My dealer was charging my wife $24.50 for the Accord. We'll see what they charge for her Ridgeline, however it'll be a while yet, as they do our first oil/filter change "free" (for every 25 to 35 thousand dollars spent there).rogerstruck said:I got my first oil change yesterday at 5000 miles. The cost at our dealer was $38.60. May be I'am tight assed, but does'nt this appear expensive. How much are you guys paying around the country, or is this normal price .
I had a bad experience at Walmart with my dakota before I traded it in. The oil change technician spilled oil on the engine and the "supervisor" didn't catch it. My RTL will not see the inside of a Walmart service center. I will change it myself or let the dealer do it.shortspark said:One of our frequent posters here, cismo, replied to a post not long ago on a similar topic. He said that, believe it or not, WalMart does an excellent job at oil changes with supervisors double checking everything and all sorts of extras. This is WalMart policy and not store by store.
I checked with my local WalMart and they said they would change my oil for around $10-12 as I asked what labor would be if I brought in my own oil and filter. I could (an intended) do it myself but for that kind of money (especially with the supervisor's oversight) I may just have them change oil for me. I only have 2300 miles on the vehicle now but when the time comes I will check them out.
The good Honda filters which are made by Filtech (not the Honeywell/Fram junk ones that so many dealers use for oil changes) can be purchased for around $7 or so. Good oil like Havoline or Motorcraft 5W20 can be found between $1.25-$2.00 a qt. So, even doing it this way, you will spend max $10 for the oil, $7 for filter and $12 for labor. That comes to $29.
So, $35 to $40 by a Honda dealer is not excessive - but any more than that would be. Plus, they use the oil formulated for Honda by ExxonMobile and it is top notch stuff. However, the beauty of using a third party just to do the labor is that you get to pick the best oil and filter YOU think is right for your Ridgeline and driving conditions and that may be something different than the SuperFlo like oil the dealer uses. You may even want to go with a special synthetic like Redline or Amsoil which, as far as I know, Honda dealers don't do (if anyone has requested a dealer do a synthetic oil change, I would like to know what brand it was).
I can buy the excellent Havoline 5W20 right now at AdvanceAuto on sale and after rebate for like $1.29 a qt. and I already have a half dozen Filtech filters so for ten or twelve bucks I can't see getting under there myself.
I don't yet know about the Ridge's requirements, however all my previous cars I have always used the same type of Tranny fluid (for that vehicle -- Type F or or otherwise) in the PS system. Right out of the manuals. What is so special about hydralic fluid in Hondas?cfl19 said:go to walmart and jiffy lubes for oil changes.we service managers at honda dealers love replacing engine on their tab.
i did a power steering rack on a pilot last week.they put trans fluid in the power steering pump!
I know H and A was trying to get some of the "good" filters, but I don't know if they got them or not. If you send me the part number you bought I can tell you if they're the good ones.methodtim said:Csimo,
I recently bought a few Honda oil filters from the Ridgeline section on the H and A site. Are these the good oil filters or the junky ones? If the latter, I'll throw them away (I haven't had to change my oil yet). Also, I see that your signature advertises oil filters. Can the ones you sell be used in the RL? Thanks in advance.