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Old 11-28-2008, 03:09 PM   #1
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Let's talk about servicing our Camaros

What is everyone going to do? Garage oil changes or take it to the dealer?
Also, what oil is everyone planning on using?
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:13 PM   #2
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dealer. only for convenience. disposing of the old oil isn't easy where i am. i'm a steady customer and am treated well. i will use synthetic, as probably will be factory reccomended.
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:27 PM   #3
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Mobile 1. Didn't I see someone on here say it has synthetic from the factory? If so, wouldn't that mean the engine is already broke in as it is not reccomended to use synthetic for break in? Would that also put an end to all the break in concerns people have?
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Old 11-28-2008, 04:10 PM   #4
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Old 11-28-2008, 04:15 PM   #5
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Dealer for first oil change and checkup, then me for everything after that.

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Old 11-28-2008, 04:27 PM   #6
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We offer free loaners, and your 5th oil change (synthetic included) is free.

Why wouldn't you take it to the dealer that knows the car?
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Old 11-28-2008, 04:31 PM   #7
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We offer free loaners, and your 5th oil change (synthetic included) is free.

Why wouldn't you take it to the dealer that knows the car?
well, as we have learned with the ordering process etc, unfortunately not every dealer knows his cars as well as you do...
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Old 11-28-2008, 04:33 PM   #8
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Old 11-28-2008, 04:44 PM   #9
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We offer free loaners, and your 5th oil change (synthetic included) is free.

Why wouldn't you take it to the dealer that knows the car?
Honestly, most dealers (not all) pay their "oil guys" next to nothing for doing an oil change and the faster they do it, the more they make. They rush the job and are not exactly careful when moving the cars. In my experience, they do not seem to care about the cars the way many of us do. The dings that have been put in many of my cars have come from a dealer employee. The dealer has always denied it and that walk around sheet they filled out did not amount to damn thing. The oil stains on my carpet, door panel, fender/front fascia/hood, steering wheel, seat, and anywhere else the guy chose to touch took me longer to clean up than doing the oil change myself...which I do. I've brought such "inattentiveness" up in the past and asked that it be cleaned off. I've gotten responses, such as "Your kidding, right?" I see the dealer only when necessary.
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Old 11-28-2008, 04:46 PM   #10
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Old 11-28-2008, 05:06 PM   #11
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Depends on where I'm living. Right now I live in an apartment so I can only do simple task like air filters myself. Oil changes and the like will have to go to someone else. There are some good dealers I've found that not only do a good clean job, but don't charge much either. Some independent shops (not Jiffy Lube) are good too.
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Old 11-28-2008, 05:06 PM   #12
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I'd do it myself. Have total control over it and I don't want nobdy touching my car then me. Plus it would be great to show up in the service hall with the Camaro next to all the boring cars around here
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Old 11-28-2008, 05:16 PM   #13
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I really want to have dealer documentation for everything with this car. AS I've never been the first owner of a car in my life I intend to make the most of being able to track it's history.

That being said, the horror story of the Corvette owner that was shared here the last week or so scared the bejeesus out of me.
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Old 11-28-2008, 07:31 PM   #14
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I change my own oil. tho I might let the dealership do the first couple while its still under warranty. but then again, no car ive ever owned has ever had a warranty and ive never worried about it. mainly cus I like to "change" things on my cars.

not to mention, ive read reports that if you use a motor oil other than the type used in the car when you get it, it will void your powertrain warranty.
not sure about the validity of that tho.

and Royal purple will be swapped into my car after about 1000 miles.
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Dealer only for me. Sure helps if you have any warranty issues when you can show it has been serviced by GM trained technicians only.
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not to mention, ive read reports that if you use a motor oil other than the type used in the car when you get it, it will void your powertrain warranty.
not sure about the validity of that tho.
Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act FTW. They could deny a claim for a failure that could be affected by oil if you didn't follow their guidelines, but they can't specify just one brand and variety. Even then, they can't void anything, they can only deny a specific claim that they are able to blame on the oil.
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