2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: Scheduled Service Visit
June 08, 2011
Our 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon's service reminder light started staring us in the face a few days ago, ever since the remaining oil life dropped to 15 percent. This morning the readout clicked below 10 percent, so with an Acura dealer just 2 miles from my front door and 7,701 miles on the TSX's clock, it was time to get it taken care of.
An Acura service monitor displays an alphanumeric code along with the oil life percentage, and today that code was A1. Not surprisingly, "A" is for oil change and "1" is for tire rotation, so that's exactly what I ordered up from Francisco, my friendly service advisor at Weir Canyon Acura in Anaheim, California.
With no appointment or call-ahead, a 40-minute turn around time seemed mighty good to me. I was less excited about the $105.37 bill, however.
Look closely at the bill above and you'll see that service code A, the oil change, cost $61.60. The oil in question is a 0W-20 synthetic blend, and they used 5 quarts of it at $7.79 each. The filter and washer cost $4.75 and the rest is labor and waste fees.
Another $39.95 went for service code 1, the tire rotation and brake inspection. If you're keeping score at home the front pads are now at 8mm thick and our rears are at 7mm -- plenty of meat left.
Add in a bit of tax and we arrive at our total of $105.37. I keep telling myself I could have done all of this myself for about $35 and an hour of my time.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 7,703 miles