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Old 07-03-2009, 10:10 PM   #31
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Last time I didn't do it myself the lunkheads cross threaded the plug and stripped the threads. $6 for an oversized plug, and I'll do it myself from now on, thanks. And that was at a dealer shop!

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Old 07-04-2009, 01:18 AM   #32
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I bought my car over 6 years ago and have put synthetic in it ever since. At some point, I figured out that it cost me X amount of dollars to change it myself, for less than 10 more, I can have my mechanic do it - and he checks over the car, tops off the coolant and wiper fluid, and rotates the tires. Where this has helped me is that I know when things are coming due for maintenance and I can start putting money to the side for the expensive stuff. For example, when my timing belt started looking bad, he told me I had an easy 10k miles before I really had to worry. Three months later I had the 350 he was asking to do it, well less than the miles he recommended. But I believe I'm lucky that I have a good mechanic who is honest and will always take the time to talk to his customers.

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Old 07-06-2009, 03:24 PM   #33
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I bought my car over 6 years ago and have put synthetic in it ever since. At some point, I figured out that it cost me X amount of dollars to change it myself, for less than 10 more, I can have my mechanic do it - and he checks over the car, tops off the coolant and wiper fluid, and rotates the tires. Where this has helped me is that I know when things are coming due for maintenance and I can start putting money to the side for the expensive stuff. For example, when my timing belt started looking bad, he told me I had an easy 10k miles before I really had to worry. Three months later I had the 350 he was asking to do it, well less than the miles he recommended. But I believe I'm lucky that I have a good mechanic who is honest and will always take the time to talk to his customers.
My mechanic is the same way. He will tall you how long you can go before you absolutely have to replace something.
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