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Old 04-21-2006, 09:26 AM
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30,000 mile service cost

What should a 30,000 mile service cost. Last time I was at the service department, they gave me a price list that has a bunch of crap (Krex additives, cleaners, etc...) that they are pushing. Not to mention, the 30K mile service was listed at $440.

The service rep tried to tell me to do it because it shows Ford that you take care of the truck and they'll be more cooperative with warranty repairs. I didn't get into it at the time but I need the service now. I'm sure I'll hear the BS sales pitch again. Do I just tell them to do what's in the maintenance schedule and what should it cost?

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Old 04-21-2006, 09:32 AM
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I had my 03 Expy just done for the 30k service. Was $349 and included a loaner car for the day while they did the service. Call around to several Ford dealers; that is what I had to do to find one that was not so expensive.
 
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Old 04-21-2006, 12:51 PM
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when i did my 30k it cost me 34.00. that includes 12 quarts of mercon v and oil and filter change.I also had 3 extra quarts of mercon laying around so i did a powersteering flush .
 
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Our 30k "service" consisted of checking the brake and powersteering, changing the oil, changing the tranny fluid and rotating the tires.

What all are they doing for $350?
 
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How about the 15,000 mile service?

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Originally Posted by ford390gashog
when i did my 30k it cost me 34.00. that includes 12 quarts of mercon v and oil and filter change.I also had 3 extra quarts of mercon laying around so i did a powersteering flush .
Bravo! DIY is the only way to go. Forget the stealership!
 
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Old 04-23-2006, 01:11 AM
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I did the 30,000 myself and costed me less than 50.00. I figure unless there's a job that requires tools I don't have or can't borrow, or if it's just too hitech for me, I'm going to keep doing it myself. I just don't trust stealership's to be honest and to do the job right. Almost everytime I 've tried taking my vehicle for an oil change they do something to tick me off. Leave the dipstick partially out, leave spilled oil all over the area of the oil filter, etc...
 
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When I had my 2005 Expedition in for the 15,000 mile service, I assumed that I would get those items specified in the manual. Instead, there were a number of add-ons ("dealer-recommended") and a labor cost of $175. Total cost for this visit: $327.
 
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Originally Posted by kkester
When I had my 2005 Expedition in for the 15,000 mile service, I assumed that I would get those items specified in the manual. Instead, there were a number of add-ons ("dealer-recommended") and a labor cost of $175. Total cost for this visit: $327.
Yep, that's what I encountered. Fortunately, I saw it when I was getting my oil changed and not when I needed the 30K mile service. I'm not doing it myself so I'll call around and get the best price if they won't do JUST what's in the manual.

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If you decide to go to the dealer, let them know that you *ONLY* want the items listed in the owners manual and nothing else. If they do add other things without your permission, you are not obligated to pay for it as you did not authorize that service.
 
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Originally Posted by ford390gashog
when i did my 30k it cost me 34.00. that includes 12 quarts of mercon v and oil and filter change.I also had 3 extra quarts of mercon laying around so i did a powersteering flush .
OK, I have looked all around and Mercon V cost about $4 per quart. 6 quarts of oil is about $1.50 each, and $3 for an oil filter. Transmission is supposed to take 17 quarts, plus at least 2 to make sure you remove it all.

$68 + $9 + $3 = $90.

Am I getting my Mercon V from the wrong places?

I checked a few places and its about $80 for a tranny flush and an oil change you can get for $20 lots of places. For $10, I dont want to bother.

Am I missing something? I am about to tow my 5500 lb trailer 2000 miles, so I need to get the tranny done before I go.
 
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Old 05-08-2006, 04:41 PM
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30K Mile service questions

My 2003 Expy is due for its 30K mile service as well. I called the local Ford dealership and got an initial quote of $455.

I then asked the Service Dept Rep to break the quote down into each service item, which he did (sort of). In the conversation he indicated that their 30K mile service included a coolant flush, which made up $90 of the entire bill. However, this work is not even recommended for the 30K mile service on the Ford website. The website recommends the replacement of GREEN coolant at 45K, 75K and 105K miles. And since I have the GOLD coolant, which is good for 100K, there is no need to have it changed for quite some time. So we are down to $365.

Then he mentioned that if my Expy has "the automatic transmission reservoir that has a dipstick" then the tranny fluid does not need to be changed until 100K miles. Is this true? I'm skeptical. In any event that was another $160 saved. So for my $205 I would get the following:
  • Inspect and lubricate steering linkage, ball joints, suspension and, if equipped, half shafts drive shaft and u-joints
  • Inspect brake pads/shoes/rotors/drums, brake lines and hoses, and parking brake system
  • Inspect complete exhaust system and heat shields
  • Inspect engine cooling system and hoses
  • Inspect wheel ends for end play and noise
  • Perform multi-point inspection
  • Replace engine oil and replace oil filter
  • Replace engine air filter
  • Replace fuel filter
  • Rotate and balance tires
Doesn't seem worth it - lots of inspecting, not much replacing. However, this is my last service before the factory warranty expires. I'd also like to report a few minor items to get them in the computer system before I hit 36K.

Thoughts on the cost of what I'm getting, as well as the normal life expectancy of the transmission fluid, dipstick or no dipstick.

Thanks in advance!
 
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Old 05-08-2006, 09:54 PM
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Then he mentioned that if my Expy has "the automatic transmission reservoir that has a dipstick" then the tranny fluid does not need to be changed until 100K miles. Is this true? I'm skeptical. In any event that was another $160 saved. So for my $205 I would get the following:

Inspect and lubricate steering linkage, ball joints, suspension and, if equipped, half shafts drive shaft and u-joints
Inspect brake pads/shoes/rotors/drums, brake lines and hoses, and parking brake system
Inspect complete exhaust system and heat shields
Inspect engine cooling system and hoses
Inspect wheel ends for end play and noise
Perform multi-point inspection
Replace engine oil and replace oil filter
Replace engine air filter
Replace fuel filter
Rotate and balance tires


I get all of this at my local Precision Tune for about $40, doesn't pay for me to waste my time or get dirty and they let me watch if I want to
 
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Here's what the dealer wanted for a 15,000 mile service:

Change oil and filter

Lubricate chassis and suspension

Rotate tires

Check tire pressure

Replace air filter

Inspect ball joints and dust covers

Inspect body/chassis nuts and bolts

Top-off all fluids

Inspect drive shaft boots

Check exterior lights

Oil additive

Fuel additive

Inspect brake linings

Electrical check

All for $320!

Kent Kester
 
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[QUOTE=kkester]Here's what the dealer wanted for a 15,000 mile service:

Change oil and filter

Lubricate chassis and suspension (not needed on the truck as here is no grease points)

Rotate tires

Check tire pressure

Replace air filter

Inspect ball joints and dust covers

Inspect body/chassis nuts and bolts

Top-off all fluids

Inspect drive shaft boots

Check exterior lights

Oil additive ( snake oil and a total rip)

Fuel additive (another rip)

Inspect brake linings

Electrical check

All for $320! ( about 250.00 over priced
 

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