$120 Oil Change for a Chrysler Crossfire?

My neighbor ( who knows even less about cars than I do, if that is possible) bought a new Chrysler Crossfire a few months ago. (If I have to hear about its top speed one more time I am going to scream). Anyway, he told me that his dealer was going to hit him up for $120 for an oil change ( filter included!!!). I know that he would need a good ILSAC-5 synthetic, etc, but that seems like a ridiculous price! He asked me whether I thought he was "getting screwed" (He should have asked before he bought the darned car) and I said that he should grill his dealer as to what the breakdown of charges would be. They told him that he needed a "special Group-5 oil" (I am not making this up) and I really had to laugh. Are they just yanking his chain or what?
 
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Well, I checked the books and it calls for 8.5 quarts of Mobil 1 0w-40 and a cartridge oil filter (more than likely the $20 fleece one). So $6*9+$25=$79+$30 (labor)=$109. So $120 is about right, though I personally think that $100 would’ve been more reasonable. Mike
 
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Tell him not to pay it. Buy the oil and take it somewhere. Can have it done for $50 probably if he does it himself. What a scam.
 
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Buster, Reread my previous post. Even if he did it himself, it would have cost him $60-$70 in parts alone. Mike
 
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What's also important to point out here is that MB requires the filter to be made of a fleece media, which is significantly more expensive. However, I dunno what's Chrysler's policy on this. Mike
 
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What is Chrysler asking as an OCI for their 8.5 quart synthetic sump fill and special filter? 18,000 miles would make it cost equivelent compared to say 6 $20 oil changes on dino if someone is having a shop do the oil change, but it seems as though he should probably do his own oil changes. I doubt this is the case however.
 
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Probably a fair price considering the type and amount of oil required. My concern would be WILL THE DEALER USE THE HIGH TIER SYNTHETIC OIL & FILTER or just some "no name stuff" out of a barrel
 

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This is an engine made solely by the Mercedes Group. Some MB dealers have a policy of stocking only fleece filters. I'd be surprised if the dealer used anything other than the recommended Mobil 1 0W-40 (factory fill). Two of my friends have this engine (ML320 & SLK320). It costs me $65 in parts to change the oil, so Michael Wan and buster are pretty much on the money - literally. I usually recommend M1 5W-40 to my friends because of the consensus from this site and the popular availability of this grade. MB uses a FSS oil life monitoring system to determine OCI, but the newer engines will do away with the FSS and simply go to a 13K OCI across the board.
 
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I'd pay and not worry over it. My oil changes cost over $50 on my truck when I do them myself . . so what? A tank of fuel runs me over $70 this week. If that is the book procedure on the car, then that is the price as well to keep it in spec. I might supply my own oil so to be sure of quality, but that would be it. 13m is about a once-per-year oil change. And with an 8-qt sump and high end filter on a car well above average price, this is no burden. Our 2005 LexYota requires [3] oil changes in a 13-15,000 mile year. I imagine they'll add up to the same if not a little more than this Crossfires requirements. (Which looks to me like a fun car for a single guy).
 
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quote:
Originally posted by Kestas: This is an engine made solely by the Mercedes Group. Some MB dealers have a policy of stocking only fleece filters.
Does "fleece" refer to the filter media or the dealers pricing practices?
 
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