If the dealer doesn't provide the first service free, I certainly would not pay to have it done. Also, if I had to take it and leave it and make a return trip (6 hours), I would do it myself. Actually in my case I would still do it myself because I don't know the quality/experience of the guy they use for oil changes as compared to a service tech. The dealer has payroll, rent, insurance, taxes, etc, so he has to charge a price higher than your free labor.
You can't avoid the doohickey. It has to be in there. Gen1 owners manuals show a maintenance schedule the the doohickey. My gen2 manual doesn't mention the doo. I am sure someone with a gen1 manual will comment.
I recommend adjusting the doo at least every other oil change and every oil change is better. I just loosen the adjuster bolt 1 1/2 turns and tap on the end of the socket extension to jar any sticky parts loose and re-snug the bolt. DON'T TAKE THE ADJUSTER BOLT ALL THE WAY OUT, or some parts may fall out of place.
Within the first 10,000 miles, I suggest that you replace the doohickey with an aftermarket one with a torsion spring so you don't find your self with no spring tension to actually adjust the doo when you loosen the adjustment bolt.
Last edited by GoMotor; 05-28-2016 at 04:25 PM.