how much should a manual transmission oil change cost? $30 too steep?

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  1. holden j caufield

    holden j caufield Diamond Member

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    that's what I was quoted. Seems a bit steep for taking out a drain plug and filling it up via tube. Or is this a good going price?
     
  2. spanky

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    cost $15 at walmart. many gas stations also charge $20.
     
  3. KLin

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    regular oil changes cost about 25-30 bucks at a shop too. Stop being a cheapskate.
     
  4. spanky

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    i used to think that changing oil myself would save money, but i think of it this way now:

    $5 for 4qts of oil
    $5 for oil filter
    $x for labor (getting hands dirty, disposal of oil, etc)

    so based on walmarts $15 price, i don't mind giving up $x (which in this case is $5).
     
  5. holden j caufield

    holden j caufield Diamond Member

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    oil changes are easy for me the manual transmission oil change requires a tube of some sort as I've been told
     
  6. Toastedlightly

    Toastedlightly Diamond Member

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    For me, it is the satasfaction of doing it myself. If i really need one done but I dont' want to do it, ill bring it in.
     
  7. spanky

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    i guess i'm just lazy :p
     
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    i think half the people in the thread dont realize ur talking about tranny oil....

    $30 does seem like a lot though....
     
  9. The Stigenator

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    manual tranny oil change in my car is about 300...

    its a sealed system. Most of its labor.
     
  10. rahvin

    rahvin Elite Member

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    It's a decent price, the 90weight oiil will be a little more expensive than the mutligrades and in general in the cars I've serviced the oil has to be refilled where you check the oil at and requires an exceptionally long funnel and lots of time to let that 90weight run down into the transmission.
     
  11. spanky

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    oops
     
  12. lobadobadingdong

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    1st off, never go to wall-mart, seconed, $30 is steep (unless you require a special synthetic) I pay $16.99+tax, or I often do it myself for ~ $8.
     
  13. jadinolf

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    I do it myself. Seven dollars.
     
  14. BHeemsoth

    BHeemsoth Platinum Member

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    I still think most of these people are talking about motor oil...not Transmission Fluid.
     
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    iamwiz82 Lifer

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    What kind of vehicle??

    A car with no drain plug is more work than simply drain and fill.
     
  16. hondAS2ooo170

    hondAS2ooo170 Senior member

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    it all depends if there is a drain plug. i have had experance with changing tranny fluid without one man never do it on ur own. go to a shop to do it. its like niagra falls
     
  17. Squisher

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    Ahh, come on, that's all the fun.
     
  18. hondAS2ooo170

    hondAS2ooo170 Senior member

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    no it not when it falls all over you
     
  19. AgaBoogaBoo

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    Wal*Mart vacuums my car at no extra charge when I get an oil change, something I think is awesome
     
  20. lobadobadingdong

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    everyplace vacuums your car, only they everywhere else has real mechanics
     
  21. Shawn

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    $30 is fine.
     
  22. DaTT

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    It doesn't seem like too much if you require a friction modifier.....also depends on the brand of fluid you go with. I swear by GM syncromesh (my mechanic told me to)
     
  23. TwoBills

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    $30 is a fair price for gear oil (manual tranny). That stuff stinks and is a pita to get back in. You'll need your own pump. If it's rr wheel drive, get the rear changed at the same time. I used synthetic in my tranny and posi gear oil in the rear (because I have a posi rear).
     
  24. MikeyIs4Dcats

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    I love it when people CAN'T FVCKING READ.

    My tranny fluid change runs about $100 on my automatic. Have no idea about a manual, but $30 seems about right.