On Fri, 22 Nov 2013 10:04:59 -0800 (PST), herb white
Here's my 2cents and I do almost all my own oil changes on my old
vehicles...... Unless the dealer charges an arm and a leg just take
it to the dealer while its in warranty. The owners manual for my PT,
for example, calls for oil changes every 6000 miles or 6 months. The
dealer, of course, would like to have you do them every 3000/3 but
there's no need to. If they were ever to challenge you just say that
you read the manual and your driving fits the usage profile for 6000/6
mile changes. Don't argue with them about your driving style, just
say you never drive it hard or in dusty conditions. They are not
likely to care anyway. So you are only looking at 2 oil changes a
year if you are anywhere near a typical driver. For me, I usually
have a coupon for a $20 change so it doesn't even cost me more the
what I'd pay for the oil and filter to do it myself plus the dealer
does an inspection and has found stuff and fixed it under warranty
that I didn't even know was wrong.
I'm also letting the dealer do the 30K and such service like changing
plugs and wires as called for. It's also pretty cheap.
By always taking it to the dealer you also have a permanent record of
the services should a major problem develop. A lot better then
pulling out your shoe box of receipts to prove you've been changing
the oil and antifreeze if you get into a dispute.
Another thing you may not have noticed if you didn't read the fine
print in the manual and you plan to keep the vehicle for a long time
is that if it's like mine with the very long warranty on the power
train, there's a required inspection around 60K or so that you MUST
have the dealer do to maintain the warranty.