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Old 06-22-2009, 02:02 PM   #1
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Dealer-Oil change or DIY?

So does nobody trust their dealerships to do the oil change, or do you just WANT to change your own oil?
Is it just me?? I think I just have trust issues.
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My dealership said they would do the first one for free... too good to pass up
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Mine did too, they gave me a "coupon" for it. But what about after that?
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I usually alternate between me doing it a couple times then having them do it.
They actually do safety checks whenever the vehicle is on the lift, I do mine on jack stands where it is a bit more difficult to 'see' things.
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So does nobody trust their dealerships to do the oil change, or do you just WANT to change your own oil?
Is it just me?? I think I just have trust issues.

How many miles are you guys going to wait until your oil change? I have read some are doing 500 miles and others are waiting till 1,000 to 1,500 to do their first.

I do have trust issues with my dealer service but I guess they would be the best option.
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Depends on the dealer. Some are great, and some you'd be better off trusting a blind trained ape high on angeldust.
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Just imagine all the hands that were on your Camaro before you got it. The guy that drove it up on a train to ship it across the country. The Camaro is a very wide car, there isn't much space on the sides... did it get scratched? And think about the guy who drove your Camaro like an effin' rental once he got it down off the train... did a couple donuts... gunned it around a turn... then eased it up on the back of a truck to be shipped to your dealer.

Now you don't want to let the hispanic mechanic at your dealer pop an oil plug and replace your filter?

You're being silly ;-)
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Old 06-22-2009, 02:13 PM   #9
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Depends on the dealer. Some are great, and some you'd be better off trusting a blind trained ape high on angeldust.
Are you suggesting that there are DRUG ADDICTS out in the middle of the desert??? (Las Vegas)

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Old 06-22-2009, 02:15 PM   #10
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So does nobody trust their dealerships to do the oil change, or do you just WANT to change your own oil?
Is it just me?? I think I just have trust issues.
I change my own oil just because I enjoy servicing my own vehicles. Not a trust thing, just enjoy it as a hobby and save a couple bucks at the same time. I would trust a dealer much much more than the drive thru quick oil change places.
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Old 06-22-2009, 02:15 PM   #11
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I'd prefer to have the dealer do it since they are GM certified and trained with this Car. Plus, I got a coupon for my first oil change, and even if future ones costs more money I trust them more than a Joe Shmoe place.
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For me it is a trust thing. I've seen dealers do WORSE jobs than jiffy lube type places, and charge twice as much. Just because the building has a bowtie on it doesnt mean they arent paying some retarded high school drop out $7/hr to change your oil. Remember, a dealer is a privatley owned franchise- all staffing decisions are left up to the owner and management, and Chevrolet/GM have absolutely no control over it.

I do every single thing I can myself, because I've been screwed over too many times paying other people too damn much to do it for me.
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For me it is a trust thing. I've seen dealers do WORSE jobs than jiffy lube type places, and charge twice as much. Just because the building has a bowtie on it doesnt mean they arent paying some retarded high school drop out $7/hr to change your oil. Remember, a dealer is a privatley owned franchise- all staffing decisions are left up to the owner and management, and Chevrolet/GM have absolutely no control over it.

I do every single thing I can myself, because I've been screwed over too many times paying other people too damn much to do it for me.
But geez, there's a point when you just have to have some educated trust in people. Yes there are bad dealers out there, but most are good and honest. You should be able to weed the good ones out........So using your mentality, you never go out to eat at any restaurant cause the chef or waiter may spit on your food? Don't buy anything in the grocery store cause the guy may not have washed his hands when he packaged your bread? You just can't be paranoid your whole life, but I believe you need to make intelligent choices about where and when you give an establishment your business.
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Old 06-22-2009, 02:42 PM   #14
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I think you have to have it done at a shop to keep the warranty valid. Just take your own royal purple quarts.

Uh correct me if wrong. Also I am sure some dealers would be cool with it but some might burn you.
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Old 06-22-2009, 02:44 PM   #15
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Dealer did mine...500 miles or so and then again at 1500 miles.

If you are too worried about it...just sit there with the car while it's done.
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Old 06-22-2009, 02:48 PM   #16
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Depends on the dealer. Some are great, and some you'd be better off trusting a blind trained ape high on angeldust.
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Old 06-22-2009, 02:54 PM   #17
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I'm waiting until 3.000 to have the dealer do mine. I had a great dealer in Pittsburgh that I trusted, and have since found a nice dealer in New Jersey to work with (although just don't try to buy a Camaro from them).

I'm waiting until mile 3,000 - if my car blows up at some point while I own it I guess I can always look back and say "shux, should have had my oil changed at mile 500, 1,000 and 1,500 as well"
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Old 06-22-2009, 03:05 PM   #18
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theres nothing that states that the dealer has to do it to keep your warranty valid. I do it on my sports car because I enjoy it, and to be honest like less on hands on as possible not due to a trust issue. But if you can get them free go for it. I find dealer oil changes cost 10-15 bucks more. when i a place can do it for cheaper or i can do it all for about 20 bucks.
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Old 06-22-2009, 03:10 PM   #19
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I do all my own....!
Nobody does it as good as the owner of the vehicle!

Last time I left my truck with the Dealer....
Got home to check their work.
Popped the lid and the first thing I noticed was a ring of oil on top of my engine......about the size of the Oil Filler cap, from where they had apparently set it down while they filled my truck with oil.
Plus....
I keep a small spiral bound notebook in the glove that I use to record all maintenance and any other incidents (date, mileage, type oil filter, amount, price, etc...)
and I also keep an envelope in there for all the receipts!
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Old 06-22-2009, 03:23 PM   #20
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I do all my own....!
Nobody does it as good as the owner of the vehicle!

Last time I left my truck with the Dealer....
Got home to check their work.
Popped the lid and the first thing I noticed was a ring of oil on top of my engine......about the size of the Oil Filler cap, from where they had apparently set it down while they filled my truck with oil.
Plus....
I keep a small spiral bound notebook in the glove that I use to record all maintenance and any other incidents (date, mileage, type oil filter, amount, price, etc...)
and I also keep an envelope in there for all the receipts!
Wow that's some seriousness going on there....
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Old 06-22-2009, 03:34 PM   #21
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I have the dealer do all mine simply for the fact that they have record of me getting it done. So if any, warranty issues come up, they can pull up my history and go from there. I had a friend who had head gaskett blow on his 07 Suburban. He did all of his own oil changs, when he tried to get it fixed under warranty, they wanted receipts of all the oil he ever put in the rig. He didn't have them. He had to fight to the death before they'd do anything. To me it's all about convience. Another example, on my 02 Monte Carlo SS I had an issue where some hazing had developed under the clearcoat on the wheels. I showed the service manager and wanted to get a new wheel. He said "who rotated your tires" as if getting ready to blame the tire shop down the road, I said "you guys did", he pulled it up on his computer. BAM! New wheel in a week. To me having all maintenance done by Mr. Goodwrench is about piece of mind. Not to mention, my dealer has coffee, donuts and free shuttles to anywhere in the valley. They'll even come pick me up from work when my cars ready. Can't beat it. Although, I do get the fun and "therapy" of maintaining your own ride but until it's outta warranty...Mr. Goodwrench FTW!!!
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I do all my own....!
Nobody does it as good as the owner of the vehicle!

Last time I left my truck with the Dealer....
Got home to check their work.
Popped the lid and the first thing I noticed was a ring of oil on top of my engine......about the size of the Oil Filler cap, from where they had apparently set it down while they filled my truck with oil.
Plus....
I keep a small spiral bound notebook in the glove that I use to record all maintenance and any other incidents (date, mileage, type oil filter, amount, price, etc...)
and I also keep an envelope in there for all the receipts!
Did you sue the dealership?!
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But geez, there's a point when you just have to have some educated trust in people. Yes there are bad dealers out there, but most are good and honest. You should be able to weed the good ones out........So using your mentality, you never go out to eat at any restaurant cause the chef or waiter may spit on your food? Don't buy anything in the grocery store cause the guy may not have washed his hands when he packaged your bread? You just can't be paranoid your whole life, but I believe you need to make intelligent choices about where and when you give an establishment your business.
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For me it is a trust thing. I've seen dealers do WORSE jobs than jiffy lube type places, and charge twice as much. Just because the building has a bowtie on it doesnt mean they arent paying some retarded high school drop out $7/hr to change your oil. Remember, a dealer is a privatley owned franchise- all staffing decisions are left up to the owner and management, and Chevrolet/GM have absolutely no control over it.

I do every single thing I can myself, because I've been screwed over too many times paying other people too damn much to do it for me.
I'm glad we dont all know each other, because your remarks are uncalled for.
I know high school drop outs who are running multi-million dollar businesses. It s people like you, that frankly I really can not stand. Every body should be give a chance, any sane person anyways. Perhaps they screw with you because you give off an asshole vibe. I might do the same.
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How many miles are you guys going to wait until your oil change? I have read some are doing 500 miles and others are waiting till 1,000 to 1,500 to do their first.

I do have trust issues with my dealer service but I guess they would be the best option.
First off, you won't find a definite answer here on when to first change your oil. I have always done mine between 500-1000 miles- Waldo's was done at 914 miles (damn Mobil 1 oil changes are expensive). In any case, I have no problems paying what might amount to $10-20 more than the cheapest place you can find to do it simply because there's a GM record of it being done.

I had a 94 Z28 that Chevy ended up putting a new short block in under warranty.
First question-> How often do you change your oil?
My answer-> Look it up (as I'm really thinking "blow me").

Bottom line, if I hadn't had all my oil changes done at a dealer (any dealer because they can still pull up the records by VIN) I'd have had a nightmare trying to prove when and where the oil changes were done. Well worth the extra little bit of money to have them do it IMO.
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what brand of oil are you going to put in .mobile 1 or royal purple
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