So I've had my 2016 Versa S for about 2 1/2 years now, and I finally used up my 4 free oil changes. I am usually one to do this myself, so it felt odd having a dealership do it.... but it was free ... and they wash it too... so why not? So this spring I do my first one on the car, using mobil-1 and a wix oil filter. The crush gasket on the drain plug caught me by surprise, I'm not used to those. It looked fine, so I re-used it. A buddy of mine used to work for nissan and gave me a bunch of them, so I'm set if I need to replace them in the future. I was happy to see that the dealer didn't over-tighten the drain plug or filter when I took them off, so that was nice, and now, onto my point/question:
My dealer charges $40 for an oil change and multi-point inspection. That's pretty close to the cost of the oil and filter at the parts store. Yes I realize, that the dealer is using the cheapest oil they can buy, but does the car really care? I know that's sounds odd but, it's meant as an honest question. The car this replaced was a 2005 dodge neon. It gave us a good 10 years, so I'm not dogging it. That one got mobil-1 and wix filters all it's life and no oil related issue's at all (head gasket was what got me), which does beg the question, of if it was good money spent? or overkill?
So yeah, I feel stupid even asking, but it's been bugging me. I'll be doing oil changes every 5K, regardless of oil-type. Manual says change it every 5K, so I'm assuming that's with what the dealer uses, not comfortable going longer than that... mobil-1 or otherwise.
Sitting at 29K currently and will be doing the next one (myself) soon, but the one after that will be done in the cold, so yeah, as I get older I like crawling under cars less and less. That said I do always at least look under there from time to time, as It's good to keep tabs on things.
Oh and one of the other big reasons I asked this odd question, was because I thought I'd see at least a small gas mileage increase switching to Mobil-1... but nope... nada..
Thanks for reading my little novel.