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Hey, dealer just offer the 30k mile service, is this reasonable? can I do it in some where else? I attached email here.

I have reviewed your file and the vehicle is due for the following services at the 48,000km interval; Front Brake Caliper Service $79.99, Rear Brake Caliper Service $79.99, Alignment Inspection $39.99-99.99, Cabin Ventilation Filter $64.99 or $109.99 (depending on which filter you use), Saab Inspection $79.99, Oil Change $129.99, Engine Tune-up $179.99-259.99 and Fuel Injector Flush $69.99. The service mentioned is a whole day job, so you would want to plan on the leaving the vehicle with us for the day. Should you have any questions about this specific service, feel free to contact me
 

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The 30K mile service was free under warranty for me. I don't know what the warranty in Canada is.

However, most of the items the dealer list are completely unnecessary at 30K miles and overpriced. Other than the oil change, the service consists of inspecting the airbag system, brakes, fuel system and suspension, and replacing the air filter. You do not need a tune up, injector flush, "caliper service" (whatever THAT is). That they want to charge you as much as $100 for an "alignment inspection" is near criminal.

If a dealer presented me with this list, I'd start looking for service elsewhere.
 

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^^^ What he said. The oil and filter change, air filters (maybee) and inspect a few other things.
You could probably get that all done at Canadian Tire for $150, just make sure they use Mobil1 0W-40 oil (or whatever else they have that meets the GM-025A-LL oil spec)
If they've changed the oil on Chevy Cobalt, they can do the Saab...
 

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I would refer your service rep to the US maintenance schedule and then report them to the saab district manager for being an idiot. Parts don't need replacing if they aren't worn out....just ask GM under their free warranty program. Why should they expect paying consumers to pay for something they don't replace?
 

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bing;

I don't know anything about 2003 maintenance items or schedules,but it can't be too much different from mine. The dealer has really padded that list !!!

Most of that stuff is not included at any interval for my car.

I would make a list of what your Saab manual says is required and get the dealer to explain the differences and provide full details of what he recommended and why....such things as what is included in the tune-up,why you need an injector flush or alignment,etc,etc.

You appear to have had service done on car at this dealer before. Is it possible that you have had some problems that have led them to assume that the work may be necessary?

Once you sort out with them what is actually required,you may want a second opinion. Scandanavian Auto Service Ltd,28 (613-225-3213) has been recommended to me by several people but I have not used them .;) ;)
 

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yeah, this is why I asked the dealer first, then head to Scandanavian, see how much they offered. Lots people recommand him.



Hugh said:
bing;

I don't know anything about 2003 maintenance items or schedules,but it can't be too much different from mine. The dealer has really padded that list !!!

Most of that stuff is not included at any interval for my car.

I would make a list of what your Saab manual says is required and get the dealer to explain the differences and provide full details of what he recommended and why....such things as what is included in the tune-up,why you need an injector flush or alignment,etc,etc.

You appear to have had service done on car at this dealer before. Is it possible that you have had some problems that have led them to assume that the work may be necessary?

Once you sort out with them what is actually required,you may want a second opinion. Scandanavian Auto Service Ltd,28 (613-225-3213) has been recommended to me by several people but I have not used them .;) ;)
 

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I would refer your service rep to the US maintenance schedule and then report them to the saab district manager for being an idiot. Parts don't need replacing if they aren't worn out....just ask GM under their free warranty program. Why should they expect paying consumers to pay for something they don't replace?
 my car still under warranty, just dont know why they ask that much.
Never had big issue, and now only 48k km. I just dont get why I need engine tune up and flush.....
 

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Here is a dumb question (there are no such things as dumb questions) but how do you 'tune up' an engine like this.

Now back in the old days where you had carburetturs and things I can understand what a tune up is, but when you have a T8 EMU that constantly measures combustion in the cylinder and tunes the engine accordingly, by cylinder WTF do they plan to do?
 

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Here is a dumb question (there are no such things as dumb questions) but how do you 'tune up' an engine like this.

Now back in the old days where you had carburetturs and things I can understand what a tune up is, but when you have a T8 EMU that constantly measures combustion in the cylinder and tunes the engine accordingly, by cylinder WTF do they plan to do?
their idea of a tune up is a spark plug change and those costly visual inspections

We just went through the same thing with the 06. Its at 20,000 km's and the dealer said "you have to do the 32,000 km service now for $350.00". I looked up what it was and said "nope, change the oil please"
 

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If you fall for all that junk the dealer is trying to sell you, please call me, as I have a nice bridge I would like to sell.(lol) I find it strange that anyone can see what your car needs before you even bring it in! Also, my warranty covers all maintenance costs, except for tires and oil changes(walmart time), for 100,000 miles. Basicly, that means you should not even need plugs till then......find another dealer. Don't even bother talking to these thieves you are dealing with now.
 

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DanS said:
I would refer your service rep to the US maintenance schedule and then report them to the saab district manager for being an idiot. Parts don't need replacing if they aren't worn out....just ask GM under their free warranty program. Why should they expect paying consumers to pay for something they don't replace?
Ditto.

Have them change the oil and filter along with the cabin filter if that hasn't been done and get out of there.:roll:
 

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Buy a cabin filter off eeuroparts.com and replace it yourself. It takes 5 minutes tops and requires no tools.

Change your own oil as well.

You don't need the rest of that crap.
 

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wtfwill said:
i had my 30k service done, including my front rotors being machined.

cost me 300 bucks.

don't get ripped off!
this price is more reasonable, but the dealer offer just like a robber.
 

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bing1221 said:
this price is more reasonable, but the dealer offer just like a robber.
you could probably buy knew rotors and get them installed for the cost of them machining them..

Dealers bother me lol
 

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here is the dealer reply message:

The brake service is recommended every 24,000km or once a year which ever occurs first. I did not have the brake job on our records so if it has been done within the last year then that would not be recommended yet. The Engine Tune-up and Fuel Injector Flush are recommended every 2 years or 48,000km and ensures that the engine runs at peak efficiency and that you obtain the best fuel mileage available. The Engine Tune-up replaces the spark plugs and air filter, cleans the throttle bore and scans the computer for any fault codes. The Injector Flush cleans any carbon deposits which may restrict the fuel flow from the injectors to the engine thus resulting in poor fuel economy. I hope this helps to answer some of your questions.

I think the tune-up and flush are really useless
 

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My ultimate goal when buying my car, was to find it from a saab/euro specialist mechanic, who also happened to go to the car auction once in a while. Although I do most of the work on my car(the day to day stuff......oil change, tranny fluid change, plugs ect.) ,when i do take it to him he barely charges me. He is great with saabs and as soon as he learned I was an car guy rather than just some ole' joe he started making the extra effort to find cheap parts for me, and if it was an "easy" job he just charges a couple bucks rather than his hourly rate.

long story short......the dealership is only good for two things. Work under warranty for free.........and tech 2
 
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