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2007 Subaru Impreza Sedan i 4dr H4 MT

2007 Subaru Impreza Sedan
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All Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Sub-Compact
22 mpg city / 29 mpg hwy
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November 8, 2011, 8:04 pm

Dawn A

Question: Is it best to have a mechanic with Subaru experience work on my car?

Recently I was told that my (manual) 1996 Subaru Impreza L 2.2, with over 200,000 miles on it, needs a timing belt. I live in an area where Subarus are very rare so not many mechanics are knowledgeable about them. However, for two years now I've had an independent mechanic work on it and he's kept it going. Someone told me that a Subaru timing belt has to be done "just right" and should be done by a mechanic with definite Subaru experience. A Subaru dealership did open in the area a few years go. But it will cost much more money if they do it so I would like to know if that is in fact true - is it worth spending more money to have the Subaru dealership change the timing belt? thanks

November 14, 2011, 11:35 pm

Richard W
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If the shop has good auto techs then you should be fine to have them do it. The timing belt is not that hard on your car. Torquing the crank pully nut is the hardest part of the job. That is where people make the mistake. The shop sound like they are keeping your car going.

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