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Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: 70 Square Miles Surrounded by Reality
Model Year: 2006
Color: Billet Silver / Gray
Re: DIY oil change vs. Quick lube
Personally, I would bring my vehicle to a quick lube place, only because I know the owner of a couple of them. He hires the best people he can, trains them right, and the little amount of turnover he has is proof he treats his people right.
With that being said, I doubt very much if I would bring my vehicle to just any quick lube place. I have had bad experiences, have heard more than one horror story, and I get tired of them trying to up-sell you on every service they provide. A while back, my wife went in for an oil change, that was supposed to cost around $16 with a coupon, and ended up driving away after paying over $100. They changed out air and cabin filters that were only a couple of months old, replaced wipers that didn't need replacing, and did a radiator fill and flush that didn't need to be done.
I guess I can't fault the guys at the lube place, because my wife just kept saying, "OK"..."Yeah"..."Sure"...on everything they suggested. I guess that is how they make their money; by providing service, on things that don't need to be serviced, for people who don't know any better.
When I need an oil change I either do it myself or take it to the dealership when I don't have time to do it myself. I drive around 15k a year and change my oil twice a year. For the $20-$25 more the dealership charges (more than the quickie lube places), IMHO it's worth it.
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