How much for oil changes?
So I just took our 2003 HCH to the dealer for an oil change and feel like I got reemed! $70 not even including sales tax. The service manager told me it takes special Honda oil blah blah blah this and blah blah blah that. I told her an oil change is an oil change and 0-20w doesn't cost anymore than say a good quality 20-50W so why twice as much? Other places only charge around $30 - $35 bucks! I also told her there was no way in hell I was bringing my car back to that dealer for oil changes if it cost that much. She didn't seem to care.
BTW the dealer is Burien Honda in the Seattle area.
I am curious to know how much everyone else pays for there hybrid oil changes?
Sorry to say this, but the
Sorry to say this, but the 0W20 Honda oil does cost a lot more than their regular oil.
Although I have heard of people paying a little less, I still don't think $70 is a killer cost at all. Yes, it could be cheaper for sure but not by much.
A place that charges only $35 is not going to use the oil grade your car needs for sure.
I pay a little more than $70 but that is because the service checklist for a hybrid at my dealer is indeed different than the oil change service checklist for a regular gas-only Honda.
The part department sell the
The part department sell the 0W20 oil at my (Canadian) dealership for around $9 (Canadian) per bottle. They ask around $9 for thhe filter as well.
At some services I've had a "discount" on the oil, at other not. Not sure why, maybe depends on prevailing wind direction?? Anyway, the oil price difference is about $10.
For oil change *only* (no filter change) 3 liters are needed, per the manual. That qty goes up to 3.4 litres with filter change. Liters are 1000cc, (US) quarts are 946cc, the Can/US dollars are virtually at par.
Our dealership *consistantly* charges me for 4 liters, even if only the oil is being changed. Also, you really have to argue with them to get them to refrain from changing the filter. It is Honda's instruction to *only* change the filter at every other oil change, but the dealerships in my area have collective difficulty reading this instruction, and really give you an argument if you ask them to comply with the Honda instruction.
So, for any Hybrid oil changes, the oil might account for plus $10, if that. There's also a bit more labour in a Hybrid oil change, taking the plastic underbody shield off to get at the drain and filter. They might factor something in for that.
Good points Mendel.
Good points Mendel.
On my last oil changes for both my car and my wife's, they placed the Honda 0W20 bottle with the left-over oil in the trunk (wrapped in a plastic bag). Since I had a few such leftovers from previous oil changes, I ended up just paying for 2 liters for my wife's oil change.
But yes, the cost is roughly $9 a bottle (liter).
Because the regular oil often comes in bulk as opposed to the bottles the 0W20 Honda oil comes in, its cost is much lower and likely to be the type of oil they offer in service deals and other maintenance packages.
$5.87 at Wal-Mart for Mobil
$5.87 at Wal-Mart for Mobil #1. $19.99 is all I get charged for an oil change at the dealer.
Dec. 18, 2009 I paid around
Dec. 18, 2009 I paid around $73 ($50 oil change + labor cost $15 + Tax) for Honda 0W20 Hybrid oil change in NJ. On Dec. 15, I went to other garage not the Honda dealer for oil change, I paid $22; after the oil was changed from this garage, I heard a loud noise when starting my car...., and i noticed that the engine is like a year old car nit the two- year-old hybrid car. This situation has been for three days. And it's not as smooth as it used to be. I had to be back to the dealer for oil change today. I can tell the difference after using 0W20. It's much better and smooth!
Alright not to drag up the
Alright not to drag up the past but I went to another Honda dealer and they only charge $52. I asked him if the filter was special and he said no it's the same number as the regular civic. So i bought a filter from him for $7 and bought 0W-20 at Walmart for $24 for a gallon and did the oil change myself. $31 for an hour's worth of work is worth it to me. It aint rocket science. I would say shop around to different dealers when you need basic servcie.
i agree with the comments
i agree with the comments about the dealership always wanting to change the filters at "service A." It has happened to me both times that I have brought my HCH2 for service A. After the 2nd time, I menioned it in a post-service questionairre that I was sent. The answer from the service manager that called me in response to it was that the recommendations from Honda Canada that are printed in the manual are wrong, and filters should be changed with every oil change. It is their policy to do so. I even asked them why their sign in the service bay even says that service A does not need an oild filter change, and their response was that the sign from Honda Canada is wrong too. So strange.