Looking for advice about service for Accord

Hi,
I'm looking for advice about the best way to service my Honda Accord 2001 4cyl. It is past warranty with about 30 thousand miles. What would be the most cost-effective way to
service it? Should I go to Honda dealer's service department or are there other option which would allow to serve it for less money without sacrificing too much in quality?
IP
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If you are even slightly mechanically inclined, get a service manual and do some of the repairs yourself. If your dealer doesn't have one, you can buy it here: http://www.helminc.com/helm/product2.asp?class%5F2=AHM&mk=Honda&yr 01&mdcord&dt=Shop%2FService+Information&module=&from=result&Style=&SkuaS8400&itemtype=N&mscsid=R372GA14GVTU9G5JX9J9PM6F50XF3173
For example, disc brake pad replacement is not at all complicated, and this manual leads you by the hand with step by step illustrated instructions. The $70.00 cost of the manual will more than pay for itself after your first brake job. Get a quote (dealer or elsewhere) for simple pad replacement with no rotor work and you'll see what I mean. The pads from the dealer are less than $60.00 and even come with a little moly grease packet that you'll need. They can probably be found a cheaper elsewhere.
If you don't feel comfortable doing any repairs, let us know what state and town you are in and maybe someone here can make a recomendation for a relaible repair shop in your area. Or see if there is a newsgroup for your state and ask there.
Bob
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With that mileage... you are probably due for transmission fluid change, if you have an automatic. Probably the brakes should at least be inspected around this time. As always... regular oil changes are the cheapest insurance for keeping your vehicle in good running condition.
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