Replacing the clutch on a 2000 Subaru Outback wagon

subaru
outback
clutches

#1

I’ve been bringing my Subaru to a local dealer for all its service. They seem fair and honest, but I’m probably overpaying. With 205,000 on the car, I shouldn’t be surprised that I need a new clutch. I didn’t expect it to be $1200, though! Is that unreasonable?


#2

The clutch job at an independent can run between $700-$1000 dependent on your local labor rates. This job is lots of labor and dealer is the highest rate out there.

I would definitely get a 2nd or 3rd quote.


#3

You could get estimates from a couple of independent mechanics and see the difference.

I’d want someone familiar with the Subaru AWD system for this job.


#4

Jmaine3321,

So, what is the breakdown between parts, labor, and machine work?

Assuming that a new pressure plate, disc, throw-out bearing, (pilot bearing? not sure on this one.) and machined flywheel have been done. (Estimate about $350.00 for parts and outside machine shop) then that leaves about $900.00 for labor, at $120./per hour (estimating CA rates); then you are at about 7.5 hours of estimated labor. In “book rates” that sounds about right.

Sure, you could take it to a shop that may do it for $500 and re-use the pressure plate, skip the flywheel resurface, and ignore other items that may need to be changed out along the way for “good practice”-- but why? Why deal with the “return” and “rework” on something that is difficult to change-out and will prevent the car from being used when it fails.

While you’re at it, have them check the head-gaskets, too. They can fail on these cars and cause other more serious damage.

-Matt