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#7 of 25 Best place to service honda/acura vehicles?
Feb 13, 2007 (5:13 pm)
Is it best to take the vehicles to the dealerships? Is anybody familiar with pro honda/acura repair facilities?
#8 of 25 Re: Best place to service honda/acura vehicles? [jamodi83]
Feb 17, 2007 (10:04 am)
In my experience the great deals supposedly to be had from independent shops and franchise repair shops don't really exist.
The non-dealer shops know what the dealer charges, and will sometimes be a few dollars cheaper to get your business. But, they will likely use cheap, remanufactured and/or non-Honda parts. I made this mistake on an Accord exhaust system and still regret not spending the extra few dollars on the genuine honda parts at the dealer.
You really need to price shop for a specific repair to see if there is a difference in price and then decide- and I have been surprised many times to see the dealer come in the same or less expensive than the local foreign car mechanic/guru.
The dealer has the right tools, the service bulletins, and a level of accountability the others don't have. Compare prices, but I'd give the edge to the dealer.
#9 of 25 The Right Mechanic
Feb 18, 2007 (9:18 am)
I think if you find the right mechanic who knows his stuff, that should also work. We've got a great Japanese mechanic really close to the house who knows his stuff and my guy within walking distance of my installation is tops. Also have used the dealer too. Been happy with both choices. Do your homework and choose wisely.
#10 of 25 I trust my local mechanic
Feb 19, 2007 (5:22 pm)
If you can find a good mechanic to service your Honda or Acura, I would go with them. They are considerably cheaper in my past experiences and really know what they are talking about. This is of course a biased opinion though, since I had a horrible experience recently with my local dealer, basically "guessing" with the cooling system problem I had with my car and spending my money on unnecessary repairs. (see the Honda Civic climate control system board). I took it to my mechanic and he did an excellent job diagnosing the problem for the first time, and did a head gasket, water pump, and timing belt for about $600. Called the dealer annoymously out of curiosity to see what they would charge for the same job and they wanted just over $1000. I am currently fighting the dealer for my money back for the unnecessary work they did. Like sandman46 said, just do your homework before taking it anywhere. Independent mechanics can turn out to be bogus too. Good Luck.
#11 of 25 Re: Best place to service honda/acura vehicles? [jamodi83]
Feb 25, 2007 (5:39 am)
I use a private repair facility that only works on honda/acura. They do the work on my civic and my CL-s. I have only good things to say about them.
As far as dealer repair shops go, I have been buying new cars for twenty years and will not go back to a dealer unless there is no alternative. They are overpriced, overcrowded, push unnecessary work, and are no better (and often worse) at diagnosing and fixing problems than an independent. my worst car repair experiences have been with dealerships.
with that said, I don't wander into any old shop. I do my homework first...
#12 of 25 Honda Service
Apr 08, 2007 (1:38 am)
Wow! My local honda dealer service manager is very bad indeed. I would expect these underhanded tactics from a fly by night dealer. This is an excellent car however............ I have to drive 80 miles to another dealer to get service. I've had 7 new honda cars. My next one will not be a Honda. It is interesting that I bought my first car because of the good service reputation. (1989)
#13 of 25 keyless remote door locks
Apr 17, 2007 (9:14 pm)
i have an 2001 honda civic ex,the keyless remote when hit clicks but dose not lock or unlocks the doors,the dealer ship wants alot to find the problem,dose anyone have any ideal or have the same problem
#14 of 25 Re: keyless remote door locks [jgrady]
Apr 18, 2007 (3:14 am)
I am assuming that the batteries are fine so the only other possibility could be a short somewhere. Now if you're handy, that shouldn't be too hard & if you are not, time for a new- one. In fact I know that it may not be easy but go for a new car all together.
May 03, 2007 (12:00 am)
Does anyone know what's the best place to get my brakes fixed??? I have a 2006 honda civic.