camera and sensors I drove in the rental for the day is nice. I'd also like a 3rd row option. But those are wants and not needs.

How long do you keep your cars? Do you keep them till they break or do you trade them in if your needs change? Do you only buy used and then exchange them when you feel like it?

10 Responses to “90k service and then some”

  1. Joe Says:

    I have a 2010 Outback too that I bought used earlier this year. I got a letter from Subaru a few months ago stating they are extending the headlight warranty for 10 years. Plus they will reimburse you for prior replacement costs. Here's a link to some info.

    Free Subaru Headlight Replacement! - http://www.smart-service.com/blog/2016/08/free-subaru-headlight-replacement

  2. Kiki Says:

    I drive them until it is to expensive to fix them. My last car lasted 13 years also bought new.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    We have a goal to keep our 2007 Honda's for another six years. That is when we expect our youngest to graduate college. I'm at 115K on mine, and my husband is at about 85K. I think serpentine belt replacement can be considered maintenance. We replaced mine on the van around 90K.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I have a 2001 RAV4 and I'm planning to keep it till 2018! Fingers crossed.

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    I've always driven my cars until I began to worry too much about something breaking down at the wrong time, like on the road. My first 5 or so cars were bought used, but the last 3, i think, all Hondas, i bought new.

    My only regret when i bought my current Civic is that i didn't spring for a Prius. I'm still tempted to trade this one in early for a Prius, but i think i would overall lose money by doing so, so I will wait longer. I really wanted a hatchback, and a more fuel efficient car. My car gets 40+ mph highway, but i rarely drive on the highway.

  6. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Joe I asked because i took it to a dealership and they said no. I think my corolla would have last another 10 years easily.

    CCF, okay I hadn't ever done a serpentine belt on my corolla and when I sold it had 150k miles and was 14 years old. I don't expect I'll kepe this as long I think. Kiki and CB impressive.

    CCF do you think both will make 15 years? Will it be the mileage or the age of the car that will do the Honda's in? I'm worried about the miles I'll put on the car.

    PS will you get the prius if you get a job?

  7. rob62521 Says:

    I think your money will be well spent on maintaining it, not only for your own use and safety, but in case you want to sell it at any time.

  8. PatientSaver Says:

    LAL, no getting the Prius is not contingent on getting a job. I just don't think it would be a smart move to trade my civic in now cus it's only 3 years old and i bought it new. I will try to wait a few more years at least.

  9. Joe Says:

    LAL, your headlight bulb replacement should have been covered at no charge under Subaru's "Low-Beam Halogen Headlamp Bulb Warranty Enhancement" program. Don't take the dealer's word - call Subaru of America Customer Service at 1-855-384-8926

  10. livingalmostlarge Says:

    will do tomorrow.

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