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My Honda dealer in Southern California has the following schedule of service costs. How does this compare to your dealer? Which ones do you do yourself? These are the codes from the MM.
Code B1 Service (Oil and filter, tire rotation)- $79.95
Code 2 (Engine and cabin air filters)- $124.95
Code 3 (Transmission fluid) - $119.95
Code 5 (replace engine coolant)- $159.95
Code 7 (brake fluid replacement)- $149.95
 

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My Honda dealer in Southern California has the following schedule of service costs. How does this compare to your dealer? Which ones do you do yourself?
B1 Service - $79.95
Code 2 - $124.95
Code 3 - $119.95
Code 5 - $159.95
Code 7 - $149.95
What are each of those?
Had the cvt oil changed it was $90
 

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I'll do/have done all of those myself.

$80 for $20 in materials, a tire rotation, and things a mechanic should check every time the car's on a lift is tad high. If didn't do it myself, I wouldn't pay over $50.

$125 for $30 (at full-retail) in filters, and literally five minutes of work and no tools beyond a nutdriver is insane. If you don't do your own engine and cabin air filters, you probably wouldn't be posting on a car forum.

If the car's already in the air for an oil change, that's steep for the CVT. If you DIY, the only "catch" is that it helps to have two pairs of jackstands so the car is level.

I reckon I'll do the coolant myself; haven't checked what it involves yet.

I have a nifty tool (a compressor-powered vac bleeder) to help with brake fluid changes, but a helper, a wrench, and some skinny vinyl tubing is all you really need.

When it eventually is time for spark plugs, I'll definitely do those myself; our cars use a funny hex size, but buying a new spark plug socket is totally worth it to not overpay a shop for the job.
 

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Here in Tulsa, my dealer charges $60 for oil change and tire rotation. I change my own engine and cabin filters for about $30, and it takes less than 5 minutes. My dealer charges $100 for the CVT drain and fill, but I do that myself, too. It costs about $45 for the fluid. I just had my brake fluid changed, and it was $45 at my dealer. I have no idea on what they charge for the coolant replacement, since I'm no where near 120K miles.

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A long time ago (before Amazon) I raced from place to place picking up the necessary DIY supplies - before eventually heading over to have some other services (tires rotate/ balance) performed at yet other reduced price places. My free time eventually became more valuable than all this running around time was costing me.

Not supporting all dealers but generally when you purchase a vehicle that money goes to the dealer, his salesmen, admin. staff and overhead (power company). Nowadays its' other departments must stand alone in deriving income and becoming self-sufficient.

So while the service department may charge more overall, they generally have the correct recommended items, document their work and (mostly) stand behind their work; and don't forget - his mechanics / parts staff also need to eat.
 

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From what I recall on our Toyotal Purchase:

You have toyota care pkg, I am sure Honda has one as well, but may not include the other change outs but oil.

16.00 I got the filters like said 5 minutes its done a minute for your cabin filter, that I can not help but laugh ifou can open the glovebox or a bottle you can do the cabin filter trust me the hardest part is getting started Lol
 

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A long time ago (before Amazon) I raced from place to place picking up the necessary DIY supplies - before eventually heading over to have some other services (tires rotate/ balance) performed at yet other reduced price places. My free time eventually became more valuable than all this running around time was costing me.

Not supporting all dealers but generally when you purchase a vehicle that money goes to the dealer, his salesmen, admin. staff and overhead (power company). Nowadays its' other departments must stand alone in deriving income and becoming self-sufficient.

So while the service department may charge more overall, they generally have the correct recommended items, document their work and (mostly) stand behind their work; and don't forget - his mechanics / parts staff also need to eat.
Even before Amazon, all this stuff for such a common car would be in-stock items at any auto parts store; no "racing from place to place" necessary. Or if you had an uncommon car, the dealer parts dept. would of course have them as one-stop-shopping. And if your dealer charges like OP's above, it's definitely worth your while to do the work yourself. (At least DIY those stupid air filters...)

I recognize that a dealer's service dept. is going to have higher overhead than Joe's Garage, and more labor costs than the $0 of a DIY, but there's not really any excuse for the prices above. (At most dealers that do any volume at all, scheduled maint. will be done by a special low-paid lube tech, not even a certified mechanic.)
 

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If you get the parts on line what would your cost be, and the labour, some may go by the book or charge a flat fee. it's all you to be the smart shopper then pay top dollar.
 

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My Honda dealer in Southern California has the following schedule of service costs. How does this compare to your dealer? Which ones do you do yourself? These are the codes from the MM.
Code B1 Service (Oil and filter, tire rotation)- $79.95
Code 2 (Engine and cabin air filters)- $124.95
Code 3 (Transmission fluid) - $119.95
Code 5 (replace engine coolant)- $159.95
Code 7 (brake fluid replacement)- $149.95
My wife paid $65.79 for the oil and filter change in her 2018 CR-V. I paid $129.95 for the brake fluid change in my 2012 Pilot, without the 10% discount we now get on all parts and service for being "members of the Honda family" a our Honda dealer.
 

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Engine and cabin filters are the easy one. Get yourself a lifetime K&N for both. They are easy to install (YouTube) and you only do it once then clean and refresh every 50K or more in dirty environments. Keep in mind dealers make their money on auto service and very little on auto sales. That's why all states outlaw selling cars direct from the manufacturer (remember Tesla?).
 

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My wife paid $65.79 for the oil and filter change in her 2018 CR-V. I paid $129.95 for the brake fluid change in my 2012 Pilot, without the 10% discount we now get on all parts and service for being "members of the Honda family" a our Honda dealer.
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$49.99 for oil, filter and tire rotation.
 

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Engine and cabin filters are the easy one. Get yourself a lifetime K&N for both. They are easy to install (YouTube) and you only do it once then clean and refresh every 50K or more in dirty environments. Keep in mind dealers make their money on auto service and very little on auto sales. That's why all states outlaw selling cars direct from the manufacturer (remember Tesla?).
I wouldn't bother with a messy ans questionable K&N Filter.
A Honda Filter cost as much as a Aftermarket Filter and works better.
Many people spend 30 to 40,000 on a car--Then Cheap out on fluids and filters.
Just go buy a Fiat
 
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