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This is a discussion on What are you paying for an oil change at the dealer in CA? within the West / West Coast Owners forums, part of the Focus RS Regional Forums category; I'd gotten my first oil change done at Villa Park Ford for $74.00 (they had a $10 coupon) which was a great deal. Went in ...

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    What are you paying for an oil change at the dealer in CA?

    I'd gotten my first oil change done at Villa Park Ford for $74.00 (they had a $10 coupon) which was a great deal. Went in yesterday for my second oil change, they quoted $79.99 but when I picked up the car they wanted $172.51. I complained and had the service writer talk to the service manager but they wouldn't budge. When I got home I looked at the invoice and it had a "service special adjustment" on it for $47.60 so I called them to see what that was, and apparently that was a mistake and if I drive back in again they'll credit it. Still, I feel really jacked around, and that still makes the oil change $124.91

    I could do it myself, sure, but I'd still prefer to have it done for a reasonable price. Is $125.00 reasonable?

    EDIT: And if you have dealer in OC that is less than $125, please name the dealer. Thanks...
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    It's sounds about right, it's not reasonable but sounds about right.

    Their reasoning is the oil being full syn.

    Regular Oil change at a Ford dealership is around +$40.

    I would ask if you can bring your own oil for them to do it.
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    Reiterating what @nicklulu said, I spent ~$80 on 6qt of oil and a filter. $125 sounds right if an oil change is $45 at the dealership, though at that point I'd do it myself since that's half the cost of supplies and an oil change takes less than an hour.
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    If you can, you should do the oil service yourself. Not only do you get to take a look at the whole underside of your car, you can use the type of oil and filter that YOU want; not what the dealer has in stock. I use Amsoil Signature Series 5W-50 oil and a Wix (synthetic media) oil filter. The oil is about $12 a quart and the filter is about $10. It's an easy job that takes less than one hour. Not only that, I sent a sample of the (Motorcraft) factory-fill oil to Blackstone Labs for analysis and their report showed that the oil was out of tolerance for viscosity. The Amsoil is WAY better than the Motorcraft oil; any day of the week.

    With regard to the dealer's prices, they're in line with everyone else who deals with synthetic oil changes. Just be thankful that you don't have one of those Audis that has a $30 oil filter; and synthetic oil!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moxman View Post
    If you can, you should do the oil service yourself. Not only do you get to take a look at the whole underside of your car, you can use the type of oil and filter that YOU want; not what the dealer has in stock.
    The only oil that the dealer can have that is compatible with the RS is the Motorcraft 5W50 fully synthetic - nothing else is acceptable in most of the US (I'm not sure what the recommendation is in Alaska or Puerto Rico).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dejan View Post
    The only oil that the dealer can have that is compatible with the RS is the Motorcraft 5W50 fully synthetic - nothing else is acceptable in most of the US (I'm not sure what the recommendation is in Alaska or Puerto Rico).
    All North American cars are 5w50 synthetic.
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    Grab so motorcraft oil and filter from amazon or the dealer or wherever has it the cheapest and pepboys will do it for $22 plus you can tack on a vehicle inspection, alignment check and brake inspection for free!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauleysg View Post
    Grab so motorcraft oil and filter from amazon or the dealer or wherever has it the cheapest and pepboys will do it for $22 plus you can tack on a vehicle inspection, alignment check and brake inspection for free!


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    I didn't know pepboys would be that cheap. I'll give that a try next time.
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