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What does the dealer do for your cars 35k mile tune up?

Asked by wgallios (1768points) September 29th, 2010

I have to take my car in for its 35,000 mile tune up. However these tune ups run around $500. I was wondering, other than obviously changing oil, and perhaps checking fluid and brakes, what else are they really doing that costs $500? Some B.S. 30 point check?

I recently just had 4 brand new tires put on the car, which were balanced and aligned, so I’m more than sure I don’t need a tire rotation or alignment yet. But I really don’t want to pay $500 for them to just say “by the way, you probably need new brakes”.

So if anyone could please provide me with some basic insight to what this 35k mile tune up is really for, that would be great! =D

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jca's avatar

i don’t do those “maintenance schedule” things – they are a lot of checks that you get anyway when you pay for an oil change. You pay a lot for those checks. I have had several new cars and although i like doing service at the dealer, at least when the car is fairly new, i don’t do those maintenance things. I just keep the oil changed regularly (by the dealer) and when it needs something else believe me they tell you. As part of the oil change they check a whole lot of stuff, like tires, brakes, etc. Every ten thousand miles or so you should get the tires rotated, other than that, you should be good.

john65pennington's avatar

If you have your cars manual, it will tell you what to expect at 35,000 miles.

My car has 257,000 miles on it and i would drive it to California in a heartbeat.

“You take care of your car and your car will take care of you”. it’s true.

jaytkay's avatar

@john65pennington is right. Read the manual. If you do not have it, download it from the car company’s web site.

Don’t trust the shop. Typically, my dealer will give me a $500 list of procedures as “the XX,000 mile tuneup”. The manual is very specific and usually recommends about ½ those services.

wgallios's avatar

Ya I will definitely consult my manual tonight, I still have it, and if its just checking fluids, replacing filters, and checking somethings like tie rods, I can do that all myself and would rather not pay them $500 to do that.

marinelife's avatar

What kind of car do you have? I would think you could look up the 35,000 mile maintenance on the Web.

wgallios's avatar

2007 Volkswagen GTI

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