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Mazda Protege5, Wagon
May 14, 2002 (7:17 am)
I had him do the Maxa reccomemnded service.
2002 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Check operation: A/C compressor
Check operation: Air conditioning system
Inspect : Air filter
Inspect: Body nuts & bolts
Check fluid level: Brake & clutch master cylinders
Inspect: Brake system
Inspect: Chassis nuts & bolts
Check level: Coolant
Change: Engine oil
Inspect: Hinges, locks & latches
Check operation: Lighting
Replace: Oil filter
Check level: Power steering fluid
Inspect: Wheels & tires
Check fluid level: Windshield washer
I thought $68 was perfectly reasonable. I'm sure that I could have done it for less, but when it's cold and wet and you don't have too much free time, a trusted mechanic is worth my money.
May 14, 2002 (7:36 am)
I don't see tire rotations and air filter change in your list. It should be done.
May 14, 2002 (7:51 am)
I posted a quick pic I took in the rain this morning on Meades Yahoo group in my album. I'm gonna take some better ones if the sun ever comes out again.
Didn't even ask about towing. I told them from the beginning I was using it for a bike rack, but someone around here is using it to tow a motorcycle trailer. I need to find his emails, I think he mentioned the capacity in one of them.
#4081 of 7874 15,000 Miles Service
May 14, 2002 (7:54 am)
Why pay $68-$100+ for service you could easily do yourself. At the minimum, at least check/fill your own fluids, which you should be doing any ways, at least every 3,000 miles or when you fill up for gas...and inspecting your hinges, locks & latches, nuts & bolts, you really believe a mechanic goes around your entire car and checks every bolt, give me break! Turn on your AC/lights to inspect them, wow, that was tough.
The only thing I'm going to pay for is an oil change, tire rotation (doing already every 5K) and an air filter.
Every year I buy a coupon book for Big O Tires, for $70, which comes with 6 Free oil changes, tire rotation and balancing, that comes up less than $12.00 for each visit, and the coupon can be used on any car. Here's the company that sells the coupons (Auto Promotions (760) 433-8088).
May 14, 2002 (8:51 am)
hmmm.. I'm perplexed.
I don't understand why I'm getting so much grief here about this.
I posted this topic to basically gloat about how much cheaper it is to use a trusted mechanic then a dealership for maintenace.
The place I bought my car quoted me $85-$110 for this service and I don't know them. I have used my independent garage for years and they have proved their honesty and integrity over and over to me... and I saved money to boot.
I've changed my oil every 5k miles, I rotate my tires about every 7500, plus I have a seperate set of wheels & tires for winter. I do all that myself.
That 15k list is what Mazda (via Edmunds) recommends you do, my garage didn't make it up.
My air filter is clean still, no need to change it, so they didn't. My tires were rotated when I took off my winter wheels/tires a mear 3k ago. No reason to do it now and charge me for it. Could I get that same honesty from a dealer? Not in my experience.
I'm pretty anal about car care, and am under the hood quite often checking this and filling that. I detail cars on the side too... I take very good care of mine, I assure you. But my free time is short and valuable to me.
But I didn't have the time to get to it this week and my miles were racking up (16k today). So I decided to have my mechanic give it a professional once over according to the manufacturer's schedule. What the heck is wrong with that?
And no, I doubt they looked at every bolt, but they are a great shop, who has done lot's of work on my past cars with great care... I think it was worth every penny to have them look it over with a trained eye.
tough room today.......
May 14, 2002 (9:15 am)
I'm actually glad you found a good inde. mechanic that does good work and inexpensive. Good for you!
Now I need to find someone like that so the dealer doesn't suck the life out of my bank account
May 14, 2002 (9:19 am)
And this was really my point!
A good, *trusted* independent foreign car mechanic is worth his weight in gold.
May 14, 2002 (9:21 am)
"And no, I doubt they looked at every bolt, but they are a great shop, who has done lot's of work on my past cars with great care... I think it was worth every penny to have them look it over with a trained eye."
I'm with you Sporin, that is the exact same reason I brought my car to the dealer. The expertise of the mechanic guys could detect something wrong in the car at the early stage: any abnormal of tire wear, break pad thickness, etc... BTW, I was in the shop the whole time they look at my car, yes, he look at the bolt and put some lubricant into articulations. What the heck, I pay just once a year for a big maintenance service, and it buys me some tranquility.
#4087 of 7874 Hungry CD Player
May 14, 2002 (9:27 am)
Anybody had the stock single-disc player swallow a CD and lock up on them?
Mine did 3 days ago; took out one, put in another, and NOTHING. It won't eject, it won't go to CD mode, and the CD-insertion servo has been humming away ever since. Radio works fine.
Pulling the radio fuse does not kill this servo. I can grab the edge of the CD firmly with tweezers, but the unit has a firmer hold.
So far it hasn't killed the battery, but I'm sure I'm spinning life off whatever motor is humming. I've been tempted to disconnect the battery and see what happens, but not sure what other cans of worms that opens.
Dealer is next on my list, just not a convenient trip.