2002 Honda CRV – 60,000 Mile Maintenance Costs

Reader Question: I have a 2002 Honda CR-V, which received 60,000-mile service at a local mechanic’s shop recommended by a friend.

They told me I had to flush all my fluids: anti-freeze (cooling system flush) at $136.20, brakes at $108.03, transmission at $149.69, power steering fluid at $137.65, and they did an oil change. When they were done with all the charges, it was $911.69

Was this a reasonable charge? Labor alone was $718.47, parts were $277.53, discount $94.50, tax was $10.19. They said they threw in a free air filter.

Please let me know if this is a “reasonably priced” mechanic.

Thank you,


Hi there Gloria,

Those prices seem a little high to me, comparing them to labor rates and current prices here in Houston TX. I do agree with the fact that it is a good idea to periodically flush those fluids though, but I think those prices are about 20% more than they should be.

Not sure what the $94 discount is all about, but I guess the discount and the free $8 air filter is supposed to make you feel good about spending $911! Hahahah…

Also, those prices only add up to about $530 so I hope the other $400 for spent on something useful like spark plugs, fuel filter, brake inspection, radiator hose inspection, etc. etc. etc.

The labor charge was so high because there is no tax charged on labor, so most shops will inflate the labor charges to dodge the taxman.

Here is a list I made of items that I feel should be inspected and replaced at 60K miles. You might want to compare my recommendations to what you were actually charged for just to make sure there was not an important item overlooked.

60K Mile Car Maintenance Schedule

Austin Davis

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4 Comments on "2002 Honda CRV – 60,000 Mile Maintenance Costs"

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Very nice article! Keep your good work!

  2. Jed says:

    An engine air filter should only cost about $15, and are generally easy to replace…no tools required. I usually buy an air filter from a local autoparts store & replace it every 2 to 3 oil changes. I’m not sure about cabin air filters though.

  3. Robert says:

    i went in to do a regular checkup too and what they informed me of was that my air filter was completely damaged, i told them to do a replacement as it was under warranty, but to my shock they told that air filter cannot be replaced unless you buy it as its on the list of things which is not under warranty. Is it true or they just robbed me off $200. Pleas help me out with the dilemma.

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