Originally Posted by theKfactor
About time to take my lady in for her first oil change. I've had the car for one year (though the manual says first change at 2 years)...Just wanted to see what you guys are paying for oil changes (I have a GT) I know there can be regional variation.
Local dealer quoted me $680 for the oil change here in NC. They also suggested changing the differential fluid and some other fluid, which quite frankly didn't seem right....just wanted to see if this was decent price.
Seems like all i would need is an oil change at the one year mark right??
Thanks in advance
I find myself in a quagmire on how to advise you. First, I'm thinking you are probably under warranty, and I'm an independent. So I don't even know what the warranty requirements would be. Meaning are you able to use an Independent or should something go wrong would they hold that against you and deny the warranty claim? I don't mean go wrong with changing the oil. I mean, you get the oil done, a few hundred miles later something goes wrong....Are you under warranty and how do they handle that part?
I know some Manufacturers just Mass. spec. the oil to verify it's of the type that needs to be in the car. If that's all they would do you would be fine to go to an Independent. Make sure they use that type of oil in the car. $680 in my mind is a bit too much. That's just me. I find you would probably pay about half of that at an Independent.
As to Gear box fluid, you have a maintenance schedule that came with the GT. Check the mileage interval for their recommended change period. If it's there follow it, again especially if it's under warranty. This is also where you'll find the specific oil they recommend.
If it's not under warranty you can use any name brand synthetic oil, in both situations. Obviously you'll use the weight/type recommended. But when it comes to brands, and I don't want to start an oil thread, any name brand will be fine that's of that spec. of the oil.
I think it's Shell Helix Ultra 5w-40 on the oil but again, check it to make sure. Most shops can get it, or order it.