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View Poll Results: Who Changes Your Saturn's Oil?
I Do 48 41.74%
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Old 03-26-2004, 08:30 PM   #41
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I can't believe how easy it is to change the oil in the 2.2Liter L-Series. I simply can't justify spending the money to pay someone to do a 10 min job and the peace of mind that it's been done right is priceless.

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When I first got my L200, I was so excited about how the oil filter is on the front side of the block, I ran into the house and got my dad, (I lived with my parents at the time.) I showed him how easy it was to get to the oil filter and that the only part of changing my oil that involved crawling around under the car was to take out the oil plug.
My dad smiled and said his '64 Plymouth had an oil filter just like mine and he actually had a cable actuator under the hood that he would turn and it would back out the oil drain plug! The only crawling around under that car he had to do was to push the oil pan under the car and then pull it out! He got a good laugh out of my stunned reaction.
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Old 09-26-2004, 07:51 PM   #42
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Do it myself. Then I can look at it and know if there is any metal deposits. I can also be sure high quality synthetic is going in to. I like working on my own car as much as possible.

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Old 09-26-2004, 08:03 PM   #43
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Wix filter, Mobil 1, my ramps and (ouch!) a gravel driveway. I know I get the right filter, 'cuz the number doesn't change. With it on ramps, I usually go and do something else for a half-hour or so, to drain out as much of the old stuff as possible.

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Old 11-19-2004, 09:26 AM   #44
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Saturn of Raleigh does my 3 Saturns. Pretty much impossible to get under vehicles anymore with my back injury.

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Old 11-22-2004, 03:23 PM   #45
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Always, That way I know what goes into it, and I get an excuse to get dirty.

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Old 11-23-2004, 10:36 PM   #46
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I always change my own oil... On something that important, I want to know that it is done right.

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Old 11-27-2004, 07:25 PM   #47
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I do it myself.

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Old 12-07-2004, 12:10 AM   #48
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Do my own. Heard too many horror stories about stripped drain plugs and the like. With the VUE you don't even need a jack. Sits high enough you just slide right under.

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Old 12-26-2004, 10:56 PM   #49
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i change all the oil in my whole familys cars and trucks (except the *****y mother in law who would rather get ripped off by wal-mart.) $75.00 for a synthetic oil change, and the last time they didnt even change the filter

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Old 12-27-2004, 10:04 PM   #50
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I've always went to the retailer.

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Old 12-29-2004, 12:41 AM   #51
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I do it myself infact i'm preparing to do another one, just got the supplies today. Got the SL1 and our E-150 van to do, I don't trust these oil change places had one do our van awhile back (cause they had a special going) as well as replace the Air Filter and they didn't even do anything charged us $21 for an Air Filter! (which is about the only thing that was changed) thats after we waited 3 1/2 hours.

There is no Saturn dealer close by but even if there was I would probably still do it myself.

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Old 12-29-2004, 09:59 AM   #52
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After 20 some years of always changing my own oil, I got spoiled and now let the local SpeedLube do it for all of our vehicles. I'm just getting to old and cranky (46) to lay around on the garage floor spilling oil every other month. I paid my dues in my 20's working on old beaters outside on gravel driveways in the middle of winter in the mud and the blood and the beer!

We change our oil every 5000 miles, and the local service (top off fluids, check filters, vac the car) is really nice.

IT's a small town and the lube techs are very good. Never had any problems.

They do however always try to get me to do a special oil flush ($29.95) by showing me the bottom of a dirty oil filter. Don't fall for that trick. Every third oil change I put a can of Engine Flush ($2-$3) in the car right before the oil change.

Now with my wife's 2005 Beetle Convertible, we will probably let the dealership do the oil changes. There is a metal support plate that has to be removed and I'd hate for anything to get messed up. Still debating weather to switch to synthitic for the NBC. Our 2000 NB has 99K miles with no problems using good oil regular oil.

Oh - and non of my fleet burns oil. Knock on wood.

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Old 12-29-2004, 08:40 PM   #53
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I've always liked to do my own oil & filter changes. However, I'll run through the local "Express Oil Change" if the weather is lousy and/or I'm feeling lazy, and/or I'm sporting a few extra bucks.
I've only done my 2001 SL2's oil once since getting it back in Oct. I got 4 quarts of Castrol GTX 5W-30, a Fram oil filter and a gallon of DexCool antifreeze at Walmart and serviced it myself. They say the factory coolant will last longer than the 49K miles on the car, but I wanted to flush & refill the cooling system anyway. Same goes with the transaxle. It was supposed to go to 100K, but I got the Dexron III fluid and spin-on tranny filter at Auto Zone and did that service myself as well. This Saturn has got to be one of the easiest vehicles on the planet to service. There's just nothing to it!

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Old 12-29-2004, 11:42 PM   #54
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All done, this time I went at the Oil Filter from the right front wheel well, the last time I did it (when I first got the car) I went at it from under the car not realizing there was an easier way. For the most part all went smoothly my only quirk was where Saturn put the Oil Filter right above the halfshaft, it's impossible to get that thing off without making a mess Once I had it off I went through quite a few shop towels, i'm wondering if there is an Oil Filter Relocation Kit for Saturn S Series cars, i've seen them for other cars mostly older cars, I don't think it would need to consist of much basically just to move the Oil Filter back a bit so it's not directly above the Halfshaft and maybe angle it so it doesn't make such a mess when you take it off.

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Old 01-02-2005, 10:23 PM   #55
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I do. 1993 SL2 with 205,000 miles. I really should calculate the savings over the years versus the going rate at the dealer!

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Old 01-12-2005, 01:24 AM   #56
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I change my own oil every 2,000 miles.

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Old 01-14-2005, 11:47 AM   #57
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Saturn Of Schaumburg, Illinois does all the Maintenance on mine since Day 1!

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Old 01-14-2005, 08:17 PM   #58
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Always change my own oil. Been doing it since I owned my first car 1973. Still have my trusty Gott Corp. black oil container/drain pan, (no longer available). After 4 or so changes, it (the old oil) goes to the county recycling center. With my 2001 L and my daughter's 1995 S series, need drive on ramps to get under to do it.

Many other cars I owned such as a 1965 Mustang with a 289 CID engine, just crawl under it, about a 10 minute job including the filter. The easiest and less messy one was and still is my 1971 Chevelle SS454. The filter is installed vertical on the Chevy big blocks. Very little mess after unscrewing it. The worst was a Triumph TR-6. Getting the canister filter (actually similiar to the V6 L series) out and back in was a bit of a pain! The brake lines were always in the way. The Saturn V6 canister filter is SO easy in comparison.

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Old 01-15-2005, 03:52 AM   #59
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I change my own. on my ion but my wife pays to have hers done. It's alot easier on my ion to chage the oil. I love the top filter. no oil all over me.. I use mobil 1
and i can get really expencive if i have the dealer do it..plus it gets me out in the garage..

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Old 01-15-2005, 08:22 AM   #60
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My Oil is self changing...I go through it at such a rate that it constantly changes its self.........no just kidding.
I only recentely got my 92, SL2, so I haven't needed to change it yet, but I will do it my self, probably this week end.
I don't imagine it is too difficult to do.
Does anyone have any tips when it comes to changing the oil on a SL2.

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