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Re: Oil Change: Midas vs. Dealership!

For my JGC I am using Famish in Fairfax City. It's as close as Koons, but Koons said they don't do quick service oil changes. I didn't want to make an appointment, when I could just drive it whenever I wanted and get it done. I drove up without an appointment and had to wait about 20 minutes. They charged me about $70 for fully synthetic Pennzoil--regular not the premium full synthetic. It's not worth the hassle for me to save a few bucks to do the change myself. Also, I got the extended warranty and I want to make sure my service records are on file with Chrysler if i need to file a warranty claim from now to infinity.

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Old 06-05-2015, 05:46 PM
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Re: Oil Change: Midas vs. Dealership!

Unfortunately I Use the dealer so I have proper records so that the corrupt SOB's can't accuse me of voiding my warranty. I also unfortunately have to crawl under the vehicle after they're done to wipe down my frame since I've yet to have a dealer tech take enough pride in his work to clean the mess he made spinning off the filter, even though I ask them to do it. ( it's probably why they don't ) I once made a big deal of it on an after service survey they sent me and have since been nicknamed Mr. Trouble.
The worthless service manager actually tried to sell me on the notion that there's a lot of parts down there on these new vehicles . WOW ....
I quickly embarrassed him by stating very loudly in front of his slacker techs that if I can clean it while laying on my back on the ground then the " techs " should be able to do it while standing under it ....

I forgot to mention that I do not use that dealer anymore.
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Old 06-05-2015, 05:56 PM
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They cant make you change oil with them to support a warranty. I have maxcare lifetime and i do my own oil all you have to do is save your reciepts for the purchased oil and filter and maintain a record of when you change it. They would have to prove anything if they tried to denigh a warranty claim because you do your own oil. Which they would not be able to as long as you were changing it as you stated.
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Re: Oil Change: Midas vs. Dealership!

I will do my own as long as I can crawl under my vehicle, and figure out which way to set the ratchet. Pennzoil Platinum 5W-20 just $25.17 for a 5 quart jug at Wal-Mart, 1 mile away. Filters $7.00. Drain and pour. What could be easier? Now that I'm retired, once in the Spring, and once in the Fall. I don't even keep track of the mileage.
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Old 06-06-2015, 09:51 AM
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Re: Oil Change: Midas vs. Dealership!

35 years ago I did them myself, but dealer is so inexpensive that's where I go. Used Jiffy Lube near our house several years ago on a past Subaru. I was irritated by their pressure to replace other fluids. What really "toasted" me was that they did not replace the compression washer on the drain plug which resulted in an oil leak and return visit. They had the washers and tried telling me you could get several changes out of one washer.
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Re: Oil Change: Midas vs. Dealership!

I go to PepBoys, get premium synthetic oil and free tire rotations. I always use $15.00 coupon off. Costs me $73.00
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Re: Oil Change: Midas vs. Dealership!

With the QL, set it on OR2, slide under and drain, have a Sam Adams, put drain plug back in. Change Filter, refill. Note in maintenance log book, reset oil life monitor, I assume the history of the resets will be all they need to confirm the oil was changed if they want to push it. Fortunately I know the owner, Service manager, and couple of the techs, so no issues there. They let me dump the pit oil in their tanks since they burn waste oil to heat there shop, have 6 1000 gal tanks.
7 qts syn and good filter maybe 45$.
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Re: Oil Change: Midas vs. Dealership!

Even if you use the QL raise method that Turbo' mentions, please put jack stands in place before wandering under the vehicle to do any work underneath. "Stuff happens..."
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Re: Oil Change: Midas vs. Dealership!

I've had really good service from my local dealer and take the Jeep and the Crossfire there for oil change specials. Less or the same as quicky places. Other cars have no warranty so I do myself.

In general I do not trust other people. Besides at home it takes about a half hour. Would take that long just getting anywhere else.
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Re: Oil Change: Midas vs. Dealership!

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I go to PepBoys, get premium synthetic oil and free tire rotations. I always use $15.00 coupon off. Costs me $73.00

At an avg of $77-85 depending on dealership for oil change and tire rotation it seems PepBoys is not a favorite... but thanks. I would still have to check their local price.


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Re: Oil Change: Midas vs. Dealership!

Greetings,


For the oil change, for now it is easier for me to stop by my local Pep Boys which I have been using for a number of years. A feel more comfortable with a national shop than these quick oil changing places.

Full synthetic for me.


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Re: Oil Change: Midas vs. Dealership!

Money is not an issue for me when it comes to oil changes, but I prefer to do oil changes myself...or get them done at the dealership.

I would NEVER get my oil changed at some chain like Jiffy Lube...heard too many horror stories.
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