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Oil Change: Midas vs. Dealership!

Would like members' feedback as to where they prefer their oil change done. At the dealership (for me is Koons in Vienna, Va) or some other general service place like Midas!

I will not do mine myself--I know is easy. Please explain why your choice/preference, advantages, etc. Thanks.

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Re: Oil Change: Midas vs. Dealership!

We pre-bought an oil change package when we bought ours. I don't like Midas/Jiffy Lube/etc and like to go to the dealer for new vehicles that are under warranty.
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Re: Oil Change: Midas vs. Dealership!

My dealer, they're free.
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Re: Oil Change: Midas vs. Dealership!

Stay away from Midas! As bad as Jiffy Lube! Take it to the dealer. If they screw it up, they are responsible for it!
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Re: Oil Change: Midas vs. Dealership!

I used to do all my own oil changes. Now being retired, I only need one oil change a year for each of my three vehicles, so it's just easier for me to go to the dealer to coincide with my free yearly safety inspection. Besides, the dealer simultaneously checks for and performs any TSB's at the same time.
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Thanks all... Dealership on saturday for me !


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Re: Oil Change: Midas vs. Dealership!

I'm not fond of any of the "quick oil change outfits"...especially since one nearly destroyed a vehicle of mine years ago. My oil changes are done either at the dealer if I'm having something else done that they need to do (presumably warranty or service contract work) or at a local independent shop that my wife and I patronize and like. Changing one's own oil is certainly an option, but I frankly don't have time for that and disposal is a pain.
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Re: Oil Change: Midas vs. Dealership!

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Would like members' feedback as to where they prefer their oil change done. At the dealership (for me is Koons in Vienna, Va) or some other general service place like Midas!

I will not do mine myself--I know is easy. Please explain why your choice/preference, advantages, etc. Thanks.
I've heard way too many horror stories from others about the JiffyLube/Midas/whatever type places.

Your best bet is either a trusted local independent mechanic or your dealer.

One of the early email forums I was on for Audi owners, one of the guys had a Honda for his wife. He didn't want to spend the time changing the oil so he took it to one of those name brand quick oil change places.

The 'tech' (and I use that term loosely) came in and told him he needed a new oil pan plug because the old one was cross-threaded. OK. $5 part, no big deal. So the next oil change comes due and he goes to the same place and the 'tech' comes in with the same story.... Needless to say he stopped taking ANY vehicles to the 'quick change' places.

I've either always done the oil changes myself (and kept documentation) OR went to either a trusted mechanic or the dealership.

I've never used a quick oil change place and will not allow my wife to either with her RAV4.
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Stay away from Midas! As bad as Jiffy Lube! Take it to the dealer. If they screw it up, they are responsible for it!
Technically so is Midas/JiffyLube, but you will probably have to have a lawyer call them before they will cough up the funds required to make your vehicle 'whole' again.
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Re: Oil Change: Midas vs. Dealership!

For my 2012 GC, the only time it goes to the dealer is for warranty related issues, recalls or TSB's. For maintenance related needs, I have a trusted auto business that gets my business.
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Here is the order id say concering getting it done right.
1. Do it yourself
2 . Trusted Independant shop
3. Dealer
4. Jiffy lube or other like chain outlets

I do my own more as a time saver and to know it was done right not as a money saver. I can change it in less than 20 minutes. There are things to make it a quick mess free change. I put a fumoto valve with a drain line on and oil just drains right into an old wiper fluide jug. for the filter use one of those jumbo plastic cups from subway or 7 eleven, use the filter wrench just to break the filtrr tightness and then put the plastic cup over the filter squeeze and turn until the filter and oil mess all falls in the cup, drain excess into jug and toss cup and filter. Install new filter and oil and done. Oil jug goes to autoparts store next time you happenn to be there. I know a lot of people dont like or want to do it but it can be easy quick and no mess if you decide to. Also amazon will drop three 5 quart jugs of pennzoil ultra platinum on your porch for $91 not bad for a full synthetic delivered.

Ive just known too many people over the years that have been the victum of untightened filters/drain plugs or wrong type or not enough oil put in. Oil changes are done by the lowest skilled people in the establishment maybe a high school student on a summer job. They dont waste skilled techs hours on oil changes. The vast majority of changes will probably go fine but witb my luck id be the one they forgot to tighten the drain plug on lol, so ill keep changing.
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Re: Oil Change: Midas vs. Dealership!

Don't assume the dealer will take responsibility, also without the use of a lawyer.

Had a friend, his SO car was at the dealer getting an oil change. Got call from service tech. that oil pan/plug needed replaced as they couldn't get the plug out as they had rounded all the edges off the bolt and damaged the pan drilling it out. It took 5 days and a "well if you don't fix for free" I'm calling my lawyer. That dealer had serviced the car for every oil change since it was new. He was not happy. The dealer manager only caved when he walked in with all the paperwork from that dealer for oil changes (even though they had that in their computer). Once they realized he had proof of every change, as needed by the owner's manual, from their dealer did they finally do the right thing. It was GM by the way, but I don't think Jeep dealers are any better.
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