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Was the subaru job worth it!? – Auto Repair Chat

100 thoughts on “Was the subaru job worth it!?”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Chuang says:

    It's worth it if the rest of the car holds up. Good engine, good transmission? Yeah, worth it.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tre Funk says:

    Doing a subframe is never worth it, for the mechanic that is! For the owner, f ya!

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars corey couture says:

    Guy could have fixed his car himself for half of that

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Carl Burr says:

    I'm no Math-magician…

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rico Wade says:

    Even in rural NY 90 bucks an hour is crazy in 2023. Respect to you sire

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark Templin says:

    Still running my 93 Ford ranger,,, sure iv out some $ into it,, but she drives like new,,, and a lot cheaper to maintain or replace,,,, she has 150,000, and IV owned it since 2000, 2nd owner

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Oveida Sinclair says:

    That is until that piece ofShit Subaru starts blowing head gaskets, or it's weakAss automatic transmission goes out on him.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Leap Year says:

    My local indy (northwest MA) charges the same and hes awesome at what he does. I tip him well and bring him snacks and I stay out of his hair and never rush him. He keeps my aged fleet running strong. Car payments are not desirable, avoid at all costs.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kevin Hill says:

    Man, I've had customers pay over $10,000 for me to put a NEW engine and transmission in a 2001 Subaru Forester with 310,000 miles on it, also did converters & struts. The man simply didn't want a new

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars sproulman1 says:

    Our labor here in my area of pa is $55 per hr …

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Martin Jay says:

    Totally worth it

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chubbysumo says:

    I always ask if you can find an equally reliable car for the cost of the repair. if not, then its worth doing.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Murphy says:

    Your well worth over $90 an HR Eric. Your expertise is top of the line. Keep up the good work pal, Murph here in Boston ma. 👍🇺🇲🇮🇪

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Trevor Shiffermiller says:

    I wish more people would think of things this way. We have become too much of a throw away society. I have several vehicles that are now considered old but still in great shape. Thank you for no rust California vehicles. The vehicle value is how long it will last given the repairs in comparison to a new vehicle. I can’t afford the new vehicle payment but I can turn my own wrench most of the time and keep my vehicles going. Well worth it to me.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! Stephen Gordon says:

    I hate car payments its a loosing proposition !

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Banjo Miner says:

    with the sub frame rotted out that car IS NOT WORTH 8K..NOT EVEN CLOSE..KBB doesnt buy cars

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Franklin says:

    I do $3k repairs to cars worth $5k all the time.
    Can't touch a decent used car here for under 10k right now might as well fix the one you've got.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dave M says:

    The equation of fixing an older high mileage car vs. scrapping it and buying another is complicated by the step up cost to a newer car.

    For most people a new car is out of reach.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars The Algonquin says:

    But it's a Subaru?!?!?

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars RC cars and helicopters says:

    You're way to cheap at 90/hour. Damn. Wish I lived near you. I would never work on my cars again.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Warrick Rencken says:

    Auction your cap 🧢

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Because Bugeye says:

    The people asking "was it worth it?" are probably the people you see on "money tiktok" videos telling the camera their car payment is about $1000-1200 (+) a month. So yeah, don't listen to them.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kyle S says:

    Exactly why I rebuilt my engine

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars cpear760 says:

    Made a similar mistake. Instead of getting my Saturn SL fixed, I saddled myself with a new Saturn Ion car payment. Then drove it into oncoming traffic when the driver's window exploded at 11k miles.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ryan G says:

    That's not apples to apples that was a used car he could go out and buy another used car. But me being a mechanic I totally understand and agree with your theory

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Semi Interesting says:

    wow… you guys really pay $8-10k for that?! nobody would touch it for $1200 in the northwest. might even get boycotted or burned out if you even thought about putting it on a lot for $500 lol

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeff Jankiewicz says:

    The fix was well worth the cost imo. Who wants car payments? Not this guy.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 91rss says:

    a relative helps a guy pull Nissan Quest front subframe in the south and ship them to New York, If there is a market I'm sure they can get them

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mabel Pup says:

    It’s amazing that people don’t understand this. Instead of 3k for a new transmission they’ll talk themselves into a 50k car

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tex L says:

    Smart man.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joel Sousa says:

    Foca me 😑 in portugal we charge way less than that

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lucas Underwood says:

    $1700 😬🧐😲

    Most shops would've been $2500+

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tim Perrin says:

    This is exactly how I look at it, new car payments are crazy high.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars M90B35 says:

    $90/hour for SMA repair is a smokin deal Eric

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeff Boyer says:

    Well I have a cruze and it's paid off and I plan on running into ny salty roads for 4 more years if possible.
    So if my motor blows up or the trans breaks I'll find a u pull it & pull parts.

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars hard worker says:

    After junking my subaru due to rust I switched to volvos and never regretted that decision. My 01v70XC with 290k is still without rust and works well. However, in terms of repairs done to the Subi in a video I would go with what my mechanic would suggest me, assuming my mechanic is Eric. (however still no more subaru in NY salt for me)

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris Skinner says:

    Shit at that rate i have a 05 F150 that will need a timing chain ,phasers and oil pump recommended.When can i drive it up to you.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Fljeff7 says:

    Yes

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris Mechanic says:

    Well, when you put it that way.🤣
    If the rest of the car is in decent shape such as engine and transmission, I'd agree.

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Frank M says:

    I'll keep fixing my old truck I'm broke and no way I'm paying what they want for new trucks! I can't afford $700 a month payment that's ridiculous

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tooka says:

    90 an hour is insane. I know you're independent but just never thought about independent shops being so much lower than the dealer. Our labor rate at my Honda dealer is $165

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Greg D says:

    The cost of repairs is less than the sales tax on a new one.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris Sapp says:

    Definitely.. in the current economy, I think people might actually be learning what our grandparents knew. That is repairing & maintaining your car is far better than treating them as disposable things to be used, abused, & thrown away.

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dark Vader says:

    I'm currently having a similar dilemma of whether or not to trash my old baby. It's a b5.5 passat from 2005. Just shy of 200,000kms. I got a fuel tank vent line leak. It's so bad that if I fill it over 3/4 of a tank, fuel starts leaking and the smell fills the garage. I always keep it outside. Recently had a new used transmission installed in it, which just by luck I was able to find one sitting on a shelf 1000kms away from me since 2003. Guys at the wreckers were like, "not sure how we missed this thing during inventories. We'd have trashed it a veeey looong time ago." If I hadn't found this low kms tranny, it'd have been trashed. While swapping it, it was determined that the engine was leaking from 20 different spots. So they pulled the motor out, resealed it top to bottom. Every single gasket, seal, sealant, etc. While there, I had them put a new timing belt pump, pulleys and the whole sherade. Cost me just about 4 grand parts and work. Then the alternator crapped shortly after the car was back on the road. There went another $600 parts and work. Prior to all this work, I had paid to have vw install new brakes on all 4 corners and put 4 new all season goodyears. This was a determining factor in my decision to poof out 4k and replace the tranny, and reseal the engine. But now, dropping the fuel tank is gonna be another 1000 in work alone, as it is a 4Motion car and the entire subframe must get dropped, along with the diff and all else. So now I'm at a point where I'm just wondering if all of this is worth it. I am thus far at about 6500 into this car in the past 2.5yrs in tires, brakes, transmission, engine work. And now this… i mean, I could buy the same car for cheaper off the used market place. Mine's pretty well maintained since I've owned it. First guy never changed tranny fluid, hence the failure, but he had a full history of regular oil changes at the de