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#5935 of 6957 1999 CR-V maintenance
Aug 23, 2008 (6:47 am)
I have a '99 CR-V with 97K+ miles. My spouse does not believe in having the dealership do regular maintenance. I agree AND disagree with this. We bought the car new and he has performed all oil/filter changes. I am uncertain about the frequency of any of this; although, I am aware that he had the timing belt changed at about 93K by a personal friend. We've parted ways since then and I know I need to have the oil changed. Called my dealer for an appointment and he slammed me with all the other things I need to have done -- air filter, spark plugs, fluid changes, tire alignment, etc... He quoted a price of approximately $340. I don't mind the cost if it's all necessary work AND if it's a fair price.
Can you tell me what is the recommended maintenance and/or what is the minimal work I can have done at this time. Are other automotive service centers comparable to Honda dealerships?
#5936 of 6957 Re: 1999 CR-V maintenance [msemjay]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Aug 23, 2008 (6:53 am)
The Edmunds Maintenance Guide will tell you what's recommended by Honda at 90,000 miles. And it'll estimate what it should cost for your zip code.
Dealers pad the recommended services to increase their profit, but you may decide that some extra stuff is good to do (especially if it's something that was skipped earlier).
Overall though, it doesn't sound out of line at all. New plugs, tranny fluid change, etc. are recommended by Honda at 90k. The estimated cost for that service here in Boise is $322 (although it wouldn't surprise me to learn that the dealer here charges $700 for the same service!).
#5937 of 6957 Re: 1999 CR-V maintenance [msemjay]
Aug 23, 2008 (7:00 am)
Find a reputable shop other than the dealer.
Lather, rinse and repeat: Find someone other than the dealer.
If you're in a big enough metro area, subscribe to checkbook.org to check ratings.
Otherwise, ask around.
I have found that a good non-dealer repair shop relies on its good name. That cannot be said for dealerships. The work is spotty. I took my 2007 CR-V into the dealer for that problem with the tire pressure sensors being wacky and when I got it back they'd put considerably varying amounts of air in the tires, e.g. 30 psi, 36 psi, 38 psi and 32 psi, or something like that. And the caps weren't screwed fully back on the valve stems of two of them. Some kid kissed it off.
If that happens at a private shop, word gets around.
The dealers have so many people who figure you just have to go to the dealer to get it right -- that the dealer just doesn't care.
A reputable shop can look at the air filter and check other stuff to see if you really need to replace them now.
#5938 of 6957 Re: Tire pressure [richk6]
Aug 23, 2008 (6:56 pm)
Rich....this is a "dumb broad" question....
Am I understanding you to say you check the tire pressure when the tires are cold?
#5939 of 6957 Re: Tire pressure [ykckby]
Aug 23, 2008 (7:06 pm)
Yep. When tires heat up, the psi increases.
#5940 of 6957 Re: Tire pressure [richk6]
Aug 23, 2008 (8:29 pm)
I believe that would be about 1 psi for every 10° F.
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#5941 of 6957 Re: Tire pressure [tidester]
Aug 25, 2008 (3:53 am)
Thanks Rich and Tide...I'm now more educated. And, they did reset the pressure when they prepped the car!
#5942 of 6957 Re: 1999 CR-V maintenance [terryp1]
Aug 26, 2008 (11:44 am)
"Find a reputable shop other than the dealer. "
Well, it depends on the dealer. My local Honda dealer is great, and his oil change price is lower than the "national oil change" stores. Plus they get you out in 30 minutes.
I also recommend using dealer servicing while the warranty is in force. In my case we had a 7/100K HondaCare warranty, and we took our 2002 Civic to the dealer. Now that the warranty is out I'm using an independent mechanic, but that is mostly because he also services our 1987 Corolla.
#5943 of 6957 Re: 1999 CR-V maintenance [steve_]
Aug 26, 2008 (1:56 pm)
Thx! Will check out the Edmonds Maintenance Guide as well as the other recommendation for an independent repair service.
For the record, I googled this site and am enjoying and learning from the other posts.
Many thanks and keep up the good work!
#5944 of 6957 Front windshield cracking
Aug 27, 2008 (8:38 am)
I just bought new honda CRv three weeks back and I noticed my front wind shield cracking (fine thin hair crack) this morning. Does anyone have similar experience? There is no dent and nothing has hit the front wind shield. The crack started at front passenger side top corner and is increasing slowly for no reason.