ARLINGTON, Va. (July 7, 2003)—Costs for automotive service shops to subscribe to service information from auto makers is summarized on the National Automotive Service Task Force's Web site.
The Arlington-based task force was established to monitor the auto makers' pledge to make the information available by Aug. 31. The task force said all auto makers now make the information available online. This includes service manuals, technical service bulletins, training materials, reprogramming information and other related information.
Most auto makers offer subscription rates based on daily, monthly or yearly access, the task force said. Some, including Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen, offer rates by document or model. Hyundai's and Kia's information is free, as was Mitsubishi's until June 30. A pricing update was scheduled for June 23, though the task force's Web site did not reflect a change by July 7.
Yearly subscriptions range from $350 for both Toyota and Lexus to $5,200 for Porsche. Many makes, including Acura, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover and Saab offer yearly subscriptions for $500. Still others, including BMW, Mercedes Benz and Mini cost $2,500. Infiniti, Subaru, Nissan and Ford (which includes Lincoln and Mercury) cost $2,499.98 or $2,499.95 per year.
The prices can be viewed at www.nastf.org by clicking on the “Summary of OEM Service Web site Access Charges.”