Automakers are suffering because they can’t sell any cars; auto dealers are suffering because, well, they can’t sell any cars. Dealers, however, have alternative revenue streams, which the manufacturers will help them tap. Witness this mailing:
As a loyal customer, we know you are passionate about maintaining your vehicle with Infiniti expert service.
To thank you for your commitment, we are offering you a $50 rebate on your next Infiniti service visit.
And there’s a simulated $50 bill tucked into the fold.
There’s just one issue for me: I don’t happen to need $50 worth of service right this minute. (At 116,250 miles, the next service interval, it’s time for an oil change, and that’s it; the tab doesn’t approach $50.) The sensible thing to do, therefore, would be to hold it for the hyperexpensive 120k service, but that’s not happening before the end-of-March deadline.
Here’s what’s on the 120k Premium Maintenance list:
- Replace engine oil and filter
- Lubricate all locks/hinges
- Replace automatic transmission fluid
- Replace climate-controlled seat filter (M45/M35/Q45, if so equipped)
- Replace differential oil
- Replace engine air filter
- Replace engine coolant/flush system
- Replace engine drive belts
- Replace in-cabin microfilter
- Replace manual transmission oil
- Replace radiator cap
- Replace transfer case oil (4WD/AWD)
- Replace wiper blades
- Rotate tires (except G35 Coupe, Sport)
- Optional: flush automatic transmission (flush with ATF)
- Inspect the following:
__ All lights
__ Axle & suspension parts
__ Brake lines & cables
__ Brake calipers, pads, rotors
__ Brake light & cruise control switches
__ Drive shaft boots (4WD/AWD)
__ Exhaust system
__ Front suspension ball joints
__ Fuel lines/connections
__ Fuel tank vapor vent system hoses
__ Headlights/adjust if necessary
__ Propeller shaft (4WD/AWD)
__ Steering gear and linkage
__ Steering linkage ball joints
The tire store will give me a free rotation, so that can be eliminated; I don’t have AWD, so those items are irrelevant; I replaced all the belts at 90k, so they should be okay; all the expendable brake parts have been done within the last 24 months and there are no obvious signs of problems.
I would, however, like some input into this mysterious “climate-controlled seat filter” on the higher-end models. I can think of some things related to seats that really ought to be filtered, you know?