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Old 19 May 2005, 05:50 pm
Scott
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Hi,

I've just bought a 1997 Civic 1.5 LS. It has full Honda stamped service
history up to 60,000 miles but 66,000 mile service was missed (optional
service anyway). It's now 70,000 miles and so due for the big 72,000
mile service, and my question is would it be ok to take it to my
mechanic who doesn't specialise in Hondas (but is very experienced
generally) or should I take it to a Honda garage (who will probably
charge me at least double the price). I am on a very tight budget and
would just like to know if I would be making a big mistake not taking it
to a Honda garage? What is the benefit of taking it to a Honda garage
and paying a lot more than may be necessary?

Thanks,

Scott
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Old 19 May 2005, 06:30 pm
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"Scott" <scott@scott.com> wrote in message
news:118q610eemnr981@corp.supernews.com...
> Hi,
>
> I've just bought a 1997 Civic 1.5 LS. It has full Honda stamped service
> history up to 60,000 miles but 66,000 mile service was missed (optional
> service anyway). It's now 70,000 miles and so due for the big 72,000 mile
> service, and my question is would it be ok to take it to my mechanic who
> doesn't specialise in Hondas (but is very experienced generally) or should
> I take it to a Honda garage (who will probably charge me at least double
> the price).


You haven't actually checked the prices, have you.

Stop guessing, and call around.
Honda's aren't rocket science.


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Old 19 May 2005, 06:31 pm
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On Thu, 19 May 2005 23:50:06 +0100, Scott <scott@scott.com> wrote:

>Hi,
>
>I've just bought a 1997 Civic 1.5 LS. It has full Honda stamped service
>history up to 60,000 miles but 66,000 mile service was missed (optional
>service anyway). It's now 70,000 miles and so due for the big 72,000
>mile service, and my question is would it be ok to take it to my
>mechanic who doesn't specialise in Hondas (but is very experienced
>generally) or should I take it to a Honda garage (who will probably
>charge me at least double the price). I am on a very tight budget and
>would just like to know if I would be making a big mistake not taking it
>to a Honda garage? What is the benefit of taking it to a Honda garage
>and paying a lot more than may be necessary?


I don't have a lot of use for dealers, except for warranty service and
to buy parts from. I also don't patronize corner gas station mechanics
or chains associated with big-box stores or any other outfit that's
got some smiling greeter in a white shirt and bow-tie out front and
union mechanics slaving away in the back.

What I look for is a privately owned, proprieter operated small shop
that specializes in Hondas or at least Japanese cars. A clean, well
equipped shop, preferably in an obscure location. Such places cannot
depend on walk-in business and need word-of-mouth advertising from
satisfied customers to survive. Their rates are usually much lower
than a dealer, yet they are often more competent.

Check with the car clubs in your area. They often know who can be
relied on.


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Old 19 May 2005, 07:09 pm
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Thanks Steve for your patronising comments. Yes, in fact I have checked
the prices. For the 72,000 mile service it's (UK)£393. For a cambelt
change a Honda dealer would charge £200 and from my mechanic it would be
£90. My main reason for asking is because when I come to sell it on,
would it be worth paying more just to have Honda service stamps (as it
may be more highly regarded)? In the ads, they all make a big deal about
"Honda stamped" service history.

Steve Bigelow wrote:
> "Scott" <scott@scott.com> wrote in message
> news:118q610eemnr981@corp.supernews.com...
>
>>Hi,
>>
>>I've just bought a 1997 Civic 1.5 LS. It has full Honda stamped service
>>history up to 60,000 miles but 66,000 mile service was missed (optional
>>service anyway). It's now 70,000 miles and so due for the big 72,000 mile
>>service, and my question is would it be ok to take it to my mechanic who
>>doesn't specialise in Hondas (but is very experienced generally) or should
>>I take it to a Honda garage (who will probably charge me at least double
>>the price).

>
>
> You haven't actually checked the prices, have you.
>
> Stop guessing, and call around.
> Honda's aren't rocket science.
>
>

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Old 19 May 2005, 07:55 pm
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Scott,97 civics have extended emission warranty from the dealer.At 75,000
miles you get a free oil change,plugs,cap and rotor,wires.Then all check
engine light related items are covered till 150,000.Call your dealer!Chad
"Scott" <scott@scott.com> wrote in message
news:118q610eemnr981@corp.supernews.com...
> Hi,
>
> I've just bought a 1997 Civic 1.5 LS. It has full Honda stamped service
> history up to 60,000 miles but 66,000 mile service was missed (optional
> service anyway). It's now 70,000 miles and so due for the big 72,000 mile
> service, and my question is would it be ok to take it to my mechanic who
> doesn't specialise in Hondas (but is very experienced generally) or should
> I take it to a Honda garage (who will probably charge me at least double
> the price). I am on a very tight budget and would just like to know if I
> would be making a big mistake not taking it to a Honda garage? What is the
> benefit of taking it to a Honda garage and paying a lot more than may be
> necessary?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Scott



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Old 19 May 2005, 08:24 pm
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John Ings <no..damned@spam.org> wrote in
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<schnippe>


>
> What I look for is a privately owned, proprieter operated small shop
> that specializes in Hondas or at least Japanese cars. A clean, well
> equipped shop, preferably in an obscure location. Such places cannot
> depend on walk-in business and need word-of-mouth advertising from
> satisfied customers to survive. Their rates are usually much lower
> than a dealer, yet they are often more competent.
>
> Check with the car clubs in your area. They often know who can be
> relied on.
>



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Old 19 May 2005, 08:41 pm
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"Scott" <scott@scott.com> wrote in message
news:118q610eemnr981@corp.supernews.com...
> Hi,
>
> I've just bought a 1997 Civic 1.5 LS. It has full Honda stamped service
> history up to 60,000 miles but 66,000 mile service was missed (optional
> service anyway). It's now 70,000 miles and so due for the big 72,000 mile
> service, and my question is would it be ok to take it to my mechanic who
> doesn't specialise in Hondas (but is very experienced generally) or should
> I take it to a Honda garage (who will probably charge me at least double
> the price). I am on a very tight budget and would just like to know if I
> would be making a big mistake not taking it to a Honda garage? What is the
> benefit of taking it to a Honda garage and paying a lot more than may be
> necessary?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Scott


If you have a trusted mechanic, go to him. Good mechanics have contacts to
get them through unfamiliar areas and know enough to send you to a
specialist when they're over their heads.

Mike


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Old 20 May 2005, 02:03 pm
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John Ings wrote:
>
> On Thu, 19 May 2005 23:50:06 +0100, Scott <scott@scott.com> wrote:
>
> >Hi,
> >
> >I've just bought a 1997 Civic 1.5 LS. It has full Honda stamped service
> >history up to 60,000 miles but 66,000 mile service was missed (optional
> >service anyway). It's now 70,000 miles and so due for the big 72,000
> >mile service, and my question is would it be ok to take it to my
> >mechanic who doesn't specialise in Hondas (but is very experienced
> >generally) or should I take it to a Honda garage (who will probably
> >charge me at least double the price). I am on a very tight budget and
> >would just like to know if I would be making a big mistake not taking it
> >to a Honda garage? What is the benefit of taking it to a Honda garage
> >and paying a lot more than may be necessary?

>
> I don't have a lot of use for dealers, except for warranty service and
> to buy parts from. I also don't patronize corner gas station mechanics
> or chains associated with big-box stores or any other outfit that's
> got some smiling greeter in a white shirt and bow-tie out front and
> union mechanics slaving away in the back.
>
> What I look for is a privately owned, proprieter operated small shop
> that specializes in Hondas or at least Japanese cars. A clean, well
> equipped shop, preferably in an obscure location. Such places cannot
> depend on walk-in business and need word-of-mouth advertising from
> satisfied customers to survive. Their rates are usually much lower
> than a dealer, yet they are often more competent.
>
> Check with the car clubs in your area. They often know who can be
> relied on.


Excellent advice. I could not say it any better.

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Old 20 May 2005, 03:38 pm
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In article <428E36AD.A136BC69@nyc.rr.com>, slim <pickin's@nyc.rr.com> wrote:

> John Ings wrote:
> >
> > On Thu, 19 May 2005 23:50:06 +0100, Scott <scott@scott.com> wrote:
> >
> > >Hi,
> > >
> > >I've just bought a 1997 Civic 1.5 LS. It has full Honda stamped service
> > >history up to 60,000 miles but 66,000 mile service was missed (optional
> > >service anyway). It's now 70,000 miles and so due for the big 72,000
> > >mile service, and my question is would it be ok to take it to my
> > >mechanic who doesn't specialise in Hondas (but is very experienced
> > >generally) or should I take it to a Honda garage (who will probably
> > >charge me at least double the price). I am on a very tight budget and
> > >would just like to know if I would be making a big mistake not taking it
> > >to a Honda garage? What is the benefit of taking it to a Honda garage
> > >and paying a lot more than may be necessary?

> >
> > I don't have a lot of use for dealers, except for warranty service and
> > to buy parts from. I also don't patronize corner gas station mechanics
> > or chains associated with big-box stores or any other outfit that's
> > got some smiling greeter in a white shirt and bow-tie out front and
> > union mechanics slaving away in the back.
> >
> > What I look for is a privately owned, proprieter operated small shop
> > that specializes in Hondas or at least Japanese cars. A clean, well
> > equipped shop, preferably in an obscure location. Such places cannot
> > depend on walk-in business and need word-of-mouth advertising from
> > satisfied customers to survive. Their rates are usually much lower
> > than a dealer, yet they are often more competent.
> >
> > Check with the car clubs in your area. They often know who can be
> > relied on.

>
> Excellent advice. I could not say it any better.


I can only tell you what I would do if I had a 2005 Honda. I would only go
to the Honda dealership for service while the vehicle was under warranty.
After the warranty runs out--find a local mechanic that you trust and go
to him. If you can't find a mechanic that you trust, continue going to the
Honda dealership for service.

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Old 20 May 2005, 03:46 pm
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In article <118q610eemnr981@corp.supernews.com>, scott@scott.com says...
>
>
>Hi,
>
>I've just bought a 1997 Civic 1.5 LS. It has full Honda stamped service
>history up to 60,000 miles but 66,000 mile service was missed (optional
>service anyway). It's now 70,000 miles and so due for the big 72,000
>mile service, and my question is would it be ok to take it to my
>mechanic who doesn't specialise in Hondas (but is very experienced
>generally) or should I take it to a Honda garage (who will probably
>charge me at least double the price). I am on a very tight budget and
>would just like to know if I would be making a big mistake not taking it
>to a Honda garage? What is the benefit of taking it to a Honda garage
>and paying a lot more than may be necessary?


If by Honda garage you mean a Honda dealer, don't bother. You should take
it to an independent garage that specializes in Hondas. You will save money
and get service from someone who specializes in Hondas.
-------------
Alex

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