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Old 02-17-2012, 06:38 PM
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Cost of oil change

I was going to change the oil on our new Cooper S at around 1000-1500 miles.
So I called the dealers parts dept. ...........$15 oil filter and 5 qts. of mini oil at $7.45 each plus a drain gasket?So thats $52.25 plus gasket? and about $5 for tax.So it would cost me at least $60.
So I called the service dept. and they want $68.95.For the little in price,I'm going to have the dealer do it.
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I was going to change the oil on our new Cooper S at around 1000-1500 miles.
So I called the dealers parts dept. ...........$15 oil filter and 5 qts. of mini oil at $7.45 each plus a drain gasket?So thats $52.25 plus gasket? and about $5 for tax.So it would cost me at least $60.
So I called the service dept. and they want $68.95.For the little in price,I'm going to have the dealer do it.
Pays to call around. Last time I paid $150 - what a rip.
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about $70 sounds reasonable. however, you have to make sure they don't overfill your oil.
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For $68, I might have the dealer do it, too... if they weren't an hour away.

Most dealers charge MUCH more than that, though. Mine quoted me $100, and there's no way I'm paying $50 labor for an oil change.
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My local GM dealer charges me $100 to change the oil in my GTO. I just pay it. My Mini dealer charges a little more. I just pay it.
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about $70 sounds reasonable. however, you have to make sure they don't overfill your oil.
Has that been issue at the dealership?
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I am having my oil changed today at the mini dealer, $100.00.
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My local GM dealer charges me $100 to change the oil in my GTO. I just pay it. My Mini dealer charges a little more. I just pay it.
When we had the SS Camaro,the dealerships cost to change the oil was only five bucks more than if I bought all the stuff.This also included Mobil 1.
The price was about $70 at the dealer.

I thought I was going to pay more for the mini after reading some of the threads here.
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I was going to change the oil on our new Cooper S at around 1000-1500 miles.
So I called the dealers parts dept. ...........$15 oil filter and 5 qts. of mini oil at $7.45 each plus a drain gasket?So thats $52.25 plus gasket? and about $5 for tax.So it would cost me at least $60.
So I called the service dept. and they want $68.95.For the little in price,I'm going to have the dealer do it.
That's a good price. If mine where only that much I'd have the dealer do it also but it's around $100 so I do it myself and save about $50.
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My dealer quoted around $100 for an oil change and filter. They also include a conditioner, which from what I've read helps remove more of the old oil. Perhaps other dealers do this as well increasing the cost of routine oil maintenance?
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They also include a conditioner, which from what I've read helps remove more of the old oil.
I thought changing the oil when it is warm/hot does this?
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:09 AM
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That's a good price. If mine where only that much I'd have the dealer do it also but it's around $100 so I do it myself and save about $50.
I would be changing it myself if they charged that much!
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I was going to change the oil on our new Cooper S at around 1000-1500 miles.
Hats off to you; very smart!
Remember, the dealer does not have to do it to keep you warranty.
You only need to keep your proof of receipts / mileage to show completeness of preventative maintenance.

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They also include a conditioner, which from what I've read helps remove more of the old oil. Perhaps other dealers do this as well increasing the cost of routine oil maintenance?
If you're using a quality synthetic oil, a "conditioner" is really more of a selling ploy to buy into a mere gimmick.

I complete my oil changes at home for less than $45; that's will an OEM filter and my preferred synthetic oil...
But I also change it more periodically than most (every 4K miles) due to my quick-lube work experience and seeing what can come out of a drain plug.

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Old 02-18-2012, 07:21 AM
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Hats off to you; very smart!
Remember, the dealer does not have to do it to keep you warranty.
You only need to keep your proof of receipts / mileage to show completeness of preventative maintenance.
You are correct!
I service my 2011 Harley which is still under the factory warranty.I save all the receipts.
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:30 AM
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I got a quote from the local dealer at $140.00.

Got the OEM filter for $12.00 ish from a local shop (ring and crush washer included)
Mini branded oil from the local dealer parts desk for $7.00 ish a quart.

I had all the tools.
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I was told MINI's are one of the hardest vehicles to get at the filter to change it. That's from Jiffy Lube service rep. Up to now, I've let the dealer do it but I think I need to change it more frequently now that we are up in miles (43K) My hands are not small.

Is it really that hard to get at the filter and drain plug?
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I was told MINI's are one of the hardest vehicles to get at the filter to change it. That's from Jiffy Lube service rep. Up to now, I've let the dealer do it but I think I need to change it more frequently now that we are up in miles (43K) My hands are not small.

Is it really that hard to get at the filter and drain plug?
Jiffy Lube will never change my oil in any car that I own. Too many things can go wrong. The R56's coolant bottle is the tricky part as far as getting to the oil filter. It is easy to damage the coolant lines. It is best if you drain the oil warm, then let the oil drain until the coolant is cold enough to release the pressure in the coolant system. Then when you move the coolant bottle the lines are not under pressure. It takes a long time to do it that way but it cuts the risk of damaging the hoses.
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I did mine yesterday. About $5 for a NAPA Gold filter and Mobil 1 was $3 off per case of 6 at Costco. Maybe $35 plus I got to look around under my new car. The canister was easy to get on and off (R52) and change went smoothly until I spilled some oil going back into the containers to recycle them. Easier and cheaper than my Dodge Cummins!
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:13 AM
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I got a quote from the local dealer at $140.00.
You have got to be joking!
Talk about a rip-off.
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I'm with Bluefox and Amink. You guys who are paying $68-$140 at the dealerships are just throwing your money away. I am changing my own oil for around $35-37 and 20 minutes "quality time" with my Mini. Granted, I have an R53 and it's easier to change without damaging other hoses/coolant containers.
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You have got to be joking!
Talk about a rip-off.
Not joking. I have to say that the dealer provides a putting green, a loaner car, an espresso bar and they have three people answering the phone to schedule your appointment.
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I'm with Bluefox and Amink. You guys who are paying $68-$140 at the dealerships are just throwing your money away.
If I had an older model,I would have no problem using the cheaper parts and non mini oil.
Since this is a brand new car,going to use the factory parts.
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I've got 154k on my 03 MCS. I've changed my own oil since new. I do use BMW filters (at about $7 a pop a decade ago, now nearly $13 - WOW!!) and I always use Mobil 1 in 5W-30 weight. Initially there was some cost involved with getting a special socket to remove the filter cap, but over the years I've saved a substantial amount by doing the changes myself. Also make sure you get an electronic re-set tool for the oil life countdown.
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I've got 154k on my 03 MCS. I've changed my own oil since new. I do use BMW filters (at about $7 a pop a decade ago, now nearly $13 - WOW!!) and I always use Mobil 1 in 5W-30 weight. Initially there was some cost involved with getting a special socket to remove the filter cap, but over the years I've saved a substantial amount by doing the changes myself. Also make sure you get an electronic re-set tool for the oil life countdown.
That's great mileage. What are your mileage intervals????
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