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04-22-2014 07:40 PM  6 years ago
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RayJayJohnsonJr

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Free oil changes with car purchase....... right.
So last summer my work car finally bit it. More expensive and time consuming to fix than what it was worth. What to do? Buy new? Buy a decent used? Buy another POS and keep fixing? Spent a couple of weeks studying and test driving. In the end I bought a NEW Chevy Spark, for less than the price of decent used, and got a new car warranty to boot. And the Spark fits my mission perfectly with crazy gas mileage too. Included in the sale were 4 free oil changes. I usually wrench on my own stuff, but that adds up to a little. So the time comes for an oil change and I go into inquire about this at the service desk of the local GM dealer. I was a little leery about these guys working on it because of a small screw up right after delivery. The car came with optional fog lights. Dealer installed, but they weren't installed yet. I scheduled an appointment after the sale to have them installed. When I picked the car up, the steering column was not assembled correctly. They had to have it apart to install the new switch, and put it back together wrong. It was very obvious, not sure how they missed that! Anyway, I took it back to them, showed them what happened and had it fixed. Not a good way to woo a new customer into your shop. Fast forward to yesterday. I'm asking the fellow at the service desk about the free oil change and what exactly would they be using for oil. GM specifies using an oil that meets the 'DEXOS 1' spec. The service guy says "Oh, it's a semi-synthetic with dextrose in it". RED FLAG! REALLY??? Dextrose??? In it??? DEXOS 1 IS A SPEC! NOT AN EFFING ADDITIVE!!!! Dextrose is a sugar! Maybe it makes your car run sweeter, I don't know. Sometimes free doesn't always work out to be free. I'll be doing the oil changes thank you.
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04-23-2014 01:37 AM  6 years ago
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yee-up, Chevy lost me & the wife as a customer back in 91, alway some BS with themJim
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04-23-2014 04:08 PM  6 years ago
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Just curious, does the "free oil" meet the specs for the GM warranty? I would "assume" it would coming out of a dealer, but we all know about that. I wouldn't worry about it. Have it done, keep an eye on the service guys, and roll on.
What kind of mileage you get with it? I need a good commuter/first car for the daughter.
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04-23-2014 05:11 PM  6 years ago
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Check your warranty information. I'm pretty sure you have to use Dexos or it's equivalent for your engine to be covered under warranty if something were to happen to it.TT Raptor E700, TT Raptor 50v2, Rave Ballistic 700, Rave ENV nitro, Rave 450 citizen #210
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04-23-2014 06:28 PM  6 years ago
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http://cararac.com/engine_oil/chevrolet/spark.html
Any synthetic 5w/40 is recommended.

The Dexos 1 is recommended as a 5w/40
http://centerforqa.com/gm/dexos1-brands

I'd worry more about the freaking key turning off then the GM dealer using the wrong oil.

Just guessing: you saved about $200 on 4 free oil changes.
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04-24-2014 03:22 AM  6 years ago
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What kind of mileage you get with it? I need a good commuter/first car for the daughter.
I would highly recommend you take one for a test drive. I bought the '1LT' with a manual transmission. I'm not much for options, but I have to have cruise control. And the '1LT' had cruise where as the base model did not. The thing looks like a cracker box, but sure doesn't drive like one. Not that I recommend it, but I know for fact it will do 80mph down the interstate straight as an arrow. Really handles well. It received the best marks of any micro-car with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/ve...chevrolet/spark The thing has 10 airbags! The My-Link Radio is pretty neat. I'm using it's features a lot more than I thought I would. It's not going to set any records in the 0-60 category, but acceleration isn't too bad. I bought it last July and was AVERAGING 43+ MPG before Winter set in. Then the mileage started to suffer a little as some of the run time was just sitting in the driveway warming up. Was down to an average of 38 MPG this winter, but it's started to pick back up because the weather is getting warmer and I'm not sitting in the driveway warming up. Oh, and btw, it handles -20F degree weather just fine. Drives on snow and ice as well as any other 2 wheel drive vehicle I've ever owned. In some cases much better. Very little I can find fault with.

5W20 is the oil called out in the manual, not 5W40.
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04-24-2014 04:03 PM  6 years ago
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43 average! I could use that! I average 18.5 in my colorado, which isnt bad for a small 4wd pickup. My commute is 50 miles er so, with some mountain driving. I'm just waiting for mildly better weather to break out the sportie. Then again, it only gets 2 mph better than your Spark!
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