The owner’s manual for our 2002 Acura MDX calls for some major and costly service at 105,000 miles. We are just under 102,000 and the check engine light came on about 50 miles ago on our return trip from the holidays. I plan to take it in this week to inspect the reason for the light coming on. It might be a signal for an oil change (it was last done 5 months ago - less than 4,000 miles ago). I have a note in my car’s file that the 105,000 mile work should alternatively be done after 7 years (well, we are into year 9).
My questions are: (1) How long after the manufacturer’s recommended date would it be safe to defer the spark plug and timing belt work? (Property taxes are due and its Christmas time and we are trying to figure out how to manage all this on one income). The MDX has no symptoms at this time. How much should a 105,000 mile service cost using Acura parts and considering California labor (we go to a discount shop with factory trained mechanics so it costs a little less than at the dealership)? I recall the place we generally have it serviced at told me months ago it is well over $1,000 and close to $1,500 for the labor and materials. We have been pretty good about staying on top of maintenance and plan to keep this car for a good number of more years (it was a fully loaded showroom model).
Thanks, DB of CA