07-19-2013, 06:28 AM
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  • Johnny
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Well, my shaving RADS will have to be put on hold for the next month or so. I'm off to the car dealer to spend a small fortune on service. Just routine maintenance when time and miles catch up with each other.

Can't complain though, all its ever needed was routine maintenance. Least maintenance car I've ever owned.

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 07-19-2013, 07:03 AM
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  • bullgoose
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Good luck Johnny. My car is due for service as well and I am not looking forward to it.

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 07-19-2013, 07:18 AM
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Those scheduled services, especially the 'major' ones (30k miles, 50k miles, etc) are, by and large...an incredible scam. It wouldn't be so bad but they act as if they're practically rebuilding your car when in fact, most of the items on the list are 'check this' or 'check that.' Outside of the check list, you're basically getting an oil change and maybe a tune-up.

Find a good honest mechanic ,service your car with them, and forget about the dealers. Regular oil changes and a tune-up every 50k miles or so, and you should be good to go.

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 07-19-2013, 07:18 AM
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  • Exapno
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I took my car in for a service on Sunday. Couldn't get it through the church doors though.

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 07-19-2013, 07:51 AM
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Cars! Sheesh!Biggrin

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 07-19-2013, 08:03 AM
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Thanks for the reminder, Johnny. Mine's due in another month.A624

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 07-19-2013, 08:08 AM
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Good luck with it, Johnny.

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 07-19-2013, 09:15 AM
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  • njpaddy
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I don't even want to think about the cost of upcoming service on my Accord. It needs a timing belt, front brakes & rotors and 30,000 mi svc. The downside of not using a car much (35k in 8 years) is that everything comes due at once. Good thing there's nothing on my shaving want list.

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 07-19-2013, 09:27 AM
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  • freddy
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If your car has been trouble free then thank goodness. You'll be good to go on the shaving goodies before you know it. Smile

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 07-19-2013, 09:37 AM
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  • Johnny
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It was not to bad but it will be in a couple of months.

Today:

Oil and Filter Change. I furnish my own oil.
Tire Rotation
A long over due air filter replacement
Top off the fluids

A few months from now:

Brake Pads front and rear
Flush Brake System
Flush and Replace the coolant
Change Transmission Fluid

We have a GREAT Honda Dealer here in Wausau and they are the only ones that I let touch my car. I realize the standard recommend check ups are a scam, that is why I do not do them. They just see my car every 10,000 miles for oil changes and tire rotation, unless some other service is needed.

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 07-19-2013, 10:05 AM
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  • slantman
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The list of repairs Johnny is impressive but not enough to stop your RAD.

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 07-19-2013, 10:09 AM
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  • Harvey
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HONDA has just come out with a new line of Safety Razors...never need service....great mpg!!!!!

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 07-19-2013, 10:30 AM
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  • njpaddy
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(07-19-2013, 09:37 AM)Johnny Wrote: We have a GREAT Honda Dealer here in Wausau and they are the only ones that I let touch my car.

I feel the same about my current Honda service dept, but the Honda service dept where I bought the car were scum. Tires are the exception. I hated the original Michelins and had Coopers put on by a small family-owned tire place.

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 07-19-2013, 11:33 AM
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  • Johnny
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Our Element came equipped with Bridgestone tires. The car is 7-years old and I just replaced the original tires last year. It now has Firestone tires on it.

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 07-19-2013, 11:36 AM
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(07-19-2013, 07:18 AM)Damon Stathatos Wrote: Those scheduled services, especially the 'major' ones (30k miles, 50k miles, etc) are, by and large...an incredible scam. It wouldn't be so bad but they act as if they're practically rebuilding your car when in fact, most of the items on the list are 'check this' or 'check that.' Outside of the check list, you're basically getting an oil change and maybe a tune-up.

Find a good honest mechanic ,service your car with them, and forget about the dealers. Regular oil changes and a tune-up every 50k miles or so, and you should be good to go.

I'm a former mechanic and I believe the maintenance schedules are neccessary. Once you're out of warranty yes do go and find an honest mechanic to service your vehicle. Today's cars require more attention to keep them running well due to all the electronics built into them. And parts aren't cheap.

Clayton

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 07-19-2013, 11:37 AM
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  • freddy
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All I know about cars is you stick a key in a keyhole next to this big wheel and turn the key. The car then makes a funny sound. After that, you put on something called a seat belt, hold onto the big wheel and press a pedal on the floor. The car goes; that's it. Anything else is just unnecessary fluff. 24

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 07-19-2013, 11:39 AM
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(07-19-2013, 11:33 AM)Johnny Wrote: Our Element came equipped with Bridgestone tires. The car is 7-years old and I just replaced the original tires last year. It now has Firestone tires on it.

I was an auto tech at Firestone for eight years and Bridgestone, and Firestone tires are all I still run. Great smooth riding tires.

Clayton

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 07-19-2013, 12:00 PM
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  • Johnny
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Freddy, you should have bought a Prius. Then you would not need the key.Biggrin

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 07-19-2013, 12:03 PM
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  • Johnny
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(07-19-2013, 11:39 AM)chevyguy Wrote:
(07-19-2013, 11:33 AM)Johnny Wrote: Our Element came equipped with Bridgestone tires. The car is 7-years old and I just replaced the original tires last year. It now has Firestone tires on it.

I was an auto tech at Firestone for eight years and Bridgestone, and Firestone tires are all I still run. Great smooth riding tires.

Clayton
I agree with you there Clayton. Best service I've gotten out of a tire, at least on my Hondas.

All my old British cars and VW's got Michlein XZS tires on them. The side walls would rot before the tread wore out.

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 07-19-2013, 12:27 PM
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  • freddy
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(07-19-2013, 12:00 PM)Johnny Wrote: Freddy, you should have bought a Prius. Then you would not need the key.Biggrin

Believe it or not, Johnny, when I was in the market for a new car back in November I did not consider a hybrid. I drive so very little that the battery would constantly be dead. How little do I drive? About 3,000 to maybe 4,000 miles per year.

Needless to say, the Cobras, Corvettes, and other beautiful sports cars that some of you gents have been discussing on Johnny's other thread would be completely lost on me. While my post above was obviously a joke, I hate to admit that it isn't that far off the mark. Blush

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