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Hi, I'm a new user, but I have heard about this site for a while. Anyway I have a 2005 Mazda 3i with about 31,600 miles. Tomorrow, I have scheduled the 30,000 mile service and I'm just curious about what others paid for it. The dealer quoted me $192.00 for basic service and then around $400-500 for any additional work. Is this fair? Also, lately I have seen a slight decline in my gas mileage, did anyone else have this problem and does the service fix this. (my next oil change was scheduled for about 31,655 so that's shouldnt be it and my tires are only a few months old)

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If you look in your owners manual, the 30k mile service is basically a glorified oil change. There are a bunch of "inspections," but no fluids are recommended to be changed or anything like that. Lube the hinges, check the air filter, etc. My dealer tried to sell me all this crap for my 15k mile service, which should be even less of a service. They wanted to flush the coolant, transmission fluid, change the air filter, and clean my throttle body and fuel injectors. NO THANKS!
 

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Yeah, sorry about posting in the wrong area...i'm not much of a forum guy. So what is the general consensus on the 30,000 mile service? It looks like I could just go to my local mechanic and be just as well of, only with a few hundred bucks saved and a 45 minute drive. Is that the right step? I'm unfortunately not too mechanically minded so I fall into the sucker category. Thanks
 

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[quote author=LG Paul link=topic=70799.msg1242867#msg1242867 date=1172799427]
If you look in your owners manual, the 30k mile service is basically a glorified oil change. There are a bunch of "inspections," but no fluids are recommended to be changed or anything like that. Lube the hinges, check the air filter, etc. My dealer tried to sell me all this crap for my 15k mile service, which should be even less of a service. They wanted to flush the coolant, transmission fluid, change the air filter, and clean my throttle body and fuel injectors. NO THANKS!
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Yep, At 30k ONLY an oil change and air filter,hinge lube. I agree 100%. All the other fluid changes and stuff is just a big $$ grab. the coolant is at least 60k fluid and the tranny at the LEAST can goto 50kish. Dont be fooled by overkill, ESPECIALLY at 30k.
 
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