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Hi - we are considering buying a 2011 subaru outback and
live in Lamorinda but do not like the dealership in Walnut
Creek. Anyone have any recent experience with buying a
Subaru nearby and any recommendations for service? Also we
have never had a Subaru (usually buy Honda) and would
appreciate any comments about owning Subaru in general as
well. We are planning on keeping this car a long time so
don't want to be making a mistake. THanks. shopping for
We are on our 2nd Forester and also happily owned both a
Legacy and an Outback. Love Subarus. Bought all 4 at
Albany Subaru-----had a wonderful earnest salesman last time
named Calvin Spivey who I would highly recommend because he
took the time to answer all my questions about the car
including all the controls before I drove it home.
I think the best place to buy a Subaru in the area is Albany
Subaru. Check what people say on Yelp
We bought from Sonny - who evidently is the sales manager
there. Salespeople seem to be much nicer than the Concord
and Novato/Marin Subaru dealership salespeople.
We drive to Tahoe every 3 weeks, during ski season and our
Legacy Outback has passed many a giganto, spun-out on to the
side of road SUVs with the very high center of gravity. As
one person told us 'All the locals drive Subaru'. If you get
the snow tires you'll never need chains again. And it holds
big strollers and groceries, no problem. Repairs have been
pretty much just recommended maintain. although we have had
replace the CV boot on this car, probably because of hard
driving we do.
3 Subarus in a row
We have bought Subarus, traded in Subarus, and have all our
service done at Albany Subaru. I can't praise them enough.
For my last couple Outbacks, I have bought from their
refurbished cars, getting a good deal on a car a couple
years old. It has been great for me. They have photos and
descriptions on their website. cocosar
Experience Leasing a Subaru Forester?
We are considering leasing a Subaru Forester and looking
for people willing to share their experiences leasing
vehicles from the Albany Subaru dealer or any other local
dealer. Specifically, how were you treated at the end of
your lease? Did you ''use'' your Forester (bikes, soccer
gear, camping)? Thanks!
My husband and I just recently leased a Subaru Outback from
Carlsen Subaru in Redwood City. This is our first car lease
and we went to 2 other Subaru dealerships, Oakland and
Walnut Creek, before deciding on Redwood City. The Oakland
dealership tried to talk us into a model we already knew we
didn't want, using tactics like ''no one buys the baseline
model'' and the Walnut Creek dealership really pushed us to
sign on the spot...red flag. In the end we ended up paying
about $50 less than the quoted price in WC and were not
hassled into getting an upgrade on the baseline model. By
the way the baseline model on the Outback is fantastic, not
sure about the Forester. Ask for Sam Levy. He will quote
you over the phone too.
We have a 100+ pound dog and baby on the way. We think it
will be the perfect car for our expanding family. Good luck!!
Subaru Forester regular maintenance
I have a 2003 Subaru Forester that I have always taken to the dealer for
regular maintenance (first in LA, then in SF), and I've always been happy
with that. I now live in Oakland and was going to take it to the dealer here,
but the online reviews of the service dept are horrible. Can anyone with a
Subaru recommend anywhere else to have it serviced in the east bay?
And can you tell me what you like about where you take your car?Or if
you like the dealer in Oakland, can you tell me about that?
Thanks for any guidance...
Fairmount Auto El Cerrito
Torchios Webster St.
We just purchased a used Subaru Outback Wagon and we are looking
for a reliable, honest and affordable dealer or shop to get the
car serviced. We have heard nothing but terrible things about
Subaru Albany so we are wondering where everyone takes their
Subarus to get serviced.
We had a Subaru until recently for many, many years (got so old
it finally had to be junked). We took that car, and now the 2
Toyotas we own, to Dana Meyer Auto Care
on San Pablo, just down
the street from Albany Subaru.
They're really nice people, do good work, and we've never felt
uneasy about the work they've said needs to be done.
Art's Automotive: www.artsautomotive.com
High Street Auto in Oakland, on the border of Alameda. They are
EXCELLENT mechanics and offer great customer service too--transit
to the Fruitvale BART, detailing the car if it repair time is
longer than quoted, internet in the waiting room, plus it's right
at the High Street bridge, a pleasant walk into Alameda.
They fixed an engine growl that the mechanics at two places in
Berkeley said were normal (but I knew wasn't), found the reason
why there was a rattle in the door, and more. My Subaru had never
run more smoothly or efficiently.
441 High St
Oakland, CA 94601
My husband and I are relatively new to the area and need a
recommendation for a mechanic experienced with Subaru cars. Our
'99 Forester is making some strange noises from one of the wheels
and there is smoke coming from beneath the car (my husband thinks
there might be an oil leak).
Can anyone recommend a trustworthy mechanic?
I have a '99 Forester too and have had great work done by
(in west Berkeley, on Carleton at 10th). I had had
another mechanic investigate one problem last year before I
found Oceanworks 2, and they gave me a disturbingly high
estimate; Oceanworks 2 found and fixed the same problem for much
less. Recently they worked really hard over several days to
diagnose a persistent mysterious problem with the cooling
system, and charged me a very reasonable rate for the repair
given how much time they spent investigating it and pursuing
various solutions. Chris, the owner, is extremely easy to work
with -- considerate, patient, thorough, and friendly. It's a
fact of life that a 10 year old car is going to need more in the
way of repairs, and having found Oceanworks 2 has made me feel
confident about our decision to keep making the old car last
rather than buying a new one at this time.
If you can take your car to SF, you can't do better than
Auto. Run by Robert, the place is a combination of high quality
service and sterling reputation. I'd happily leave Robert with a
signed blank check for him to fill out when the repairs are
I also drive a Subaru and service it at Action Auto:
2040 17th Street
(between Kansas St & Vermont St)
San Francisco, CA 94103
He can understand a budget, and limit repairs for cost, but will
clearly explain the potential consequences. He will never let
you do anything unsafe. He will fix things other mechanics have
screwed up, and not chastise you for ''cheating on him'' out of
When I first started going to him, I met a guy who had his car
up from San Jose, and I couldn't understand that. But after 15
years with Robert, I do now. I've lived in Marin, SF and
Berkeley in that time, and I use Robert b/c he's the best and
most honest mechanic I've ever met.
Car runs well
Alternative to dealership for routine maintenance on Subaru
I'm looking for an alternative to the overpriced dealership for
routine maintenance on our Subaru. Do you have a
reliable/trustworthy mechanic who does the regular checkups on
cars that you recommend? Ideally, I'm looking for someone in
N.Oakland or S.Berkeley, walking distance from Rockridge, but will
go further for someone I can trust.
Thanks in advance.
I would recommend you stick with the overpriced Subaru dealer
for maintenance though it'd be nice to be able to shop around.
The one time I used a budget shop for routine maintenance, I
began hearing a weird sound which took months to diagnose. It
turned out the budget shop replaced a belt in the air
conditioning system with a non Subaru belt which was roughly,
but not exactly, the right size. It was really hard to figure
out where the sound was coming from----the budget shop took no
responsibility and even the Subaru dealer had a hard time
figuring it out since, of course, no noise unless it was hot
enough to need the air conditioner. Good luck though.
I highly recommend Oceanworks...Angus has always been friendly,
patient, professional, and accountable when I've taken my car
there (and when others I've recommended to him have taken their
cars to the shop). However, they are not located in the
Rockridge area - the shop is on 10th St. If you need a rental
while your car is being worked on they have rentals for $25 per
I highly recommend RC Imports for your auto repair needs. The
owner, Daniel Santos, is totally honest and very fair. All of
the mechanics are smart and capable. I have been going there for
years and have always had great results. I have sent many
friends there as well and they are all pleased with cost,
El Cerrito, CA 94530
(right across from El Cerrito Plaza and El Cerrito BART station)
I can HIGHLY recommend Albert at Auto Repair Master in Oakland.
He's on 25th between Telegraph and Broadway near the YMCA, so I
just nab the 51 bus from his shop- 3 block walk. I live in the
Elmwood so it's super easy. Most important is his HONESTY,
reliability, and knowledge. I have been with him for 20 years
and my grown children now use him. He works on all models
except Volvos I believe. He is never one to inflate prices or
suggest unneccessary work. He's close to all the parts
distributers so there's no long waits for parts. You can't go
I highly recommend Stauder Automotive Services, at 5930 College
Avenue. We take our Subaru there (and all our previous cars too)
and have found the service to be excellent. My husband has
been using this business for 30 years, I for 11 years, and you
can find more recommendations on the Car Talk site.
I have a 2003 Subaru WRX and have used a number of independent
mechanics. Here's the run down from my experience:
1. Angus Powelson at Oceanworks is good, but does NOT work on
Subarus. I took my car to Oceanworks II (which does work on Subarus)
once when it was fairly new. For a routine maintenance, the service
was not very good
2. Art's Automotive at Ashby and San Pablo. They did a good job, but
are not convenient for my location so I haven't continued to use
3. Oakland Autoworks on MacArthur near Broadway. I had an ok
4. Young's Automotive on Grand Avenue at Mandana. This is the
mechanic I have recently changed to. He's done one major and one
minor service, and so far I am pleased.
Suggest you take a look on yelp for more comments on these mechanics
Subaru WRX owner
In addition to Unitech in Berkeley, are there any other Subaru repair shops,
preferably in Oakland?
I have a Suburu Outback and Mazda truck, found Art's Automotive
on this list, and have never ever been happier with an auto
repair shop. They are friendly, as well as exceptionally
competent and well-organized and responsible.
Here's a fun story, an example of something that I can't
imagine any mechanic or shop I've ever gone to doing. I had a
totally oddball problem with my rear windshield washer last
year- they'd never seen or heard of it before, but thought
they'd most likely find the answer either in the fluid tank
and/or pump or inside the back door panel, and gave me an
estimate of up to $150.
But no explanation either place- they went online to several
sites where mechanics post and share solutions to unusual
problems, but nada. So they called me and asked permission to
remove the interior panels and follow the tubing to look
further for the explanation at no charge to me, just because
they'd become so curious about it. Of course I said ''sure'',
but they found nothing! I was ready to call it into ''Car
Talk'' when a mechanic there remembered he'd once heard of a
similar issue with a Mazda sports model that Mazda solved with
a little in-line valve.
They said, ''we can try out a work-around by retrofitting your
car with this valve, and if it works we'll charge you the
$150., if it doesn't we won't charge you anything for any of
this''. Well, it worked!
They are in Berkeley, on San Pablo right near Ashby, 540-7093.
Art's Automotive is on San Pablo, just 2 blocks north of Ashby.
If you work in SF you can take the AC Transit bus into the City
form Ashby and San Pablo. They are very honest and reasonable,
Just don't try for an appointment on the day I need one, okay?
I like Art's Automotive in Berkeley on San Pablo Ave. Not too
far from Oakland and might be well worth the trip.
Am looking for a good repair place for a Subaru Forester in the Berkeley or Richmond area. Am unhappy
with Albany Ford Subaru dealership. Recommendations? Thanks.
Art's Automotive on San Pable near Ashby! I found them on this list, take my Subaru Outback
and Mazda truck to them, and think it's the best auto shop I've ever dealt with hands down.
I have been going to Bunta at Unitech
(753 Folger) just behind Ashbey Lumber. I started
with Unitech 11 years ago when I had an Isuzu. Then I got a Subaru and after a year of
going to the dealer, was delighted to realize Bunta took care of Subarus as well. He is
reasonably priced, honest, and high quality. I wish he could take care of my new Toyota -
I've asked him to consider adding Toyotas! He is really just the best!!!
Phone number 510-843-9118
My husband's business, Dana Meyer Auto Care fixes Subarus.
They've been in business for 30+ years with a great reputation.
648 San Pablo Avenue, Albany, 2 bl. north of Solano ave.
The number is 527-1938.
I have to say that I disagree with the posting recommending
Dana Meyers auto care.
While we were initially satisfied with our service there, for a couple years, our recent
experiences were not as good... when we went to have a hatchback lid repaired (one strut
broke), my wife was told, when she came to pick the car up, that the struts only came in
packages of two, and we had to replace both-- which, of course, doubled the price. And,
they never cleared it with her first. When I brought our other car in for a computer
problem (body control module), I had a lot of trouble dealing with their counter person
who couldn't tell me how long it would take to order the
part and held our car for a couple days before telling me the dealership couldn't get
the part for them. Dana Meyer Auto Repair may have been good before, but we're not
I'm responding late to this message, but: for years we took our Subaru to John Wansick
at Fairmount Auto, right by the BART station in El Cerrito, 510-524-0313. We've used him
for all scheduled maintenance and for the occasional problem-fix as well. He's done a
great job with our car, and really takes the time to figure out what the problem is
before starting to do any work (and therefore costing you money), so that he gets it
right the first time. Our previous mechanic had been taking shots in the dark with a
brake vibration issue we were having, but we took it to John and 14 later, problem
solved, never to recur again. He does a great job of explaining stuff, too. He's
friendly, his prices are reasonable and his hours and location are both incredibly
convenient -- you can do your shopping in El Cerrito Plaza while they work, and he'll
call you on your cell phone when it's done. I'm responding about our Subaru, because
that's what you said you have, but he's definitely not
limited to Subarus -- we recently got a new Mazda, and will be taking it to him as
A happy customer
Has anyone securely installed a Britax Boulevard rear-facing in the
middle seat of their Subaru Forester? We have an '03 Forester
and the car seat technician wasn't able to secure it in the
middle (with the seat belt that comes from the top rear and/or
the lower anchor). It's currently installed and secure behind
the front passenger seat but I guess I'd just prefer it installed
in the center.
I have an 2003 Subaru Forester too and when I tried installing my
Britex Marathon (rear-facing) in the middle it didn't work also,
so I sympathize with you. It has been 2 years now and I think
being able to use the latch system on the side was a safe
alternative, and it wasn't as hard on my back (reaching in to
carry my child in and out). Now I actually have 2 Marathon's
forward facing in my Forester and my big problem is not being
able to sqeeze another adult between the 2 car seats! - Best to you.
We are ready to upgrade our Honda Civic, which has been so cheap and easy to
repair, to a 4 wheel drive used Subaru Outback or a BMW 3 series wagon. We are a
family of 4 and now that the kids are bigger we will be skiing on a regular basis and
would like a car that is good in the snow but not a huge SUV. I was initially
interested in a Subaru since my inlaws have one and while it drives and handles well
I'm not impressed with the quality of the interior and they have had quite a few
problems with it. I have been doing some research and for not much more money
we could get a used BMW 325 (2003 or 2004) and from what I've read they have
high ratings for quality, safety, comfort etc. The question I have is it expensive to
maintain a BMW and are people satisfied with owning one?
I made that same decision 5 years ago, BMW vs. Subaru (vs.
Passat/Jetta wagon, etc.) I got the Subaru and haven't really
enjoyed it that much. I have numerous relatives who have the
Subaru and love it, but I've found it annoying mainly because the
clutch constantly ''burns'' when I go into reverse. The mechanic
said it is my fault, but this never happened in my old Honda
Civic or in my husband's BMW. I had to get a new clutch after
19K miles, whereas my Honda's first clutch lasted 75K. Also, the
Subaru gets pretty abysmal mileage, 19 or 20 in the city.
When I test-drove the BMW it was of course much more fun to
drive--better acceleration, more sporty, etc. On the downside,
it seemed to have quite a bit less cargo space, and cost about
10K more, so we went with the Subaru. I loved my husband's BMW,
but did not love the repair bills--they were huge, even for
something like an oil change it was ridiculous. So that is
definitely a consideration.
Will be trading in the Subaru for a hybrid mini-van, some day
I've had both cars, and I'd vote for the Subaru. I loved how my
BMW looked, and I liked how it handled, but AWD is great, and
you will also get better mileage with the Subaru. I found both
cars to be reliable, but even just routine maintenance on the
BMW is easily twice as expensive as for the Subaru. It sounds
like your only concern is the quality of the interior - I'm
sure the BMW interior is nicer, but if you are using the car on
ski trips and with kids, won't the interior get wrecked up
anyway? My BMW's sure did and I don't even ski.
I have a 2000 Subaru Outback. In the back seat I have a Britax
Roundabout for my 18 month old, and a booster seat for my 5 year
old. It doesn't seem that there's room for another booster, yet I
would love to be able to fit something so that I can occasionally
transport another preschooler. Has anyone found any booster or
carseat products that will fit? Thank you!
Curious to see what you hear back. I tried and tried in a '98 Legacy with no
only thing that fits is the little booster without a back, placed in the
center. But, our
car doesn't have a shoulder belt in the center, so it wouldn't work for us.
If you have a
center shoulder belt, it should work - and they're only about $20-30 for the
Resigned to a minivan...
I don't have a Subaru Outback, but I have been able to fit 3
carseats in the back of a similarly-sized Ford Focus. The trick
is to find the right carseats. There are 48'' across the back
seat of my car, meaning 16'' per carseat. I took my measuring
tape to the store and used a combination of a new high-back
booster, a hand-me-down toddler seat and the infant seat I
already have. While at the store, I did confirm that there are
new toddler seats available at 16'' wide. It's snug and it's
kind of tricky to get the seatbelt in for the booster seat, but
it's a lot cheaper than buying a minivan.
Practical mom of 3
yes, yes, yes. i didn't see the original post, so i don't know
how old your kids are. we fit a britax roundabout, a britax
marathon and a graco seat that's made for
toddlers/preschoolers. it's snug, but it works great. we have a
2003 - it's the same model/size, etc. it took my husband a good
hour to install all of them, but i'm so happy to be able to
keep our beloved outback.
Anyone know of a Subaru repair shop around the downtown Oakland
area. I'd rather take it to a smaller shop rather than a dealer.
We recently tried to install a Britax Marathon rear-facing in a
2001 Subaru Outback, and could not get it secure in the middle.
We had to resort to the outboard position using the LATCHes, but
I would prefer the seat be in the middle. Per Subaru, you must
use the lap belts (not LATCH) in the middle. But the plastic
''clamps'' on the carseat that are supposed to hold the belt
tightly in place do not hold it. I called Britax, and they do not
keep records of their seats' fit into certain car models. Subaru
refused to opine. Two Berkeley police ''seat checkers'' were as
puzzled as I was. Were any of you out there with my seat and my
car able to get the seat installed in the middle and pass a ''seat
checker's'' inspection? If so, I'd like to discuss how you did it.
We have a Roundabout, not the Marathon, but we have had the same
problem in our Subaru, with the seatbelt not staying tight in the
middle of the back seat. Our solution was to use those big metal
binder clips from office supply stores to hold the belt tight -
two of them for extra security. I don't know if that would pass
with the carseat checkers, but it definitely keeps the carseat
really securely in there.
Our Subaru Outback was great until we had twins. We lasted with
the two carseats in the back for 18 months and then we purchased
a Toyota Sienna. There was just no way to comfortably (or
legally) sit a third person in the back row. I understand that
Saturn is coming out with an AWD minivan next year if you want
the AWD option you've had in your Subaru and don't like/want the
Sienna. Good luck.
Not a sardine either!
I installed the britax seat facing rearward in our legacy wagon. It's not
an outback, but my guess is that doesn't matter.
The britax comes with a loop of webbing that can be used for this purpose.
I looped the webbing around the fixed support for the front passenger
seat. It does not go on the actual seat, which moves, but on the part
fixed to the floor.
I believe I removed the bolts that support the seat rails (two), put the
loop in, and then replaced the bolts.
We can still move the passenger seat forward and back without interfering
with the tether.
The seat is very stable, much better than the infant seat that we had.
One of the employees at Rockridge Kids (on College Ave.), who has some
training for installing britaxes, said that my installation seems very
We have tethered two Britax roundabouts in our Subaru Forrester with a simple
extra strap (that came with the seat) that loops around the seat leg where
bolted to the floor. Your seats have to be bolted to the floor and I can't
the seats are that different. If you want to ask me some more questions.
Dana and Josh
We have a Britax roundabout in our subaru outback wagon and we currently
have it tethered rear facing. We bought it at Rockridge Kids and they helped
us install it and tether it. Essentially, you can tether it rear facing by
tethering under the place where the front seats go forward and back. I don't
know what that part of the car is called, but the tether will loop under
where the front seats meet the floor. I'm sure if you go by Rockridge Kids
they'd be happy to look at it and help you figure it out. Just takes a
minute. We've found them to be unbelievably helpful in making sure our car
seat was installed properly. Good luck!
We have a rearfacing Roundabout in our Outback as well. Go to Rockridge Kids
and get a Britax Tether Connector Strap. Wrap it around the seat frame, on
the floor of the car, of the seat in front of the carseat and attach the
tether to that. Ask Christian at Rockridge Kids to show you if you have any
questions, he was extremely helpful when I had the same problem. When your
child turns around to face forward, get a tether hook from your dealer (the
newer model cars may come with these included), and attach it to one of the
three anchor points at the back of the car.
We have a Saturn sedan (SL1) and a Suburu Legacy wagon. In the Saturn we had
our mechanic install a bolt in the floor of back of the car for when the
Britax seat was rear facing. The Saturn dealer put a bolt in the back shelf
(under the back windshield for when the seat is front facing as it is now.
We just purchased the Suburu which is a 92. A mechanic ordered the bolt from
the dealer and installed it for less than $20.00. The bolt is in the back
somewhere but does not interfer with the opening and closing of the hatch.
The owner's manual of the car includes information on location of
installation. We have traveled with the Britax car seat and just did not
anchor it. It's not as safe as anchoring, obviously, but seemed just as safe
as some anchorless seats. Hope this helps.
Does anyone have a good Subaru-authorized mechanic?
Perhaps you can share your dynamite mechanic with me?
We've been really happy with
Fairmount Auto (on Fairmount in El
Cerrito, right by the BART station, 524-0313) for our Subaru.
John, the owner, is very nice, and he is always very forthright
about what needs to be done vs. what could be done. He provides
a lot of information in a manner that I can understand, his
prices are better than where we used to go, and he's always been
done with the work on time. We go there even though it's not at
all close to our house, but he opens early (we've dropped off at
7:30 am) and the location right by BART makes it convenient for
Looking to buy a Subaru Forester
We're looking for information about: (1) the Subaru Forester;
(2) the quality of service at Downtown Subaru in Oakland; or (3)
the quality of service at a different Subaru dealership or
independent (and authorized?) repair shop in the East Bay. We'd
appreciate any information.
We just purchased a new Forester XS in April, which we really
are happy with so far, after our '97 Outback fell apart (another
story). It has been improved since older models and the boxier
interior is good getting 2 kids in and out. We weren't happy
with the finance dept. at Downtown Auto and the
service there has been so-so for us... I feel they're a bit
condescending and haven't always found or fixed our problems
right away. We've used Oceanworks II in Berkeley for regular
tune-ups, but they couldn't handle (or wouldn't) the major stuff
with our Outback. Good luck.
A Happy Forsester Owner
I'm a huge Forester enthusiast and can't recommend them highly
enough. I also can't recommend the Oakland Subaru dealer at all,
we had terrible service there.
I ended up buying my Forester through autoweb.com, a service
that connects you with dealers that deal in high volume and will
give you a very good, non-negotiable, rock bottome price. I
ended up actually buying the car at the Subaru dealer in Redwood
City (Carlson's, I think.) For service, I take it to the Albany
Ford-Subaru on the corner of San Pablo and Solano. I have had
pretty good experiences there I guess, not an intimate little
shop where you get to know the guys, but they seem to do fine
work. And my Forester (2000) just hasn't given me any problems
to speak of, it's such a sweet car, so I haven't spent much time
taking it in for service at all. happy driving!
I purchased a subaru legacy wagon at downtown subaru about 6
years ago and if the same folks are still there *don't* go.
The car had a minor factor defect that they never fixed no
matter what I did (I finally gave up & lived with it -- paint
issue on the bumper). Pretty classic sales techniques that
involved alot of waiting, two sales people, etc. I had done
enough reserach to konw what I wanted to pay (Consumer Reports)
and got a good deal. Anyway, I have friends that purchased a
Forester through Albany Subaru and were very happy with the
service and the car. I do love my legacy and would probably
purchase one again.
I bought my 2001 Forester from Albany Subaru. They were listed as a
''no haggle'' dealership in the CSAA magazine. I got their price and then
called other dealerships within an hour's drive. The Walnut Creek
people had the lowest price, so I called Albany and asked if they would
match it (it was a few thousand lower than their no haggle price). They
did, so I felt like a got a good deal. So far, I haven't had any mechanical problems, but I feel the bumpers scratch too easily (my steep driveway is narrow and I've had a few scrapes).
This was my first new car, and I'm hoping to use it for 15+ years. In
retrospect, I wish I had considered a mini-van. Vans don't fit my image,
but I regret not having more seating. With carseats, you can really only fit two kids in the back, so the Forester becomes a four-person car. We're a two-person family, but often we go on trips (to camp, the Zoo, Fairyland) with other families (of 3 or 4 people), and it would be nice to go in the same car.
We have a 2000 Outback and the time has come for our 50K mile
full tune-up shebang. Could someone give a recommendation for an
East Bay or Peninsula Subaru dealership they have had a good
experience with? We will NOT go to Downtown (Oakland) Subaru on
If you want a dealership, I was very happy with Albany Ford/Subaru, where I bought
my car- expensive, but very nice to deal with. But having found
Art's Automotive off
this board, both my Subaru and Mazda go there for everything (even if they don't
shuttle me home!).
Where can I get a pet barrier for my 2000 Subaru Outback? I'm
looking for the metal barrier that goes between the backseat and
the trunk of the car. I know I can buy one online but I'd prefer
a local company. Thanks,
Go to a subaru dealer; they have a pet barrier made for the
subaru. Very solid, made of metal. It is easy to install,
although the dealer can do it for you. You can call and get
prices to compare to online ordering if you desire.
Can anyone recommend a good, reliable and reasonable mechanic
(routine maintenance) for a Subaru? We have an Outback, and live
Seeking feedback on the Subaru Forester
I'm looking for opinions and feedback on the Subaru Forester. Both pros and
cons will be greatly appreciated.
Also, can anybody recommend either a Subaru or Dodge Dealership that is not
in the immediate, more pricey area, i.e., is there advantages to driving 30
miles out of the Bay Area to get a better deal on a new (or 1999 models) car
somewhere???? Any advice would be so much appreciated. Thank you.
We bought a Forester in February after much research and thought. So far,
we are very, very pleased with the car. We like the ride, we like the
cargo space, and have had no problems (but what do you expect in 5 months?).
We bought it at Diablo Subaru in Walnut Creek. We tried Albany Subaru
first, because we wanted a local dealership. We found the people at Diablo
much easier to deal with (and negotiate with) than Albany, and we got a
much better price.
The more price research you do before you go shopping, the less you will
pay, I guarantee it. Go to the library and look at back issues of Consumer
Reports and their carbuying books. Go online and try to find out how much
the dealer has paid for the model you want (try edmunds.com for a start).
See whether you can get a low "$xx over invoice" quote online from a local
dealer (it will be lower than anything they'll quote you when you go in
person). Knowledge is power... Kristine
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