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Old 10-29-2007, 07:42 PM   #1
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30,000 mile service price

I contacted my local dealer and they stated that the big 30,000 mile service would cost me $419. Is this the typical price? They also said they would do the transmission update if my truck qualified, which it does.

The service would take 5 hours so I would have to leave it there.
Here is what they do
30,000 Mile Service:

• Change engine oil and filter
• Perform tire rotation
• Perform rear differential service (Ridgeline, Pilot & S2000)
• Replace engine air filter
• Replace cabin filter
• Replace transmission fluid
• Inspect parking brake operation
• Inspect and adjust belts
• Inspect steering system and fluid
• Clean, service and adjust rear brakes
• Inspect 4 wheel alignment
• Inspect suspension components
• Inspect all fluid levels
• Inspect exhaust system
• Adjust idle speed and timing
• Inspect tire wear
• Inspect spark plugs
• Adjust tire pressure
• Service and test battery
• Top off all fluids
• Reset maintenance light
• Perform multi-point inspection
• Road test vehicle


Dealer Recommended Service
• Transmission flush service


HERE IS WHY WE DO IT:
Your Honda is now due for its first major service. All of the previous services have been performed. Now, our Technicians use specialized equipment to be sure that all the mechanical, electronic and computer devices are working properly. At this time, we also recommend addressing your vehicle’s heating and cooling system. Over time, your transmission fluid becomes contaminated, losing its ability to protect your transmission. It also loses its ability to protect the metal components in your transmission from friction and wear, causing premature seal and gasket failure. Very expensive repairs could result from the lack of this required maintenance.

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Old 10-29-2007, 08:13 PM   #2
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Re: 30,000 mile service price

Let's break that down to what they actually replace. i know it helps me to fully grasp what they are really doing....

1. Change engine oil and filter
2. Change air filter
3. Change cabin filter
4. Replace transmission fluid
5. Rear diff service (??) Is this just a matter of draining out the old fluid and adding new??

Did I miss anything? If not, then they are doing an oil change, and transmission fluid change, diff fluid change basically. The air filter you can change in all of a couple minutes, and the cabin filt shouldnt take much more than 20 minutes for you (if you follow the threads instructions here on the ROC).

So is the 4 items really worth $419.00? Not to me it isn't. All the checking this and checking that is insanity in my opinion. Checking the 4 wheel alignment? WTF? If you put the vehicle up on the alingment rack, then you're doing an alignment not checking it. Is the car pulling? Are you wearing out tires unevenly? If not, then your alignment would appear to be fine and won't need to be put up on a alignment rack.

Okay so Im not knowledgble on the maintenance minder system, but I was under the impression that it basically did away with the traditional 30k, 60k, 90k 120k type services and now we replace things when the MM system tells us it's time? is this not true?

Anyway, as far as a traditional 30k service that price seems to be on par with the ones that I've seen at the dealer for all other types of hondas, so if that's what you were asking, then the price of $419.00 seems to be inline with other Honda vehicle services.

However if it were me (and it will be one day), I will have them perform items 1, 4 and 5 at the top of the message and call it a day. I'll replace the air filter and cabin filter myself and all that inspection stuff in my opinion is for the birds. I've seen vehicles leave honda stores after a service and come back in with something that broke (like the CV boot started to leak after it was inspected and found to be "ok") that was not detected in a very very expensive 60k service so.....

Tilt: Yes, Im biased/tilted because I know what it really costs the dealer to do these services compared to what they charge us the consumer and it sometimes sends me into a rant. So my apologies for that.

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Old 10-29-2007, 08:20 PM   #3
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Re: 30,000 mile service price

This is pretty much what we do...we follow what's in the book and I believe the price is around $350.00
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Old 10-29-2007, 08:57 PM   #4
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Re: 30,000 mile service price

change your fluids and filters.... everything else is dumb ass waste of time. ......
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Old 10-29-2007, 09:29 PM   #5
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Re: 30,000 mile service price

good heavens! $419.00 for a 30K check up?

• Change engine oil and filter
• Perform tire rotation
• Perform rear differential service (Ridgeline, Pilot & S2000)
• Replace engine air filter
• Replace cabin filter
• Replace transmission fluid
• Inspect parking brake operation - if there is a problem; is it covered under $419?
• Inspect and adjust belts - if there is a problem; is it covered under $419?
• Inspect steering system and fluid - if there is a problem; is it covered under $419?
• Clean, service and adjust rear brakes
• Inspect 4 wheel alignment - if there is a problem; is it covered under $419?
• Inspect suspension components - if there is a problem; is it covered under $419?
• Inspect all fluid levels - if there is a problem; is it covered under $419?
• Inspect exhaust system - if there is a problem; is it covered under $419?
• Adjust idle speed and timing
• Inspect tire wear
• Inspect spark plugs - if there is a problem; is it covered under $419?
• Adjust tire pressure
• Service and test battery - if there is a problem; is it covered under $419?
• Top off all fluids - if there is a problem; is it covered under $419? (do they drain the old fluids & put new fluids)?
• Reset maintenance light
• Perform multi-point inspection

i could be buying aftermarket products, instead!!!
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Old 10-29-2007, 09:33 PM   #6
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Re: 30,000 mile service price

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change your fluids and filters.... everything else is dumb ass waste of time. ......
hahahahaha, let me translate that....
Change your fluids and filters, everything else is a visual inspection which is not likely to do a whole hell of a lot to prevent a mechanical item from failing in the future.
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thanks DesertRidgeline...LOL
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Old 10-30-2007, 09:54 AM   #8
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Re: 30,000 mile service price

• Adjust idle speed and timing

can that even really be done on modern cars? And even if it could why would you want to unless there was a problem with the way the car was running?
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• Adjust idle speed and timing

can that even really be done on modern cars? And even if it could why would you want to unless there was a problem with the way the car was running?
It's not something I would do unless the idle had become unadjusted. I think the more modern cars like Honda's have something called an Idle Learn Procedure, so when the idle becomes whacked they do that procedure and it allows the computer to relearn the idle (??). In any event I think it was popular back when vehicles were still carburated.
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Old 10-30-2007, 10:08 AM   #10
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Re: 30,000 mile service price

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good heavens! $419.00 for a 30K check up?

• Change engine oil and filter
• Perform tire rotation
• Perform rear differential service (Ridgeline, Pilot & S2000)
• Replace engine air filter
• Replace cabin filter
• Replace transmission fluid
• Inspect parking brake operation - if there is a problem; is it covered under $419?
• Inspect and adjust belts - if there is a problem; is it covered under $419?
• Inspect steering system and fluid - if there is a problem; is it covered under $419?
• Clean, service and adjust rear brakes
• Inspect 4 wheel alignment - if there is a problem; is it covered under $419?
• Inspect suspension components - if there is a problem; is it covered under $419?
• Inspect all fluid levels - if there is a problem; is it covered under $419?
• Inspect exhaust system - if there is a problem; is it covered under $419?
• Adjust idle speed and timing
• Inspect tire wear
• Inspect spark plugs - if there is a problem; is it covered under $419?
• Adjust tire pressure
• Service and test battery - if there is a problem; is it covered under $419?
• Top off all fluids - if there is a problem; is it covered under $419? (do they drain the old fluids & put new fluids)?
• Reset maintenance light
• Perform multi-point inspection

i could be buying aftermarket products, instead!!!
  • Perform Multipoint Inspection?

Is that something that is in addition to all the "inspect this, inspect that" bullet points they list? No way would I pay $400+ for that. Find an honest dealer!!!!
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