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I would not be so trustful of Dealerships, either! Recently, I had my local Jeep dealer install the new 'longer' oil dipstick in my hemi motor. Simple job, yes? Well, 1/2 hour later they tell me it's ready. I go outside and I check out my Overland . . . greasy hand prints on the hood & oil drips all over the engine cowling. Unbelievable! I talk to the service advisor & show her the mess. She offers a free engine shampoo & clean! I said no thanks, but to make sure the tech gets his ass chewed out instead! I have since changed dealerships!

I would just circumvent the BS and ask the manager or your sales guy/gal who there best tech is, and insist they work on your car, and tip of a 12 pk said persons favorite beer will insure your car gets top notch care LOL

I am lucky my local dealer lets me go in and talk to a couple of the techs who I make sure do any work on my cars when I bring them in, mostly suspension, tires and alignments. Have struck up a good friendship with them and periodically stop by and get to see all the disaster they get to fix.

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Old 03-10-2016, 08:21 AM
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Re: I'm done with Lube Joints

Little things really help at car dealerships. Some years back my F-150 needed a water pump replaced. (It was leaking at the bearing after 95,000 miles). The service manager was sitting in his office with one of the mechanics at the time. (The place was kind of dead). They told me they could start right away on it if I wanted. It was after noon in the Summer, and the outside temp was about 115F, and the engine was hot as hell.


I told them if they would prefer, I could bring the truck back right before closing. That way the mechanic could park it inside overnight, and he would have a cold engine to work on the next morning, instead of a boiling hot engine now. Both the service manager and the mechanic mentioned that's the first time they've ever had anyone offer that kind of consideration, and they both thanked me for it. Little things like that are remembered. And I can't help believe it gets you a better job.
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Re: I'm done with Lube Joints

I had two great experiences with the local Meineke shop near me that ensure I'll go back to them should I need work done on my brakes, exhaust or suspension.

Experience 1:

- My F-150 threw a code and was sounding a bit "growly". I took it to the dealer first where the guy diagnosed that I needed a new manifold for a whole lot of money. I was unsure, so I went to the above mentioned Meineke shop had had them look at it. After a quick look, they guy reported the manifold was fine and it was just the little pipe that returns unburned emissions back through the system had broken and needed to be replaced. The work was done for about 10% of the cost.

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- Heading out of my driveway on the way out of town to visit some family members, I head a big thump and it felt like someone had bumped me from behind. I pulled back to my garage, grabbed a light and started looking it over. After inspecting under the bed, I found the rear of the passenger side leaf spring had broken away and was now resting up under the underside of the bed. The shackle that held it had rusted enough after close to 15 years that it had broken.

I carefully drove it the mile or so down the road to the Meineke shop and asked if there was any way they could get it in. After esplaining that I was on my way out of town, they agreed. They suggested that if they were replacing the one, it would be best to do the other at the same time since it was pretty rusty as well. Also, it would be cheaper to do it now rather than wait since both were calculated in the labor charge anyway and the parts were only $25 a side, plus a single disposal fee.

So, while they had it in, I took a walk to the nearby Dunkin Donuts to get some breakfast. While there, a bought a dozen donuts and took them back to the shop for the crew there as a thanks for helping me out. They were so pleased that somebody would do that, the manager knocked another 10% off.

In both cases, the truck was giving back to me with no evidence they had been inside it.
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Re: I'm done with Lube Joints

I must have the worst luck in the world. I bailed on the lube place and took it to the dealer where I purchased it. Not exactly on my way to office either. Exact opposite direction.

I called the day before and asked about an appointment but was told I don’t need one for an oil change. Fair enough what time do you open? Seven I was told. What I should have asked was “what time do your techs start working?”
Got there at 6:45 and pulled out of there at 8:50. Mind you they did do a 20 point inspection which also got me a set of wiper blades and a washed and polished Jeep. Rained like hell later but I’m lucky like that.
Took off for the weekend and when I got home decided to debug the front end. Noticed the hood had a larger gab next to the fender than the other side.
Opened the hood…. And tada.
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Re: I'm done with Lube Joints

Believe it or not I had a fleet car (Malibu) delivered new with the oil cap totally unscrewed and sitting loose on top of the hole. Everytime I stopped at a light I smelled burned oil. I feel your pain.
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Re: I'm done with Lube Joints

Haha no shit... I d be pissed off at that shop who forgot to put oil cap back. I always inspect my jeep once its out of service shop. I know they may feel insulted but who owns jeep? Me.

Hey Gravity,

sure hope nothing serious with your engine or anything...
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Gravity, your luck SUCKS! Are there no good Jeep dealers in Calgary?? Which dealer left the cap off?? I've dumped Tower, Varsity and Courtesy as they are all pathetic! If I need to go, I am now looking at Big 4 on Macleod Tr. Not sure if they are any good either, but I am running out of dealers to visit (should I ever need one . . . )
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I must have the worst luck in the world. I bailed on the lube place and took it to the dealer where I purchased it. Not exactly on my way to office either. Exact opposite direction.

I called the day before and asked about an appointment but was told I don’t need one for an oil change. Fair enough what time do you open? Seven I was told. What I should have asked was “what time do your techs start working?”
Got there at 6:45 and pulled out of there at 8:50. Mind you they did do a 20 point inspection which also got me a set of wiper blades and a washed and polished Jeep. Rained like hell later but I’m lucky like that.
Took off for the weekend and when I got home decided to debug the front end. Noticed the hood had a larger gab next to the fender than the other side.
Opened the hood…. And tada.
That's why, whenever I work on a vehicle and remove anything, I lay out all the parts on one half of a door mat I bought just for that purpose. Not only does it ensure everything goes back in the proper place, it keeps everything clean and avoids anything falling into a place where I can't get it back - or where it can damage something if I can't.

The other half of the mat is where I lay out all the tools required for the job so a) I don't have to keep stopping work to get more tools (especially if it means crawling out from under the vehicle) and b) it keeps the tools off the floor to protect them from dirt, dampness and damage.
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Re: I'm done with Lube Joints

Heres a funny story, guy where I work, bought a CPO Volvo xc90.

Anyhow , he negotiates the deal, goes to pick it up next day since they were supposed to prep it for delivery.

gets in drives 4 miles down the road and it craps out.

Now here is the two realy funny parts.

1 Dealer finds out, they dumped the oil but put no new oil in it
2 Co worker is an PE engineer who works on electrical controls and ignores
all the warning lights!

Shows you cant fix stupid and how irresponsible people are. Guess Jeep isnt the only one
with $hitty dealerships and lousey techs!

He had to fight with the dealership to get a new engine. They wanted to put in a used engine because he drove it with no oil pressure because they didnt put any oil in it!
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Re: I'm done with Lube Joints

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Heres a funny story, guy where I work, bought a CPO Volvo xc90.

Anyhow , he negotiates the deal, goes to pick it up next day since they were supposed to prep it for delivery.

gets in drives 4 miles down the road and it craps out.

Now here is the two realy funny parts.

1 Dealer finds out, they dumped the oil but put no new oil in it
2 Co worker is an PE engineer who works on electrical controls and ignores
all the warning lights!

Shows you cant fix stupid and how irresponsible people are. Guess Jeep isnt the only one
with $hitty dealerships and lousey techs!

He had to fight with the dealership to get a new engine. They wanted to put in a used engine because he drove it with no oil pressure because they didnt put any oil in it!
Thank you. That put a smile on my face this morning.
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Taking your car to a lube joint could be more dangerous than you attending the Summer Olympics!

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Had my first oil change at the dealer last Friday. Came home, parked the Jeep overnight, next morning loaded the family for a 5 hour drive to visit my daughter at college. An hour into the drive, I noticed white smoke out the back and found this. The dealer cracked the filter housing. So I got it to a local dealer: no part, no rental, stranded with the exception of a good neighbor who came to pick me up. Dealers are not perfect.
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