Well I admit that my aesthetic maintenance has dropped in the last year due to the car's purpose changing... but I still make an effort to wash and spray wax every other month. A few months back I was doing a concrete dropoff at the recycling yard and threw some blocks into what APPEARED to be a solid pour but was actually still a very wet puddle... and splashed wet concrete all up the side of Jukeys. ugh, that was heartbreaking. And I didn't have the time to address it in the moment so it was dried on there and boy did I curse my name when I had to sit there and scrape off solid concrete stuck to my door panels, body trim, and wheels. It's mostly gone now, but left a ton of nasty scratches behind which I'll address at the new year when I take my day to do my annual paint restoration. Moral of the story: a light wax is a very important barrier to nasty things, and if you routinely put your vehicle into nasty situations, it's that much more important.
At 101K miles my belt tensioner decided it liked tensioning so much that the bearing exploded and seized, thankfully with my 2" subframe drop it was actually really easy for me to change. Most DIY people I've seen drill holes straight through the frame rail to get to the bolt, but I was able to drop the engine enough that I could get away with just bending the pinch weld out of the way (which I bent back afterward) Also with my big tires it was way easier to take my front bumper off and crank the wheel to the right than to jack up the car and take the wheel off. It's a nice change of pace to actually work on a car and it only takes an hour, in comparison to installing the subframe drop, which took me nearly 40 or 50 hours spread across a couple weekends (which still has more work to be done)
Also bonus while the bumper was off I finally finished and installed the brackets for my matching halo fog lights
Finally got around to install all the parts I purchased from @Acidbbg (Nismo CAI, Nismo exhaust, Forge intercooler, and Synapse DV) on my Nismo RS. Trottle response feels much better with these parts installed and sounds amazing.
I also have the 2J Racing midpipe which has not been installed yet. Just looking at the Nismo exhaust, will the 2J Racing midpipe take away from the "tone" of the Nismo exhaust? Is there a noticeable change in performance with the 2J Racing midpipe (after tune, of course)?
62,670 mile service @ the local dealership
Mobil synthetic 5w30
CVT Fluid Change*
$289 out the door
* The full story! Had first CVT fluid drain and fill completed back at around 35-38k miles as I was feeling degradation. Started feeling the early signs again and so I figured why wait another 5k miles for another oil change cycle. (Interjection that I had an awesome service writer who also happened to be female, so please throw gender stereotypes out the window!) I told her I when I had last done a drain and fill, and she said they don't do drain and fills, just a full service which was about 12 quarts and 3x flushes for $350. So I said meh, ok, I'd have been doing it at 60k anyway on the recommended schedule and they can also change the beehive filter or whatever, if applicable. (I was going to get their standard discount of $50 off for spending $400+ anyway). Leave the car. Talk to her about 3.5 hours later, car is ready. She said that the tech pulled the first 5 quarts of fluid and checked the beehive and he asked why I even asked to get the cvt serviced... apparently there was nothing in the filter. So they just topped it off and wrote it up as a drain and fill. That was great news, mainly because it looks like my CVT is holding up pretty well with the Ecutek tune and my driving style.
Just a testament that some dealerships DO have knowledgeable people that want to do the customer right!
Oh and got a full interior and exterior detail WITH tire dressings. And they didn't even give me any sass for my torn passenger side wiper blade (which is now on order).
That doesnt happen every day. My daughter was just at Moyer NIssan here in Pa and got run over for a bad tire and state inspection on their 2018 Nissan Sentra Midnight Edition. Unreal what some dealers do to their customers.