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Old 12-06-2014, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by kokonutty View Post
I thought I'd find the usual rant here of the dealer charging but not performing the service but instead I see someone annoyed at the dealer for NOT running up the bill. Brown transmission can be just fine.

"The Color of Automatic Transmission Fluid

Such a helpful and amazing post! Thank you so much!
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Old 12-07-2014, 10:16 PM
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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Originally Posted by Martha Anne View Post
Happy Rider, I am no complainer about money. Far from it. We have cheerfully doled out, no questions asked, thousands on maintenance and repairs over the 13 years we have had this car. This is my FIRST complaint so I kind of resent your remark.
I apologize if I came across less than respectful. I almost always hear people complaining about being charged for repairs that were not needed. Seldom it is because a certain repair was not recommended. I for one would not have been too concerned. That is perhaps because I already know what is up for replacement. And then there are parts like hoses you always read that need replacement based on some schedule. In all my years of driving I have yet to have a radiator hose fail on me because it was too old. I donít recall ever changing them. Now, I do visually check them all the time and have yet to see one falling apart.
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:13 AM
Location: NC
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Martha - it is great that you maintain your vehicle, but that doesn't mean you need to be taken to the cleaners.

Transmission fluid - "most" foreign cars do not require a traditional transmission flush (which when done right is a multi step process). For example, Honda's just get a recommended drain and fill every 30,000 miles or so.

Hoses - visually inspect hoses, but don't freak out over them. If a radiator hose fails, it is quite noticeable and likely to not be catastrophic.

Timing belt - you probably had alot more life left in your timing belt.

Is the Forestor a 4wd? You most likely need to get the differential fluid drained and filled !
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