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Old 08-09-2010, 08:36 PM
 
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Did ya at least get a free car wash out of the deal?!?
No but they cleaned my windows......
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Old 08-09-2010, 09:26 PM
 
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I just changed the oil on my cars for the 1st time and it was really easy.
If you are going to do it, I highly recommend you buying the ramps, it's a lot safer than using a jack.

It was very easy, but very different between the 2 cars.
One, I could have changed the filter without lifting the car because it was close to the bumper.
The other one... holy s..., I think it's about 12" under the windshield wipers.

The rest, is pretty simple.
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Old 08-09-2010, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Cool. I'm back to changing the oil myself on the wife's car because the drain plug was cross threaded last time she took it somewhere. We got lucky and it was repairable; if it's not the cost comes out to years of the difference between oil changes at the Volvo dealer vs. 3rd party places.

My Toyota goes to the dealership (Red McCombs / I-10) because they have a really good deal there and do it right.
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:00 PM
 
Location: san antonio texas
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Cool. I'm back to changing the oil myself on the wife's car because the drain plug was cross threaded last time she took it somewhere. We got lucky and it was repairable; if it's not the cost comes out to years of the difference between oil changes at the Volvo dealer vs. 3rd party places.

My Toyota goes to the dealership (Red McCombs / I-10) because they have a really good deal there and do it right.
hm. i own a volvo also and my drain isnt cross-threaded.

shrug.

volvos are remarkably easy to work on yourself. oil change takes me all of 15 mins on my volvo.
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:17 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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It was not synthetic. He said that would be over 70.00. It was the cheapest they had. I am older and do not want to be changing oil. With that said, any suggestions on where to get it done cheap?

Some places used to have ladies day but I have not seen that lately.
OP is a lady and does not want to change oil herself.

For my Honda Accord I pay $48 for full synthetic oil change (Mobil1) with filter, and 21 points car check. Price include oil disposal and tax.
I think they charge $<30 for regular oil. Great service. Going there the last 15+ years. They also fix cars, certified service.
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Old 08-10-2010, 01:06 AM
 
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It's rare that a dealership can beat (or even wants to beat) the price of an oil change rate at an independent spot. I've been going to Express Lube for years, as they're one of the few places out there that offers Royal Purple oil and for $60/pop, I drive away happy.

Keep in mind that with Royal Purple you can go 6k miles and it's a full synthetic. Rated better than Amsoil for those who are oil freaks like myself.


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Old 08-10-2010, 05:59 AM
 
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If you are going to do it, I highly recommend you buying the ramps, it's a lot safer than using a jack.
Or just get a truck instead of a car. This is Texas afterall.

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OP is a lady and does not want to change oil herself.
What ever happened to equalism amongst the sexes?
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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hm. i own a volvo also and my drain isnt cross-threaded.

shrug.

volvos are remarkably easy to work on yourself. oil change takes me all of 15 mins on my volvo.
Hers wasn't either until this spring. The place that did it is near West Ave and Blanco Rd. They're easy to work on, except when they're not and then you're in a world of hurt. Like the speedometer sending unit - it's just bolted on... except to access it you have to disassemble a good part of the rear suspension.

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It's rare that a dealership can beat (or even wants to beat) the price of an oil change rate at an independent spot.
I think the Toyota dealership does it to get people in the door. I've had fun walking around for a bit while waiting, and had to remind myself that my car just has 60K miles and it's nowhere near time for a new one.
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:32 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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What ever happened to equalism amongst the sexes?
Agree!
I'm a female and I change my oil. My dad (teacher of DIY auto maintenance and repair) is 70 and still changes oil in his car. I have the ramps and they're awesome! It helps that the oil filter is in a accessible spot, some cars, it's like a needle in a haystack!
When I lived in a apartment, I would take it to get the oil changed at the dealership because the first few times were freebies when buying the car and did a good job so I kept taking it there for $40. Too scared to try lower priced places and get my bolt messed up or who knows what else! Now that I have a home and space (woot!), I can change it at home!
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:33 AM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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It's not hard - if you know what you're doing. Not hard to learn, either - but there are some folks out there that shouldn't be allowed near a wrench....and for those, info like this is good, because it lets them get a good deal!
I *can* change my own, but for 45-50 bucks I don't worry about making a mess in my driveway, or having to run the oil down to get rid of it @ the auto parts. I know - when I was younger, I'd make fun of folks that'd take theirs in to get serviced - now that I'm finally blessed with a decent income, I get to pick what I save money on....
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