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#3060 of 3172 Nissan Maintanance Plus
Dec 31, 2011 (10:14 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 3172 Re: Nissan Maintanance Plus [walletless]
Jan 01, 2012 (9:38 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 3172 Nissan Altima 2012 oil change intervalRe: Nissan Maintanance Plus [texases]
Jan 01, 2012 (10:13 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 3172 Re: Nissan Altima 2012 oil change intervalRe: Nissan Maintanance Plus [rayainsw]
Jan 01, 2012 (4:03 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 3172 Re: Nissan Altima 2012 oil change intervalRe: Nissan Maintanance Plus [walletless]
Jan 01, 2012 (5:19 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 3172 Re: Nissan Altima 2012 oil change intervalRe: Nissan Maintanance Plus [texases]
Jan 02, 2012 (10:48 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..
#3066 of 3172 Re: Nissan Maintanance Plus [walletless]
Jan 02, 2012 (11:15 am)
In 5 years will you drive 75,000 miles in 5 years? You gonna buy your next set of tires at expensive dealership? Many of the dealership recommended services i.e cleaning of fuel system, early trans fluid and coolant flushes...arent listed in manual.
Have you checked around other Nissan dealerships? I can routinely get my oil changed for $19.99 at my Mazda dealership.
I think you'd probably end up spending more going with the Nissan "minus" plan.
#3067 of 3172 Re: Nissan Maintanance Plus [jipster]
Jan 02, 2012 (4:08 pm)
I *definitely* will not drive 75k miles in 5 years. My average is likely going to be closer to 5k per year..
BUT, the manual recommends oil change every 3750 (or 7500) miles / 3 months (or 6 months) - whichever comes earlier.. so regardless of how many miles I drive, it seems that the manual recommends an oil change every 3 months.
I will call and check for oil change specials at other dealerships around to see how much they charge. I doubt there is a $20 special anywhere nearby unless I manage to haggle my way to that price..
#3068 of 3172 Re: Nissan Maintanance Plus [walletless]
Jan 02, 2012 (8:09 pm)
I pinged 3 dealerships nearby. Cheapest oil change is $24.95. 30/60 service is in line with retail price. Intermediate service just covers some inspection, which could be done at any other dealer as long as there is an itemized receipt as proof that the inspection was done. Tire rotation can also be done anywhere, and typically costs $10 at a nearby tire place.
So yes, the M+ plan does not seem worth it anymore.
#3069 of 3172 Re: Nissan Maintanance Plus [walletless]
Jan 05, 2012 (10:35 am)
O.k, with fewer miles, you'll need fewer tire rotations. A lot of the inspection stuff they do will be done during oil changes. If they have an oil chane only package, may be worth a look
You have a CVT transmission? No transmission fluid flushes. How you like that CVT transmission by the way?
Really like the looks of the Altima.
Would like to buy one myself. Congragts.