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      05-23-2011, 05:58 PM   #1
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oil change price

Hi all,

I'm aware the days of $30 Honda Civic oil changes are over for me, but most prices I've been quoted just seem ridiculous.

My local dealer wants $285 for a complete oil change (with filter & reset). Others have quoted well into the $300s. The car is an '06 330i (E90).

What the hell accounts for this massive price gap (between a Honda and a BMW, say)? Is this just highway robbery, or is there a reason?

What's everyone paying for oil changes, roughly? If I go to an indy shop instead, anything to be aware of?

Thanks!
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      05-23-2011, 06:05 PM   #2
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I paid $150 at Firestone for an "in between" oil change at 7,500 miles. I am supposed to have one done at my BMW dealer soon, but I think I am going to do it myself. Parts alone will likely run about $70 or so. May start doing them every 5,000 though.
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      05-23-2011, 06:12 PM   #3
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I just ordered a pack of 10 filters for 95$ shipped @ Trisher.
Oil should be less than 50$.

Tool: 25$ shipped.

DIY!
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you gotta be kidding. I thought $130 Cdn. here (using a BMW Dealer) in Toronto is a rip-off.
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      05-23-2011, 06:25 PM   #5
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100$ for oil + filter change for me @ kuni bmw. Car is a 2007 335i
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just priced out the parts at my dealer and it comes to $59.88 + labor for an oil change for a 08 335i

i work for prestige bmw in nj

my advice is buy oem parts and do it yourself
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My local dealer charges $99 for oil and filter. Try an Indy shop.
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      05-23-2011, 07:23 PM   #8
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Oil changes on e90s are easier then on Civic.....E46s were even easier (not a single oil drop, no need to lift the car)

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My local dealer charges $99 for oil and filter. Try an Indy shop.
See, that's the crazy part. I thought my local dealer was just hosing me, but then I started calling around. They're all in this range! One place claims it's an hour labor ($145) just to go into the computer and reset the indicator, plus another hour for the change, plus fluids and parts. Sounds like total BS to me.

Anyone else in SoCal with an opinion? Perhaps it's a regional thing.

Also - I'm aware DIY is always the cheapest, but that wasn't my question. Sometimes you just don't want to bother with this stuff yourself, whether because of schedule / nowhere to do it easily (apartment) / plain laziness / don't know how to reset computer / whatever. It doesn't make you any less of a car guy. I'm no stranger to wrenching on cars, but personally, I'd much rather spend a few extra bucks nowadays and just have someone else deal with it while I do something more worthwhile, at least when that's actually the case. That's mainly why I'm asking here.
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      05-23-2011, 07:42 PM   #10
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sign up with your local dealerships e mail/ newsletter service... (dont use your regular email addy use the one you use for porn and mexican vicodin )

You will get service coupons for 89.99 oil changes in about a week
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      05-23-2011, 07:53 PM   #11
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My dealer charges around $95 for an oil/filter change.
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The independent shop I go to charges around $100 for an oil change using OEM parts. The dealer closest to me charges $225.
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      05-23-2011, 10:42 PM   #13
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I too was surprised by the price...So I bought the oil from the dealership (cheapest place I could find) and filter from somewhere...Then took it all to the local "oil can place" gave them the supplies and paid the usual twenty but with my supplies...Could have done it myself but quick easy in out was worth twenty bucks to me and I still saved quite a bit.....

Careful they suggested I buy their synthetic which they use for all BMW's that come in but there oil was almost double in price and not on the approved oil list.
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      05-24-2011, 08:20 AM   #14
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A quick google search and...

http://www.bmwofbeverlyhills.com/specials/service.htm

That only covers 5 quarts of oil - and you need 7 (IIRC), so expect it to cost $20 more.

Or just show that to your dealer and discuss it.

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The higher price is for an "Oil Service" which includes a number of other checks. If you specify an Oil/Filter change only, it should be about $100. My dealer has charged that for the last few years and occaisionally offers coupons for an $80 change - not bad as they sell the DIY kit for $69.

Incidentally, I just had the oil changed on my wife's 2010 Ford Fusion. Using 5 quarts of full synthetic, the dealer only charges $65 for the oil change, but I was billed $12.00 for a spare quart of Motocraft 5w20 syn - double the cost of BMW 5w30 synthetic!

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      05-24-2011, 01:13 PM   #16
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BMW Den Haag (Netherlands) is charging me 285 Euros for an oil change service (oil, oil filter, cabin filter, plus comp reset). Given the fact that a quart of BMW's LL04 costs 21 Euros (it's proper PAO, not the group III "Synthetic" BMW uses in the states) at the autoparts store, I guess the prices fall within the range of average.
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About $55.00 from my local Indy BMW garage.
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      05-24-2011, 02:02 PM   #18
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Buy your own oil ($40) and filter then bring it to a shop to get it done for $20 in labor. Many BMW shops may tell you to go away since they're not interested in a $20 job, so you may have to go to a smaller shop or a quick lube place (keep an eye on them).
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      05-24-2011, 05:49 PM   #19
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Dealer charges 129 on special. I just had one done today at an indy shop I happened to drive by and saw a sign for. Nothing special and not brand specific shop but oil and filter was $78 out the door on special. OEM filter 7.5 quarts Castrol 5W-30 full synthetic. Saved me doing it especially when it cost $62 just for the parts for another $18 someone else can do it. Shops in Chino across from the prison on corner of Central and Eucalyptus. Called Star Tech.
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      05-24-2011, 08:26 PM   #20
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which dealers have you asked? i've heard of some dealers that try to rip people off and charge $400 (e.g., nick alexander) and others that charge a decent rate (~$120 - new century bmw). or go to ltbmw and have it done.
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Go to South Bay Independent in Torrance. Under $100 and all BMW parts. Really knowledgeable and honest, which is THE most important when it comes to auto mechanics.
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