Well, I just got taken by the dealership. It's my fault. I should have known better. I have a 2012 Legacy 2.5i Limited and I was right around 16,000 miles, so when I took it in I agreed to the 15,000 mile service. $200 later, I had my tires rotated, a new filter, and a bunch of "inspections" done.
I used to be pretty good about doing my own maintenance (I did all of my own oil changes/tire rotations on my '71 Ford Torino), but I fell out of it for two reasons. First was that I've been dealing with chronic back and shoulder issues for years and I just wasn't feeling like I could handle the physical labor. Second reason was that this was my first "new" car and I was afraid of mucking something up.
Well, I'm not going to get taken any more. I want to become competent enough to do a lot of the routine maintenance for myself. My question to you all is:
1. What kinds of things should I be able to do myself vs. have a real mechanic do?
2. What kinds of basic tools will I need to make this easier for me?
Thanks, I really appreciate the advice.