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Old 06-30-2022, 11:45 AM   #15
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I would change oil and transmission/gearbox fluid and call it a day
The only thing there that isn't a relatively easy DIY, at least to me, is the brake fluid (although I am sure that many well tell me that is an easy DIY too - and they are probably right). However, I also think that is the one fluid change that probably needs to be done the least - assuming you don't track.

The biggest PIA to the transmission/brake fluid job is taking off all of the damn underbody panels and their thousands of bolts (particularly if you are like me - two jack stands and two ramps).
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Dont need to undo any panels for doing brake fluid. Very easy and satisfying job
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Dont need to undo any panels for doing brake fluid. Very easy and satisfying job
Oops - meant transmission/differential fluids.
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$800 seems a little high, but considering the labor and materials, really sounds about right overall, depending on area.

the cabin filter is extremely easy to change yourself. worst part is emptying and re-stocking the glove box to get to it. but i understand the fluid change stuff.
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the brake fluid, trans and diff fluid, air filters, ect aren't hard and fast need to be replaced based on intervals. those can typically be changed once they are "dirty" or if they are low on fluid.
i feel your pain since I live in an apartment and used to be able to do all my vehicle maintenance on the lift at my old job. If you have the $ i'd say go ahead and bite the bullet and get the work done at a shop you trust. If the cost is prohibitive get a good jack and 4 jack stands, an oil jug for used oil and do your own oil changes. You can rotate your times while the car is on stands to do the oil change as well.
The trans and diff fluid is actually a pretty straight forward and easy job it's just going to take time when doing the work on jackstands.



You could do all that work (IMO i'd get the shop to do the brake fluid only because fuck brake fluid and I've bled enough brakes for 10 lifetimes and I'm over it) in your driveway or at least a flat surface for maybe 1/4 of the price in less than 4 hours. Since you said you haven't had a lot of experience working on the car give yourself plenty of time (maybe expect 6 hours of work) just to go slow and make sure you're covering all your bases. 95% of those services can be done with hand tools in your driveway.
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