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It’s funny because I don’t even find the cost to be that high. It surprises me that people balk at $800 for tires or $1,000 for a timing belt. It’s just part of owning a car. I guess that’s why leasing is so attractive to a lot of people.
It's not only the magnitude of the expense, but also the prospect of keeping the existing vehicle for another 7-years/105K-miles in order to recoup the full value of that expense that many seem to find off-putting.
 

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In an instant. all of your fluid recommendations have become suspect and the illusion of you being an ace mechanic has been shattered.
I've never told anyone to ever use anything in their Honda transfer case and differential but Genuine Honda Fluids.
In my opinion, being an ace mechanicing is keeping my vehicle out of the service dept of a dealership. Right now, I'm acing it.
Do you do your own oil changes?
 

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In my opinion, being an ace mechanicing is keeping my vehicle out of the service dept of a dealership. Right now, I'm acing it.
What is your objection to having a vehicle serviced by a dealer?

Do you do your own oil changes?
I stopped doing an oil change back in the previous century.
Now I have it done by the dealer about once a year.
 
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