Posted by: Alex a
July 31, 2012
I have mixed feelings about my last visit to Curry Honda.
I brought my car in for an oil change, an air conditioning service, a cooling system flush, and problems with the windshield wiper fluid not hitting the windshield.
The oil change was done well, and my car always feels like it drives better when Curry Honda services it, compared to other non-dealership mechanics. It's not the cheapest oil change at $33, but if the work is done in conjunction with other work, it is worth the time saved. As a helpful note, if you go in for an oil change, they are supposed to have you in and out in 45 minutes. What they don't advertise is that the guarantee doesn't apply if you don't have an appointment.
My air conditioning also works much better. Apparently, there was a refrigerant leak near the compressor, so they replaced the o-rings and gave the system a good charge. They estimated the repair work at $175 and charged about $145 for this service. When I had a similar problem with my last Honda, the cost was only $100, so I'm not sure why the price was higher this time.
I asked for a cooling system flush, because their service or business department called me and recommended it. When I was there in person, they said it is usually done when the timing belt is changed, so there was no need to do it. We skipped the cooling system flush.
The windshield wiper fluid problem somehow didn't make it onto the work order, even though I verbally mentioned it as they were writing up the order. When I tested it the other day, the driver's side spout works, while the passenger side spout doesn't spray any fluid.
They also discovered that my upper radiator hose was swollen, so they recommended replacing it. That cost about $130. Since I was going to take the car on a trip to Florida within the next 3 months, I figured it would be wise to go ahead and get that work done.
They also said that my oil pump was leaking, and it would cost about $930 to fix that. I'm not sure how they were able to diagnose that, but this has been the first major repair issue for my car, which has 131k miles on it now. I will deal with that issue at my next maintenance and get a second opinion from another mechanic.
I expected the work to take about 2 hours, but with the radiator hose problem, I ended up waiting a total of 4 hours.
Overall, I'm satisfied with the experience, but it irks me that my windshield wiper fluid still doesn't spray correctly, and I have a possible oil pump replacement looming in the future.