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    Dealer Service? or do it myself?

    HI Everyone
    I hate paying someone to do something I can do easily and wondering on advice or what others have felt reasonable or done.

    I have a 2011 TI 3L Wagon which is due for its 120000k service. The vehicle has been fully serviced by Nissan dealers its entire life up until this point and as its now due I'm completely happy to perform the service myself. I know its a big service changing all oils ect. The only thing I'm wondering is apart from oil/fluid changes and anything else in the service schedule for the 120k is there anything else the Dealer would do?
    The reason being its obviously out of warranty so no need to keep schedule with Nissan to honor that, and apart from the shiny stamp they will pop in the book for me instead of my signature is it really necessary?
    Will Dealers stamp the book if oils and fluids have been changed and they have checked over the rest? Bit of a half half thing?

    Do I just do it myself?

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    120,000km is
    engine oil and filter
    engine air filter
    diesel filter
    front and rear diff oils
    transfercase oil
    manual trans oil
    brake fluid flush
    coolant flush
    re-pack/grease front wheel bearings need new wheel bearing seals to

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    Couldn’t wait for my extended warranty to run out, now I know the service is done properly as I do it myself.
    Easy enough to do.
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    Just do it yourself. If you can drain your sink you can change diff oil. The only thing in that list that's a bit more technical is the wheel bearings. If you're not confident with those, do the rest yourself and drop it at a reputable mechanic to sort them for you.

    The only thing "extra" that they would do is maybe run their eyes over everthing else, check for brake wear and leaks ect.
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    I've done all of my servicing on my 2016 Y61 myself, since new. Bugger the warranty, I've had too many bad experiences with dealers. If you do it yourself, you know exactly whats done and what fluids have been used. The wheel bearings are pretty easy if you're mechanically inclined, I repacked mine at 40k and check them every service and give them a nip up if neccesary. It also allows you to learn a lot about your vehicle in the process and makes it easier to solve any issues you may have when remote. I'd consider mine far better mechanically maintained than what a dealer would ever do. If it's something that is beyond my abilities or my toolset, I'll take it to a decent mechanic. One thing on my wish list is a vehicle hoist though, getting a bit old to be crawling around under it!
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    Do it your self mate. At least the oils and filters on everything. You'll save $, and get to learn your car better and know whats done and what stuff was used on it.
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    Cheers everyone for the input. Much appreciated.

    Looks like the consensus is do it yourself if you can.. so that's exactly what I'm going to do. I'll start rounding up some oils and go from there. As for other things to check like fluid leaks I feel I'm pretty much on top of that as part of my normal maintenance regime which is the Six P's.


    Thanks all

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavcan01 View Post
    I'll start rounding up some oils and go from there.
    If you haven't changed all the oils in one hit previously the cost of the oils is a real eye opener, or at least it was for me! Not a cheap exercise. Getting the oils into the diffs, gearbox & transfer case is much easier if you use the easier flowing synthetics. Make sure you use the specified GL rating. In mine (TD42i) it is GL4 is specified. First time I changed the gearbox oil I thought a later GL5 oil would be ok if not better. Wrong. It isn't. When I finally woke up & replaced it with GL4 oil it made a significant improvement to gear changing when the motor was cold.

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    Cheaper for me to get the local 4wd mechanic to do my major service...buying all the parts alone is the same price...lol...let alone having the time to go over the whole car...

    Minor services...well I check the rig before every trip so thing get done when they are needed...not much goes wrong with a mechanical diesel if it not thrashed...good ol tractor.

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