oil change not cheap!!

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Care, Maintenance & Troubleshooting' started by alfon, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. alfon

    alfon Senior Member

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    Stopped by my Toyota Dealer and out of curiosity asked how much an oil change would be for our 2010 Prius.

    I was quoted $32.95, wow,not bad because it cost me nearly that much just for the oil and filter for my do it myself venture.

    I than asked will they be using 0 X 20 oil. I received a questionable look and one of the mechanics stated, yeah, I remember reading that you have to use 0 X 20 oil in the 2010 Prius.

    He than went to parts dept. and told me the price of an oil change is somewhere north of $60.00

    That sure is not too economical every 5,000 miles. I would change every 10,000 miles using Mobil 1 but I have to go every 5,000 miles to satisfy warranty requirements.

    alfon
     
  2. Tech_Guy

    Tech_Guy Class Clown

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    The oil companies are not very smart when it comes to marketing premium oil. If they were really smart, an expensive oil like Mobil 1 would be packaged in a nice wine bottle with a real cork and hand-crafted label.

    For a gas engine like that in a Prius, a 5000 mile oil change for synthetic oil seems like kind of a waste, as the oil probably will not break down and lose it's lubricating properties at only 5000 miles. Many other cars that use synthetic oil (Porsche for example), have a much longer oil change duration.

    Keith :)

    P.S. This topic of oil change duration has been discussed in detail many times here on PriusChat.
     
  3. eddiehaskell

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    The premium for synthetic seems kind of high. 4 quarts of Mobil 1 is only about $10-12 higher than 4 quarts of name brand conventional oil.

    Will the dealer let you bring in your own oil? If they do can do a regular change for $33, it seems like just the labor shouldn't be more than $25.
     
  4. Dolce

    Dolce Junior Member

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    You should also shop around. The Toyota dealer 2 blocks from my house wants $80 for a synthetic oil change. The dealer that I actually purchased the car from only charges $48 for the same oil change, and few bucks less when I use their promotional coupons.
     
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