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Unread 01-25-2007, 05:04 PM   #61
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I would go with a change every 3000 if possible. Oil (even synthetic) is cheap compared to major engine work. My last auto had regular 3000 mile oil changes and never had a valve cover off in 175,000 miles.
That's how I feel about it too! Why take the chance on something like that.

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Unread 01-26-2007, 05:06 AM   #62
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My Dealer just sent me a coupon for a oil change and tire rotation $24.95,I used it,and they used 5-20w on a 06 Pacfica.$60 is plain nuts.
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Unread 01-26-2007, 02:57 PM   #63
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We got two free oil changes when we bought our Compass. One from the dealer and one from DC. Not too bad.

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Unread 01-26-2007, 04:50 PM   #64
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heres a ? for all of u. had the car since late sept, have only 1500miles on it. the dealer has told me that they dont want to do the oil change till 3k...but shouldnt it be done at 3 months or 3k whatever comes first?
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Unread 01-27-2007, 05:45 AM   #65
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Yes...oil should be changed at 3k miles or 3 months, which ever comes first. That's right from a coupe of DC dealers.

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Unread 01-27-2007, 06:29 AM   #66
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3 months or 3,000 miles, which ever comes first. I'd would change it because;
1 - Oil changes are relatively inexpensive. 2 - Even with low mileage you will have acids build up in the crank case because of short run times that may not even be letting the engine reach operating temperature long enough and causing internal condensation.

Play it safe - change it!
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Unread 01-27-2007, 03:49 PM   #67
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3 months, 3000 miles whichever comes first. The cheapest insurance you can have for your cars engine. Sure it may seem redundant if you find yourself changing it every 1500 miles, there is not only acids, but moisture and unburnt fuel in there as well. Synthetic or not, the same contaminants build up in the oil. The 5W-20 oil that is used is almost synthetic anyways, so you are safe either way. People are convinced that synthetic oil has magical powers and is indestructible, what most people don't know is that its base stock is still good 'ol fashioned dino oil, just ultra refined dyno oil with a synthetic additive package added to it. It will still deteriorate and break down, just takes longer due to the additives.

Don't let dealers convince you that its special oil and they can rape you $50 for an oil change, its just oil. It still should fall under the $24.95 (or whatever the price may be) regular oil changes. Some dealers like to try and make money on the oil changes, most don't. It averages around $1 to $3 loss per oil change for a dealer to change your oil, thats why they push extra services while your car is in the shop.
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Unread 01-27-2007, 04:12 PM   #68
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Thanks for responding brandocrone, I knew that you had the answer!
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Thanks for the info Brandon. Is the Mopar oil a blend or dino oil? I ask because that's what my dealer will be using.

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Unread 01-27-2007, 09:05 PM   #70
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Depends on the dealer, we used to have Mopar oil which is Mobil, regular plain old oil. Now we have Citgo, I'm not bragging believe me. Wouldn't be my first choice. So it depends on the dealer and their supplier. If you want to be sure what you are getting, buy your own oil and bring it in when you have it serviced. At least you will know for sure what you are getting.
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Depends on the dealer, we used to have Mopar oil which is Mobil, regular plain old oil. Now we have Citgo, I'm not bragging believe me. Wouldn't be my first choice. So it depends on the dealer and their supplier. If you want to be sure what you are getting, buy your own oil and bring it in when you have it serviced. At least you will know for sure what you are getting.
I may just do that after I get my 2 free oil changes. Thanks for the info.

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Unread 01-28-2007, 07:24 PM   #72
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I'm almost due for my first oil change too, I will let you know how it turns out.
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I'm almost due for my first oil change too, I will let you know how it turns out.
are you doing it at 1500 miles or 3000 miles? thanks
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I took my Compass in for a 30 day "checkup" at my dealer this past weekend. When I was checking out with the service department they wanted to let me know that when I bring my compass in for it's 3000 mile oil change what it woudl cost. I was quite surprised when they told me that an oil change would be $60 due to the "extra special 5w20 oil that the engine uses". I just went along with it and picked up my car, but for the life of me I can't see why an oil change would be that much.
I have seen that there is a fellow who frequents this forum who is a DC technician. I hope he can shed some light on this, is there a real reason or am I just getting a snow job.
Wife and I met up at the dealer today after my oil change and she decided to go ahead and have her's done. too. We use 10W40 in her GC with 180,000 miles on it and they said that if they didn't have it in bulk that it would be extra too. Well, they didn't have it in bulk, of course, so her's was a $49.95 oil change instead of the $29.95 like mine. The little local place down the street only charges $24.95, so I'll have to watch it on hers!
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Unread 02-17-2007, 04:26 PM   #75
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I got my first FREE oil change at the dealers this past Tuesday (just before the snow storm dumped 2 1/2 FEET of the white stuff on us in Vermont). Only cost me $230 total (had to add some goodies on the Compass). Dealer was very nice and I don't see a problem using him to change our oil. Besides, you buy 3 oil changes and you get the forth on FREE.

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