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01-03-2013, 01:10 AM
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Do people really pay to have their oil changed? You could buy a jack, jack stands, 5 quarts of oil, and a filter for around 50-60$.
Last time I changed my own oil, it cost me roughly $40-50.

I consistently see "oil change specials" at local mechanics for $20.

Gonna keep going with the cheaper option of paying someone else to change my oil.

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01-03-2013, 01:59 AM
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Last time I changed my own oil, it cost me roughly $40-50.

I consistently see "oil change specials" at local mechanics for $20.

Gonna keep going with the cheaper option of paying someone else to change my oil.
What?? I get the 5qt wal-mart oil for ten bucks and a filter for three.

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01-03-2013, 03:42 AM
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Actually you would be ****ed without a mechanic if you can't do something as simple as changing the oil. The car isn't going to regenerate or change the oil itself so your engine doesn't blow up.

Usually when this happens to people, they start to read up on car maintenance rather than posting a whiny post on a message board. And if they don't, it's only their fault.
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01-03-2013, 07:43 AM
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Do you really not know what coolant is? I mean, I don't do my own oil and filter changes because the convenience of not doing it and disposing of the oil myself is enough, but I'm not going to pay someone to pour coolant into the reservoir.

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01-03-2013, 09:41 AM
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What?? I get the 5qt wal-mart oil for ten bucks and a filter for three.
Either it's much cheaper in the USA or you're buying ****** oil. For my truck my oil will cost me about $25 and a decent filter is $5. So right there it's $30. All kinds of garages around me have $25 oil change specials and my truck is a pita to change the oil on so I just have someone else do it.

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01-03-2013, 09:54 AM
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It's way easier just bringing my car in to have a quick service garage change the oil. I would save 5 bucks, 10 max by doing it myself, but it's really not worth it for me.

Something that doesn't require a lift, like an alternator or something, that I will do. I don't have much experience working on cars though. I've done brakes, oil, coolant, alternator and radiators on previous vehicles. That's about as far as I am willing to go...if the weather is nice and I have the free time.

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01-03-2013, 10:14 AM
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Getting to the filter on many new cars is a ***** and enough reason for me to just get someone else to do it. For $50 for full synthetic like two times a year, I'll live.

The most important thing when going to a mechanic is to not accept any work but what you brought the car there for without getting other opinions and looking for a cheaper price. The only exception to that is obviously if you go for inspection and have no other choice.


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Speaking of, had the throttle body replaced on my car a few weeks ago. Cost me 300 bucks which I thought was a steal. I was really annoyed though, by a few things.

1. Why the hell is a throttle body malfunctioning on a two year old car? It's a piece of steel with a spring, a cable, and a blade.

2. Oh, I know why...cuz throttle bodies are electronic now apparently. So when the little tiny electronic component craps out, and if I've learned anything about cars it's that the electronic/computer components ALWAYS malfunction, then the whole throttle body gets replaced.

3. I bought the car new, yet the mounting plate for the throttle body had several chips and dings, clearly from a screw driver of sorts, leading me to believe that this was looked at prior to my purchase. I bought the car new

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As a mechanic this thread makes me chortle.

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Either it's much cheaper in the USA or you're buying ****** oil. For my truck my oil will cost me about $25 and a decent filter is $5. So right there it's $30. All kinds of garages around me have $25 oil change specials and my truck is a pita to change the oil on so I just have someone else do it.
The cheap stuff is, my current ride: 331,000 miles on "the cheap stuff."

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You know you were getting duped and let it happen? Whose fault was it now?

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You should have consulted The Lounge before doing this, so you could have had an expert opinion.

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They're such nice young men, aren't they? I went in for an oil change, and they found that my coolant level (whatever that is) was dangerously low, so they offered to fill it up. They even gave me ten dollars off! Then they did some other things that they said were needed (or I would be causing lots of permanent damage to my car) and it only cost me $300 in total.

Man, if it weren't for them I'd be having very serious issues with my car. Bless them.

Because this is so hard.


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They probably had to unjam your cassette deck.

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The cheap stuff is, my current ride: 331,000 miles on "the cheap stuff."
275k here...been changing the oil on my cars before I could even drive.

I'm shocked it costs some of you upwards of $60 to do it yourself.

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Because this is so hard.

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I didn't even see the coolant part. I can even check and refill my own coolant.....and I'm a girl.

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I gave my mechanic $600 yesterday.
I love them (no jokes).
Great guys.

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I didn't even see the coolant part. I can even check and refill my own coolant.....and I'm a girl.
I can also do that.

Plus, if my garage ever tells me its low, they actually go and show me. That said, its never been low. But any time there is an issue, they actually get me under my car and show me. I suspect I have an exhaust issue for the next time I go in.

And as for oil, to change it is really a pain in the ass. Its not a hell of a lot cheaper, and then I have to go buy oil, do it, take that oil somewhere to properly dispose of it. It really isn't worth it to me. Especially when my dealer does it for $20.

But I do change my tires each year, except this past one, but I was 8 months pregnant and my husband wouldn't let me!

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But I do change my tires each year, except this past one, but I was 8 months pregnant and my husband wouldn't let me!
Holy crap, how much driving do you do if you put new tires on your car every year

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Holy crap, how much driving do you do if you put new tires on your car every year
I'm thinking the switching to winter tires?

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