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#1 2017-05-18 17:33:11

Saaba05
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From: Vancouver Washington
Registered: 2013-08-16
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How do you know what fluids they're actually using?

So I'm sitting at a Jiffy Lube to get a synthetic oil change and paying the $65 price for synthetic blend. I know about the diy solution but JL ultimately is cost effective for me.

However, this time I got a crew that's swooning about the sleeper Saabaru, etc, etc, and I'm getting the vibe that they're being shifty.

If they were to just put in a cheaper oil, could I really know?


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#2 2017-05-18 17:47:26

drewsro
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From: NW Indiana
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Re: How do you know what fluids they're actually using?

No, you wouldn't know.  That's why you don't go to those places, especially Jiffy Lube.  The dealer cost is barely more, if not the same.


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#3 2017-05-18 21:27:54

snowphun
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From: Central CT
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Re: How do you know what fluids they're actually using?

"Synthetic blend" is the biggest gimmick in oil, 1% synthetic is still a blend. The only way you'll know what is going in your car is to do it yourself, less than $30 for quality synth oil and an OE Subaru filter.

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#4 2017-05-19 12:31:55

ikbrown
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From: Fair Oaks, CA
Registered: 2011-10-06
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Re: How do you know what fluids they're actually using?

drewsro wrote:

No, you wouldn't know.  That's why you don't go to those places, especially Jiffy Lube.  The dealer cost is barely more, if not the same.

Can confirm. I recently got a mailer from the dealership we bought Jess's Forester from for a $65 oil change. If a dealer is out of the way for your usual driving and Jiffy Lube is convenient for you, you could probably bring your own oil and filter in for them to use and they'd charge you a labor rate? If you really don't want to bother doing it yourself. Not sure if they do that or not though.

Side note: oil changes on Jess's Forester are SO much easier than the Saabaru. Damn upside down oil filter. Dumbest location. ever.


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