View Full Version : Advice on 15,000 Mile service


zurri
May-10th-2006, 01:01 PM
My dealer said that i should get a 15,000 mile service done.
The charge is $321 dollars and it includes a long list of items. The Mazda 3 manual doesn't mention any thing really about getting serviced from dealerships so i want your advice.

Did any of you get a 15,000 mile service done? Do you think that paying $321 is too much for service at this point in the car's life ( 15,000 miles)?

Any help and comments is appreciated

macdaddyslomo
May-10th-2006, 04:04 PM
what's on the list

phals
May-10th-2006, 04:28 PM
15000 should just be be the basics, check everything, fluid levels and such, change oil and filter. I have no idea what would cost $321, for a 15k service.

Just as a precaution you may want to look into recalls on the car

t24u
May-13th-2006, 12:21 AM
I know when we do a 15k service, we flush the oil + use an additive, lube up all the locks/hinges, flush/bleed the brake system, flush the injectors, clean the intake system, intake valves, and throttle body. We also service the battery, add felt washers, and spray corrosion inhibitor on the battery posts. If their car is dirty we will wash it for them too. There may be a few other things that I am forgetting, oh yeah and usually the cabin air filter is replaced as well, if equiped.

So their service may be somewhat a little beyond your normal oil change/check everything over. They should be checking everything over anyways, every oil change. That's what the Full Circle report card is for, it shows what checks out, and what doesnt, and they are supposed to inspect it when it's in for anything (even a burnt out lightbulb), and everything warranty related.

As far as recalls go, they are supposed to check for recalls everytime your car is in for service. Also they are supposed to check the status on your warranty and emmisions sticker.

zurri
May-14th-2006, 02:25 PM
Hi everyone,

Thanks so much for responding. I didnt get a chance to reply earlier due to no access to the internet. I got a list of what the $321 15,000 mile service pays for:

Engine Tune-up
Oil and Filter Change
Check Electrical Charging System
Change Manual Transmission Fluid / Change Rear Differential Fluid
Pressue Test Cooling System and Check anti freeze
Inspect and adjust drive belts
inspect hoses and tighten clamps
check all fluid levels
inspect steering linkage
inspect ball joint and tie rods ends
inspect exhaust system
inspect emission control systems
rotate balance and adjust tire pressures
check and adjust brakes
check hydraulic braking system
tighten chassis nuts and bolts
road test

Is the 321 worth it in your opinion? I really appreciate any responses?

t24u
May-14th-2006, 04:13 PM
If they actually perform all that is listed, I would say that it's a decent deal. Assuming that you don't know how to check alot of these things yourself. Much of the service is inspections.

ceejay
May-25th-2006, 07:48 AM
I stay away from dealers as much as possible...routinely run my cars over 150,000 miles and have had very little trouble.

t24u
June-7th-2006, 04:43 AM
Yes, unfortunetely some dealerships have caused the rest to look bad.

mazdabel
July-2nd-2006, 02:17 PM
Not that dealerships look bad, it's just their "expertise" on specific makes causes their services to be simply over-priced.

StanBo
May-28th-2007, 11:17 AM
Could you have done most of the checks with a factory service manual and some friends?

crazypj
August-24th-2007, 09:58 AM
My dealer said that i should get a 15,000 mile service done.
The charge is $321 dollars and it includes a long list of items. The Mazda 3 manual doesn't mention any thing really about getting serviced from dealerships so i want your advice.

Did any of you get a 15,000 mile service done? Do you think that paying $321 is too much for service at this point in the car's life ( 15,000 miles)?

Any help and comments is appreciated

I think its too much.
Haven't been to dealer since 600 mile service on my B2300 pick up (except to get seat fixed under warranty, which is the reason I stopped going here- why bother when you have to fix it yourself anyway?))
Stopped taking Protege at about same time. They both get by just fine with oil and filter changes and I know enough to check everything else that needs checking. Got to do cam belt on wifes car soon as its got almost 80,000 miles on it from new.
PJ

rhino
August-25th-2007, 10:53 PM
Do not bother with a 15k service. I'm a toyota tech, and in my opinion, this service is not needed and is a huge waste of money. Ours cost $150 and I think they are a waste.

Looking at the list, here is what 99% of all techs would do.

test drive
top off washer fluid
Oil change
check the cabin and engine air filter
balance and rotate tires
change manual tranny fluid- drain and refill, very easy
do a general look over. check for leaks, obvious problems and recalls that are worth doing


That's it. There are no tune ups on newer cars, and at 15k-everything is still new.

Follow your owner's manual for recomended services, not the dealers.

The remaining items on the list are just fill. It makes the customers think that more is being done. When we test drive the cars, almost all the checks on that list are eliminated if we don't sense a problem.




Hi everyone,

Thanks so much for responding. I didnt get a chance to reply earlier due to no access to the internet. I got a list of what the $321 15,000 mile service pays for:

Engine Tune-up
Oil and Filter Change
Check Electrical Charging System
Change Manual Transmission Fluid / Change Rear Differential Fluid
Pressue Test Cooling System and Check anti freeze
Inspect and adjust drive belts
inspect hoses and tighten clamps
check all fluid levels
inspect steering linkage
inspect ball joint and tie rods ends
inspect exhaust system
inspect emission control systems
rotate balance and adjust tire pressures
check and adjust brakes
check hydraulic braking system
tighten chassis nuts and bolts
road test

Is the 321 worth it in your opinion? I really appreciate any responses?

blakeo
May-27th-2008, 10:07 PM
"Yes, unfortunetely some dealerships have caused the rest to look bad."

It's sad, but the majority of dealers are bad, out of the 7 that I have used to service my varying makes and model vehicles over the years, only one has been decent - and even then I knew the service manager.

I just hit 15K today, took to valvaline, did an oil change, checked fluids, and checked filters...$32. In my area, the filters last a bit longer, guy at valvaline said he didn't think it needed changed yet. He showed me the filter, it was barely discolored.

Last week I had the summer tires mounted on the car, so the tires were rotated, tie rods, etc, checked then.

WorldRally17
May-28th-2008, 11:04 AM
I think the most expensive service I had my car in for was the 20K a few weeks ago, which cost me about $60. I think my 15K was about $40. The only thing I didn't have them do was rotate the tires, which I think costs a few extra $. Unless they're not doing something to my car they should be, I don't see why it should cost you so much more.

crazypj
May-29th-2008, 01:32 PM
I would say tthat for $60.00 your only getting a very expensive oil change and some air in he tyres. Maybe hey check the washer bottle but I wouldn't count on it.
( or is the labour rate only $18.50 an hour?)

WorldRally17
May-29th-2008, 02:32 PM
For my 20K service, it was $35 for an oil change and for the "Full Circle" inspection. Basically they check and top off your fluid levels and inspect the brakes, tires, battery, etc. The other $20 was for a tire rotation and alignment.

maximus_84
July-10th-2008, 02:12 AM
They don't call it the stealership for no reason.

Engine tune up at 15,000 miles? That's completely outrageous.

Nothing should have to be adjusted.

"Tighten chassis nuts and bolts"

That's pretty scary. I didn't know they became loose on Mazdas.

maximus_84
July-10th-2008, 02:15 AM
I know when we do a 15k service, we flush the oil + use an additive



That is completely unnecessary. There's no reason to flush the oil and you should NEVER use any additives in the oil. If a car's oil has been changed regularly, there should never be a need to add anything or do any kind of engine flushing. This is all false marketing bullshit to give people a false peace of mind that their doing something to help their car.

PJ
September-9th-2008, 01:06 PM
I had just got my 15,000 mile service and that only coast me $200. I would do it myself but the only reason that i did get the servises done is because of the if you don't and its not documented and something goes wrong your SOL.

Conrad Hoffman
September-16th-2008, 10:29 PM
That seems too high, though I don't remember what I paid for mine. Shop around, but IMO the Mazda3 really needs regular dealer service. There are a lot of subtle things that can go wrong, and when you need them most, you want to have a good established relationship with your dealer. If something expensive goes bad just out of warranty they'll work with Mazda to get you a break. Though I love my 3, it's been less reliable and more expensive to fix than any car I've ever owned, Chevy, Honda, Nissan, VW and even a TR7, in spite of being driven gently. I'd buy it again, but wouldn't recommend it to someone with zero dollars for maintenance and service.

Conrad Hoffman
September-23rd-2008, 09:21 AM
OK, I'm changing my tune. I was just quoted $550 for the 60k service, this right after nearly $1k of a/c repairs. I can't afford to own this car! My next plan is to do all the things I can do myself, and see of the dealer will give me a lower rate for the few things I don't feel like doing- tranny oil change, etc. :tightass: