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#3056 of 3162 Re: Is my Extended Warranty over-priced and even needed? [texases]
by kirstie_h HOST
Nov 28, 2011 (9:15 am)
Belts are like brake pads - wear & tear item. Regular maintenance items as outlined in the owners' manual aren't covered under any extended warranty.
Many times, you can find the coverage listed online. If not, ask for a copy of it and read it carefully before even considering. In addition to the shady/bankruptcy issues, there are often many exclusions and loopholes to the contract provider's benefit.
#3057 of 3162 Should I get an extended warranty?
Dec 20, 2011 (12:43 pm)
I've just bought a 2003 Chevy Cavalier for 3900.
Before buying the car the dealer told me that the car would have needed some fixes (one front wheel bearing and one tie rod end needs to be changes).
Should I get an extended warranty and have them fix this issues in their policy? Even if I replaced myself this parts, should I still get an extended warranty?
#3058 of 3162 Re: Should I get an extended warranty? [andrew73]
Dec 20, 2011 (12:44 pm)
No, usually not worth it, and I'd be surprised if one would cover existing problems.
#3059 of 3162 Re: Should I get an extended warranty? [texases]
Dec 20, 2011 (1:32 pm)
...and I doubt you'll be able to get an extended warranty on a 9 YO used car that'll be any good.
#3060 of 3162 Nissan Maintanance Plus
Dec 31, 2011 (11:14 pm)
I bought a brand new Nissan Altima 2012. While purchasing the car, the finance guy offered me the "Nissan Maintenance Plus" Package, which covers all the regular maintenance, oil changes, filter replacement, tire rotations, 30/60k service, etc. The price for this package was 1895+tax. It covers these factory-suggested maintenance for 5 years/75000 miles.
Is it worth it?
Nissan suggest's an oil & filter change every 3750 miles. So in 75000 miles, it's 20 oil/filter changes. Generally, each oil change is around $35 at non-dealerships, so thats $700.
Tire rotations are required once every 7500 miles. So 10 times. Each tire ration is around $15 at non-dealerships - so that's $150.
There is an "intermediate service" required at 15k, 45k, and 75k miles. The dealership cost for this is $289, so I am assuming most non-dealerships will do it for around $200.. so $600 for that.
30k/60k servicing is generally the most expensive. Dealership charges $660, but from my experience, it is $400 at non-dealerships. So $800 for that.
So, if I do all this maintenance myself, I expect to pay 700+150+600+800 = 2250.. so this seems like a good deal, right?
I have time before reaching 3750 miles to add/buy this package.. so what do people suggest?
#3061 of 3162 Re: Nissan Maintanance Plus [walletless]
Jan 01, 2012 (10:38 am)
I wouldn't, even if your math is correct you may not be able to have the dealer do all these things. And you say 'Nissan suggets an oil&filter every 3750 miles'. Really? That's in the factory manual? Or is that in a dealer-supplied 'manual'? I'd be surprised if normal service required oil changes more often than 5000 or 7500 miles.
#3062 of 3162 Nissan Altima 2012 oil change intervalRe: Nissan Maintanance Plus [texases]
Jan 01, 2012 (11:13 am)
From the Nissan 'Service & Maintenance Guide (PDF, 732K) '
on their web site...
SCHEDULE 1 (more severe operating
conditions), every 3,750 miles or 3
months, whichever comes first
Use Schedule 1 if you primarily operate your
vehicle under any of these conditions:
● Repeated short trips of less than 5 miles in
normal temperatures or less than 10 miles in
● Stop-and-go traffic in hot weather or low
speed driving for long distances
● Driving in dusty conditions or on rough,
muddy, or salt-spread roads
● Towing a trailer, or using a camper or car-top
SCHEDULE 2 (less severe operating
conditions), every 7,500 miles or 6
months, whichever comes first.
Schedule 2 features 7,500-mile service inter-
vals; with Schedule 2 fewer maintenance items
are regularly checked or replaced than with
Generally, Schedule 2 applies only to highway
driving in temperate conditions. Use Schedule
2 only if you primarily operate your vehicle un-
der conditions other than those listed in
#3063 of 3162 Re: Nissan Altima 2012 oil change intervalRe: Nissan Maintanance Plus [rayainsw]
Jan 01, 2012 (5:03 pm)
Thanks for the reply.
Yes, 3750 miles schedule is recommended in the Nissan Owners guide. I fall in the severe category because I will have repeated trips of <5 miles in normal temperature. One problem is that it will take me MUCH longer to reach 3750 miles than 3 months (I expect to reach that many miles in 8-10 months since this is my 2nd car that I do not use for daily commute to/from work). Also, this is honored across nation at all Nissan dealerships with the exception of Alaska. They do have three different "levels" of service though - Gold, Silver, Bronze (http://www.nissanusa.com/content/dam/nissan/pdf/extended-service-plan/Maintenan- cePlus.pdf). The price above is for the Gold level. I need to call and inquire about the pricing of other 2.. Since all Nissan dealerships honor this, I think it might be useful if I keep the car for 5 years (which I think I will).. Initially I was concerned primarily because I thought it was tied to the dealership, and I was not sure if I will stay close to the dealership for the next 5 years.
#3064 of 3162 Re: Nissan Altima 2012 oil change intervalRe: Nissan Maintanance Plus [walletless]
Jan 01, 2012 (6:19 pm)
Wow, Nissan is far more aggressive with their oil change requirements, that 3 months is just nuts. While I'd be sure you could go 6 months no problem, it is a warranty issue, so I guess you'll have to follow it.
Nissan seems to have institutionalized high service revenue...most others do it with a dealer 'service recommendations' list that exceeds the owners manual requirements.
#3065 of 3162 Re: Nissan Altima 2012 oil change intervalRe: Nissan Maintanance Plus [texases]
Jan 02, 2012 (11:48 am)
They do have separate maintenance+ plan for the 7500mile interval too, but I have not checked on price for that.
One question - are these generally negotiable? If so, I can do some math and try and see if they are willing to add it below a certain price point..