Doug-dougiefour said:I took my wife's 2001 MDX into Pikes Peak Acura (not the original dealer) in Colorado Springs yesterday for it's 15,000 mile service. Upon dropping it off, they had my sign the work order, which had an estimated total of $187. I asked why so much for an oil change. The owner's manual suggests changing the oil/oil filter, rotating the tires and various visual inspections at 15,000 miles. They were adding in a change of VTM differential fluids, something I had done at 7,500 miles, and something not suggested again until 30,000 miles. I declined the VTM service. When I picked the vehicle up, the receipt clearly stated "Owner Declined VTM Differential Service". I asked to have the line omitted from the receipt because the owner's manual does not require it until 30,000 miles. They said, "because you live in Colorado, you are automatically on the Severe Driving Maintenance Schedule which requires VTM service at 15,000 miles".
This vehicle does not have a trailer hitch, my wife drives it 20 miles a day round trip to work, some weekend interstate trips to the ski resorts, Southern Colorado weather is neither extreme cold, nor extreme hot.
Finally, here are my questions: Can Acura or an Acura Dealership slap this label on my vehicle or me? Would their claim stand up in a warranty dispute? Does the rear differential VTM do anything 99% of the time on this mostly front wheel drive vehicle? Would I have purchased this vehicle had I known of this limitation on its Colorado stamina? (Probably not).
Thanks for your help!
All your questions are EXCELLENT! However...when the folks at Honda/Acura did R&D on the driving in HARSH conditions to test the limitations of this vehicle and to also build the vehicle around these harsh conditions...A lot it was for ICE, Snow and cold seasons...Hence that is why the VTM systems proven to be such an outstanding 4WD system in the MDX.
Your Owners manual CLEARLY states that the VTM fluid be changed at 7500 and every 30K. Acura tested the Acura in Japan winter climate...and let me tell you...IT IS MUCH MUCH worse than Colorado's, they also tested in New York, Canada and Alaska. So for the dealer to tell you that ....I think I smell..."Lets make a few extra bucks from this guy..."
Why fix somethin that ain't broken???
Well you got my drift..