I am not arguing against the 30K maintenance, but your logic does seem flawed. I think the alignment is what you needed, which would have cost $40-$80. The only adjustment that can be made to the front-wheel alignment is the toe. The rear toe and camber can be changed also. If you received a printout of the alignment before-and-after specs, you will probably see that your front toe was out of spec. You may have had too much toe-out, which can cause the steering to feel jumpy.Originally posted by Redline:
Well I brought my car in last saturday for my 30k mile(im at 32k) maintenance, which costed me $250 without the oil change(had the oil change at 30k). I also got a 4 wheel alignment since I didn't get that done after installing my trd springs. For those of you who are questioning if it is worth the money or not, I'd say it definitely is. My car literally feels like the first day I got it. Everything feels smooth and tight. The alignment did wonders too. My car used to feel like it was hopping a bit when i took hard turns(for some reason i thought it was normal...), but now it takes those turns very smoothly. I was very hesitant to throw away $250 on maintenance, but in the end it was well worth it.
Personally, I think the benefit of the 30K maintenance is that it gives the dealer one last chance to find any problems before your warranty runs out, and it keeps you on good terms with your service department. It's like a pay-off.
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