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Old 04-17-2013, 06:26 PM   #1
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First Oil Change

I'm going to get my first oil change soon. I was wondering if I should go to the dealership and do it or go through place like Jiffy or so?
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:34 PM   #2
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Do it yourself! Save A LOT over dealership! Did my first one a couple weeks ago, it was super simple with this thread!
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=79739
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:48 PM   #3
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I'm going to get my first oil change soon. I was wondering if I should go to the dealership and do it or go through place like Jiffy or so?
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If you are not doing it yourself, we recommend you going to a GM authorized dealership for maintenance. This helps to ensure the process is done correctly and also if there are any other issues; it is documented and taken care of properly. If you would like, I can also help to locate a dealer nearest you and make an appointment for you. Here to help.

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Old 04-18-2013, 12:56 PM   #4
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I just picked my new '13 Camaro up on Saturday (about time)..Dealer offered service for the first year, includes oil changes. They got it figured at 7500 miles with this new synthetic blend they have..The dealers regular price is actually pretty good around $34 with free tire rotation. Compared to the hassle of doing it yourself..ie, buying everything, jacking up the car, draining, changing the filter and then disposing of the waste..I waste and hour minimum doing it myself and trust the GM tech more than myself
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:59 PM   #5
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Hello Trixdout,

If you are not doing it yourself, we recommend you going to a GM authorized dealership for maintenance. This helps to ensure the process is done correctly and also if there are any other issues; it is documented and taken care of properly. If you would like, I can also help to locate a dealer nearest you and make an appointment for you. Here to help.

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Old 04-19-2013, 09:12 AM   #6
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Do it yourself !!! I did (first time) and I never change anything in my life ! Great experience. GL
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:57 AM   #7
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I just picked my new '13 Camaro up on Saturday (about time)..Dealer offered service for the first year, includes oil changes. They got it figured at 7500 miles with this new synthetic blend they have..The dealers regular price is actually pretty good around $34 with free tire rotation. Compared to the hassle of doing it yourself..ie, buying everything, jacking up the car, draining, changing the filter and then disposing of the waste..I waste and hour minimum doing it myself and trust the GM tech more than myself
was that the synthetic blend price? if so that was good. or is that their basic type of oil?
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:26 AM   #8
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or is that their basic type of oil?
The dealership has to use a Dexos approved oil, so it's at least a synthetic blend. I haven't heard of any "basic" oil being Dexos approved.

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Old 05-15-2013, 07:07 PM   #9
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When I did my first oil change I asked the auto parts guy what dexos oil is better mobil 1 or pennzoil platinum and he had no idea what I was talking about and I had to explain to him what it is so I just went for mobile 1
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:32 PM   #10
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I personally don't trust the quick lube places. Having personally known the caliber of people those places employ at times...I'd rather not test the odds. I don't go to the dealer just because I'm not paying for something I can do myself. A set of ramps, and catch pan, a 14MM wrench (drain plug) and a 22MM socket (oil filter cap) and your set. With the amount of driving I do, it's about twice a year oil changes. Mobil 1 and a Wix filter. Less than $40 per change.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:13 PM   #11
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Change it yourself!

It's a great bonding experience with your car!
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:37 PM   #12
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Not sure I would recommend a dealer. Call around if you want, but pound for pound they've always been more expensive in my experience.

If you feel up to the task, as others have mentioned, it's a fairly simple driveway job, just make sure you have a catch pan or some other way of dealing with 2 gallons of old oil

Any lube shop can handle it as well, just make sure they're using decent oil and filters. If you're concerned about it you can always bring your own oil and filter to most places as well (it usually costs a bit less this way too, depending on their synthetic markup).

On the whole as long as you go with a good 5-30 synthetic and decent filter, you can't go wrong
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:30 PM   #13
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I just had mine done. I took a book to the dealer. Sat in air conditioning while they changed oil, reset oil meter, checked other fluids, topped of my wiper fluid, checked air in tires, rotated tires, and checked for any other problems that might be out of my mind.

Cost? Nothing, just the gas and time to get me there and back home. Even took me towards end of shift cause I could not make the morning appointment they gave.

Was worth it for me to stay clean and not have to look of where to dispose of the used stuff.

But, when I was younger, hot oil dripping down my arm was a badge of honor.. ;-)
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:46 PM   #14
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For Warranty purposes, keep all receipts on self oil changes.
Having the dealer do it is added insurance as the record is with them.
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Hello Kessler!

So happy to hear the dealership could help you out! Hope you enjoyed your book. Please let us know if you need any further assistance!

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I just had mine done. I took a book to the dealer. Sat in air conditioning while they changed oil, reset oil meter, checked other fluids, topped of my wiper fluid, checked air in tires, rotated tires, and checked for any other problems that might be out of my mind.

Cost? Nothing, just the gas and time to get me there and back home. Even took me towards end of shift cause I could not make the morning appointment they gave.

Was worth it for me to stay clean and not have to look of where to dispose of the used stuff.

But, when I was younger, hot oil dripping down my arm was a badge of honor.. ;-)
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:05 PM   #16
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Changed mine at 5,000 and used Mobil 1.
When you refill poor slowly; it has a tendency to run out if done to quickly through that little fill spout they have.

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Old 05-17-2013, 11:05 PM   #17
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The oil should flow in well enough, just have to be careful not to completely cover the fill hole in oil (nowhere for the air to go at that point, and it bubbles up making a mess). I use a funnel with a smallish neck that fits down in the fill tube, and makes it much easier to see what I'm doing and help prevent that issue.
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:45 PM   #18
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Depends on the stealership and how many miles you drive.
I have a good place that changes my oil and filter, vacuums the car, checks the tranny, diff, tires and cleans the windows, while I watch. They then show my the oil level after, and I can see them put in the good oil I paid for. I'm outta there in 15 minutes TOPS for $70 Mobil One oil change 6 quarts.
That said, the service advisors at my dealership know less about my car than a 6 year old child. It takes me 15-30 minutes just to get my car checked in there. They are total ass clowns. They touched my car once and that was the last time, unless I have a warranty claim. Idiots.
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:36 PM   #19
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Thanks for the tips guys, lots of good reading in here. I'm at 2,000km on my 2013 1LT so I think I'll go to the dealership for the first change and see what the experience is like.
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