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Today i went to my local honda dealer to have an oil change. This is the first one for me since i bought the car 3 months ago, after about 2500 miles. So they tell me they only use regular oil, when the previous dealer used a synthetic blend. Well the i go to Target and buy 5 quarts of Penzoil 5w-40 synthetic blend, go back and give it to them, and after 90 minutes my car is done. The freaking total was 30 bucks (15 for the filter!!!) and i spend 10 on the oil. HOLY CRAP! Is 15 bucks the normal cost for an acura filter? They told me they tried using one at first and it didnt fit.... Also, they are telling me it will probably cost 300+ for my tranny mount to be replaced.... are these normal prices or should i just go get my stuff fixed at Acura instead of Honda?
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Sounds like a JACK move... "Brace Yo self FOOL!!!" I don't trust dealers at all. If I can avoid them, I do. I always feel like everything could be working just fine, until I go to a dealer and then all of a sudden, something ain't right... JACKED!!!
 

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It costs me $7/litre for my synthetic. about $18 for an OEM filter, then the labour to put it on . So usually around $70.... CDN that is, so about $45 US. Your price sounds about right.... you get what you pay for.
 

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I used to get oil changes at my dealer for $21 using Valvoline 5W-30 and Acura filter on my 94 Legend coupe...that was in MI. In Atlanta I had my NSX oil changed for $23. So, I would say they were screwing you royally. They obviously don't want your business on any long term basis. These are the type that are very short sighted with regard to value and customer service....there are too many other options to put up with that crap. Find a good quick change shop....there is no real magic in the Honda oil filter...especially if you change your oil frequently. I just buy AC or Purolator...or go to Walmart (they use Fram with the overpressure valve inside...about $22-23 in Lenoir City, TN)
 

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First of all, dealership service departments suck nut at any and all service work. They over price you on parts and labor, and they don't give a sh!t about you coming in off the street to get your discontinued car serviced. They have plenty of brand new cars with warranty work to deal with.

Take it to a honda/acura specialist. They have better prices, service, and attitudes. They want to keep your business. They don't usually deal in new cars and are not connected to a dealership and its sales, their business is based on word of mouth and quality service.

As for the oil change, my changes always run around $25 for everything, and get done in less than half an hour. I have been to 3 acura/honda specialists around here and they are all similar. The tranny mount price is crap. I think I got mine done for well under 2 bills. I am not sure of the price, I would have to look, but it sure as hell wasn't anything close to the load of garbage they quoted you. My fu cking 90K service was a little more than that price.

Trust me, specialists are much better. Find a few close to you, and go to each one once for service and see which one you like better.
 

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Wow thats a lot of $$$ for an oil change.
My local Acura dealer charges about $21 for the oil change and gives me a free carwash, shine my tires and vacuum the inside:D :p :D
 

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Ya i hear ya infinite!
The thing is, they were really polite and all that, and when i got my car back it was f'ing clean as hell. It wasnt worth the damn money for the oil change tho. I go to the honda dealer b/c the head guy in the service department previously worked for acura for like 15 years and knows all about the legends. But 300+ for a tranny mount???!! I dont think so.... Im driving 3000 miles in the next 3 weeks (road trip) would i be safe not having it replaced? Aside from an occasional hard downshift, the mount doesnt seem to be a critical thing to have changed right away...
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Yes this is the correct price.
Here in Dallas,TX all the honda dealers charge anywhere from $42-$52 for an oil change for an Acura Legend.

However if you go down the street to the Acura dealer you can get the same done with better treatment for $26.50 which includes the wash and vacuum.

They both screw you, one is just worse than the other.

-Black
 

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Ya i hear ya infinite!
The thing is, they were really polite and all that, and when i got my car back it was f'ing clean as hell. It wasnt worth the damn money for the oil change tho. I go to the honda dealer b/c the head guy in the service department previously worked for acura for like 15 years and knows all about the legends. But 300+ for a tranny mount???!! I dont think so.... Im driving 3000 miles in the next 3 weeks (road trip) would i be safe not having it replaced? Aside from an occasional hard downshift, the mount doesnt seem to be a critical thing to have changed right away...
please advise....
MD
Honestly, if you are getting harsh shifts I would get it dealt with before your road trip. If you were just doing your normal everyday driving it wouldn't be a big deal, but since you are going to do so much driving and going out of state, I would assume, it is best you get your car into top notch condition.

As for the head service guy having so much experience, well most honda/acura specialist places are run by ex- dealership techs who have started out on their own and have many years experience.

And you can get your car clean as hell yourself. ;) I would only trust myself to cleaning my car anyways as I use the cleaners, sponges, drying towels, and all other such things that I want to use and that I feel should be used on my car. Never trust anyone else to mess with your car's finish. ;)
 

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I have never taken my car to a dealership for service, luckily I was blessed with a little bit of mechanical inclination and I know alot of professionla mechanics that help me out.... I would say that sounds kinda steep for an oil change but hey if you aren't happy with the prices other people charge for the job just learn how to do it yourself.... changin your oil is a piece of cake..

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thats what I was going to say...

OEM filter is 12.95 @ the local dealer.

Why not do it yourself?
$20-$25 and (20 minutes tops) of your time

I take slightl longer (i.e. 25 minutes) because I have to really jack up my car and make sure its secure (very low in the front)

at least I KNOW its done right
 

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Rear Trans Mount

For all of you out there that need a rear trans mount - allow me to share this with you.

While at the dealer I was behind a guy who came in specifically for his rear trans mount on a 91 L 4dr and I watched the services guys. From the time it took for them to lift the car to actually removing the rear trans mount - must have been 15 minutes TOPS.

This was such an easy thing to do that I did it myself with the assistance of the HELM. But I was motivated by the ease of the mechanic.

I removed the rubber mounts at the rear of the cat
removed the sprung bolts at the front of the cat that connect the cat to the Y pipe and let the cat hang
removed 4 small bolts holding the heat shield in

and had instant acess to the rear trans mount.

FYI, you do not need to support the trans to remove the rear mount.

Anyways, Karen Radley did charge him 3 and some change.

KNLNGUS
 
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