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I am curious how much everyone pays for an oil change from a dealer and/or independent shops that specialize in Porsche. I have paid between $290-$320 each time for two separate oil changes at an independent shop that specializes in Porsche (Midwest USA). I am recently out of warranty and will likely never take my Macan to the Dealer for any kind of service. What are others paying across the country at either the Dealer or specialized Indy shops that reset service intervals?
 

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i recently spent $395 at an indy shop for an oil change and brake fluid flush at 18,500 miles, since it's been 2 years of ownership. not sure the breakdown between the two services bc from the get go i asked for a quote for both together. i'm located in los angeles.
 

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$125-$150. Note that any competent garage can do this for you. No more difficult than changing the oil in a Honda Accord. Just make sure to ask them before hand if they have the tool to reset the service register. Pretty much any competent garage will these days.
 

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$170 Vegas and they checked mist everything they can at some time of course to find stuff for more work, but also they check the boxes off and let me know what’s up good and bad
 

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Never done any service at an Indy shop. Why? They always quote a lower price than the Porsche dealer but when I present the quote to my SA at the dealer he has always been able to reduce the price. No, they never match the price but they bring it very close. At the dealer I get a loaner and I know the service will be done well and using OEM parts so I prefer to pay a bit more and get ot done at the dealer. Thus, I suggest you negotiate and see what they say.
 

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Um.... So, you get a quote at an Indy trying to save money at dealer, then low ball the dealer with an Indy quote to get a loaner for an oil change that takes less than an hour. Then get a loaner and drive around and then go back to the dealer and deal with another wait. On top of that, you have to whip out your driver’s license and proof of insurance to get the loaner.
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Ok, if you say so. Here’s my Indy... I hope they use Mobil 1. 🤞 Oil change $170 bucks and I never know what will show up in the parking lot while I wait.
 

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I usually do my own, but if I did not, even if the price were the same, I would always favor the indy.

The problem at the dealer is you don’t know who the latest flunkie is they are going to have work in your car. The one time I had the dealer do it I noticed they replaced the oil drain plug after only 5 minutes. Hardly a full drain. These guys get paid by the job not by the hour so they tend to cut corners. The techs working on the cars are so far removed from ownership that they just don’t care, and are merely there to collect a paycheck.

The dealers would love you to think that their service departments are superior. Do you remember the forum member who actually thought all the techs at the dealership were trained in Germany because the dealer told him that? Pretty funny. All you need to remember is that these are car dealers we are talking about. The vast majority of them would sell your firstborn if they could get away with it.
 

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The only time my car goes to dealer is for warranty work. Aside from that I use a trusted, proven, local independent. I think the dealerships tend to significantly overcharge customers. I don't begrudge a dealership making a profit, but they take that to the extreme. I choose to let the people with company lease cars who never pay that costs out of their own pocket keep the dealerships busy.
 

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For those who list the loaner cars as a reason to go to the dealer for service, sure it’s a nice benefit when you were having warranty work done. But for non-warranty work, don’t kid yourselves, you are paying significantly for it.
 

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My indy told me it would run about $160 to change the oil and filter - however, when it only costs $70 to change yourself, i DIY the oil change.

You know its done right, everything is torqued to spec, and you can keep an extra $100 every oil change. The tool to reset your reminder is about a $100 so it pays for itself on your first oil change.
 

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Um.... So, you get a quote at an Indy trying to save money at dealer, then low ball the dealer with an Indy quote to get a loaner for an oil change that takes less than an hour. Then get a loaner and drive around and then go back to the dealer and deal with another wait. On top of that, you have to whip out your driver’s license and proof of insurance to get the loaner. View attachment 234531


Ok, if you say so. Here’s my Indy... I hope they use Mobil 1. 🤞 Oil change $170 bucks and I never know what will show up in the parking lot while I wait.
I guess you are talking to me. You missed my point so I will try to explain it again. It is Saturday morning and I am drinking my coffee so it is all good. First of all, I never said I get a loaner for an oil change. I said I haven’t done any service outside the dealer. That includes the 40k miles service, transfer case, brakes, spark plugs, tires. For some big jobs I get a loaner. My intention is not to low ball the dealer but I have a great relationship with my SA and he knows I quote outside. BTW, I am not sure what your dealer process is to get a loaner but on mine it is similar to a pit stop at a F1 racing. My SA knows what time I am getting there. He knows what needs to be done on my car. He has my insurance card and driver’s license on file so as soon as I drive in with my car he sees it, goes out and shakes my hand and hands me the key for the loaner. It takes less than 1 minute and I am on my way. Too bad if your dealer does not offer that service. BTW, although I only use the loaner in the city my dealer never asks for anyone to fill up the tank. I guess there are dealers and dealers.

The Indy shop here is very nice as well but farther away for me than the dealer. And yes, their parking lot looks like yours. Usually Porsches don’t call much attention there since there are many other cars that look impressive.
 

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My indy told me it would run about $160 to change the oil and filter - however, when it only costs $70 to change yourself, i DIY the oil change.

You know its done right, everything is torqued to spec, and you can keep an extra $100 every oil change. The tool to reset your reminder is about a $100 so it pays for itself on your first oil change.
Feel free to tell me it's overkill, but when I change my oil I get the oil up to 200 degrees right before pulling the plug so as much as possible of the crap in the engine is dissolved into the oil, remove the filler cap before pulling the drain plug to maximize the flow, and I let it drain overnight. The 5 minutes I've seen them doing at the dealer (someone else mentioned this, but I saw it too) is not enough.
 

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Feel free to tell me it's overkill, but when I change my oil I get the oil up to 200 degrees right before pulling the plug so as much as possible of the crap in the engine is dissolved into the oil, remove the filler cap before pulling the drain plug to maximize the flow, and I let it drain overnight. The 5 minutes I've seen them doing at the dealer (someone else mentioned this, but I saw it too) is not enough.
I will say, overnight is a while! At least you are getting a good drain lol. The 5 minute drain, even a 20 minute drain is too short to get rid of all the contaminants..

I usually heat up the oil to about 150-170 degrees drop the plug, pull filler cap, and drain for about an hour or so. I usually clean up the engine bay while its draining, check tire wear, engine leaks, top off fluids, etc. After all that, put new filter in, add oil, then good to go.
 

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Unfortunately, I found that good Porsche specialist Indies in my area charge about the same as the dealers.
 

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In, NJ, two 5 quart jugs of Mobil 1 ~$45, ~$25 filter kit from Suncoast, $30 local mechanic, total =~$100. $150 for used Autel MD808 Pro to reset light. Still cheaper than 1 oil change at the dealer.
 

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I can't believe how some Porsche independent shops can survive charging $150 for an oil change, 9 quarts of synthetic oil, factory filter, washer, plus top up all levels, check the car around, replace wipers, adjust windshield washer nozzles if necessary, calibrate tire pressures and service light Reset fo $150, probably rent and city permits in those areas are a quarter of what it costs in Miami, here we work about 2 weeks to break even, then if everything goes well we can think about making some money.
 

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I can't believe how some Porsche independent shops can survive charging $150 for an oil change, 9 quarts of synthetic oil, factory filter, washer, plus top up all levels, check the car around, replace wipers, adjust windshield washer nozzles if necessary, calibrate tire pressures and service light Reset fo $150, probably rent and city permits in those areas are a quarter of what it costs in Miami, here we work about 2 weeks to break even, then if everything goes well we can think about making some money.
Oil and filter costs under $60 in bulk. Unlikely you are getting new wiper blades in that price.
 
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