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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, 04:15 PM   #5
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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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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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Old 11-28-2008, 07:37 PM   #15
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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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Old 11-28-2008, 08:08 PM   #18
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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.
cool, yeah i couldnt remember the specifics of it off the top of my head.

thanks for adding that info.

thats one thing with my cars, I will break parts, but not because of improper servicing.
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Royal Purple is a religion oil like Amsoil. People get converted and it becomes the meaning of their life.

It's probably pretty good stuff, but I don't want to get involved in that culture.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_P...t_manufacturer)
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Heavy synthetic oil. Mostly for high horsepower/heavy duty applications. Some people put it in their daily drivers because they get some kind of reassurance with it. I'm not really sure. It's expensive stuff and there isn't honestly that big of a difference for me to justify the expense.

As long as nobody puts Penzoil in their Camaro it's all good. On a side note, I won't be servicing my Camaro at the dealer or my driveway, but behind a curtain in the V.I.P room.
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After break in period I'll be using Red Line or Royal Purple. Your car's engine oil is one thing you do not want to cut corners with the heart of your vehicle. I've used Red Line in my wife's past BMW 525 and never had problems with over 268,000 miles since purchase. I use Royal Purple in my Tahoe.
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I've used Red Line in my wife's past BMW 525 and never had problems with over 268,000 miles since purchase.
Who has had problems that can be blamed on another oil brand? Most cars go to the junkyard having never had a problem that could be blamed on oil brand, oil type, or even oil change interval. Anyone who keeps cars for a long time can post the same thing you did for whatever oil they use. I bet most people here don't even plan to keep their Camaro for 268,000 miles.

FWIW...my 2002 GMC is closing in on 180,000 miles and I've mainly taken it to two mechanics for whatever oil they put in it, but sometimes to Jiffy Lube or a dealer or DIY. I usually manage to change the oil by the time "Change Oil" lights up on the dash, but sometimes it's been longer (and the light usually comes on after 6 to 7 thousand miles). When it was relatively new it had an oil leak, and a "Low oil" light came on but I thought it just had a bad sensor so I drove it dry for I don't know how long before I finally got it to the dealer for service. I've towed my 6000 pound camper a few thousand miles with it, up mountains where the engine didn't have enough power to get up to a decent speed. I've idled it for hours on hot days, and driven it hard while stone cold on cold winter days. It serves me, I don't serve it.

After all that, it has never had a problem that could be blamed on oil. Mostly it's had wheel bearings wear prematurely from heavy loads and rough driving surfaces.
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Royal Purple is a religion oil like Amsoil. People get converted and it becomes the meaning of their life.

It's probably pretty good stuff, but I don't want to get involved in that culture.
the Amsoil following is crazy. im talkin die hard fanatics. I prefer Royal Purple myself. now, before you go and call me a RP illinois nazi, i will tell you that i have ran numerous tests with different oils and filters in my cars and sent samples of all of them off for analysis, as well as cutting open my filters and inspecting them myself.

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Heavy synthetic oil. Mostly for high horsepower/heavy duty applications. Some people put it in their daily drivers because they get some kind of reassurance with it. I'm not really sure. It's expensive stuff and there isn't honestly that big of a difference for me to justify the expense.

As long as nobody puts Penzoil in their Camaro it's all good. On a side note, I won't be servicing my Camaro at the dealer or my driveway, but behind a curtain in the V.I.P room.
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Who has had problems that can be blamed on another oil brand? Most cars go to the junkyard having never had a problem that could be blamed on oil brand, oil type, or even oil change interval. Anyone who keeps cars for a long time can post the same thing you did for whatever oil they use. I bet most people here don't even plan to keep their Camaro for 268,000 miles.
I plan on keeping my car till the wheels fall off... or i put it into a wall....lol

tho, if you use the proper grade/weight oil and filter for your application and change it at regular intervals, you should never have a problem. however, a LOT of people who put their cars in the garage for the winter dont change their oil when they take it out in the spring. a lot of people will change at 3000 miles, regardless of the weather/temps.

i change my oil roughly every 3000 miles, but then again, I live in charleston, sc.... we have one season... partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers.

during race season, ill change it more often. and when I drive to IL for vacation, i change it before I leave and again when I get back. ~2000 mile roundtrip. is it excessive? could I let it go longer? sure. but when you thrash on your car like I do, its cheap insurance to me.

same thing like spending an extra 75-100 bucks on lifters when doing a cam swap.

however... with 9qts... and this car being under warranty, it will probably go to the dealer for changes at scheduled interchanges... but, it will get RP and a wix filter if it wont mess with my warranty.
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