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The 600 mile inspection is coming due and I wanted to know what other have expreinced?

The dealer tells me Suzuki makes the inspection mandatory or the warranty is voided.

What is a fair price for this?

Has anybody had this done by a non-dealer athorized mechanic?

Thanks for the input....
 

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I was told $40.00, we will see. I am taking mine in today for the first service. Not sure what they do but I was told it had to be done. I will let you know tomorrow when I get the cost.
 

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I just had my K5 650 done...

For the "by the book" 1000 km check they charged me $134 CDN (taxes not incl.) which equates to about $118 USD.

This was for an hour's worth of labour (at $80/hour) plus materials (oil, filter, grease).

I'll do the next oil change myself but the above price seems pretty reasonable. I consider it "warrant-ability" insurance.


- Martin
 

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Martin said:
I just had my K5 650 done...

For the "by the book" 1000 km check they charged me $134 CDN (taxes not incl.) which equates to about $118 USD.

This was for an hour's worth of labour (at $80/hour) plus materials (oil, filter, grease).

I'll do the next oil change myself but the above price seems pretty reasonable. I consider it "warrant-ability" insurance.


- Martin
What is "by the book"? Can anyone tell me what they are supposed to do for the first service?

Just want to make sure it all gets done. $118 to $40 is a big difference, i was talking to a sales guy though when I was told that. I will be talking tot hte service manager this afternoon whent I take it in.
 

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Quick phone check for price survey..

Well, I called five dealers that are located in logical riding distance..

They range from $165.00 to a high of $340.00.
Averaged out at $207.50


Hmmm...
 

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According to the manual.....

Exhuast pipe bolts and muffler bolts.....Tighten
Engine Oil......Replace
Engine Oil FIlter......Replace
Idle Speed.... Inspect (inspect = inspect and clean, adjust, replace or lubricate as necessary)
Throttle Cable Play.....Inspect
Drive Chain .....Inspect
Brakes.... Inspect
Steering.... Inspect
Chassis bolts and nuts......Tighten
 
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Mine was about $22 for the filter and oil. Of course, I did it myself. Nothing says a dealer has to do it, and it is illegal to void the warranty because of it. Just save your receipts as proof the work was done. Perhaps he has never heard of the MAGNUSON-MOSS WARRANTY IMPROVEMENT ACT

MAGNUSON-MOSS WARRANTY IMPROVEMENT ACT

United States Code Annotated
Title 15 Commerce and Trade
Chapter 50 Consumer Product Warranties
15 Section 2302

“(c) No warrantor of a consumer product may condition his written or implied warranty of such product on the consumer's using, in connection with such product, any article or service (other than article or service provided without charge under the terms of the warranty) which is identified by brand, trade or corporate name; except that the prohibition of this subsection be waived by the commission if:

1) The warrantor satisfies the Commission that the warranted product will function properly only if the article or service so identified is used in connection with the warranted product, and

2) the Commission finds that such a waiver is in the public interest.”

This is your lifesaver for purchasing your inkjet cartridges at wholesale prices. Under no circumstances may any company or associate, salesperson or service technician deny you service or warranty work that would otherwise be covered under the warranty program.
 

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Dude.

It's an oil change. That's all. They will also check your chain and adjust it, if needed. If you are real lucky, they might even check your throttle cables and idle speed and tighten a couple of bolts here and there. Paying upwards of $2-300 for an oil change is madness, IMHO. Nothing you can't do yourself for $20-25. Keep your dated receipts with your manual, they cannot deny warranty claims if the work has been done and documented. (see above post) Trying to scare you into paying $250 for a glorified oil change with the old "voided warranty" line is one of the oldest stealer tricks in the book.

Some people like to just go ahead and let the dealer do it for piece of mind. Personally, I get a lot more piece of mind knowing that I did the work, it was done properly and with attention to detail, and cost me 10% of what the shop would have charged. Unfortunately, I've seen mine and other friends bikes come back from too many shops in worse condition than when I left them, to ever trust a shop or a dealer to do anything besides mount tires and fasten chains. After all, it's not their life on the line when something goes wrong with the bike, right?
 

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Dont you love the way Labour is always charged at tradesman rate when you know it's the 1st year apprentice doing the work really :?
 

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david, i bought mine from liberty cycle on rt. 21 in libertyville. i just had the 600 done, mine is a leftover `05, i told the service manager about the miss, sputter and who to call. he did, and i got a new ecm!!!runs great now, and thats the main reason i had them do the first service.sorry, long winded to 144$ and change for the first and last a dealers gonna do on mine, unless of course, warranty work. becman
 

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Don't let the dealer do it :!:

Just got back from picking mine up for the 600 mile service, what a joke.

Your right a very expensice oil change to say the least. Oh ya and grease the chain and check the air presure in the tires to.

Needless to say I won't be taking the wifes bike in for the 600 mile service. I'll just keep records and receipts and do everything myself from here on out.

Expensive lesson for sure :evil:
 

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By "by the book" I meant "as specified in the owner's manual".

I let the dealer do this first maintenance so they'd have less reason to dispute any future warranty claims but I'll be doing future oil changes myself.

By the way, they overfilled the oil AGAIN :x. I drained 500mL to get it down to the "Full" line in the sight glass (with the bike standing upright of course).


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Oil Change!

Your Right! It Is Expensive for an oil change! I didnt take mine in either, I was told that my first service would be around $200.00. Being a long time maint mechanic and motorcycle rider I couldnt believe my ears. I followed the maint chart in the owners book pg 7-4 and found nothing that could possibly cost that much. I guess its a good way to cover the dealers overhead. Ive found out that the bigger and nicer the dealership is, the higher the cost. Put new Castrol 15-40 in and found the filter at NAPA for $4.50. Total cost and time for all 1 hour and about $12.00.
 

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Dealers Ugh!

My thought on dealers. I really questioned the dealer about the so called Warranty. Sure, like they are going to give you a new engine even if they do all the service? I promise you it will be your fault. I asked about TBS adjustments and found they are not covered. I asked about electronics and got no answer. Doesn’t cover the clutch, rims, brakes, shocks, or controls. I saved the money on the first service and bought a Suzuki Factory oil filter and they recommended Honda lube! The nearest dealer to me is 50 miles away. I have been on this site more that an year, lurking and writing. These bikes pretty much don’t have issues, and if they do you are better off taking it direct to Suzuki and bringing a lawyer. Unless you find a really good dealer I wouldn’t go for it. Look at the owners manual and much of it says INSPECT. Which is what you should do every time you ride anyway. I end up cleaning my chain every 350-500 miles because it looks filthy. But I live in a very dusty high desert environment. I changed my Dino oil twice by the 1000 mile mark. And now I use Mobil 1.

I still use the Suzuki oil filters, which are probably a rip off, but I don’t trust the others. I have switched to Mobil 1 synth bike oil. No probs, the engines quiet and it shifts well. Change your oil, clean your chain, ride.
 

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I must have an honest dealer - I know, that doesn't make sense! :?

Anyway, he told me what they would do and suggested I could do it myself.
I kept the receipt for oil and filter and marked it in the warranty book. That was spring '05, I did it again this year and the bike is running fine.

Al
 
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