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  #1911704 1-Dec-2017 14:33
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Same time as the cam belts on a early 2000's Camry. I believe is was about 90 or 100,000Km's. It was a major (and expensive) factory service as there was a bunch of big things scheduled, but it made the car run like new again, and it was surprising how many noises disappeared and horse power reappeared. You don't notice the deterioration when it happens slowly.

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  #1912031 2-Dec-2017 17:45
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I suppose I am out of the loop, I have a family member who is a mechanic and able to get me parts for wholesale. I have no clue what people actually pay for oil and filters when paying retail. $150 for oil is a complete joke though, you are being ripped off by a retailer and should shop around. $30 for a filter is also at least 100% more than you should be paying too.



That does depend heavily on the vehicle. Oil capacities have been gradually increasing (6L is not uncommon now, when 20 years ago a 4L oil pack would have some left over) and the demands on the oil right along with them (increased service intervals, higher power output etc). Filter capacities had to follow so they have much more filtering surface area than they used to. Sure, if it was an '94 Corolla you'd probably be getting swindled paying $150+$30.



Not all of us use the cheapest mineral oil.


HAHA... My oil capacity  is 8.5L. And it's a cartridge type filter.


I paid $102AUD for 10L Penrite HPR 5.


Normal price:




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  #1912062 2-Dec-2017 18:49
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I don’t really see what the drama is in this whole thread. I have a number of late model cars which are still under factory warranty and quite happy to pay circa 500 - 600 for servicing once a year. Could I do it myself sure but for all the faffing around bugger it - my time is more valuable. Plus if there are any issues under warranty it’s harder to dispute the maintenance aspect. Also harder for me to read error codes etc. and I expect proactive maintenance.

I also have a couple of muscle cars which I rarely use (but love). I “Service” these myself because I enjoy it and these are my babies.

As many have said OP needs to set and agree expectations with service provider and if not happy do it yourself or find another workshop.

For the record most mechanics I have come across are good guys and genuine people.

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  #1913240 5-Dec-2017 12:01
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If your service doesnt include EVERYTHING the car manufacturer recommends at that mileage, is the garage going to make itself
liable for any possible issues .
If they dont drain & replace brake fluid .. liable if there is a vapor lock etc
If they dont check/test batt , complaints if the batt wont start they car 2 months later .

What is a service?
I would expect sparkplugs, engine tune, check for car comp error codes , visual inspection , check brake pad wear , drain replace
brake fluids, perhaps pressure test on cooling system ?, the list goes on. Wont be cheap.


Sometimes they actually dont do enough.
I had a CV replaced. They didnt bother to tel me the boot on the other side needs replacing . So thats another 1/2 day I have
to arrange to be without the car that I need to get to work.









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