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There's a 3500 and a 7500 mile maintenance package. under normal conditions the oil would be changed at 7500 miles. If I'm driving in extreme condtions, requiring that the oil get changed at 3500, and I get the 7500 mile maintenance package, does this mean that I have to pay for the oil change at 3500 then?
Anyone know how the roadsize assistance compares to AAA in terms of service and out of pocket costs? I currently have the package that allows towing for up to 150 miles and 6 or 8 service calls a year. Do you guys know how far they will tow you to a subie dealership if you are in the middle of nowhere? Would I be able to piggy back the AAA coverage with the subie coverage?
Well, I haven't actually made use of the roadside assistance (happily!) or towing, but Subaru was quite responsive with regard to extended warranty service while my family was on vacation this past September. We ended up having an issue that was serious, but did not (yet) render the car unusable. Thankfully, we were in an area that was near (60 miles) a Subaru dealership, and they got us in during our three-day stay.
The dealership was great, they did the work quickly (in at 0800 and out by 1500), and the extended warranty coverage would have paid "trip interruption" on the rental car we had for a few hours that afternoon had we requested it.
As far as the service intervals, you would need to be operating under seriously "severe" conditions to warrant the 3500 interval. I typically run my oil 10-15,000 miles per interval, which is annual (except for this year when I changed it again after our 12,500-mile, 5-week trip), and my oil analysis confirms every time that I could have ran it longer. What's more, we definitely operate it in an environment and manner that would constitute "severe" according to the schedule.
After 70,000 miles and six oil changes, I will confidently say that you're throwing away money and resources if you decide to change your oil on a 3,500-mile schedule, especially if you monitor your car's fluid levels and use high-quality filters and lubricants.
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