Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Not a fan of the manual...
Forget those dealer packages... I'm with Neddy. "Checks" are a scam to over-represent labor and upsell.
I tend to be a bit anal, but this is what I do:
Plugs every 35K
Trans fluid every 25K
Fuel filter every 15K
Drain/Refill coolant every 50K (extended life)
Hoses every 60K
Oil changes every 3K (non-synthetic)
Brake inspections whenever I feel like actually bending over...
Times I've been stranded or hit with a big $ repair = 0
I know the manual recommends waiting a LOT longer on these, but I just don't agree with that. Plugs showed wear at 35,000 and I'll be danged if I'll let my transmission go 100K without new fluids. In my humble opinion, being generous with TLC on the critical systems/components is the only way to prevent big expensive repairs. That, and fluids are really cheap insurance on a car.
"You all know I take great pride in my title as Mr. Positive."