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Acura TSX, Oil, Sedan
#71 of 98 Re: Dealer maintenance plans [rock_on_ku]
Nov 25, 2006 (4:41 am)
I just purchased my 06 TSX a couple of days ago and also purchased the same maintenance plan as you (except mine was $863 - grrr). Then I read these posts and am wondering about the oil change intervals since I haven't seen the manual yet (don't pick up the car until later today).
I think my 5k services worked out to be $35 which is a little high but not too bad since it is oil change, tire rotation and car wash.
Curious - did you try to return yours or if you kept it, have you found it worthwhile?
#72 of 98 Re: Dealer maintenance plans [rock_on_ku]
Nov 25, 2006 (10:04 am)
It depends on your how mechanically inclined/motivated you are. If you know your way around your car (engine bay and underside) and you have a floor jack and some basic tools, then services like fluid changes are quick and easy.
Last weekend, I performed the 45,000 mile service and replaced the front brake pads on my Volvo V70. Total cost was about $80 and 2 hours of my time ($37 for brake pads, $36 for six quarts of Mobil 1 synthetic, and $6 for an oil filter).
I also changed the transmission oil on my BMW M3 just before Halloween. $18 for two quarts of Redline MTL synthetic transmission fluid and one hour in my driveway.
Visual inspection of fluid levels (brake, power steering, washer fluid, etc) and condition/security of belts and hoses are all that remain for these scheduled services. I perform them while the fluids are draining and/or before the test drive.
Doing your own service also gives you an opportunity to inspect the underside of your car for any problems (suspension components, exhaust system, CV boots, etc).
Call your local dealer service department or purchase a factory service manual to get fluid capacities and torque specifications.
#73 of 98 Re: Dealer maintenance plans [fedlawman]
Nov 26, 2006 (7:11 am)
I concur with the above advice - working on your car gives you a better appreciation of its condition.
It all depends on your inclination and the subjective issue of what your time is worth. Is working on your car 3 hrs/ yr (+parts) for 3 - 4 years worth more than $800?
#74 of 98 Oil Type Best For 2004 TSX
Feb 01, 2007 (2:05 pm)
Any suggestions on which brand and type of engine oil is best use for the Acura TSX?
#75 of 98 Re: Oil Type Best For 2004 TSX 
Feb 01, 2007 (4:59 pm)
That's a tough question that really depends on you.
Do you change your own oil or have a shop do it for you? Are you anal about changing the oil every 3000 or can you go longer? Are you concerned about the price of an oil change?
My cars get full synthetic (Mobil 1) oil every 5000 miles. Synthetics are good for probably twice that interval, but I like to be safe and I like nice round numbers. I use 0W-40 weight all year round, but your climate may dictate different viscosities depending on time of year and temperature swings.
If you don't want to pay for synthetic, I also like Castrol GTX (it's about 1/2 the price of Mobil 1). Even with dino oil, todays engines can go 5000 miles between changes - so that's what I would do.
I always use a factory oil filter. Take the time to go to the parts counter and buy 2 or 3 (and buy a couple of new drain plug washers while you're there). If you do go to a quick lube place, then bring your own oil, filter, and washer and hover over the tech to make sure they do the job right. Make sure they change the washer and don't let them overtorque the drain plug when they reinstall it.
I change the oil and filter myself because I don't trust others to do it (unless I'm standing right there watching). I also like to do it myself because I use this time to thoroughly inspect the undercarriage/engine compartment for other routine issues (belts, fluid levels, suspension bushings, tires, brake pads, leaks, etc.). I visually examine my cars inside and out probably once a month, but during oil changes, I actually look, touch, pull, shake, wiggle, and poke pretty much everything.
Well, that's my advice, for what it's worth.
#76 of 98 Re: Oil Type Best For 2004 TSX [fedlawman]
Feb 02, 2007 (2:36 pm)
Thank you for providing the information that I need. Your comment is very helpful.
#77 of 98 1st Oil Change!!!
Feb 27, 2007 (11:01 am)
After 7 months owning my 06 TSX it's time to go in for an oil change (2950 miles). I've heard how dealers rip you off, can I go to some neighborhood car place or do you recommend taking it to the dealer for service?
#78 of 98 Re: 1st Oil Change!!! [del3]
Feb 27, 2007 (11:34 am)
oil changes are not that more expensive at the dealer. If something needs to fixed under warranty, if it is a good dealer will let you know. My tsx is almost 4 months old, the oil life is at 15%. My friend, is a acura service manager, told me to get my oil changed when it gets to 10%. that should be at about 7,500 miles. I am almost there. Thanks to knowing someone, my oil changes are free. Even when I did not know anyone almost all the cars I bought had the 1st oil change free.
#79 of 98 Re: 1st Oil Change!!! [del3]
Feb 27, 2007 (11:35 am)
If you have an independent shop you trust, there's no reason at all you can't have them change out your oil.
#80 of 98 Thanks for the info on oil change!
Feb 27, 2007 (8:50 pm)
For the longest time nobody posted here, now I have company.