I did all maintenance as recommended until 75,000 miles but have been told all that maintenance is not necessary, just a money maker?
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2003 Honda Accord
Question: Do I need to follow the recommended program that Honda has set?
Answer #1patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, April 27, 2009, 18:42Master
Every car manufacturer sets out a maintenance schedule fro each car they make that out lines the minimum amount of maintenance and care the car needs. Manufacturers maintenance schedules are found in your owner's hand book that came with the car from new.
There schedules are designed for "normal" or "severe" driving conditions so read the fine print in your owners manual to see which conditions your driving habits fall into.
Bare in mind manufactures need to design there service requirements to ensure the car will survive the time the manufacturer is legally required to fix the items under warentee if the car experiences a problem.
A lot of the customers we have coming into our shop commute. We recommend replacing the engine oil every 3,000 miles and the oil filter every 6,000 miles and flushing the transmission fluid, radiator coolant, adjust the valves, change the fuel filter and spark plugs , brake fluid ect.. every 30,000 miles and for the most part adhere to Honda's maintenance schedule.
It depends on your long term plans for your car, maintaining these cars and doing some preventative maintenance makes them last for many trouble free miles. Some of our customers have 200,000, 300,000 and one customer had 464,000 miles on the one engine.