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Old 05-08-2013, 11:46 PM   #1
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Oil Change

Sorry, noob question.

Is there any reason I should go to the dealer for the change instead of just getting a change done at the Jiffy Lube or Walmart or something? Last time I went to the dealer I felt like I got totally ripped off on the oil change, this will just be my second one since getting the car.

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Old 05-08-2013, 11:59 PM   #2
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Nope. You should attempt to do it yourself though.
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:00 AM   #3
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And I would never go to Walmart for an oil change.
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:07 AM   #4
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I have heard nothing but horror stories about jiffy lube or walmart oil changes, wrong filter installed, striped drain plugs, not to mention the shit dino oil they are going to put in your car. Or they might forget the oil or drain plug all together. Most of them places wont use your oil or filter and if you've already bought your own oil and filter, oil alone Mobil1 5w30 8-9quarts is already what $70 filter $10-15 AC delco or NAPA wick filter(which is what I prefer). buy some $30 ramps and do it yourself. My dealer gives me free oil changes for as long as I own my car and bring it to them. But I still do a lot of my own work that's not warranty related.
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:09 AM   #5
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IMO, I wouldn't take my car ANYWHERE for an oil change! If at all possible, do it yourself! That way you know it's done right! I pass up free oil changes, rather do it myself!

I've had several horror stories, just by getting a simple oil change! From dealerships, and businesses!!!


I'd rather hit my head with a brick, than take it somewhere for a oil change!!
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:38 AM   #6
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A friend of mine took his Mustang to a Jiffy Lube type place and they forgot to put oil in it. Got about half a mile down the road and the engine seized. Car only had 8000 miles on it. They wanted to put an engine in from a wrecked car with 45k miles on it. Do it yourself man. Its easy as cake.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:23 AM   #7
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I let my dealer do my oil changes, I buy my own oil which is Pennzoil Platinum. 44.00 for 2 5 quart jugs from Walmart. 13.00 for a GM oil filter that is used on ZR1 and some of the heavy duty trucks. Much stronger and heavier than normal LS3 filter and 13.99 for them to do the change and check over the car.

Change oil every 6K miles.
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Grab yourself 8 quarts of Mobil 1 and a NAPA Platinum oil filter. There are many DIY tutorials on here that walk you through the process. It's very easy to do and shouldn't take you more than 30 mins.

It's a good thing to do on your own because it gives you the chance to look under the car and inspect it.

Stay clear of the quick lube places. The people working there don't care about your car.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:22 AM   #9
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I let my dealer do my oil changes, I buy my own oil which is Pennzoil Platinum. 44.00 for 2 5 quart jugs from Walmart. 13.00 for a GM oil filter that is used on ZR1 and some of the heavy duty trucks. Much stronger and heavier than normal LS3 filter and 13.99 for them to do the change and check over the car.

Change oil every 6K miles.
Will that oil filter fit on a L99?
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Grab yourself 8 quarts of Mobil 1 and a NAPA Platinum oil filter. There are many DIY tutorials on here that walk you through the process. It's very easy to do and shouldn't take you more than 30 mins.

It's a good thing to do on your own because it gives you the chance to look under the car and inspect it.

Stay clear of the quick lube places. The people working there don't care about your car.

I sell filters, The filters a lot of quick change oil places use are CHEAP! They sell their oil changes by price so they are using $2.40 filters. Very rarely a customer asks what filter the shop is using as they are concerned on price. The problem the industry is having right now is the growing amount of vehicles now using synthetic oil. The Cheap Filters are not designed to go as long as the life of synthetic oil. A cheap filter is designed to go 3000 miles tops.
As mentioned spend a few bucks more on a good filter! The NAPA Platinum IMO is the best out there. The Gold is good as well. I cut filters apart regularly to show shops and customers the difference. There is a huge difference.
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I sell filters, The filters a lot of quick change oil places use are CHEAP! They sell their oil changes by price so they are using $2.40 filters. Very rarely a customer asks what filter the shop is using as they are concerned on price. The problem the industry is having right now is the growing amount of vehicles now using synthetic oil. The Cheap Filters are not designed to go as long as the life of synthetic oil. A cheap filter is designed to go 3000 miles tops.
As mentioned spend a few bucks more on a good filter! The NAPA Platinum IMO is the best out there. The Gold is good as well. I cut filters apart regularly to show shops and customers the difference. There is a huge difference.
wix and purolater and amsoil are what i would use. i think one of those first 2 actually make the napa platinum...correct me if i am wrong. If im not it would make it a fantastic filter.

I like cutting my filters in half just to see how they held up.
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What ever oil or filter you buy do what I do. Prefill the new filter with oil so that the engine has minimal time without oil pressure.
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wix and purolater and amsoil are what i would use. i think one of those first 2 actually make the napa platinum...correct me if i am wrong. If im not it would make it a fantastic filter.

I like cutting my filters in half just to see how they held up.
Yes, Wix makes NAPA filters and many other top notch filters. I have been to the Wix factory numerious times. After the filter is made, it is branded and labled for that particular vendor.

Also if you cut a NAPA Platinum filter, the media also has a fiberglass type mesh as well as the standard paper media with netting. When buying a filter, an extra $8.00 goes a long way! Blows me away when a guy puts a $4 filter on a $50k car or truck. I deal with this on a daily basis.
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8 Quarts Pennzoil 5W/30 with a K&N filter at Advance Auto $ 60
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Old 05-10-2013, 03:54 PM   #15
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I've had my car for 3 years, and the car has never seen anyone other than myself for an oil change. invest insome basic tools so you can do it yourself and never worry about someone doing it wrong.
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What ever oil or filter you buy do what I do. Prefill the new filter with oil so that the engine has minimal time without oil pressure.

Good point, I do this myself also. To easy with the way filter installs. I poor in about a half a quart into the filter.
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I fully agree with doing your own oil changes, and I always have. But unfortunately there can be warranty issues. If you have any type of engine problems, GM will want to see maintenance/oil change records, and self made records will never work. There have been way too many people denied warranty work just for not having all oil changes at the dealer. It really sucks and seems unfair, but it is reality. (Yes I'm sure there will be some exceptions at select dealers)
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No no no. Owners own records always work with receipts of buying the oil and filter. My dealer that I bought my Dodge Ram from told me this and my dealer that was the Pontiac dealer. Both told me that it has to be notorized by an outside source and receipts from auto parts stores are perfect. You must keep receipts of the oil and filter purchases.
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No no no. Owners own records always work with receipts of buying the oil and filter. My dealer that I bought my Dodge Ram from told me this and my dealer that was the Pontiac dealer. Both told me that it has to be notorized by an outside source and receipts from auto parts stores are perfect. You must keep receipts of the oil and filter purchases.
What notary is going to notarize that you changed your oil if they didn't see you do it?
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What notary is going to notarize that you changed your oil if they didn't see you do it?
True. Also its just risky because the dealer can do whatever they want in that situation. They will try the: "Well we don't know for sure that you changed it properly, and you're not certified so that could have caused your engine problem if it was done incorrectly" blah blah..dealer fine print blah blah.
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What notary is going to notarize that you changed your oil if they didn't see you do it?
Off topic for the OP but a notary's role is to witness and notarize your signature once you provide proof of your identity. It doesn't matter what the document says. They rarely even read it.
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Well I also went online today and the reviews for all the local places say they are terrible, so I may take the time to do it myself. I am more than capable of it, just was too lazy if there was a quick alternative.

Is there a consensus on oil/filter type and brand that is the best?
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Hell......wrong choice of words I guess. As long as you have a receipt with a printed date on it. I've been dealing with this for almost 25 years. Get a receipt for the oil and filter and put it in your records and you will be just fine. I was a ase certified under car specialist up until 2005. I now work for Mercedes Benz on the assembly line.
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