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I took in my 2013 Clubman with about 27,000 miles on it for an oil change. The dealership told me it was also due for a service checkup that would cost a hundred and something dollars. I said I'd pass on the checkup. The service light on my vehicle is still on and when I questioned it they said they reset the system for the oil change, but not the service checkup.

I feel like I am being extorted for money to turn off a service light!

The email they sent says the that checkup cost $139.99 and includes "changing the cabin air filter, A/C system deodorizer, fluids top off, brake inspection, tire check, coolant system check and multi point inspection."

I'm thinking I might be able to change the cabin air filter myself if I watch a few You Tube videos. Any tips from anyone would be helpful.

What is the A/C system deodorizier?! Is this a filter? Something else?

I'm not too worried about topping off the fluids or about the multi point inspection.

They inspected the tires (for free!) while I was there and said I don't need new tires yet, but I would soon and that four new tires and a front end alignment would cost me $700 and something. I was really surprised they didn't offer to rotate them because I might have actually paid to have that done.

Last time I was there they told me they had to reset the computer for the brake system since I wasn't wearing out the brakes as quickly as expected. So does my car tell me when I need new brakes? (I only drive ~ 8000 miles / year)

I thought I would find in the owners manual how to reset the service light, but I'm not seeing it. I looked it up online and will give one of these a try after I change the filter, but if anyone wants to review the correct method that would be helpful for me.

So my main questions are: any tips on replacing the cabin air filter? What is the A/C deodorizer? Does my car tell me my brakes need replacing? And how to reset the service light?

Thanks for your help with any of these!
 

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Inspections are a con. It just means you pay them to find things wrong with you car so they can con you out of more cash. If the only thing they are changing is the pollen filter, that is easily done yourself. Save yourself well over a hundred dollars, and keep the receipts to show it has been done. Never skimp on oil and filter changes though, plus other filters, brake fluid every 2 years, cam belt etc, but try using an independent MINI specialist, if there is one in your area.

My parents car went in for some warranty work recently, and the dealer did a free inspection. Picked the car up and was greeted with the line, "would you like to book in now to resolve the issues we have found". £600 worth of stuff that didn't need doing. Brake pads that were only half worn, 2 tyres that were fine etc. Told them where to go.

If you can, take your car to an independent specialist.

There will be a way to turn off your service light. My countryman is the same, about 4 or 5 different service lights. My countryman needs an inspection now, and an oil change in 3 months time. Its just another excuse to get you in to the dealership so they can find more things wrong.
 

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Main dealers can be a nightmare hence why I self service and maintain my own cars as well as friends and family's cars and at the same time I earn extra cash without ripping them off
 

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Thanks Everyone - I purchased a replacement cabin filter at Amazon.com for about $20 and replaced it myself over the weekend. It took about 5 minutes - Thank You YouTube. I was a bit surprised to find some leaves and a dead spider in there.
Amazon was selling plain old paper filters and also filters with a charcoal filter. I'm guessing that the charcoal filter is the A/C system deodorizer.
I was also able to reset the service light.
 
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