Join Date: May 2004
Location: Morganville, NJ
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Honda corporate can't say that you didn't change the fluid at correct intervals, since "normal" is 120k, and "severe" is 60k. The 40k the dealer came up with is the dealer's schedule.
IMO, the fluid in V6 units, especially, should be changed at 30k maximum. If heavy city use, it should be changed even more often. The 4 cylinder cars, 30k is fine, and the filter is easily accessible.
This is how I present your particular issue to one of my customers. Look at it this way, can you replace the car for that $3k? Even at Honda's "help" can you replace the car for that amount? Do you still like the car?
Is the car in good shape otherwise, as in no major body damage, no rust, no other mechanical issues? Has the 105/110k service been done? (t-belt, pump, valves, plugs, etc?)
If you spend the 3k, along with what you currently owe, is this going to be substantially more than an actual street value for the car?
Sapphire blue '04 V6 6 speed w/ full HFP, comptech ss, momo shadow, TL-S 27.2h/20 bars, intake spacer, retro chrome MH1 HIR2 highs, hella DE fogs, EBC Ultimax, subwoofer/amp, infinity rears, HD Radio, aux adapter, navi conversion.
Vermilion 1999 SVT F150 Lightning, Sylvania/Visteon Xenarc HID headlamps, '01 L turn/marker lamps, PIAA fogs, '01 up Bilstein shocks, all Pioneer speakers, Clarion subwoofer. All Redline fluids.
Silverstone 2003 Honda S2000, bone stock