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Old 08-07-2012, 01:41 PM   #21
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don't be lazy, change your own oil
For those who aren't sure as to which end of a screwdriver to hold, perhaps it's better to let someone else do it.

Changing your own oil is clearly not for everyone.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:16 PM   #22
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The reason I take mine in is so that my oil changes are documented with the dealer so I can prove that they have been done on schedule. That way if I resell it or if a warranty issue comes up my butt is covered. Is it a waste of money? probably
This.

And I don't need to dispose of it either or risk making a mess in the driveway. We also don't put a lot of miles on our cars so 2-3 oil changes per year.

BTW - the VW takes 6+ quarts of full synthetic. $86 at the stealership. I believe the Audi's cost $110.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:51 PM   #23
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Just so nobody reading through this thread gets the impression that you MUST have your oil changes done at a dealership or oil change facility in order to have the work documented....you can document it yourself simply by keeping the receipts for the oil & filters.

I purchased a small spiral notebook, and each page is a seperate entry for whatever work I've done, with the receipts get stapled to the back of the pages. Documentation done.
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If I don't do mine, I pay 20 bucks at a local shop. Synthetic Blend on my d.d. and $35 full synthetic... that's with oil fiter, fluid top off, and every 4 oil changes a free rotation.
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DIY guys never really complain. And wait for sales and stock up if you put lots of miles on it.
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:31 PM   #26
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This.

And I don't need to dispose of it either or risk making a mess in the driveway. We also don't put a lot of miles on our cars so 2-3 oil changes per year.

BTW - the VW takes 6+ quarts of full synthetic. $86 at the stealership. I believe the Audi's cost $110.
I HATE VW dealerships. There is never standardized pricing even by dealerships owned by the same company. I've had quotes for a DSG fluid change from $389 to $900. They have forced me to do everything myself. The plus side is that I now have more knowledge and tools. Two things that you can never have enough of.
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:35 PM   #27
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Why aren't you changing your own oil?

Full synthetic is $35-$42 for a 5 quart jug, 20 minutes is worth half the cost every time.
In GA you can get a 5 qt. jug of Mobil 1 at Wally World for around $25 :)
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Old 08-08-2012, 01:05 AM   #28
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Is this normal? My dealer said the usual oil change is 119.99 but now they have a "special" for ONLY 59.99. I feel like I'm getting robbed..
Don't get me wrong, but do you really need to ask?!?... Of course, you're totally getting robbed. I don't care what brand, type or viscosity level the oil is. "59.99" is freaking ridicules. Search for a shop that will charge you at least half that price, or probably less.

P.s; I change my own oil often, and spend about $15+ with Walmart's "economical" oil & Motorcraft oil filter.
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:53 AM   #29
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I haven't seen an oil change service for 25$ in over 15 years. Even right now the fast lube service stations cost a minimum of 39.99$ (regular oil) and that doesn't include the additional cost of waste fees and what not. I believe the dealers have it at 59.99$ for the same service. Prices for US and Canada are very different and are not even close to being comparable.
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:12 AM   #30
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And this is why we should all save a little dough and change oil ourselves....

http://consumerist.com/2012/08/walma...l-me-back.html
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