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Old 06-22-2006, 03:15 PM   #1
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Question Where do you get your Jeep serviced?

Informal poll: Where do you get your Jeep serviced? At the dealer, a shop that specializes in Jeeps, or any old shop anywhere?

I called the dealership for 30K mile service and they said it would cost $400...and to check the fact that the engine light is on $90 (just to run the diagnostic!).

Does that sound high or do I just need to get real? Wonderin if I should check around at other places, but would feel more comfortable going to places that know about Wranglers.

I live in the Philadelphia area, anyone around here know of a place?

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Old 06-22-2006, 03:30 PM   #2
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Seems high to me, but it will be expensive anywhere for the 30K mile service. They will want to change the fluid in your tranny, xfer case, both diffs as well as the oil and charge you for some kind of inspection. So it may not be as outrageous as you think; plus, they are usually more thorough than a quick-change place. As for the code, you should be able to go to the local AutoZone or the like and have it hooked up to the computer to see what code it is for free.

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I would highly recommend doing your own service, and knowing your Jeep. Changing your fluids is not that hard, and even a friend can do it, if you don't want too. I sure wouldn't pay someone $400.00 to do it. As jeeperman said, your local Autozone can read the codes for you.
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Take it someehere else. $400 stinks!

I do most my own stuff.
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My jeep hasn't touched the dealership since the day it was new. I would personally never let mine pull into a service bay at the dealer.

I either do all my maintenance/repairs on my own or it goes up to Absolute who is the only mechanic I trust to work on my junk. Desn't hurt that he knows as much as there is about 4x4's and also doesn't hurt that he'a buddy of mine (Which mean I catch way more hell from both him and hackle about EVERYTHING )
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Old 06-22-2006, 05:22 PM   #6
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Thanks for the AutoZone suggestion, saved me a lot of money. Ended up being the gas cap wasn't on correctly or something like that.

I personally know squat about the inner workings of autos, so servicing myself isn't gonna work out just yet (perhaps if i keep reading everything on here), but I'm definitely gonna try and find some alternative to the dealer, what a rip off!

Still can't get over the AutoZone thing, and that it was FREE! It's one of those things everyone on the planet should know about and for some reason don't.....

Thanks again for the tip!
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Thanks for the AutoZone suggestion, saved me a lot of money. Ended up being the gas cap wasn't on correctly or something like that.

I personally know squat about the inner workings of autos, so servicing myself isn't gonna work out just yet (perhaps if i keep reading everything on here), but I'm definitely gonna try and find some alternative to the dealer, what a rip off!

Still can't get over the AutoZone thing, and that it was FREE! It's one of those things everyone on the planet should know about and for some reason don't.....

Thanks again for the tip!
Glad that you got it taken care of (the code that is).

Sounds like you are someone that would want to do a lot of the maintenance/repairs to their own rig. If so it would be worth your while to get a Factory Service Manual for your jeep. They can run anywhere from 80 to 100 bucks, but they are well worth it and is exactly what the dealership uses to work on your rig.
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Informal poll: Where do you get your Jeep serviced? At the dealer, a shop that specializes in Jeeps, or any old shop anywhere?

I called the dealership for 30K mile service and they said it would cost $400...and to check the fact that the engine light is on $90 (just to run the diagnostic!).

Does that sound high or do I just need to get real? Wonderin if I should check around at other places, but would feel more comfortable going to places that know about Wranglers.

I live in the Philadelphia area, anyone around here know of a place?

Thanks,
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He has lots of auto experience , but Jeep specific......just a few years. The manual is a great idea, ask the experts here and hooking up with a Jeep club can have benifits of experienced people
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How can the dealer charge you for diagnostics on a check engine light if you are under warranty??
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Old 06-22-2006, 09:11 PM   #10
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How can the dealer charge you for diagnostics on a check engine light if you are under warranty??
i didnt know that i was still under warranty. i'm *really* new to all this stuff, i just bought the jeep a week and a half ago from a private party, it's an '03 with 31K miles on it....didnt even ask them about it being under warranty, i guess i could ask the dealership that question when i go get the $100 spare key LOL
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Sounds like you are someone that would want to do a lot of the maintenance/repairs to their own rig. If so it would be worth your while to get a Factory Service Manual for your jeep. They can run anywhere from 80 to 100 bucks, but they are well worth it and is exactly what the dealership uses to work on your rig.
That's a great idea...Any idea where to get the factory service manual? i did a search online and can only find owners manuals and other service manuals, but not the factory one. one place had every manual known to man except for the 2003 wrangler factory service manual.

i'm on the hunt....
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That's a great idea...Any idea where to get the factory service manual? i did a search online and can only find owners manuals and other service manuals, but not the factory one. one place had every manual known to man except for the 2003 wrangler factory service manual.

i'm on the hunt....
Dude , check on ebay . I just bought the factory service manual for my '98 , around $80 plus shipping for a new one . The best money you can spend .
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I looked and looked on ebay, and all I could find is this one on CD....put a question to the seller to see if it's the OEM factory service manual in it's entirety, we'll see, anyone had experience with these?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Jeep-...66993398QQrdZ1
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I looked and looked on ebay, and all I could find is this one on CD....put a question to the seller to see if it's the OEM factory service manual in it's entirety, we'll see, anyone had experience with these?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Jeep-...66993398QQrdZ1
I have an '03 FSM in PDF format... shoot me your email address and I'll send it on over .
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My husband is a store manager of a autozone, so when we need parts he buys them, but between him and my dad is a self employed mechanic,, so that is where my jeep is serviced

Pretty nice not having to take it anywhere else.
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I do it all myself unless something major needs done then I go to my nieghbor's garage and use one of his bays and give him a box of beer

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