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30k "Big" Maintenance & Flushes
Asked this a few years ago, searched the forums and found that in general, most of you seem to agree that flushing isn't necessary (as long as you've done regular maintenance) and anytime they want to do a flush, it's better to do a drain and fill.
So, that being said, I was told by the dealer that the next time I bring my `09 Legacy in for maintenance, it's a "big one" - estimated at $575 plus tax.
At 30k, the dealer has this advertised:
-Oil Change with Premium Oil and Filter, Performance Oil Additive, Performance Fuel Injector Additive, Fuel System Cleaner Additive, Cooling System Service, Transmission Fluid Service, New Cabin and Engine Air Filter, Lubricate Propeller Shaft and all Locks and Hinges, Tire Rotation and Balance, and Battery Service, Multi-Point Inspection.
In addition, they recommend the following for $150 EACH:
-A/C and Heater Odor Eliminator, Performance Brake Fluid Exchange Service, Engine Oil Exchange Service, Power Steering Service, Front & Rear Differential Service, and Transfer Case Service.
-4-Wheel Alignment available for 89.95
Now, the reason I bring this up is because I checked my owner's manual, which says the following things need to happen at 30k: (I drive a PZEV model under the CA specifications)
Inspect Drive Belts, Inspect Camshaft Drive Belt, Replace Engine Oil and Filter, Inspect Fuel System, Lines, Connections, Replace Air Cleaner and Cabin Air Filter, Replace Spark Plugs, Inspect Differential Lubricants, Inspect Transmission Fluid, Replace Brake Fluid, Inspect Brake Pads, Lining, Drums, Axle Boots, Shaft Joints, Inspect Brake Lines and Parking Brake, Inspect Steering/Suspension, and Rotate/Inspect Tires.
Whoa. Quite a few things not listed in the dealer's package and quite a few things seem to be not necessary in the dealer's package, no?
So the differences are:
-Owner's Manual wants you to replace your spark plugs, just to inspect your F/R Diff & ATF, and to replace your brake fluid.
-Dealer wants to put in additives (which I don't get, anyway), Cooling System Service (which I'm not doing because I have the Super Coolant), and lubricate the prop shaft (which is probably preventative maintenance and I will have them do this even though the manual doesn't make note of it.)
So, can anyone help me make sense of this? I understand the dealer is trying to make as much money as possible with their "special" services, but why would they not mention the spark plugs? 30k seems quite.... fast... to change plugs. They didn't use platinum ones?
Pending the responses, when I do this service, I'll probably shoot for:
-Oil Change & Filter
-New Cabin & Air Filter (unless I decide I want to do this myself and save a few bucks, I've done this a bunch in my other car)
-Drain and Fill the brake fluid
-Inspect the Transmission Fluid and the Differential Fluid, and drain and fill if there's any discoloration
I imagine this'll cost around $250 unless I need the Trans & Diff drain and filled. Thoughts?
EDIT - I found the spark plugs my car uses: NGK FR5AP-11
After googling this quick, it seems like they are Laser Platinum spark plugs. They're relatively inexpensive (around $10-15 each online) but they're really only "platinum tipped" - wondering if I should just have them "upgrade" the plugs to something a little bit stronger.