Independent Motors is approaching 28 years of shop experience in repairing, working on and maintaining Subarus. This includes models such as the Subaru Forester, the Subaru Outback, the Subaru Impreza, the Subaru Legacy and the Subaru Tribeca.
And we have kept our Subaru specialist expertise in house all that time. Independent Motors’ Tony Madrigal has been our Subaru guy since 1987, when the shop first began working on them.
This is Boulder, of course, and there are plenty of people driving around in Roos these days. The Denver Business Journal reported in 2013 that post-recession sales figures for vehicles in Colorado favored Japanese imports, with Subarus accounting for 9% of all new vehicles sold in the state.
Since those early days, we have also brought on a couple of other Subaru expert technicians, Randy Schubert and Mason Hammond, to grow with our community and its taste in vehicles. All told, we now have more than 270 years of collective experience under our roof, plus an arsenal of diagnostic tools to make sure our initial service gets your Subaru all fixed up and ready to drive.
COMMON SUBARU REPAIRS
All makes and models have their own personalities and quirks, but we thought it would be useful to mention some of the most common repairs we see among the Subarus customers bring into our garage.
Head gasket problems are no. 1 on that list, and unfortunately those repairs can be expensive, especially if the problem requires us to work on the timing belt and the clutch.
Clutch issues don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand with head gasket issues, but clutch wear and tear is something we see with a lot of Subarus. Beyond that, we tend to keep an eye out for problems with a Subaru’s CV axles (each car has four) or with its wheel bearings (again, each car has four).
This isn’t to be prescriptive so much as to let you know that if your Outback is having clutch trouble, that’s not at all uncommon, and we know what to do about it. Our quarter-century-plus of in-house Subaru knowledge has also taught us when going with OEM parts is best for a customer’s car, or whether we can save you money by finding an equally durable aftermarket part.