Independent Motors has been repairing, working on and maintaining Subarus for over 25 years. That means Independent Motors is one of Boulder’s oldest repair shop specializing in Subarus. This includes models such as the Subaru Forester, the Subaru Outback, the Subaru Impreza, the Subaru Legacy, the Subaru WRX, the Subaru Crosstrek and the Subaru Tribeca.

We have two Master Subaru Technicians. Our senior Technician, Tony Madrigal, has been servicing Subarus since we first began working on them in 1987. Since those early days, we have added four expert technicians who service Subarus. Collectively, we have more than 225 years of professional repair experience, plus an arsenal of diagnostic tools to make sure your Subaru performs safely and reliably.

Just look around, and you’ll see Subarus everywhere in Boulder and Colorado. In 2013, the Denver Business Journal reported that 9% of all new vehicles sold in the state were Subarus. Here are some of the reasons why they’re so popular:

  • Many drivers feel safer driving in the mountains in modern all-wheel drive vehicles, especially when there’s snow on the road. With its decades of experience, Subaru is widely recognized as the premiere automotive company when it comes to making four and all-wheel drive passenger vehicles.
  • Subaru’s attractive styling has bridged the gap between looks and utility. You don’t have to sacrifice style to get plenty of cargo space.
  • Subarus may not perform and handle like German sedans, but they hug the road extremely well for wagons and SUVs.
  • Some of us remember when cars didn’t have cup holders. These days we expect all the modern accoutrements, and Subaru does a great job offering these so you can drive in comfort.

Common Subaru Repairs

All makes and models have their own personalities and quirks, strengths and weaknesses. We thought it would be useful to mention some of the most common repairs we see in the Subarus our customers bring into our garage:

  • Leaking head gaskets
  • Torn front CV boots
  • Worn axle bearings

Since the late 1990s, Subaru has repeatedly said they’ve fixed the problems with their head gasket. But we continue to see newer Outbacks and Foresters that need these repaired. Unfortunately, this repair can be very expensive, especially if the problem requires us to work on the timing belt and the clutch. In order to help with the cost, we have discounted this repair substantially. Shop around, and we’re confident you’ll find that our prices are extremely competitive!

As with most front and all-wheel drive vehicles, Subaru’s CV axle boots tend to deteriorate. We also see a fair number of Subarus with worn wheel bearings.

If your Subaru is having these troubles, we know what to do about them. Our long experience with Subarus has also taught us when it’s best to use original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts, and when we can save you money by finding an equally durable aftermarket part.

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