Subaru is one of the most trusted brands globally, largely because the vehicles seem to last so long compared to other cars and SUVs. Even though these vehicles are built to withstand the test of time, it's important to select a service center that knows how to get the most out of your car. Subaru service centers are staffed by experienced, knowledgeable technicians with brand-specific experience, which is part of the reason so many drivers say they'll never get their Subaru's serviced anywhere else.


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Can I Get My Subaru Serviced Anywhere?

Yes, technically, most shops will probably be happy to perform Subaru maintenance for you. That doesn't necessarily mean it's a good idea, though. When you take your vehicle to an unaffiliated, general car repair shop, they're more likely to use whichever parts they have on hand. The parts they put in your vehicle might be cheap aftermarket options that don't live up to the quality with which Subaru's are built.


When you bring your vehicle to an official Subaru service center, your vehicle is being handled by master technicians who spend the bulk of their time working on vehicles just like yours. They also have access to all of the appropriate parts and other equipment to complete the job correctly. If you want your vehicle to be maintained according to the guidelines and best practices outlined by the manufacturer itself, choose a Subaru service center.

How Much Does Subaru Maintenance Cost?

The cost of maintaining a Subaru is very reasonable. You'd likely spend a lot more to maintain an expensive luxury vehicle, while the cost of new parts for a very cheap car might be slightly less. All things considered, though, most drivers find that it's worth paying for premium Subaru service because that's a big part of the reason these vehicles last so long. 


The cost of maintaining a Subaru stays fairly consistent throughout the life of the vehicle, which is one of the best things about these cars. Every vehicle naturally has more problems as it gets older, but vehicles from this trusted Japanese car company seem to function with relatively few problems even as the odometer reaches well into six figures. Compare this with other brands with reputations for creating cars that turn into money pits once they get more than a few years old.

How Often Should a Subaru Be Serviced?

It's always ideal to follow your vehicle's specific maintenance schedule. If you can't find anything about this in your owner's manual, connect with your trusted service center to receive help setting a schedule and sticking to it. In general, though, most drivers like to bring their vehicles in for oil changes and inspections every six months or 6,000 miles. Service for the engine and other components might be on different timelines or use different mileage milestones.

Do Subarus Have a Lot of Problems?

Subarus aren't known for having a lot of problems. In fact, the reliability offered by this brand is a big part of the reason for its success. There are many reasons people buy Subarus (including the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and all of the philanthropy work this brand has done), but reliability is one of the big ones. If you want a vehicle that will last a long time without giving you many problems, buy a Subaru.

Subaru Vehicle Service in Burlingame, CA

Putnam Subaru is proud to offer two different Subaru service centers: one in Burlingame and San Francisco. Choose the most convenient one, then make your appointment today!