2007 Volvo S40 Regular Maintenance for a Volvo

Tiny
NTAYLOR95
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  • 2007 VOLVO S40
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 45,000 MILES
We own a Volvo S40 and my husband always takes the car to the dealership for the regularly scheduled maintenance (i.E. Oil change, etc). Can't I just take this car to Jiffy Lube and get the same service for a whole lot less money? I have taken my Honda to these guys for 5 years and I have never had a problem. I didn't know if there is something so special about a Volvo check-up that really erquired $260 at the dealershiip? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Monday, March 15th, 2010 AT 12:14 PM

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Tiny
JIS001
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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.
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 AT 11:09 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the information. We actually did find an independent mechanic certified to work on Volvos and the cost is about half the price of the Volvo dealership so I feel very comfortable with these guys. Plus, they had rave review online. Now, we won't go broke keeping our car properly maintained. That was great info on CarFax. I am goin to doubel check with this independent mechanic and see if he reports this information as well. Thanks again.
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Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 AT 3:35 PM

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