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Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I do my own oil changes. I like the hands on experience.
That being said, I had a bad experience from a dealer oil change.
I recently got a free oil change for my Nissan Armada from the dealer. Couldn't pass up a free deal. Later on, while on a trip to the grocery store, my wife calls and tells me there is a puddle of oil where the rig was parked. I still had oil and pressure, so I limped home with one eye on the oil pressure gauge.
I crawl under the car to find the oil pan bolt loose and dripping. Called the dealer immediately, who told me to bring it in.
"Do you want me to bring it in as is?", I said. "Yes", was the reply. "Will you give me a new short block when I dump all my oil and it seizes?" Silence.
Sure, I could've cinched down the bolt and made sure it had enough oil, but I was pissed. I took pictures to prove my case, drove down to the dealer in my other car and marched into the service manager's office. They ended up sending a technician with the service manager to my house to make sure the pan wasn't stripped, the oil was topped and the mess was cleaned up.
Moral of the story: DIY. You are much less likely to f**k it up than the dealer or oil change franchise.
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