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#83785 of 91713 Re: Oil Change [imidazol97]
Sep 19, 2012 (11:49 am)
"I think the failures are too serious and devastating to many people..."
You are correct. This is a very sad time both at home and abroad. I realize that the veteran posters here know me as an old tea party radical but, regardless of one's political views, we all have to admit that our country's troubles are very real and very threatening. Regardless of who becomes president, I just pray for strong leadership and guidance. I also pray that congress will be more bipartisan in order to bring some solutions to our many problems.
During the weekend I heard from three of my former students. One managed to get a flight out of Tunisia for himself and his family. They left behind their home and most of their belongings. Another student got a flight out of Egypt for his wife and daughter. I have a third student living in Israel. He says that in recent days there has been a lot of activity and build up in anticipation of a major event. So many people in so many countries living in danger, going through riots, or anticipating terrible consequences.
In addition to the world stage, we have all known so many people that have suffered job loss, lost savings, lost homes, etc. My heart aches for our young people and our grandchildren. Though I believe in the American spirit, I realize that it will take many years to correct our current problems. Even good legislation done quickly takes a good amount of time to reach the citizens in order to have positive results.
It's good to post here---a sharing among friends and a chance to take a moment away from the harshness of life. This ends my venting, along with a thank you for allowing it.
#83786 of 91713 Re: THE PRICE OF OIL THESE DAYS [richard64]
Sep 19, 2012 (12:04 pm)
Here's a question for you. What is the benefit (if any) of using full synthetic oil over the extended 15,000 mile synthetic.
I might not understand what you mean by the above but it sounds like you think there is a difference between full synthetic and the extended 15K mile synthetic. They are both “full synthetic” but the extended version allows for extended mileage up to 15K miles before changing it.
Now for the caveat, at least for Mobil 1. I’m almost certain that Mobil 1 says that to maintain your factory warranty you should change the oil at the recommended interval found in your owner’s manual. For both of my cars (Genny and Subie) I’d be in trouble trying to go 15K miles because they recommend 7500 miles. So, I follow the manual but I back off and do it a little sooner and at my convenience. I'm looking for better lubrication not more miles. You’ll never see me trying to make it to Florida to save a few bucks because my car says it’s OK.
FWIW, I agree with what ‘robr2’ said about synthetic blends and because of that I never used them. Why go half way?
#83787 of 91713 Re: THE PRICE OF OIL THESE DAYS [jmonroe]
Sep 19, 2012 (12:42 pm)
s. You’ll never see me trying to make it to Florida to save a few bucks because my car says it’s OK.
Just to be clear, I can go 5000 miles before I need an oil change according to the monitoring system. I will do less than 1000 miles between now and the time we leave for Florida. The trip to Florida will be 1500 miles. So, I have a lot of time to get an oil change in Florida. Time wise, I don't really need oil until next November, because of my own cautious nature, I would like it done yearly, but I will only be a month and a half over if I wait until early January.
Having said all that, if I get a chance and I feel like it, I may go in for an oil change here, just because, it might be good for them to do a diagnostic test on the car before taking a big trip. That way, they can check to see everything is working well under warranty, and the oil change should last for one year. But, if I do, it won't be because I am worried that I am not changing the oil enough.
#83788 of 91713 Re: THE PRICE OF OIL THESE DAYS [jmonroe]
Sep 19, 2012 (1:24 pm)
You’ll never see me trying to make it to Florida to save a few bucks because my car says it’s OK
You will be happy to know I made an appointment to get my oil changed on Friday morning. Although it will cost $178 with tax, it is convenient...only 20 minutes away, and they will do a 30 point inspection which is a good thing before going on the long trip.
You have influenced me in a good way, because I don't think I would have thought about doing it here before the trip. But, the key factor is that this way it will be done, in case I don't calculate correctly, and I am stuck reaching my limit early. Also, the 12 months is up near the end of November, and though I don't have a problem with the 15K miles, I am not thrilled with oil being in the car for more than 12 months.
So, now you can go to sleep tonight and not have to worry about my engine seizing up on me.
#83789 of 91713 Re: THE PRICE OF OIL THESE DAYS [driver100]
Sep 19, 2012 (1:37 pm)
Well since $178 is about 0.3% of your 60K BMW, I think you made a pretty darn smart choice!!
Having said that, my entire fleet is due for service. The Buick is free, the Elantra and S10 should be less than $40 each.
#83790 of 91713 Re: THE PRICE OF OIL THESE DAYS [tjc78]
Sep 19, 2012 (1:43 pm)
I'll be changing the oil in my son's X3 shortly; $51 at the RB garage...
#83791 of 91713 Re: THE PRICE OF OIL THESE DAYS [driver100]
Sep 19, 2012 (2:28 pm)
You have influenced me in a good way, because I don't think I would have thought about doing it here before the trip.
Also, the 12 months is up near the end of November, and though I don't have a problem with the 15K miles, I am not thrilled with oil being in the car for more than 12 months.
Anybody in here have a star for this guy?
So, now you can go to sleep tonight and not have to worry about my engine seizing up on me.
Don’t worry about my handsome rest, I’ll be just fine. Go whisper to your engine tonight about what plans you have for it. When you see a smile you’ll know it’s pleased.
#83792 of 91713 Re: THE PRICE OF OIL THESE DAYS [richard64]
Sep 19, 2012 (3:19 pm)
Mike, I'm glad you're nuts!
Richard, I've known that for years! Anyone who would give up going into an established family business with a 6 figure salary to become a teacher and school principal/headmaster has to be nuts.
As for your question about extended mileage synthetic Mobil 1 vs. regular full synthetic Mobil 1, I believe the extended is for newer cars like BMW and Mercedes that recommend 12-15 K miles between oil changes while regular Mobil 1 is for new and slightly older cars where 7500-10,000 miles is the oil change interval.
I checked by info/service system messages this morning and it shows "A Service Due in 357 days"! So the system they use in my new Benz goes by time rather than mileage. I checked under the hood and it says that the recommended oil for Mercedes Benz is Mobil 1 Extended.
I then called my dealership, and they told me they use the Mobil 1 Extended on all the cars and still recommend oil change at the 12 month period (A service) or 10,000 - 12,000 miles, depending on the type of driving you do. If you drive short runs and city driving, 10,000 miles is recommended. More highway driving, 15,000 miles or once each year. So they leave it up to the owner to determine needs rather than a computer.
For me, 10,000 miles or each year using extended Mobil 1.
#83793 of 91713 Re: THE PRICE OF OIL THESE DAYS [driver100]
Sep 19, 2012 (3:29 pm)
You will be happy to know that I made an appointment…
*driver, since you are paying for this oil change, when will BMW pay for your 1st oil change? Are they going to require you to have an oil change at 15,000 anyway or will they allow YOU to bring the car in for your free maintenance and oil change anytime after the 15,000 miles?
What I am trying to say here is when will BMW give you your 1st free oil change?
I just want to make sure they don't end up screwing you out of your free maintenance oil changes.
#83794 of 91713 Re: THE PRICE OF OIL THESE DAYS [abacomike]
Sep 19, 2012 (3:38 pm)
I also pray that congress will be more bipartisan in order to bring some solutions to our many problems.
Amen to that one! Work on solutions - not agendas.
Holy smokes, Mike. You must have wanted to teach a lot! After graduating with a teaching degree and learning I didn't want to do that (my so-called cooperating teacher while I was student teaching had a lot to do with that) an option at one point was working for dad and eventually taking over the business. At the time I figured I could either work for him or let him be my dad but not both and chose the latter. That worked out.
Only downside to that is dad resisted a couple of offers to buy the business out while he still had his full complement of customers and didn't bite because they wanted him to stay as part of the business for a couple of years and dad avoided working with a boss for almost ever. By the time he saw the customer base shrinking as younger sales people started grabbing his customers as they retired and a new guy walked in the folks who were interested in buying the business saw that, too. Eventually it just faded away.