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Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:34 am quote
Just found out what my first service costs on my new MP3 (1000 km or 621 mi) and I'm disappointed that its so expensive (>$500). Anyone else want to share their cost?
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Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:50 pm quote
Mine was $311.00

This was for an ie. Maybe hpe is more.
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Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:51 pm quote
What, for an oil change and a quick check-up?

I've always asked for the first service to be thrown in as part of the original purchase deal. Not been refused yet!
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Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:53 pm quote
mine was about $150.00.
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Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:29 am quote
first service cost was mostly labor
Of course there was the engine oil/filter change, rear hub oil change, but more expensively as Piaggio-prescribed later “notch”-prevention: adjusting and tightening steering head bearings and greasing steering pivots. That last notch-preventing part requires front end dissembly and then reassembly. I’m not sure every dealer is doing this at the first service, leading to our cost disparity. I just wanted to get a feel for whether the labor charge was in line with others’. I picked this shop because I liked/trusted the mechanic, which is important when you have a two year warranty that benefits from service at an authorized service center. I just was really hoping it would be cheaper.
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Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:18 am quote
Little off-topic. Do you have pictures of your MP3?
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Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:56 am quote
Sure, here it is.[/img]

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Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:46 am quote
Very nice! Definitely love all black!
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Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:02 am quote
Unless they are checking the torque on the front fork bearings, that is way to high. And most dealers don't even have the tools to do this.
Ask what they are doing for the first service. If it an engine and hub oil change I would just do it myself and keep the receipts. That is if you are in the US, other countries may have requirements that require dealer to do the service to keep your warranty, that is not the case in the US.

This is where a location in your signature is helpful to giving advice.
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Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:57 am quote
WEB-Tech wrote:
Unless they are checking the torque on the front fork bearings, that is way to high. And most dealers don't even have the tools to do this.
Ask what they are doing for the first service. If it an engine and hub oil change I would just do it myself and keep the receipts. That is if you are in the US, other countries may have requirements that require dealer to do the service to keep your warranty, that is not the case in the US.

This is where a location in your signature is helpful to giving advice.
Yes, they were checking the torque on the front fork bearings. I have photos of all the interior complexity. I’m in the Midwestern US.
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Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:29 am quote
The price is acceptable then and you have a good dealer for dong that.
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Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:04 am quote
slomo_scooterbabe wrote:
I’m in the Midwestern US.
Please add that to your profile - it will help if you have any further questions, as no-one will remember otherwise.
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Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:30 am quote
First Service
My first service was 0 €

I had a new set of Battlaxes from Matilda,so I made a deal and traded them in for a free first service.
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Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:46 am quote
WEB-Tech wrote:
Unless they are checking the torque on the front fork bearings, that is way to high. And most dealers don't even have the tools to do this.
Ask what they are doing for the first service. If it an engine and hub oil change I would just do it myself and keep the receipts. That is if you are in the US, other countries may have requirements that require dealer to do the service to keep your warranty, that is not the case in the US.

This is where a location in your signature is helpful to giving advice.
That´s right WEB-Tech. In Germany (for example) we are required to have the service done by the dealer to keep the Warranty until it runs out .Then we
can do our own services .
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Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:05 am quote
Re: First Service
Hillbilly Fred wrote:
My first service was 0 €

I had a new set of Battlaxes from Matilda,so I made a deal and traded them in for a free first service.
Should have traded the rear tire with me. I need on already.
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Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:15 am quote
My Dealer did my First Service for Free...
Hmmm... I guess they are charging now?

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Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:07 pm quote
klaborde wrote:
My Dealer did my First Service for Free...
Hmmm... I guess they are charging now?

Keith,
Marietta, GA
Hi Keith. In Germany nothing is really for free.
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Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:46 am quote
Hillbilly Fred wrote:
klaborde wrote:
My Dealer did my First Service for Free...
Hmmm... I guess they are charging now?

Keith,
Marietta, GA
Hi Keith. In Germany nothing is really for free.
TANSTAAFL
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Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:46 pm quote
mpfrank wrote:
Hillbilly Fred wrote:
klaborde wrote:
My Dealer did my First Service for Free...
Hmmm... I guess they are charging now?

Keith,
Marietta, GA
Hi Keith. In Germany nothing is really for free.
TANSTAAFL
Okay Frank. I'm game. What the heck does "TANSTAAFL"mean.
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Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:22 pm quote
There (ain't) is no such thing as a free lunch. [1]

AFAIK

IIRC

TIA...

[1] Stupid double negative negating the thing it was supposed to support.
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Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:22 am quote
jimc wrote:
There (ain't) is no such thing as a free lunch. [1]

AFAIK

IIRC

TIA...

[1] Stupid double negative negating the thing it was supposed to support.
That's right! I forgot. I've been living too long in Germany!
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Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:25 am quote
It’s not free here either. Even if they don’t charge you for it, you paid for it in another way- purchase price.
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Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:27 am quote
Vintage1 wrote:
It’s not free here either. Even if they don’t charge you for it, you paid for it in another way- purchase price.
Or someone else paid for it.
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Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:29 am quote
We use to do free state safety inspections on customers vehicles at the GM dealership where I worked.
Great way to get more business for a free inspection.
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Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:45 am quote
Madison Sully wrote:
Vintage1 wrote:
It’s not free here either. Even if they don’t charge you for it, you paid for it in another way- purchase price.
Or someone else paid for it.
Probably both of them paid. Dealers are not known to do charity sales and then scramble to make it up someplace else.
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Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:47 am quote
Re: first service cost was mostly labor
slomo_scooterbabe wrote:
Of course there was the engine oil/filter change, rear hub oil change, but more expensively as Piaggio-prescribed later “notch”-prevention: adjusting and tightening steering head bearings and greasing steering pivots. That last notch-preventing part requires front end dissembly and then reassembly. I’m not sure every dealer is doing this at the first service, leading to our cost disparity. I just wanted to get a feel for whether the labor charge was in line with others’. I picked this shop because I liked/trusted the mechanic, which is important when you have a two year warranty that benefits from service at an authorized service center. I just was really hoping it would be cheaper.
That first service should only be an oil change ,no filter, plus a check-up like jimc said nothing else. That should be somewhere between 200 and 250$. Not 500. Are you he is trustworthy?
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Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:55 am quote
Here’s a thought. (To no one specifically)... To avoid complaining the cost is higher than your average scooter service and intimating that the dealer is a thief, Maybe don’t buy a somewhat unique scooter, with Unique features and technology that require special training, special tools, and much more time than a simple oil change, and if you do buy one, don’t compare its maintenance cost to a regular two wheel scooter service.
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Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:03 am quote
Vintage1 wrote:
Here’s a thought. (To no one specifically)... To avoid complaining the cost is higher than your average scooter service and intimating that the dealer is a thief, Maybe don’t buy a somewhat unique scooter, with Unique features and technology that require special training, special tools, and much more time than a simple oil change, and if you do buy one, don’t compare its maintenance cost to a regular two wheel scooter service.
You`re the one who was Raggin on the Dealer in the first place. Not me!
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Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:40 am quote
Re: first service cost was mostly labor
Hillbilly Fred wrote:
slomo_scooterbabe wrote:
Of course there was the engine oil/filter change, rear hub oil change, but more expensively as Piaggio-prescribed later “notch”-prevention: adjusting and tightening steering head bearings and greasing steering pivots. That last notch-preventing part requires front end dissembly and then reassembly. I’m not sure every dealer is doing this at the first service, leading to our cost disparity. I just wanted to get a feel for whether the labor charge was in line with others’. I picked this shop because I liked/trusted the mechanic, which is important when you have a two year warranty that benefits from service at an authorized service center. I just was really hoping it would be cheaper.
That first service should only be an oil change ,no filter, plus a check-up like jimc said nothing else. That should be somewhere between 200 and 250$. Not 500. Are you he is trustworthy?
Actually with the MP3 a good dealer will check the fork bearing to make sure they are tighten to spec.and grease them
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Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:16 pm quote
Re: first service cost was mostly labor
WEB-Tech wrote:
Hillbilly Fred wrote:
slomo_scooterbabe wrote:
Of course there was the engine oil/filter change, rear hub oil change, but more expensively as Piaggio-prescribed later “notch”-prevention: adjusting and tightening steering head bearings and greasing steering pivots. That last notch-preventing part requires front end dissembly and then reassembly. I’m not sure every dealer is doing this at the first service, leading to our cost disparity. I just wanted to get a feel for whether the labor charge was in line with others’. I picked this shop because I liked/trusted the mechanic, which is important when you have a two year warranty that benefits from service at an authorized service center. I just was really hoping it would be cheaper.
That first service should only be an oil change ,no filter, plus a check-up like jimc said nothing else. That should be somewhere between 200 and 250$. Not 500. Are you he is trustworthy?
Actually with the MP3 a good dealer will check the fork bearing to make sure they are tighten to spec.and grease them
Maybe they do.I couldn`t say for sure, but changing the rear hub oil is not necessary. Just level check and refill if needed. Specs donot require an oil change with the first service unless requirements are different in the U.S.
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Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:11 pm quote
Hillbilly Fred wrote:
Vintage1 wrote:
Here’s a thought. (To no one specifically)... To avoid complaining the cost is higher than your average scooter service and intimating that the dealer is a thief, Maybe don’t buy a somewhat unique scooter, with Unique features and technology that require special training, special tools, and much more time than a simple oil change, and if you do buy one, don’t compare its maintenance cost to a regular two wheel scooter service.
You`re the one who was Raggin on the Dealer in the first place. Not me!
Where did I rag on the dealer? What I said was truthful.
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Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:12 pm quote
Vintage1 wrote:
Here’s a thought. (To no one specifically)... To avoid complaining the cost is higher than your average scooter service and intimating that the dealer is a thief, Maybe don’t buy a somewhat unique scooter, with Unique features and technology that require special training, special tools, and much more time than a simple oil change, and if you do buy one, don’t compare its maintenance cost to a regular two wheel scooter service.
I don't recall complaining at all. I do all my own work, so frankly for the most part I have no idea what maintenance costs are other than parts.
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Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:47 pm quote
Re: first service cost was mostly labor
Hillbilly Fred wrote:
WEB-Tech wrote:
Hillbilly Fred wrote:
slomo_scooterbabe wrote:
Of course there was the engine oil/filter change, rear hub oil change, but more expensively as Piaggio-prescribed later “notch”-prevention: adjusting and tightening steering head bearings and greasing steering pivots. That last notch-preventing part requires front end dissembly and then reassembly. I’m not sure every dealer is doing this at the first service, leading to our cost disparity. I just wanted to get a feel for whether the labor charge was in line with others’. I picked this shop because I liked/trusted the mechanic, which is important when you have a two year warranty that benefits from service at an authorized service center. I just was really hoping it would be cheaper.
That first service should only be an oil change ,no filter, plus a check-up like jimc said nothing else. That should be somewhere between 200 and 250$. Not 500. Are you he is trustworthy?
Actually with the MP3 a good dealer will check the fork bearing to make sure they are tighten to spec.and grease them
Maybe they do.I couldn`t say for sure, but changing the rear hub oil is not necessary. Just level check and refill if needed. Specs donot require an oil change with the first service unless requirements are different in the U.S.
There's an aweful lot of metal particulate matter comes out with the first rear hub oil change. It has nowhere to go so getting that rubbish out is important for long service life. We always changed it out on customer bikes and it's in the service requirements if you check, unless it's changed on the later bikes.
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Wed Oct 30, 2019 3:12 am quote
Re: first service cost was mostly labor
Stromrider wrote:
Hillbilly Fred wrote:
WEB-Tech wrote:
Hillbilly Fred wrote:
slomo_scooterbabe wrote:
Of course there was the engine oil/filter change, rear hub oil change, but more expensively as Piaggio-prescribed later “notch”-prevention: adjusting and tightening steering head bearings and greasing steering pivots. That last notch-preventing part requires front end dissembly and then reassembly. I’m not sure every dealer is doing this at the first service, leading to our cost disparity. I just wanted to get a feel for whether the labor charge was in line with others’. I picked this shop because I liked/trusted the mechanic, which is important when you have a two year warranty that benefits from service at an authorized service center. I just was really hoping it would be cheaper.
That first service should only be an oil change ,no filter, plus a check-up like jimc said nothing else. That should be somewhere between 200 and 250$. Not 500. Are you he is trustworthy?
Actually with the MP3 a good dealer will check the fork bearing to make sure they are tighten to spec.and grease them
Maybe they do.I couldn`t say for sure, but changing the rear hub oil is not necessary. Just level check and refill if needed. Specs donot require an oil change with the first service unless requirements are different in the U.S.
There's an aweful lot of metal particulate matter comes out with the first rear hub oil change. It has nowhere to go so getting that rubbish out is important for long service life. We always changed it out on customer bikes and it's in the service requirements if you check, unless it's changed on the later bikes.
Sorry,but I cannot believe that a brand new Bike that has been driven for only 1500 km would have enough ware to warrant a rear axle oil change
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Wed Oct 30, 2019 3:44 am quote
Re: first service cost was mostly labor
Hillbilly Fred wrote:
Stromrider wrote:
Hillbilly Fred wrote:
WEB-Tech wrote:
Hillbilly Fred wrote:
slomo_scooterbabe wrote:
Of course there was the engine oil/filter change, rear hub oil change, but more expensively as Piaggio-prescribed later “notch”-prevention: adjusting and tightening steering head bearings and greasing steering pivots. That last notch-preventing part requires front end dissembly and then reassembly. I’m not sure every dealer is doing this at the first service, leading to our cost disparity. I just wanted to get a feel for whether the labor charge was in line with others’. I picked this shop because I liked/trusted the mechanic, which is important when you have a two year warranty that benefits from service at an authorized service center. I just was really hoping it would be cheaper.
That first service should only be an oil change ,no filter, plus a check-up like jimc said nothing else. That should be somewhere between 200 and 250$. Not 500. Are you he is trustworthy?
Actually with the MP3 a good dealer will check the fork bearing to make sure they are tighten to spec.and grease them
Maybe they do.I couldn`t say for sure, but changing the rear hub oil is not necessary. Just level check and refill if needed. Specs donot require an oil change with the first service unless requirements are different in the U.S.
There's an aweful lot of metal particulate matter comes out with the first rear hub oil change. It has nowhere to go so getting that rubbish out is important for long service life. We always changed it out on customer bikes and it's in the service requirements if you check, unless it's changed on the later bikes.
Sorry,but I cannot believe that a brand new Bike that has been driven for only 1500 km would have enough ware to warrant a rear axle oil change
He’s relating what his experience has been when servicing them, not giving a wild opinion. Why don’t you believe that?
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Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:48 am quote
Re: first service cost was mostly labor
Vintage1 wrote:
Hillbilly Fred wrote:
Stromrider wrote:
Hillbilly Fred wrote:
WEB-Tech wrote:
Hillbilly Fred wrote:
slomo_scooterbabe wrote:
Of course there was the engine oil/filter change, rear hub oil change, but more expensively as Piaggio-prescribed later “notch”-prevention: adjusting and tightening steering head bearings and greasing steering pivots. That last notch-preventing part requires front end dissembly and then reassembly. I’m not sure every dealer is doing this at the first service, leading to our cost disparity. I just wanted to get a feel for whether the labor charge was in line with others’. I picked this shop because I liked/trusted the mechanic, which is important when you have a two year warranty that benefits from service at an authorized service center. I just was really hoping it would be cheaper.
That first service should only be an oil change ,no filter, plus a check-up like jimc said nothing else. That should be somewhere between 200 and 250$. Not 500. Are you he is trustworthy?
Actually with the MP3 a good dealer will check the fork bearing to make sure they are tighten to spec.and grease them
Maybe they do.I couldn`t say for sure, but changing the rear hub oil is not necessary. Just level check and refill if needed. Specs donot require an oil change with the first service unless requirements are different in the U.S.
There's an aweful lot of metal particulate matter comes out with the first rear hub oil change. It has nowhere to go so getting that rubbish out is important for long service life. We always changed it out on customer bikes and it's in the service requirements if you check, unless it's changed on the later bikes.
Sorry,but I cannot believe that a brand new Bike that has been driven for only 1500 km would have enough ware to warrant a rear axle oil change
He’s relating what his experience has been when servicing them, not giving a wild opinion. Why don’t you believe that?
Who said anything about a wild opinion? I was just relating my experience,and my experience is that I have never needed to change the Gearbox Oil on any First Service Vehicles. What are you putting in those things over there? Salad oil ?

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Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:06 pm quote
Read what you said. If you don’t get it I can’t help you.
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Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:48 pm quote
Vintage1 wrote:
Read what you said. If you don’t get it I can’t help you.
Okay ,I get it, but don't need to be a smug little Smartass about it either
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Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:46 pm quote
Hillbilly Fred wrote:
Vintage1 wrote:
Read what you said. If you don’t get it I can’t help you.
Okay ,I get it, but don't need to be a smug little Smartass about it either
HEY! Who you calling little?
Anyways, Apology accepted.
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Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:09 am quote
Fred, if you change your gearbox oil at 600 miles you will notice lots of metal particules in it. This is because the hub gearbox has to 'bed in' (run in) it's gears. Gears in the gearbox have been hardened at the factory, but they also have to "work harden" and smooth down their surfaces. This is done by the natural rubbing and sliding together of the gear teeth. This produces the metal particules during the initial running in process. There's no filter in the hub gearbox so those metal particules are circulated around over every moving part including the bearings etc. That's not good and it will shorten the life of the gearbox if you don't take out those metal bits.

That's why you need to change the gearbox oil so early.

Edit: The latest models STILL require a rear hub oil change at 600 miles. Just checked the latest manual.
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