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Author Topic: Get the 30000 mile tune up or not worth it?  (Read 4174 times)
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« on: February 05, 2013, 06:32:47 PM »

I get my 2010 Traverse serviced at a local GM dealership. They stated since mine has 33000 miles I needed to get the service recommended. The cost is approx. $400. My vehicle has been well maintained with regular oil changes and tire rotation and the 27 point inspection. I'd like some feedback please on if it really is worth the $400+, or is it a money thing for them? Thanks for the help.
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2013, 06:54:23 PM »

Can't see anything being needed at 30,000  miles

The fist Maintenance scheduled items in the owners manual are all at 50,000 miles.

Air Cleaner, Change Transmission Fluid, All-wheel drive Transfer Case fluid change

Then nothing till 100,000 miles.

They seem to be a little early with this.
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2013, 07:28:58 PM »

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They stated since mine has 33000 miles I needed to get the service recommended.

Man, $400 for the 330,000 mile service ain't bad!!!   Cheesy    (I assume you REALLY meant 33,000 miles?  If so, I think he's looking for work.)
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2013, 08:00:27 PM »

I'd service the transmission fluid at 50,000 at a minimum...

Can't see anything being needed at 30,000  miles

The fist Maintenance scheduled items in the owners manual are all at 50,000 miles.

Air Cleaner, Change Transmission Fluid, All-wheel drive Transfer Case fluid change

Then nothing till 100,000 miles.

They seem to be a little early with this.

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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2013, 08:38:51 PM »

Man, $400 for the 330,000 mile service ain't bad!!!   Cheesy    (I assume you REALLY meant 33,000 miles?  If so, I think he's looking for work.)

He only said 33,000. If you have any spare zeros, I'd love them added to my paycheck! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2013, 09:00:04 PM »

im sure that $400 includes a fuel filter change? (no serviceable fuel filter on traverse)

But you can pass on that service.
(by the way can you list what they would do?).

Take your $400 and do the following...
buy 1 can of throttle body cleaner $5. (this will work for the next 20 throttle body cleanings).
buy several bottles of techron fuel system cleaner. (buy them on sale- 2 for 1). ($12 total).
Buy 11 quarts of DEXRON VI full synthetic trans fluid $77 if its on sale at $5.99 each) and save it for a partial trans fluid change at 50,000

You still have $305 left.....

Techron- simply pour in tank

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http://www.traverseforum.com/index.php?topic=1621.0

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http://www.traverseforum.com/index.php?topic=2900.0

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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2013, 10:30:14 AM »

@lookin4new1, you can also talk with the service manager to have him/her explain why they recommend this being done.  This might help you decide.

Michelle, Chevrolet Customer Service

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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2013, 10:48:57 AM »

There's nothing in the manual that is due at 33k. Keep doing the Oil Changes and rotations till 50k, then do the recommended stuff.
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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2013, 11:07:29 AM »

Personally I think that changing the trans fluid is a waste of money.  Same goes for the techron (aka snake oil), I have a 2002 Olds Minivan with 159,000 miles.  Transmission fluid is original from the factory and it shifts as smooth as the day it came off the dealer lot.  As long as it's not leaking or slipping, I'd leave it alone.
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« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2013, 11:46:12 AM »

techron is far from snake oil.....
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« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2013, 01:14:44 PM »

Neither is the trans fluid change. Nothing lasts forever, and if you think about it, 50k miles is what, 4, 5 years a change? Worth the investment, IMO.
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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2013, 01:23:04 PM »

the good thing about the lambdas-- is that the partial trans fluid swap---is SOOOO easy.
No trans pan to drop/No gasket to install/no filter to install/no o-ring (any 3800 owners here--- hehe know what im talking about)

And if you buy the oil on sale--- its a no brainer.
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« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2013, 02:09:17 PM »

You have to realize GOWMU, they don't build things like they used to...

The transmission is only as good as it's weakest part, and in this case there could be 'Many' weak parts...

That combined with the higher temperatures that these transmissions run at, is a recipe for disaster...

Not changing the fluid is the icing on the cake (or the cherry as it may be)...

Just IMHO...

Personally I think that changing the trans fluid is a waste of money.  Same goes for the techron (aka snake oil), I have a 2002 Olds Minivan with 159,000 miles.  Transmission fluid is original from the factory and it shifts as smooth as the day it came off the dealer lot.  As long as it's not leaking or slipping, I'd leave it alone.
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« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2013, 03:14:26 PM »

they don't build things like they used to...

Wow, that should be GM's new selling point.  At least they wouldn't be accused of false advertising.
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« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2013, 03:50:20 PM »

Not a selling point, but a reality...

Can't pin this just on GM...   It's everywhere you look...  GM may have the best intentions, and a supplier cuts corners (deviates from spec) just to save a dime on each part, and there you go...

Again a reality, in our globalized, outsourced world...

Wow, that should be GM's new selling point.  At least they wouldn't be accused of false advertising.
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« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2013, 05:58:48 PM »

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He only said 33,000. If you have any spare zeros, I'd love them added to my paycheck!

I guess I'll take MY $400 and get some new glasses!  drunk
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« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2013, 09:16:14 AM »

the good thing about the lambdas-- is that the partial trans fluid swap---is SOOOO easy.
No trans pan to drop/No gasket to install/no filter to install/no o-ring (any 3800 owners here--- hehe know what im talking about)

And if you buy the oil on sale--- its a no brainer.

DON'T EVER TALK ABOUT 3800 AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2013, 09:49:12 AM »

The Buick 3800 was one of the BEST engines GM ever built!  I wish the Lambda's had it, then we could at least get better fuel economy than this fuel sucking 3.6 liter.  It was a good old push rod engine.  No need for these high revving duel overhead cam engines.  It's interesting that the new corvette engine I was looking at the Detroit Auto Show this year is a pushrod and not a DOHC.  Says something when they put a pushrod into the 2014 Vette.
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« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2013, 03:30:48 PM »

Not a selling point, but a reality...

Can't pin this just on GM...   It's everywhere you look...  GM may have the best intentions, and a supplier cuts corners (deviates from spec) just to save a dime on each part, and there you go...

Again a reality, in our globalized, outsourced world...


It's a sad truth.

Another small example that really pissed me off was when Canon started supplying really cheap and stiff wrist straps instead of the nice soft ones with an adjustable slider.

Seems trivial, but it was just another indicator of every company trying to save a few cents and hoping we didn't notice.
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