I have a 2009 Honda Fit with 33k miles on it. I just brought it in to the Honda Dealer for scheduled maintenance, based on the Maintenance Minder showing 5% oil, “A” “1” and “2.” The dealer suggested that I do their 30,000 maintenance, which cost $600, when I asked what it would cost to just do what the Maintenance Minder was asking for, he said $300. I’m not 100% sure what the difference was, I think something about anti-freeze and transmission fluid. I think that the Maintenance Minder also has me come in less frequently than the dealer would suggest.
Assuming there is nothing broken, and I’m just dealing with regular maintenance, if I listen to the Maintenance Minder and the user manual instead of the dealer am I risking not properly caring for my car, or am I just avoiding wasting money on work that primarily serves as my mechanic’s boat payments?