When I got my 6 year old Nissan Pathfinder in 2002, it was beautiful. It still cleans up nicely and no one can believe it’s 13 years old.
Anyway, it was the first vehicle I’d ever owned that I actually considering doing routine maintenance on. You know, the schedule that tells you when to change this and when to replace that? I had my credit union help me locate my vehicle and I discovered the original owner left identifying information in the glove box so I was able to contact the dealer where he’d not only bought the vehicle, but where he got all the routine maintenance done regularly! So my vehicle was in VERY good condition when I got it. That was such a blessing to have a vehicle that was practically brand new. Of course we did pay $14,000 for it, but it was definitely worth it.
After I learned that Mr. Previous Owner had kept up with scheduled maintenance, I became a bit obsessed about keeping up with the routine maintenance, until I took it in to a shop near my job and discovered it was going to cost nearly $2000 just to replace parts that were still in perfectly good working order!
If I was wealthy, I would probably keep up with routine maintenance. But until then, we’ll do like everyone else does (I do not know even one person who does scheduled maintenance) and fix it once it’s broke.
My thirteen year old vehicle keeps springing leaks. There are several very small bypass hoses in very tight spots. Some are hidden pretty well and you can’t even see them, but once they start to leak, they are easy enough to spot. Mr. A spent four hours last weekend replacing another of these little hoses. He’s replaced four or five of them now, and thinks this most recent one is the last of them.
I have to say I am a diehard believer in doing routine scheduled maintenance for timing belts and chains. I lost an engine once due to the timing chain breaking. Timing belts are even less reliable. We also do regular oil changes, and Mr. A keeps a close eye on the tires, making sure they look good and are aired up properly.
So, back to my original question: Do you do routine scheduled maintenance on your vehicle?