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I had a message pop up on i-MID this morning "Service Due Soon". I bought the car end of November/beginning of Decemember last year. I asked specifically when i picked it up when the next service was due and was told "12 months, we've just done it".
I can only assume the service reset wasn't done? I covered less than 5000 miles too. Any thoughts?
 

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Almost certainly wasn't reset. Used to happen on my Golf at some garages who would forget.

The 1.8 is every year or 12,500 miles. When I bought the car I was told they had switched off the i-MID service warning and I had to sign a form confirming I was informed of this. Not sure if this is standard procedure or just a particular policy of the dealership I bought the car from?
 

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My service interval is turned off.

When I queried this with the dealer they said that they have seen instances of premature reminders, which are wrong, so it's best to disable it completely.

They said the worst example they'd seen was after 3 months and well under the 12,500 miles.
 

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Thanks. Odd that Honda have gone down this route rather than just proceed with what should be a very simple fix.
 

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My old Citroen C5 had a service reminder but that was just based on miles to go and/or time, which on that car was 20,000 miles or 2 years. Citroen reckoned that modern oils can quite easily do 20k miles before a change is necessary?

These clever ones that also assess driving style are obviously too easily fooled.
 

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My Golf also had the usual 10,000 miles or 1 year reminder. I've personally never serviced my car with any reference to driving habits or styles, and just used the standard time or distance method so would have been nice to have the reminder. Oh well.
 

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And already in only a few posts there are differing views on what is wanted hence the opportunity to turn it on or off.

6,000 miles driven like a lunatic are obviously worse than 6,00 like an old lady, bring in a timescale as well and you can see just how hard it is to'guess' when its due.

In this instance, i'd guess that it wasnt reset despite the service being done. An easy mistake as 90% of the time, that system isnt activated in a 9th gen, the tech probably didnt even know it was activated on this car.

Pop back in and they should either be ableto reset it or switch it off.

Just to confirm, it is due (as with all hondas bar the legend and s2000) at 12,5000 miles or 12 months whatever first.
 

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And already in only a few posts there are differing views on what is wanted hence the opportunity to turn it on or off.

6,000 miles driven like a lunatic are obviously worse than 6,00 like an old lady, bring in a timescale as well and you can see just how hard it is to'guess' when its due.

In this instance, i'd guess that it wasnt reset despite the service being done. An easy mistake as 90% of the time, that system isnt activated in a 9th gen, the tech probably didnt even know it was activated on this car.

Pop back in and they should either be ableto reset it or switch it off.

Just to confirm, it is due (as with all hondas bar the legend and s2000) at 12,5000 miles or 12 months whatever first.
Not sure there are any differing views in this thread.

There really isn't a way of telling if a car is due a service apart from the time and/or mileage since the last service. Things like oil colouration or how the engine sounds are all pretty subjective measures. There really isn't or shouldn't need to be any guessing involved. 99% of people don't drive like lunatics - just normally, so it seems bizarre to turn off a feature that would remind them of when the car should be serviced as per the guidance you've stated above(1yr or 12.5k).
 

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It does seem that the logic isn't quite right yet and the default setting, as advised to me, is off to save any confusion.

Mine needs servicing every March as I do about 11k a year so I'm quite happy to leave mine off.

The dealer was quite prepared to turn it on if that's what I wanted.
 

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Thanks for th replies guys.

I checked my odometer last night and it turns out i'm only just coming upto 4000 miles, not 5000 lol. And as mentioned i picked the car up beginning of Decemeber, so neither the mileage or time has elapsed since the last service was done.

I think possibly they have forgot to reset the service schedule, so i will need to pop it back in. Just another balls up from my dealer to add to the list of many. I think i will double check the service manual too just in case.

What a pain in the backside though that it pops up everytime i start the car haha. Once or twice, ok, but everytime? It's not even Due, it's "Due Soon"! lol
 

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There are plenty of 'opinions' of what servicing entails and when it should be done. The recommended service intervals for Hondas are 12 months /12,500 miles yet when you look at the HONDA definition of 'extreme driving' it is recommended that the oil is changed every 6 months. (see your vehicle handbook)

Extreme driving isnt doing the Paris Dakar but short journeys of limited time and distance , regularly. It doesnt have to be 140 mph around Brands Hatch daily. The car doesnt warm up, neither does the oil, then you pull up and stop, do this repeatedly and you should be able to see the potential issue.

The SVRS system is designed to pick up signals from the car to illustrate this, hence some people getting A or B warnings flashing up frequently. Its certainly not perfect, far from it and imho it is far too sensitive a system, hence most of them being switched off.
 
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