What is a good non-mileage based car service schedule?
August 27, 2014 12:44 PM Subscribe
I own a 2004 Mazda3 5-door. I love my car and love not having car payments and want to keep it running well as long as possible. I get oil changes fairly regularly, but I don't know what other maintenance or inspections I should be getting.
posted by misskaz to Travel & Transportation (12 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
The problem, such that it exists, is that my 10-year-old car has less than 40,000 miles on it. So I never hit any of the recommended mileages for various maintenance and services that a person should perform on a car. I already get the oil changed more frequently than the miles would suggest (otherwise I could easily go 9 months between oil changes - I try to keep it closer to 6 months and know even more frequently would be better). But I'm not sure what else I should be getting checked. I'm sure that after 10 years in a northern climate there are things that get worn out even if mileage is low - seals, hoses, fluids, etc. I've had tires and brakes replaced as needed, but not much else done to the car.
So ideally I'm looking for a website or other reference that says what I should be getting checked out or serviced and how often that isn't based on miles. I could just bring it into a mechanic and say "look everything over" and I'll do that if that's the consensus, but I would also love a schedule so that I don't suddenly find out I neglected some really important maintenance and now my awesome, low mileage car is all messed up.