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#166 of 188 Acura MDX scheduled DEALER maint. vs NON-DEALER SHOPS
Aug 05, 2008 (7:49 am)
I have a 2006 MDX. It is exactly 2 years old and has 13.5K miles on it. I have never done the Acura 7500 mile maintenance and now I am coming up on the 15K. I have done oil changes at Jiffy Lube-type places every 3-5K miles. A friend has a 2005 MDX. He says he NEVER brought the car into the dealer for the 7500, 15K etc. services and only did oil changes at non-dealer shops.
I live in NYC so the 15K service is something like $350. I can leave the city and get it done for about $200+. So...my question is: are these 7500, 15K expensive services necessary or will my car (which has not had a single problem but has a "maint. req." light on now) run fine on regular oil changes?
#167 of 188 Re: Acura MDX scheduled DEALER maint. vs NON-DEALER SHOPS [seif]
Aug 05, 2008 (9:42 am)
We'll have had our '04 MDX 5 years come November and I only had the 40k mile service done. This included the rear diff fluid change as well as cabin, air filters and I forgot what else. It was about $500. The remainder of service (oil changes) were done locally at Jiffy lube. No, it does not void your warranty if you miss Acura scheduled maintenence.
#168 of 188 Re: Acura MDX scheduled DEALER maint. vs NON-DEALER SHOPS [upstatedoc]
Aug 05, 2008 (10:25 am)
thanks for the response. my car is leased and the lease is up next june. i am thinking of buying it but not 100% sure. do you know if there is any penalty (for lack of better word) if they know that you have not had the scheduled services done by them?
#169 of 188 2008 MDX maintenance at 13k Miles
Aug 06, 2008 (1:04 pm)
My 08 MDX has 13k miles and service light is on with code B16
The dealer sad it will cost me $480 for this regular maintenance.
I cant belive have to spend $480 at 13k miles. I should've pick a beemer with free maintenace up to 50k miles
#170 of 188 Re: 2008 MDX maintenance at 13k Miles [danil34]
Aug 06, 2008 (7:23 pm)
GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. Your dealer is ripping you off.
I paid $220 for the same service and thought that was too much. All they do is change the oil, rotate the tires and change the differential fluid. Of course, they "Check" everything, but really, how much checking does a 13,000 mile car need. If that takes 30 mins I would be surpised. But, DO NOT pay 480 for that, go somewhere else. If you can't have them break down the charges for each item of work they are going to do in writing. If it doesn't seem reasonable, I bet Acura National would like to know how that dealer is treating its customers.
#171 of 188 Re: 2008 MDX maintenance at 13k Miles
Aug 14, 2008 (1:00 pm)
I called Acura national, they said they have no control of maintenance or service pricing of the dealers.
Its up to them to charge to charge the customer.
For those who thinking to get an MDX. Ask your dealer for an estimate of regular maintenance. They could rip you off on this one.
#172 of 188 Re: 2008 MDX maintenance at 13k Miles [danil34]
Aug 15, 2008 (5:00 am)
The B16 maintenance (if you look in your manual) includes:
- Replace engine oil1 and oil filter
- Rotate tires
- Replace rear differential fluid
The rest of the maintenance items include "inspections" that they're going to do regardless when your car is up on the lift. I guarantee you can cut that estimate in half by only specifying the 3 above items to be done.
#173 of 188 Re: vtm change [otis123]
Aug 15, 2008 (9:27 am)
Remember the business overhead costs for these beautiful dealership buildings continues and the back room has to turn the profit, especially when new car sales are down. The Acura dealer quoted me a price of $177.95 for the 7,500 mile service, inlcuding the VTM-4 fluid. Had it done at a Honda store at 16,000 miles for $105.00 with the Oil and Filter change. That was two years ago and the MDX is still running strong. Honda Dealerships are less expensive but no loaner vehicles.
#174 of 188 Re: 2008 MDX maintenance at 13k Miles [danil34]
Sep 14, 2008 (8:18 am)
I have a 08 MDX and just got the B16 maintainence minder, for the whole service including insprections, differerntial fluid, oil and fitler change and tire rotation the dealer quoted me $175 + TAX, without the visual inspection it's $132 + TAX.
The break down i told was'
Oil and filter change $ 34 .95 + TAX
Differential Fluid Change $69 + TAX
Tire Rotation $28 (this is a rip off, but i have to go to the dealership since my second row seat wont' slide forward).
So they charge about $43 for the visual inspection which i wont' do.
In fact the local Honda dealer in DFW area quoted me a higher price then the Acura dealership for the same service.
#175 of 188 Re: 2008 MDX maintenance at 13k Miles [un_sidiq]
Sep 15, 2008 (7:36 am)
Guess they assume if you can afford a 40k vehicle, lets stick it to you even more with the threat of voiding the warranty if service is not done. Agree, do not need the visual for $43.00.
I would pick and chose. Have the Acura dealer do what has to be done there and look for an independent shop ( Jiffy Lube type) to do the rest. As long as you keep the receipts for future verification of work done.
Suprised the Honda dealer was more expensive. As of today, with the $0.30 plus increase in gas costs, less vehicle will be sold and more money will have to come from the back room. Watch those prices go up..