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Unread 12-14-2011, 05:00 PM
 
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DIYx2, there's literally one plug to take out, and the filter comes out by hand. Nothing like saving time, money, and knowing the job is done right.
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Unread 12-14-2011, 05:21 PM
 
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Jiffy lube... Lol. Just take it to a regular mechanic.

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Unread 12-14-2011, 05:22 PM
 
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i hadn't heard of any cars using such a light weight of oil until i got my RX8. Now I know of two cars.
My Forester requires 0w20.

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Unread 12-14-2011, 05:46 PM
 
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jiffy lube is expensive 60 plus for an oil change, i go to a place in queens for 19 bucks and a free car wash, never had any problems going there for 20 years
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Unread 12-14-2011, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Huntington, NY
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My Forester requires 0w20.

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My car requires 5W40 synthetic only
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Unread 12-14-2011, 06:29 PM
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Location: Islip,NY
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i hadn't heard of any cars using such a light weight of oil until i got my RX8. Now I know of two cars.
mine is a 2001 focus I would assume the new focus take the same 5W20.
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Unread 12-14-2011, 06:34 PM
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Location: Islip,NY
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DIYx2, there's literally one plug to take out, and the filter comes out by hand. Nothing like saving time, money, and knowing the job is done right.
yep that's right my husband has been changing his own oil and his moms for 20 years. He only takes the car to his friends shop if he's too lazy to do it and that's not often. As I said earlier I also did my own oil change and it was a pain in the butt doing it in the driveway. My arms are short and it took me awhile to reach the filter because ford has this brilliant Idea to put their filters in a place that's hard to get to. It's alot easier on lift. but I managed to complete the job. Now how many women do you know that can do this???
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Unread 12-14-2011, 06:44 PM
 
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i hadn't heard of any cars using such a light weight of oil until i got my RX8. Now I know of two cars.
Most Honda's use that weight, and I saw that out '08 Chrysler 3.8L takes it too.
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Unread 12-14-2011, 06:45 PM
 
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I change my own, (I know that doesnt help the OP), but I go by the light on the dash, not some magic milage number. It actually tends do be about 7,500 miles. One cars got 110,000 & the other 150,000 with no problems.
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Unread 12-14-2011, 07:02 PM
 
Location: LI
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- dealers are stealers... because of overhead, they charge more for labor than your local garage which can do just as good a job as long as you don't have some super special vehicle. As an example, BMW & MB dealers charge $150 for an oil change. Real cost for their synthetic & filter completed is something like $70. Dealers must go by the book... if "the book" says 1 hr for an oil change, they charge you their [inflated] hourly rate, period. In my opinion, NEVER go back to the dealer for fixes unless it's an issue covered by warranty (or covered maintenance). Think about it - they are a for-profit center even when you're under warranty. They just charge home base instead of you. Recently I threatened to take it somewhere else when they said something wasn't covered under warranty, and they promptly said OK we'll do it. They still made money from the mothership instead of coming away with $0.

- jiffy lube at one location has been caught on camera claiming they did service that they really did not. The sting operation had the reporter mark the old filter and the car came back with the same one. I'm sure many do the same, but stay away from them anyway.

- it's just an oil change, and you're here for a day... even if it's 1k miles later, it will be fine. If you drive in rough conditions with dust and other contaminants, then it'd be an issue. If you must, go to any garage which also does emissions/inspections, and hang around so they know you're "watching" them do it. Assuming regular oil/filter, don't pay more than $30 (SUVs are $20-something last I saw).

- believe it or not, always follow your owner's manual. It's not always 3k, or 10k (synthetic) for every vehicle... all are different and your vehicle's engineers know it best. Find the page in your manual (or online).

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