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Over 16,000 miles on the Bolt since April and I have no idea why I am bringing my Bolt in for scheduled maintenance... We get two free maintenance appointments from the dealership, but I can't use it for the 22,500 mile one which replaces the cabin filter. They still charge for that part of the service. So I guess I will wait for two hours so they can rotate tires and check fluid levels.

I will ask how much they typical charge for the maintenance, but I think I will start bringing my car to the tire place for free rotations and doing the rest of the maintenance myself. Does anyone know what the dealership charges for the scheduled maintenance for the Bolt? If they charged under $50 and had an express line for quicker EV maintenance I would think about it. But waiting so long for such an easy inspection is annoying.
 

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Cabin filter replacement is easy to do yourself. I haven't done it but from this forum others' have documented it as being easy. Filter itself is cheap and you can buy a superior, carbon filter off Amazon. ProfessorBolta started a thread not too long ago about his experience buying a new filter off Amazon.

As for the maintenance, we'll just have to see. Thankfully, the maintenance schedule for the Bolt looks sparse compared to typical ICE vehicles.
 

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Over 16,000 miles on the Bolt since April and I have no idea why I am bringing my Bolt in for scheduled maintenance... We get two free maintenance appointments from the dealership, but I can't use it for the 22,500 mile one which replaces the cabin filter. They still charge for that part of the service. So I guess I will wait for two hours so they can rotate tires and check fluid levels.

I will ask how much they typical charge for the maintenance, but I think I will start bringing my car to the tire place for free rotations and doing the rest of the maintenance myself. Does anyone know what the dealership charges for the scheduled maintenance for the Bolt? If they charged under $50 and had an express line for quicker EV maintenance I would think about it. But waiting so long for such an easy inspection is annoying.
Sadly, I have had the same experience: 45 minute trip each way to dealer, 1.5 hours or more to rotate the tires and do nothing else (inspection? software update check?). And your point that the two free services are only for tire rotations is important, as it would be hard to pay $15 for the cabin filter that takes 5 minutes to change (4 of them emptying the glove box), and dealers charge ridiculous amounts for that. I am now staying away from the dealer because I get the impression that the battery recall software fix is installed EVEN IF YOU SPECIFICALLY REQUEST THEM NOT TO, and am using hilltop reserve instead. We'll see if the new fix supposedly coming in April really does come, whether they explain the problem, and the software update actually fixes the problem. Until then, there is very little maintenance beyond rotating the tires and changing the cabin filter.
 

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Cabin filter replacement is easy to do yourself.
Yeah, short of filling the window wiper fluid reservoir and checking the tire pressure, it's probably the easiest regular maintenance item you can do on the Bolt. And given it's the most frequent thing in the maintenance schedule it represents a LOT of potential service cost if you take it to the dealer. It makes way more sense to just do it yourself, IMHO.
 
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