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My 2007 Subaru Outback is due for a 30,000 mile service package suggested by the dealership from which I bought it. The cost is over $450, and I am unsure about whether this is necessary, or if there are cheaper options to keeping the car in good health? Many thanks.

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Michael, I am assuming a few of the items that are suggested may be a coolant, transmission, fuel system flush, along with a few other smaller items. It is recommended to follow the guide lines that your owners manual publishes, you may call around for quotes other than your dealership for a more effective cost. AJ Pierce

Barb Petrey, President - DBK Enterprises Inc at Jiffy Lube Is the dealership going to check it or do it. If going to do the services look in owners manual to see what is due and get another quote from a certified mechanic. This will not void your warranty

Judy Curry, Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing at Currys Auto Service Ask for a quote from an independent auto service facility. They can perform your 30k mile service often for less money than a dealership. Most independent shops have a cheaper labor rate and better pricing on parts. Don't hesitate to ask about the labor rate and negotiate with the independent dealer. They can take care of your car and save you some money!

Laurie Sarno, Co-Owner at Super Girls Auto Hello Michael- THERE IS NEVER a good reason to not do proper maintenance on a vehicle- you can check with other qualified independent repair shops & they may do it at lower cost- thanks Super Girls Auto.

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Michael, These services are pretty important and it*s best to begin good maintenance while the vehicle is young to prevent more expensive problems down the road. Also, it is probably required to do to keep the warranty. You may be able to shop around for a better price, or simply ask the dealership to work with you on what they are charging. Suzanne

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