2003 Honda Accord 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 107000 miles
The car reached 107,000 miles and I am sure this needs some extra maintenance. When it was at 60,000, I took it to the dealer and he asked me to change the transmission fluid. He charged a hefty sum. I think the same dealer changing the timing belt much earlier than 60k miles (but I am now not 100% sure). I do not want to go to the dealer, if I can find a good meachanic and it you think it is ok. What are the items that I should ask the mechanic to change at 100k miles? How do I know if he wants me to change something else (transmission oil change seems to be everyone's favorite) how can I tell he is saying the truth? I do not want to unnecessarily do things that are not required, but do want to change all things that I have to change to keep the car going without any problems. Also two problems I notice are, my car always remains hot, even in NY cold winter, I have to run the heat at max 50 degrees - beyond that, it is really hot. My feet always get very very hot in this car even at 50 degrees. The second problem is when I start the car in the morning or in the evening after work, in winter, it makes a terribly screeching noice which remains till I drive the car more than 5 miles. (Does not happen in summer). Finally, should I go to the dealer to ensure the parts are original or can I use a local (recommended) mechanic?
Thursday, March 11th, 2010 AT 5:39 PM