10th Aug 2007, 13:54

12:23 I have nothing against wearing a suit and tie and having an office job. I was in management; oversaw the maintenance of a very nice 200 apartment complex, so I'm quite sure my job was at least as important. BUT, the unfortunate fact is, most garages tend to overcharge or be careless with two groups of people;

1. People who at least appear to have some money

2. Women

It's wrong, and it's unfortunate, but it's true.

So, my point is, knowing how to do simple maintenance of an investment as expensive as a vehicle is a smart move, and wearing a suit and tie does NOT mean that you are above that, or any more important than the mechanic changing your oil; and YES, sometimes doing things yourself will avoid problems that you automatically blame on the manufacturer, because you don't even know enough about the car to change your own motor oil, or at least are careless enough not to do it yourself.

13th Aug 2007, 10:16

The new car dealership where the car is purchased should not be an issue ever in deciding about oil changes. It certainly seems smart and proves on computer than minimum service was achieved. I am hesistant to do anything when a vehicle is under warranty... they cannot say it was not done. If sludging comes uop what can they say.. other than replace my engine?

10th Feb 2008, 18:26

I wanted to comment on the issue of allowing the dealership to perform all recommended maintenance, as this is a major question many people have and deals with what could become VERY expensive for the car owner. As a mechanic I enjoy performing all my own maintenance. However, I NEVER do any factory-recommended maintenance or modifications without first consulting with the service manager at the dealership where I bought the car if it is new and under warranty. Most domestic dealers are perfectly all right with you performing your own oil changes IF you keep a log and receipts for the oil and filter. On the other hand, some import dealers, such as Hyundai, are EXTREMELY picky and want you to do ALL your maintenance through them or you could lose your warranty.

I consulted with Ford about installing a cold-air induction system on my new Mustang and was told "Technically it won't void your warranty, but if you have problems related to that system we won't repair them." In other words, it really DOES void your warranty.

With all new domestics now coming with 100,000 mile warranties, manufacturers are becoming more strict about your servicing and maintenance. My advice to any buyer of a new car is to consult with your dealership's service department before doing ANYTHING to your vehicle. It could save you a LOT of headaches if something goes wrong.