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Posted by marco on March 18, 2008, 2:00 pm
 
It is time for our 60,000 mile service. Is there anything Prius-
specific about this that we couldn't do at a local non-dealer shop?
I'm sure they can do the standard oil changes and filter changes just
fine, but is there any reason we should go to the dealer and pay the
premium dealer prices?
--David

Posted by e on March 18, 2008, 4:39 pm
 
marco@loyola.edu wrote:

I have nearly all of the service on my 2004 since
delivery on Oct 1003 -- it went to the dealer for the
fixes announced by mail and was aligned there.

Chats with the local dealer's service manager - a friend
- suggest that there are no magic formulas, though a
periodic check with a scan tool is advisable to see if
there are any stored codes. I have a scan tool, so don't
even do that.

Posted by Mike Rosenberg on March 18, 2008, 9:32 pm
 

I go to my dealer because they provide tires for life and a 300K
warranty on the engine if I do.  Unless you have some incentive, there's
no reason for you to do it.  My dealership also charges competitive
prices on their services and provides a free loaner car for all the
major service intervals (15K multiples), so it's a win-win for me.

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Posted by e on March 19, 2008, 12:05 am
 Mike Rosenberg wrote:

That seems to be a fine dealer, though I am suspicious
of the "15k multiples". They probably recommend a 3k oil
change interval, too.

Nevertheless, the tires for life and free loaner seems
very good - if, as you say, the prices are competitive.

Where is that, Mike?

Posted by Mike Rosenberg on March 19, 2008, 11:40 am
 

I'm talking about the standard Toyota service intervals, with oil
changes every 5000 miles and additional maintenance at 15K, 30K, etc.


Lighthouse Toyota, St. Augustine, Florida.

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