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So who out there does their oil changes and regular maintenance themselves? Because honestly, $130 service each time is a bust! I went to autozone the other day to get some engine bay cleaner and I saw a special for Mobil 1 full synthetic oil change package for only $35?!?!?!?...I mean, I've looked at the servicing schedual on the car and 90% of it is "checking" things and topping of liquids. So I figured pricing...oil and filter $35, washer fluid at 1gal $2, "checking" my p/s fluid and coolent and air pressure.....FREE, and since I have a k&n I'm not replacing my engine airfilter. also the iaqs filter I can get off ipd for $15. then as far as tire rotation, those are free for life of my tires from sears. So at all end the most I pay is what, $39 and a few hours on a Saturday? And I replace the iaqs every other schedualed service correct? Well let me know...I don't like the thought of paying for NOTHING. lol
 

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I pay to have my oil changed on my personal cars I change the oil on cars I buy fix sell.<p> - I HATE CHANGING MY OIL ITS A FREAKING WASTE OF MY TIME <br>/rant<p>But I do everthing else . <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>But I do go to the dealer for my oil changes since most are free due to the amount of cars that I go through I get a free oil change each year for each one so that adds up quickly <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I get them inspected at the dealer before I sell them so theres a record and free oil change for it next year <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>working the system man working the system <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Plus it think its fun for the techs to see a non stock volvo once in a great while <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>
 

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Re: So who does their "serviceing" themselves rather than the dealership? (Max Wells)

Now that the car is out of warranty, I am starting to do things myself, provided I don't need specialized equipment. Things like spark plugs, engine mounts, end links, cabin filters etc...not a problem if you're decently handy. I just did my own 60K service (a big ticket item as far as I recall) and I only forked out for the oil change. <p>Oil change from what I understand is pretty straighforward, but my indie to this point has charged so little that for the hassle of taking the used oil to the county disposal center it's easier to have him do it (I just bring my own Mobil 1). However, I'm considering doing that myself now too...some local retailers have started to offer to take the old oil in, so may be less of a hassle soon <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"><p>BTW, the help from the SS community is the best. For all the griping some folks have about SS, the assistance from the virtual mechanics on this forum is first rate.<p>
 

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Re: So who does their "serviceing" themselves rather than the dealership? (icebiker)

My '06 has just about 42,000 miles on it. I've done all the service on my own and have had no problems with the car. Only had to have it in for some warranty work (some minor trim issues) a couple times. It's been a great car so far. All that "required" service is great for people that know absolutely nothing about cars, but overall just makes the dealers a $hitload of $$$$$$$$.
 

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I have always done all my own work. I was disappointed years ago when my C70 had a idle / stalling problem. I was able to diagnose that it was the throttle body and replace it. The kick was that I had to tow the car to the dealer to have them download the software to allow the new piece to work properly! This was the only time I have ever had to pay someone to "work" on my car. BTW, this was before Volvo aknowledged the problem with the throttle bodies. A couple years later, Volvo paid me for the part and my labour. My wife has a 2003 XC that we purchased new. All the work has been done by me. I have all the receipts. Volvo assured me there would be no warranty issue if I do my own work.
 

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I used Volvo Dealerships for every scheduled maintenance check up until now. I am at 51,500 and I am doing everything myself. I am slowly putting everything together, got the fluid pump today. I can't afford to have the dealership do nothing for $200.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>dave_n_ruth</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I used Volvo Dealerships for every scheduled maintenance check up until now. I am at 51,500 and I am doing everything myself. I am slowly putting everything together, got the fluid pump today. I can't afford to have the dealership do nothing for $200. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Fluid pump?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>kmagnuss</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I don't allow anyone to touch my cars. I'd rather you nail my sister than get under the hood of one of my cars.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>LOL
 

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For doing the 6MT (M66) fluid, bevel gear, and rear differential fluids. Fill hose is like 24" long from the hand pump. Second hose goes to the fluid being pumped in.
 

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I do everything but warranty work and alignment myself. If anything is broken and its under warranty I drive it to the dealer and let them do warranty work. I also have a shop or dealer do my alignments.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>kmagnuss</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I don't allow anyone to touch my cars. I'd rather you nail my sister than get under the hood of one of my cars.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>^^^^ hahahah<p>And ya as alot of u said, i also get my warranty work done at the dealership, only because its FREE lol. But as far as paying my dealer to do things for me, they tend to add a greasy handprint "here there and everyware" inside my car...i didnt know that was a part of the $110 a hour they charge for labor? But get this, my dealer charges $14.95 per quart of full synthetic oil? Umm a 2 minute drive down the road i cut that well below half, and get a quart of mobil 1 for a subtle $6.50. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>kmagnuss</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I don't allow anyone to touch my cars. I'd rather you nail my sister than get under the hood of one of my cars.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>+1. Except that I don't have a sister. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> You could still nail his sister, though. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Thanks to this site and VS, I learned enough about my former S70 to be pretty much mechanic/dealer-free for most things. I've leveraged that knowledge into my SR and the gf's V70.<p>The tool investment can be $$$$, but it's worth not having to trust someone else to maybe fix it right the first time.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>TarP</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Thanks to this site and VS, I learned enough about my former S70 to be pretty much mechanic/dealer-free for most things. I've leveraged that knowledge into my SR and the gf's V70.<p>The tool investment can be $$$$, but it's worth not having to trust someone else to maybe fix it right the first time.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Well Said! Tools are a hell of alot cheaper than the labor the volvo dealerships charge. Ive found that pawnshops have amazing deals..i was hesitent so go to one, but once i found that i can get almost 85% off craftsmen tools....well, i wasa sold lol.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>kmagnuss</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I don't allow anyone to touch my cars. I'd rather you nail my sister than get under the hood of one of my cars.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I respectfully ask for pictures of your sister. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Just kidding.<p>But I've done all my work except for the warranty clutch/slave cyl/angle gear job.
 

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I wish I could find someone with a 4 post lift to rent nearby. having a sports kit makes getting the car up on blocks a little difficult.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Max Wells</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Well Said! Tools are a hell of alot cheaper than the labor the volvo dealerships charge. Ive found that pawnshops have amazing deals..i was hesitent so go to one, but once i found that i can get almost 85% off craftsmen tools....well, i wasa sold lol.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Exactly. I love any opportunity to buy a new tool.<br>And I too just found out about pawn shops' great deals on tools. A couple days ago I bought a Ingersoll Rand 500 ft/lbs impact gun for $25!!! I was about to buy a new one for over $200. Hell yeah. Now my 200 ft/lbs (more like 150 ft/lbs) craftsman goes to the back of the shelf.
 

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I need to go buy a F'ing shed for all my tools. Stupid town house with under stair storage is pathetic. I pile up everything and can never get anything I need without pulling it all out. I guess it happens when you start purchasing every tool you ever find yourself needing. How many pickle forks do you really need???
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>dave_n_ruth</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I need to go buy a F'ing shed for all my tools. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>lol.<p>Reminds me of the old Iowa farmer joke. Said the farmer with a big beer gut, "if you have good tool (implement), you need to have a shed over it..."
 

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Re: So who does their "serviceing" themselves rather than the dealership? (Max Wells)

I'm a DIY <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> (I service the R and 2.4T since the start).<br>not because I'm cheap, but because I don't feel myself too good to get dirty (started my job-career as a volvo-tech) and I like doing that stuff.<br>brakes, oil, filters, belts, plugs,... are imho DIY things ... service-items are easy on a Volvo <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>EDIT: I use oem-parts but Shell Helix Ultra 5W-40 oil ... no castrol crap for my girls.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by JARMO at 7:50 PM 8-23-2009</i>
 
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