Change Your Own Oil

 | March 5, 2009 1:49 PM

Recently I changed the oil on my Prius and it cost almost $50.  I know everything is more expensive in California but I am not used to paying more than $30 for such service.

Now that we’re knee deep in a recession I thought I’d consider learning how to change my own oil.  This article, How to Change the Oil on your Prius with Pictures, seems pretty helpful.  Consumer Reports also has articles on how to check your oil and how to inspect belts and hoses.

If I want to still get a repair, Consumer Reports recommends checking out Repair Pal and Car Talk for names and user reviews for local independent garages.  I used Yelp to find the place I went to for my Prius and they seemed pretty good.  Consumer Reports also recommends using a shop that’s approved by AAA and is a member of the BBB.

I hope I can get 200,000 miles out of my Prius and Odyssey.  Well maybe not the Odyssey, I don’t really enjoy driving that car.

4 Responses to “Change Your Own Oil”

Jane wrote a comment on March 6, 2009

50 dollars?! where do u get ur oil changed?!?!? i live in california and i still pay 25 dollars! maybe it’s your prius.

seonghuhn wrote a comment on March 6, 2009

I think it was $50 because it was supposed to be a 3000 mile interval service but all they did was change the oil and inspect belts and hoses. Maybe I just got ripped off. 🙂

Keith wrote a comment on March 7, 2009

You know, we looked at the Odyssey and settled on the Toyota Sienna instead…for me, it was because it seemed to be built for somebody bigger than me, whereas the Sienna felt like it fit me.

From inside, the Sienna feels like a smaller car, too, and seems to handle more like a sedan. Maybe becaue it was built on the Camry chassis…

TC wrote a comment on May 12, 2009

May I suggest?

http://www.quickoildrainvalve.com/

Very popular amongst DIY’ers.

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