When you take it in to the dealership for your major service, the service performed is what Volvo recommends doing weather it is a 7500 mile service, 15k mile service or 30k mile service, that is what you will get with the right parts and no surprices with the extra oil charge and disposal fee. Volvo's price is up to 8 quarts of motor oil and the S40 takes 7 quarts of oil. Now you can take it to a quick lube if you like but that is what you are going to get, a quick oil change which is not going to cost you what you would normally spend on a Honda. Most quick lube places charge at least $10 more for the canister filter plus there price is only up to 5 quarts of motor oil. Now if you needed a cabin filter at 15k miles that would be extra and Volvo does not make the job very pleasant to do because of the location it is in so they most likely will not do it or they can damage the accelerator pedal mounting studs, resulting in some major repairs. Trust me, I have had to do this repair but luckily under warranty. Just compare prices before you decide what to do. Also when you take it in to the dealership, they run your VIN to check for any open campaings for your vehicle. For example, Volvo may have come out with a software upgrade to make some calibrations to a system and once you are there they do will do it. Unless it is something related to safety then Volvo will issue a recall letter but for minor stuff they do it at your major service. Also dealerships report all your services and repairs to CARFAX which could help with your resale value if you ever dicided to sell your car? Your warranty will not be voided going to Jiffy Lube as long as you keep service records and everything is being done that Volvo wants you to have done at the recommended intervals. To be honest, if you really think you can save some money besides going to the dealership, try looking into an independent repair shop with ASE certified technicians, or if you really like Jiffy Lube, you can actually go in between oil changes for example. Dealership for major 7500 mile service, 3000 miles later Jiffy Lube, 15k mile service dealership, etc. Hope this helps.
Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 AT 11:09 PM