I thought I would update this as I am the OP.
I own a 2010 Honda Civic LX.
Back in November 2012 I went in for an oil change at the Honda Dealership.
The mechanic told me I needed a 30,000 mile e-service package to the tune
of $590. I decided not to do it.
I went back to the same Honda dealership today for another oil change ( che
ap, quick, nice lounge, near my job ).
I got told again there were some 30,000 mile service things I needed to get
done that added up to about $550.
This particular mechanic seemed a little more intelligent than the kid I go
t the last time.
I told him that I read the manual and according to the manual the maintenan
ce minder would light up an icon on my dashboard when those things needed t
o be done.
He asked me if I was in the habit of bringing my Civic in for oil changes e
arly, before the meter got down to 15%. I told him that I did indeed to t
hat. I usually came in at 20%.
He explained to me that the maintenance icons for things other than just oi
l do not light up unless the meter gets down to 15%, so I have missed doing
these things at the mileages they needed to be done. He told me that wai
ting until 15% still has a small safety margin so I don't have to get my oi
l changed the day it happens. So, I think I will do that from now on.
I called two other Honda dealerships. I learned that not all Honda dealers
hips charge the same for labor. One charged as high as $122 an hour, anot
her as low as $109 an hour.
I found an independent mechanic near where I work that charges only $106 an
hour and his estimate for those maintenance things was almost $70 less tha
n what my regular Honda dealership quoted me. I will probably go to him i
n about two days when my schedule gets free.
After that I am going to wait for my meter to hit 15%, so I get told to do
maintenance a bit a time and not in large expensive clumps.
It seems like a PITA. I would have liked it if the manual just gave me a
chart with what to do at what mileage. I'm disciplined enough with calenda
r reminders that would have been easier for me.
Anyway, I'm sure other people searching on this subject will find the infor
mation useful, so here it is