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Old 07-19-2008, 04:33 PM
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Do you trust dealer oil change service?

I took my 08 coupe today to nearest honda dealer for an oil change. The mileage was 5,660 and MM was 30%. I didn't want to wait until 15% MM because it's the first oil change since I bought a car and already drove 8months.

OK, when I took the car and checking in for an oil change, I requested that I want Mobil1 5W20 synthetic. A guy checked me in looked at me said if you want synthetic, MM won't give you a correct % for your next oil change. I said I don't care, I will change the oil every 7k or whatever I feel the car needs.

He typed in the paper work, so I looked at it. He just typed in 'customer requests synthetic oil.' I said I want Mobil1 5W20 synthetic. He said I know you already told me.

How does a technician know what kind of oil I want if they don't specify in the paper work. I was starting to get irritated this service rep guy.

I also brought acura TSX switch blade key for them to cut and programmed it. He flat out said it's not going to work. I told him about this forum and other people who done it, but he said it's going to take a lot of time and send the key to acrua to verify and all BS stuff. I give up this guy and will let another dealer to do it. BTW he would charge me $100 to cut and programmed it.

Anyway, the oil change was done and paper work said mobil1 5w20.
I just don't feel 100% sure what they do in there. Is there any way that I can find out what kind of oil they put it in my car? I don't think I will come back to that dealer again.
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My recommendation of what to do in regards to a future oil-change that you still feel compelled to let the Honda dealer service-center perform...

Honda dealers generally charge $29.99 for an oil-change using conventional-oil & OEM filter and environmental/disposal-fees.

Bring your Mobil 1 synthetic oil (~$24 @ Wal Mart for 5qt jug), and let them use that.

That will knock at least ~$10 off the cost of the oil-change invoice, so ~$24 for the Mobil1 + ~$19.99 for the oil-filter/labor/disposal-fees.

I imagine the dealer service-center must've charged more than ~$24 for the synthetic-oil alone that they provided, what was the total cost of the oil-change/service?
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Old 07-19-2008, 06:24 PM
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Yes, I will buy 5qt jug and let them use it next time.
They charge $8.21 for qt. So $41.05 for Mobil synthetic they provided. I would've saved $15+ if I'd bought 5qt jug.
The total cost of oil change cost me $65.49 after $5 coupon.
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Old 07-19-2008, 08:07 PM
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You can usually find Mobil1 and a oil filter bundle on sale at Pep Boys, Auto Zone, et al. for around $25. The filters are usually Purolator or Mobil1 filters too.

It's on sale this week...



The Pennzoil and Purolator filter bundle is a better deal at $10. And based on UOAs of Pennzoil's dino oil on BITOG, you can easily hit 6K or even 7K miles with it.

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Ahhhhhhh. It's so typical that I buy something and find out a good deal later on.
Oh well...... at least now I know where/how to save money.
Thanks a lot for all the info guys. I appreciate it.
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My dealer charged me $34.75 for a conventional oil change last visit.

Ridiculous if you ask me, but it doesn't hurt me too bad seeing as this happens 3 times a year for me, if that.
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BTW - with the synthetic, you can def follow the MM to 5%, which is when you should change the oil.

Honda is a smart company, people should trust the MM system and the maintenance schedules Honda creates for its older cars.
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I jsut went out this morning and bought 2 sets(10qt) of mobil1 5w20 and filters at Pepboys. $24.99 after rebate for 5qt and a mobil filter like advertised.

Mobil filter chart had no 08 filter number listed, so I bought M1-110 mobil filter which 07 accord needs. I hope this is right number.
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They never pre-fill the oil filter when changing your oil. That's one of the reasons I always do it myself.
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what do you mean by pre-fill the oil filter?
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what do you mean by pre-fill the oil filter?
Ideally, you should add oil to the new oil-filter before installing it (fill it as much as you can).
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To save even more money, use a mechanic you trust to change the oil if thats all you are going to do. I use the custom shop and bs with the guy while he is doing it. he charges me 15 dollars to change it with my supplies. I only do it becuase I trust the guy 100 percent.
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My procedure for oil chenge. It's gotta wanna change, no???
Get a paper bag, to drape over the flex joint, that sits exactly ware oil drips, once the old filter is removed. Then, I get out the new filter, add oil to it, and let it sit, till I need it.
The rest is the same old stuff...
I can fill in the ... If you like...
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This is one reason why I do the change myself. I know what goes in the truck and what goes out. I also happens to be cheaper and I can do the oil change on my schedule instead of someone elses (since they open at 9 and close at 5 there is no chance of me getting there to get any work done).
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what do you mean by pre-fill the oil filter?
If you don't pre-fill you oil filter with oil before installing it your engine runs without oil pressure for several seconds as oil has to first fill, then push through the oil filter.

That's why the oil light stays on for a few seconds after starting if you don't do it.
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