Joined: Sep 2004
Location: Toronto, Canada
Do it yourself, oil changes are very easy to do, easy enough that techs at dealerships usually whip through it in no time. What does that mean??? They're in a rush to finish your oil change and move on to another, that means they'll get your drain plug back on even before all your old oil's drained out and you're paying what???? $40-50 bucks a shot each time????? No way!!!!!!
I do all oil changes myself on my cars, takes less than .5 hour and that's with me letting all the oil drain out before I put the plug back in (once it starts dripping slowly that's good enough, if I have time I let it drip even longer while I'm doing other things like maintenance checks and stuff). Plus I usually change it hot so the oil drains faster, just watch you don't burn yourself with the hot oil.
Just buy a good quality oil, get the proper Nissan filter with the drain plug washer (replace at every oil change) and make sure the rubber gskt from the old filter comes off before screwing the new filter on (hand tight with a little tug is good enough), add new oil to the proper level and you're good to go.
Keep all receipts for parts bought for the oil change and the date it was done in case there is an issue and the dealer needs proof that oil changes and other preventive maintenance work was done.
01 Sentra SE, daily driver
96 Pontiac Formula, summer ride