acura dealers dallas : Where do you live? Talk about ultimate rip off. My Honda Dealer in VAwill do an oil change (without filter) for only $9.95. $38 sounds a bithigh even with filters. It would be best for dealer to do it since they also perform 21-pointcheck ups. And if found any problem, they can fix it under warranty ifapplicable.I would go to dealers if the price are comparable. But $38 or otherservice ripoffs sounds too ridiculous.I just had my first oil-change for my '98 Accord at 2500 miles. The serviceadvisor suggested I do at 3500 but it was free (with a coupon from my autoclub), so I just went ahead and did it. It cost $19.95. The Acura dealer usedto charge same price for my Integra. $38 is definately too much. Try anotherdealership.Actually, I found those xxxK services a waste of money. At least those15K and 45K increments. Just do 30K and 60K... etc. and you'll be fine.Take it someplace reasonable. Also, go someplace where they will do itwhile you wait with no more than a few minutes delay. Oil should bechanged while the engine is hot - that way all of the old stuff drainsout.
acura dealers dallas : In general, consumer laws prohibit manufacturers from requiring thatservice be done at one of their dealers. Just save your receipts andthere is no problem with your warranty.I do all my oil changes myself. The dealer where I bought my car told meI didn't have to get anal about documenting it. They can pretty easilytell whether a car has had regular oil changes. At one time, dealers had a reputation for charging outrageous prices forservice. I've discovered that my local Honda dealer does not charge muchmore than independent shops. They seem to do much better work, too. YMMV, so it's the old "ask your friends who they're happy with" bit. If one insists on dealer oil changes, there are many Honda/Acura dealersthat will do it for $20-30. It's not as if you have to take it to aspecific dealer. Some even throw in a free hand car wash.In fact, the legal burden is on the manufacturer to prove that amanufacturing/materials defect wasn't responsible. Of course theservice advisor won't always see it that way - then it starts gettingmessy when lawyers get involved. But it is advisible to keep all thereceipts to avoid a potenital legal hassle.
acura dealers dallas : There are excellent shops - especially those that specialize in oneor a few limited makes. I know of one Honda specialist that won'teven do an oil change on an Integra. But here's my plug - Art'sAutomotive in Berkeley, California - specializes in most Japanesemakes, charges reasonably, and keeps up on technical bulletins. Thebest part is that if they don't feel they're equipped to do a job,they say so and refer me to a dealer.-----== Posted via Deja News, The Leader in Internet Discussion ==----- Now offering spam-free web-based newsreadingHello James I propose you call around to other Acura dealers in your area if they exist. Here in Dallas we are fortunate to have 4 and their prices vary by 20-30%. Also, an excellent way to find a recommended mechanic that specializes in Acuras is to look for one using the owner-contributed database that the brothers Magliozzi (aka Click and Clack of NPR Cartalk) have created at . Their site is a wealth of good info. By the way, I have all my oil changes done at quick lube places, but I purchase the OEM oil filter from the cheapest Acura dealer(I really should find one cheaper via mail-order) and provide the oil change techs with that (usually a $2 discount) and use Mobil 1 5W-30 oil. YMMV -- I want this engine to last to 150K.Bye
acura dealers dallas : In article says...%%I'm due for my first oil change and I'm wondering if there is any particular %%reason I should have it done by my dealer as opposed to one of those "quicky %%lube" places. The cost the dealer quoted me is $38.xx, whereas one of those %%other places usually goes for around $20-25.%%%%I suppose I need to read Acura's warranty closely -- does anyone know offhand %%whether it states anything related to this kind of thing?%%I know it is inconvenient to do an oil change yourself, but I never let thoseham fisted apes touch my car! I have changed oil in cars after they have beento one of the quicky types oil change and needed a damned pry bar to loosen theoil drain plug. Also, they WAY over-tighten the oil filter. I can ALWAYSloosen mine without the need for a filter wrench (a little elbow grease isrequired, though) and have never seen a drop leak from them in this state. Besides, for me to do it on base (fly for da NAVY), I can put Mobil 1 in thecrankcase, AND use a genuine factory filter for MUCH cheaper than the jiffylube for synthetic and their run-of-the-mill Fram.
acura dealers dallas : Just one dispute: Acura filters are made by Fram, albeit to differentspecifications. I pay $2.50 for Fram's on sale, and think that buying anOEM filter for a higher price is overkill. I doubt that Honda canrealistically design a better filter than an oil filter company.Frank, dealers try to scare people into thinking that they'll void theirwarranty by not going to the dealer for oil changes. However, one call toHonda's 1800 number will tell you that using any oil/filter that meetsHonda's specifications will do you just as well.I had my first oil change done at the dealership. Their prices are competitiveto those quick lube places and have the advantage of using factory trained, OEMfilter/oil. I'll probably keep going to the dealership because I don't trustthose cheap garage chains. It seems like if you bring in a nice new car, theyget jealous or something and sabatoge it. Took my Acura to chains and onedidn't change the oil filter; mixed too much water in the coolant; left thespark plug loose; and other things I probably don't know about. I guess withcheap labor, you get unprofessional employees. From now on, if I ever goto achain, I'm gonna ask for my parts back.
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