Originally Posted by sstevens805
I am new here, but used forums a lot when i had a previous car (dodge magnum and lxforums.com). I found that the info in forums is more often then not better than what the dealer tells you, and I'm hoping that holds true in this case too. I bought my Excursion a week and a day ago, and couldn't be happier. I called my local stealership to schedule a 130,000 service, because i don't even know when the last oil change was. I told the rep I want the fluids and and filters changed and that the fuel water collection unit (dont know the name) is full and needs to be emptied (I have learned from you all already). I asked what the price was, and he said a little under $800. I know that diesels are more expensive during services and that prevention is the best medicine and all the other stuff, but is that right? $800? that seems like quite a bit. I'm no ASE certified mechanic, but I've changed a lot of oil in my 29 years and that seems steep. If i can do it on my own, I will, it cant be that hard . . . or is it? What do you guys think?
Well, for starters, is that all synthetic lube? If so, the price is probably right. Your oil pan is anywhere from 14 to 16 quarts depending on the year and the motor. The new synth stuff is somewhere around $40/gal. The trans is roughly the same capacity, and I'm not sure on the price of synth ATF, but I know it's not cheap. The axles are somewhere around 5-6 quarts a piece, and synth 90 weight is most definitely not cheap. Also, bear in mind that these are dealer quotes, so what would normally take you 20-30 minutes to do, the dealer will most likely quote as an hour job. Flat rate nowadays is in the 80-90 dollar range, so a three hour once over already has you at almost $300 in labor alone. Plus, that trans doesn't have an external filter, and any time that the dealer has to drop the pan on something, the price goes up. If it were me, and depending on what you want done, I would look hard and heavy at spending a quality Saturday with my rig. Not to mention what you'll learn of your new acquisition by working on it yourself as opposed to someone else doing the work. Hope this helps, but it's just my two cents.