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The OM schedule is NOT excessive service, but you are paying too much if it is costing you $800-$1,000 every 16000km (25,000 miles)
In that time, you should have had five oil changes ($35 with synthetic and a Toyota filter if you DIY) and 5 tire rebalance/rotations ($80 for FREE lifetime rotation and rebalance at Discount/America's Tire, even if you didn't buy the tires from them)
Brake fluid and coolant changes, personally I go 3 years regardless of mileage.
Air filter and cabin filter are under $50 DIY for both combined, I generally do both once a year whether they need it or not (manual says 36mo).
Most other maintenance items at that mileage are "Inspect" and adjust/replace at your discretion. Most costly would be brakes, but routine maintenance is just a quick visual inspection.
You have an older model, so more long-term wear items are going to start showing up such as CV boots, belts, hoses, water pump, etc... but once these are replaced, you're going to be good for another 100-150,000 miles. The 100,000-150,000 mile area is probably the most costly time to own a vehicle as that is around when many factory parts have reached the end of their life and the car needs a "refresh"
Vehicles really are low-maintenance compared to 40 years ago when we had to replace our plugs and ignition parts every 10k.
2015 Rav4 XLE, 2016 Corolla S-Premium