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DIY Oil Change Deals (Updated 8/5/2012)

dttruax 603 May 31, 2008 at 12:28 PM in Mail In Rebate (12)
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I decided to try to compile as many of the DIY oil change deals going on (feel free to add any that I missed).
Please note that some deals that were posted here earlier and are no longer here may still be valid at some stores. I'm just going by the current ads and rebates.

Pep Boys (deals good through 7/29/2012): 5 quarts Mobil Super 5000 conventional oil + Purolator oil filter for $15.99 (upgrade to PureOne filter for $2 more)

5 quarts Mobil Super 5000 high mileage oil + Purolator oil filter for $19.99 (upgrade to PureOne filter for $2 more)

5 quarts Mobil 1 synthetic oil + Mobil 1 oil filter for $32.99 ($29.99 for Rewards customers)

Castrol Edge w/Syntec synthetic oil for $5/quart

5 quarts Shell conventional oil + Purolator oil filter for $7 after $10 MIR

Autozone (Deals good through 8/20/2012): 5+ quart jug or 5 quarts Pennzoil conventional oil + Fram Oil Filter for $21.99 (Upgrade to a Fram tough guard filter for $2 more)

5+ quart jug or 5 quarts Castrol GTX conventional oil + Fram Oil Filter for $21.99 (Upgrade to a Fram tough guard filter for $2 more)

5+ quart jug or 5 quarts Pennzoil high mileage oil + Fram Oil Filter for $24.99 (Upgrade to Fram Tough Guard filter for $2 more)

5+ quart jug or 5 quarts Castrol GTX High Mileage oil + Fram Oil Filter for $24.99 (Upgrade to a Fram tough guard filter for $2 more)

5+ quart jug or 5 quarts Castrol GTX SynBlend synthetic blend oil + Fram oil Filter for $24.99 (Upgrade to Fram Tough Guard oil filter for $2 more)

5+ quart jug or 5 quarts Pennzoil Platinum synthetic oil + Fram Tough Guard oil filter for $32.99 (upgrade to K&N filter for $4 more)

5 quarts Pennzoil Ultra synthetic oil + Fram Tough Guard oil filter for $35.99 (upgrade to K&N filter for $4 more)

5+ quart jug or 5 quarts Castrol Edge w/Syntec synthetic oil + Fram Tough Guard Oil Filter for $32.99 (upgrade to K&N filter for $4 more)

5 quarts Castrol Edge w/Titanium synthetic oil + Fram Tough Guard oil filter for $35.99 (Upgrade to K&N filter for $4 more)

5+ quart jug or 5 quarts Mobil 1 synthetic oil + Bosch Oil Filter for $32.99 (upgrade to Mobil 1 filter for $4 more)

5+ quart jug or 5 quarts Mobil 1 Extended Performance synthetic oil + Bosch Oil Filter for $35.99 (upgrade to Mobil 1 filter for $4 more)

Get a $10 Shell gift card (after MIR) w/purchase of 5 quarts of any Quaker State oil or Shell Rotella T6 oil

Advance Auto Parts (deals good through 8/29/2012): 5+ quart jug or 5 quarts Castrol GTX conventional oil + Driveworks Oil Filter for $19.97 (upgrade to Purolator filter for $1 more or PureOne filter for $2 more)

5+ quart jug or 5 quarts Castrol Edge w/Syntec synthetic oil + Bosch Distance Plus Oil Filter for $32.99

5 quarts Castrol Edge w/Titanium synthetic oil + Bosch Distance Plus Oil Filter for $34.99

5+ quart jug Valvoline SynPower synthetic oil for $28.99

5+ quart jug or 5 quarts Quaker State conventional oil + Driveworks Oil Filter for $17.99

Save $4 on gallon jug Shell Rotella heavy duty oil

Quaker State Defy high mileage oil for $3.49/quart

5+ quart jug or 5 quarts Quaker State high mileage or synthetic blend oil + PureOne Oil Filter for $24.99

Get a $5 American Express rewards card (after MIR) w/purchase of Purolator oil filter and air filter

O'Reilly and CSK Auto Parts (deals good through 8/14/2012): Pennzoil conventional oil for $3.49/quart

Pennzoil high mileage oil for $3.99/quart

Quaker State conventional oil for $2.99/quart

Pennzoil Platinum synthetic oil for $5.99/quart (Purchase 5 quarts Pennzoil Platinum and get a $15 O'Reilly gift card after MIR)

Save $1 on all MicroGuard oil filters

Save $3 on all Mobil 1 oil filters

5 quarts Motorcraft synthetic blend oil + Motorcraft filter for $21.99

Valvoline Premium Blue diesel oil for $12.99/gallon

NAPA Auto Parts (Deals good through 8/31/11): NAPA synthetic oil for $3.49/quart

$5 instant rebate w/purchase of 5 quarts NAPA synthetic oil and a NAPA Platinum oil filter

NAPA conventional oil for $2.99/quart

Pennzoil conventional oil for $3.49/quart

Castrol GTX heavy duty diesel oil for $11.99/gallon

AAA Members save 7% in store and online

Carquest Auto Parts (deals good through 8/25/2012): 5 quarts Pennzoil conventional oil + Carquest Red oil filter for $20.99

5 quarts Pennzoil High Mileage oil + Fram oil filter for $20.99

5 quarts Pennzoil Platinum synthetic oil + Bosch Premium oil filter for $32.99

Valvoline or NextGen conventional oil for $4.99/quart

Castrol GTX conventional oil for $4.49/quart

Buy 3 quarts Quaker State conventional oil, get 2 quarts free

Bosch Distance Plus oil filters for $10.49 after $3 MIR

Wal Mart (deals good through 8/11/12): 5 quarts Castrol GTX conventional oil + Purolator oil filter for $19.24

5 quarts Castrol GTX high mileage oil + Fram tough guard oil filter for $23.61

5 quarts Castrol Edge w/Syntec synthetic oil + Fram tough guard oil filter for $31.94

Shell Rotella T diesel oil for $12.97/gallon

Sears

Costco

K-Mart

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#16
Quote from ima4ltrwrd View Post :
can anyone post a link to teach how to change your car oil?
that can vary WILDLY. my advice to you would be to check online for a forum regarding your specific brand of car. my family has a BMW, Saturn and a Subaru WRX... and there are enthusiast forums for all three with tons of traffic and lots of good advice on technical stuff...
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I am hating these oil change specials that include oil and filter.

I have a stock of filters, all I need is oil, gone are the days when one could get $1/qt (AR) good conventional oil. 3-4 months ago I bought Castrol GTX at Pepboys for <1/qt and Purolator oil filter for $2. For <$6 that was a cheap oil change.

Why dont they sell oil by itself, I dont want it packaged with filter.
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#18
Sweet find. I'll be saving myself 15 bucks for the mobil 1 stuff @ advanced, thanks!
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#19
Nice deal, thanks!
Bit of a technical issue here: Is oil just oil and gas just gas or does it really matter what you're using??

I'm not going to mention the brand, but ever since I've "matched" the brand of oil with the brand of gas my car's using, I'm getting better mileage, much better - can this be true or be attributed to other reasons?

I've been trying to make sense of it, so far the only logical explanation (except for tampered gasoline from previous brand) seems to be that if a certain Oil brand does its testing and enhancements, it can be safe to assume that they're using their own brand of gasoline and vice-versa to establish certain parameters?

just wondering...
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#20
Why does no one consult their owner's manual? All automobile manufacturers state when the oil should be changed specific to your vehicle's engine.

Think about where "every 3000 miles" comes from. Oil companies. Don't you think the engineers that designed the actual engine have a better idea of when the oil should be changed through countless hours/years of research and testing? There are standards that motor oil manufacturers must meet and that your automobile's engine is designed for.

Besides the manual, many new cars have the ability to tell you when the oil needs to be changed. Manufacturers trust the ability of these systems enough to warranty the vehicle.

Just something to think about. You are of course free to form your own opinion.Cool
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#21
Quote from Josh79 View Post :
Nice deal, thanks!
Bit of a technical issue here: Is oil just oil and gas just gas or does it really matter what you're using??

I'm not going to mention the brand, but ever since I've "matched" the brand of oil with the brand of gas my car's using, I'm getting better mileage, much better - can this be true or be attributed to other reasons?

I've been trying to make sense of it, so far the only logical explanation (except for tampered gasoline from previous brand) seems to be that if a certain Oil brand does its testing and enhancements, it can be safe to assume that they're using their own brand of gasoline and vice-versa to establish certain parameters?

just wondering...
No, There is no correlation. Perhaps you were driving differently, or changed air filter, or switched to better performance synthetic oil (you don't mention the brand or type), or removed some ballast from your car. Any of these, or combination of some could cause better mpg. Either way, there is no correlation as you describe. Those more interested in the topic should visit this forum: www.bobistheoilguy.com
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#22
every 5k miles would be fine. I have a family member that bought the same car as mine and was offered a package deal for oil change. at first it sounded good but then, they said that oil change is every 5,000 miles versus the 3,000 miles that I was told. The package was not worth it and it just shows that your car doesn't need an oil change every 3k miles. THey just say that to get people to spend money on additional oil change per year. I just do my oil change twice a year and my car is in great condition according to the service company. save myself a minimum $50/year probably more now cause of the dollar sitiuation.
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#23
Quote from mustardayonnais View Post :
the amount of oil used to do oil changes PALES in comparison to all the other resources that get torched in your car (specifically, the gas). PLUS, motor oil, if properly disposed, should be RECYCLED at your local oil change place or Kragen or whatever.

personally i think it's better to take good care of your car, thus extending the life of it, thus not having to buy another one sooner, for which manufacturing takes a big environmental toll, etc...

i do agree, however, that 5k miles is appropriate for synthetic. some motors (like BMW or Audi) can go even longer.
I was going to write just this. Nice post mustard. I use Mobil 1 full syn in my VW and change at 5K intervals. The Honda gets conventional and changed at 3K. We have curbside recycling for oil here which is nice. The key to reducing environmental damage is to stop driving so much - a lot less gas, less oil changes, and less cars produced.

By the way, thanks OP!
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Quote from ucfdoughboy View Post :

Think about where "every 3000 miles" comes from. Oil companies. Don't you think the engineers that designed the actual engine have a better idea of when the oil should be changed through countless hours/years of research and testing? :
Do you trust the oil company who wants to sell you more oil or the auto manufacturer who wants to sell you a new car? Who has more to gain? I use Walmart Supertech oil and filters which are usually within a dollar of any of the other deals without messing with rebates.
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#25
Is it "safe" to switch from regular oil to synthetic oil?

I've had a couple of people tell me you can squeeze an extra 2 to 5 mpg by using synthetic so would like to switch.
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#26
Quote from ucfdoughboy View Post :
Why does no one consult their owner's manual? All automobile manufacturers state when the oil should be changed specific to your vehicle's engine.

Think about where "every 3000 miles" comes from. Oil companies. Don't you think the engineers that designed the actual engine have a better idea of when the oil should be changed through countless hours/years of research and testing? There are standards that motor oil manufacturers must meet and that your automobile's engine is designed for.

Besides the manual, many new cars have the ability to tell you when the oil needs to be changed. Manufacturers trust the ability of these systems enough to warranty the vehicle.

Just something to think about. You are of course free to form your own opinion.Cool
how many motors have you torn down. you can tell
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#27
changing to syn aint gonna get you significantly more mileage, if that were true, all auto manufacturers would recommend synthetic
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#28
I switched to synthetic 2 oil changes ago. After 4000 miles I changed my oil since I was driving from New Jersey to Georgia and wanted every ounce of MPG I could muster (I also changed my Air Filter).

Does anyone think that was a wise idea or do you think before your 5000 miles it was just a complete waste; this is specifically in regards to taking a long road trip (500 miles or greater).

Also I use Pennzoil Platinum (at least the last two I did, the first time was becuase of a SD to get the complete oil change for free, and the last one was because of the deal I got from Autozone). Anyway, next time up should I switch to anything such as Mobil 1. I heard Mobil 1 you can buy in a gallon case from Walmart for cheap.

Feel free to chime in on any of these ideas. Rep to the OP for combining all of them, I thought about that two weeks ago when I posted the Autozone deal and saw the Pepboys deal, but was way too much work for me. So be sure to Rep the OP, ESPECIALLY if he keeps updating it. Perhaps we should start a permanent DIY Oil Change special thread? Lets at least open the Wiki up to this idea.

I spoke with a few mechanics regarding this synthetic vs conventional motor oil. They referred to a "study" where at 3000 miles oil changes there was slightly more wear, but nevertheless, negligble wear on the conventional engine compared with the synthetic. I know nothing of the study, and this is also in regards to 3000 miles. However, with the increase in gas prices I go by the general consensus in virtually all the forums stating that you do indeed get more MPG when you switch to Synthetic; this includes Bob The Oil Guy.
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Quote from mike23w View Post :
Is it "safe" to switch from regular oil to synthetic oil?

I've had a couple of people tell me you can squeeze an extra 2 to 5 mpg by using synthetic so would like to switch.
Yes, you can switch over and switch back anytime. IMO, you get about 1-2 MPG better than using regular dino oil.
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#30
The reason your car has an oil filter is too keep the oil clean.

Also Oil lasts more than 3,000. 3000 is myth thats more widely followed than in europe.

My 1987 Audi 5000CS turbo had 500,000 miles on it when I sold it in good shape.

in 87 THE Manual said 7,500 miles per change on regular oil, it runs through thru the turbo as well so It used a special longer filter.

With the right filter 5,000 miles regular oil is no problem, also Full synthetic Mobil 1 can go 15,000 miles, an oil change on my new car is 120$ for that oil plus a very expensive filter.
My new car is an 80,000 A6 with V8 engine, special order, 4.2 liter....so i will change it at 10,000 miles.

You people so concerned with your cars safety should replace your tires, if over 10 yrs old, and your spare if unused, every 6 yrs.
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