2015 Acura TLX: Pricey Second Service
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on December 25, 2015
When we last left the action, our long-term 2015 Acura TLX needed service. The dashboard chimed in to let us know that the B16 service was due, so we scheduled a dealer visit and dropped it off locally at Hooman Acura of Santa Monica.
After just a few hours at the dealer, the TLX was ready to go. Our first service cost $80.64 for an oil change and tire rotation, but this service was much more work and cost quite a bit more.
The first part of the service, called the "Symbol B" service, included the following litany of inspections:
Inspect front and rear brakes; Inspect tie rod ends, steering gear box, and boots; Inspect suspension components; Inspect driveshaft boots; Inspect brake hoses and line (including ABS/VSA); Inspect all fluid levels and condition of fluids; Inspect exhaust system; Inspect fuel lines and connections.
Labor for those inspections totaled $104.49. Next item on the list was the oil change and filter which cost $49.35 for parts and labor. The third item was the "Symbol 1" service, which is basically a tire rotation. That cost $29.84 (labor only of course).
The final part of the service was the "Symbol 6" which meant replacement of the rear differential fluid. According to the online service manuals for the SH-AWD TLX, this service interval can range from 7,500 miles to as high as 15,000 miles, depending on driving conditions. We were apparently at the far end of the spectrum. The cost in parts and labor for the diff service ended up being $102.39.
With "hazardous waste" disposal fees and taxes, the total for the service came to $279.24.
Other than a little snafu where the service advisor couldn't find the key to the TLX momentarily (it was in his pocket), the pickup was easy and the service only took about three hours.
Travis Langness, Social Media Editor @ 14,512 miles