Consumer Reports: Expensive oil used in some new cars

Using a funnel to refill the motor oil in an a...

Using a funnel to refill the motor oil in an automobile as part of an oil change. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The surprises for new car owners continue. First, automakers got rid of the spare tire creating a headache for drivers with a flat tire. If you don’t have AAA or towing through your insurance, which you likely won’t with a new car, you’ll pay to have your car towed if air and Fix A Flat don’t work. Now, the sticker shock may extend to the service center when you get an oil change.

Consumer Reports recently found a problem with the oil in some new cars its testing. They take extra-thin 0W-20-weight synthetic oil which is hard to find if you change your own oil. If you have your car serviced when it’s time for an oil change, you may pay twice as much. Consumer Reports said Jiffy Lube charges  $30-40, but the prices vary depending on the location and car.

This oil is being used to get the car’s fuel economy up, but Consumer Reports believes it’s minimal compared to the price to the consumer.

At least you can drive your car longer before you need an oil change. I just wish service stations would update their sticker inventory to 5,000 or 7,5000 miles depending on your car. So many still have the old 3,000 mile stickers. I watch my mileage go far beyond the sticker on my window before I take my car in for that fresh oil.

Before you buy a car, it might be worth reading the owner’s manual to see what’s changed. Oh wait. Those are disappearing too.

What do you think about these added costs to driving? Click comment below.

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9 responses to “Consumer Reports: Expensive oil used in some new cars

  1. You need to educate yourself on synthetic lubricants.

  2. Full disclosure: I’m a distributor for Amsoil. My website is Jonsoil.com.
    It will explain more on this. If you need more information I will forward it.
    I sell Amsoil because I believe in the product, no MLM.
    Thanks for your reply.

    • Thanks for the info. I looked at your website. So do you think the oil being used in cars now is going to improve fuel economy? Do you think it’s much of a change at all or no big deal?

      • I have a 2012 Ford Mustang. I changed to a full synthetic and gained one plus mile per gallon increase in mileage. (28.4 to 29.6 mpg)
        I used to be someone that got the cheap oil changes. I am a convert. True Synthetic lubricants offer so many benefits to all types of vehicles and equipment. Within the last 2 years motor oil prices have doubled, thus making synthetic lubricants more appealing. Synthetics save you money, protect and make your vehicle last longer.
        I got this from the EPS’s Smartway website:
        Advanced Lubricant Technology (Synthetic Lubricants) – Low friction engine and drive train lubricants commonly known as synthetic engine oil and synthetic transmission & drive train lubricants, these synthetic products can improve fuel efficiency by as much as 3 percent by reducing friction between parts. Synthetic lubricants are designed to withstand the extreme pressures of the engine, transmission and drive train better than traditional oils. In addition to increased fuel efficiency, synthetic engine lubricants reduce wear and increase maintenance intervals.

  3. Hi!Thanks for sharing.Those who bought a new car will definitely afford those extra costs on oil change.

  4. Hi Jenn!I bought a new car recently and it’s fine with me if I need to look for that kind of oil.If it is for the best of my car then I won’t hesitate spending few more dollars.