sgksgk
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Expensive first maintenance in 6 months

Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:36 am

My Leaf is around 11000km. My dealership is getting me to do the first maintenance in 6 months. They will be charging me CDN $199 + $129 + tax to do tire rotation, brake fluid change, a bunch of (visual?) inspection. Nissan website suggests doing brake fluid change at the second year service. I can rotate the tires myself so is it really necessary to get the dealership to do these inspection? I felt it way overpriced.

goldbrick
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Re: Expensive first maintenance in 6 months

Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:13 pm

It's way over-priced. Tell the dealer to take a hike and rotate the tires yourself. Brake fluid changes at 2 year intervals should be fine. Tire rotation every 8000 km or so, depending on your roads and driving habits. The only other maintenance you should need to do is keep the tires inflated to the correct pressure, make sure the wiper blades and wiper washer fluid are OK and change the cabin air filter as needed.

downeykp
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Re: Expensive first maintenance in 6 months

Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:43 pm

I wouldn't do any of that. Rotate the tires and you are good to go. It just Nissan BS. In the 7 years I have owned mine I have changed the cabin filter once and rotated the tires every 5000 mi. Brake fluid change is also stupid. I have not done this and my brakes work fine. Save your money.
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SageBrush
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Re: Expensive first maintenance in 6 months

Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:25 pm

Rotate the tyres. End of story
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Reddy
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Re: Expensive first maintenance in 6 months

Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:31 am

sgksgk wrote:My Leaf is around 11000km. My dealership is getting me to do the first maintenance in 6 months. They will be charging me CDN $199 + $129 + tax to do tire rotation, brake fluid change, a bunch of (visual?) inspection. Nissan website suggests doing brake fluid change at the second year service. I can rotate the tires myself so is it really necessary to get the dealership to do these inspection? I felt it way overpriced.
Over priced! I've rotated the tires, replaced the tires/windshield wipers, and added wiper fluid. Nothing else in 7+ years. No lead acid battery replacement, no annual battery check (except the 1st one since it was free and I found out it's worthless), no brake fluid flush or check, no air filter replacement. I live in a very dry climate and mostly drive at 25-45 mph, so I'm not too worried. Maybe in a few years I'll do those three maintenance items, but maybe not. I didn't do them on my 25 yo ICE either (until the battery failed).
Reddy
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Re: Expensive first maintenance in 6 months

Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:57 pm

Just to clarify on the brake fluid change: it is never needed before two years unless the car is driven off-road and in water. Three or four years is fine for most driving.
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sgksgk
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Re: Expensive first maintenance in 6 months

Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:49 am

Thanks for your suggestion! I will cancel this appointment and save $300+ !!!

powersurge
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Re: Expensive first maintenance in 6 months

Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:45 am

downeykp wrote:I wouldn't do any of that. Rotate the tires and you are good to go. It just Nissan BS. In the 7 years I have owned mine I have changed the cabin filter once and rotated the tires every 5000 mi. Brake fluid change is also stupid. I have not done this and my brakes work fine. Save your money.


You are totally uninformed and incorrect in your statement that changing brake fluid is "stupid".

It is a good idea to change the brake fluid every four years or so. Otherwise, you can be paying for expensive repairs, and it is dangerous.

Please do not give negative ("don't do this") maintenance advice unless you are well educated in that field...

Brake fluid change? You don't really need to change it every 2 years. 4 years is good, OR when you see the fluid in the reservoir looking dark.... Good brake fluid is clear like water....

downeykp
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Re: Expensive first maintenance in 6 months

Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:32 am

No it is stupid. I have been doing all of the maintenance on my vehicles since the 70s. If the color of the fluid is great and it is full, there is no reason to do anything. What "expensive repairs" would you be talking about?
If you want to over maintain be my guest. Otherwise bugger off!
2011 Black Leaf SL+QC Vin. 1931
Res. 6-14-10 Order 1-25-11
EVSE: Mod'd Ver. 2 Nissan L1
Delivered 5-31-11

7 years 33000mi. 8 bars

39 Suniva panels 10.3kw with Enphase micro inverters my electricity cost $21.87 a month.

LeftieBiker
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Re: Expensive first maintenance in 6 months

Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:58 pm

downeykp wrote:No it is stupid. I have been doing all of the maintenance on my vehicles since the 70s. If the color of the fluid is great and it is full, there is no reason to do anything. What "expensive repairs" would you be talking about?
If you want to over maintain be my guest. Otherwise bugger off!


Water in the brake fluid can eventually lead to rust in the braking components and possibly failures. How common that is depends on the climate and on driving conditions. There is no single answer for every driver on this, so telling people to "never" have the fluid changed isn't good advice. 3-4 years is a good safe interval. BTW, there were no ABS systems in wide automotive use in the Seventies.
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