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post #1 of 35 Old 06-09-2014, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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DIY Oil Changes Void Warranty?

I searched the forum on this topic and didn't get much, so my apologies if this has been discussed before. When I bought my 2014 Versa Note the other day, the dealer (5 Star Nissan of Warner Robins, GA) told me that if I do my own oil changes I would void my warranty. I told him that was ridiculous and that I have been an aircraft mechanic for over 20 years, I'm well qualified to change oil. I also pointed out that some people are really picky about what oil goes into their engines (nothing but Royal Purple and K&N filters for my cars). He told me I could bring the oil with me to the stealership and they would use that oil. He said that all oil changes are entered into CarFax and must be done by an ASE certified mechanic.

This is all nonsense to me, I can't remember the last time I actually paid for an oil change. Were you all told the same thing when you bought your vehicles?

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Nope, and they are feeding you BS
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I think what you need to do is to keep proof (receipts) that you have done the oil changes at the factory recommended intervals.

My dealer did not say anything about requiring oil changes to be done by a dealer. I'd think the fast lube/oil change places would sue Nissan if that were true.
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You should report them to the Nissan Corp. They need to be put in their place! Thats utter BS and so shady. I would also try to do your business elsewhere if possible.

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I like doing my own oil changes but I don't want the hassle if I have an engine problem. Oil changes aren't too expensive just don't pay for anything thats not in your manual. Be sure to mark your filter to make sure they actually change it. In a way I can't blame them, some home mechanics have really screwed things up and they don't want to cover others mistakes.
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Were you all told the same thing when you bought your vehicles?
When I bought my Versa, the salesman actually told me that after the 4 free oil changes were used up, if I chose to do my own oil changes just keep track of it and keep the receipts. So for every oil change I put the receipt in the maintenance booklet that comes with the owners manual and filled out the page with the date and mileage.

You need to leave a bag of flaming crap on your salesman's doorstep.

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Per the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975 they cannot force you to have the dealer change the oil or deny you warranty coverage if you prove you used the correct Nissan oil filter and oil that meets Nissan's qualification.

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I like doing my own oil changes but I don't want the hassle if I have an engine problem. Oil changes aren't too expensive just don't pay for anything thats not in your manual. Be sure to mark your filter to make sure they actually change it. In a way I can't blame them, some home mechanics have really screwed things up and they don't want to cover others mistakes.
Just had my 2009 engine replaced by the dealership under warranty, and the first thing they asked for when the evaluated the problem were my service records. Since I had all my oil changes done at the dealer, I told the service technician to pull them up on his computer. Case closed. My dealership in N.J. charges $24 to do an oil change. I am not going to nickel and dime myself by going to a cheap lube joint to save $5.00. As for changing the oil myself, its a pain in the rear, and again, your talking about saving $10, and then you have to do a song and dance with the dealership if you need warranty work done.
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I do my own and it costs me more to do it due to the expensive oil I use. Not interested in a bunch of kids (lube techs) working on my car. If I was guaranteed that an actual tech would do my oil change then I would. If you ever have an issue with warantee contact Nissan directly and the BBB.
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Having worked at a dealership and having owned lots of new cars I learned that you can play lawyer all day but in the end you just have to decide if it's worth it to experience the potential additional hassle and stress. Dealers don't care if you recite some law you read on the internet, they have insurance for liability and real lawyers as well. Dealers know how to play the game and it's their job, for us it's a hobby and hiring a lawyer gets expensive. Besides , it's not worth the wasted time or stress. I always change the oil on my 2004 350Z and I hate working on that car. I admit, it's almost worth the trouble since I get out every last drop of the old oil and I get Mobil 1 when it's on sale.
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