Re: 24,000 mile service, how much does it cost?
I skip most of the services, change the oil often and after 50,000 miles have saved plenty. My bike runs perfectly, gets 50+mpg, runs regular. After reading this forum for a couple of years, there have been few enough needed valve adjustments to make me take my chances. Most of the posts say that when the labor was done, the valves were within specs.
I think I will break down soon and have the coolant and a few other things changed just cause I like my LT. None the less, I figure that if my 99' drops dead tomorrow (I would bet it does not), I have saved enough on "regular maintainence" to buy myself a nice 02' which someone else has paid the stealer to maintain.
I have a 97' wagon purchased new with 160,000 miles and it too has never had any "scheduled maintainence." Timing belt at 100K, plenty of clean oil and filters and good to go. Oh yeah, last week it blew a heater hose and cost me $100.
When something goes wrong that is not cover under dealer's warranty, I always can find a local guy to give it a try. Lucky so far.
As an experiment, my next new vehicle will get no dealer love either and the savings will go into a good mutual fund. I suspect by the time anything goes wrong, I will have plenty for either repairs or a new car or bike.