Disadvantages of a Firestone Oil Change

January 27, 2012

If you are thinking of having your car or truck serviced at Firestone, the oil change could turn out to be a lengthy and expensive. While Firestone is one of the largest auto repair companies in the United States, Firestone is not without its share of complaints when it comes to oil changes and other routine car maintenance tasks.

Common Problems with Firestone Oil Changes

One of the biggest complaints voiced by consumers regarding a Firestone oil change is the amount of time that it takes for Firestone technicians to complete an oil change when compared to other major oil change companies. Furthermore, many customers complained of technicians attempting to up-sell other products and services that may or may not actually be needed, to try to to inflate or pad the amount of the customer's invoice. Because Firestone technicians are usually required to attempt to sell additional products and services, consumers will often spend more than they had originally intended

Many consumers also have made complaints about sub-par oil filters that are often sold at inflated prices and do not meet the required specifications of the car manufacturers. Using subpar oils and oil filters could render the warranty on your vehicle void. Therefore, if you want to get your oil changed quickly and without hassle or pressure, you may want to consider using your local mechanic or choosing another oil change location.

Related Questions and Answers

Which Oil Change Franchises Have the Highest Rated Reviews?

Some oil change franchises are not worth going to, because they use inferior products, and some may not even do the job they are being paid to do. Unfortunately, the majority of the oil and lube service centers have customers complaining about their service. Interestingly, these companies are found in nearly every neighborhood, in every city. Moreover, they appear to be well branded, and advertise quite heavily. However, there were some gleaming reviews about Express Oil Change (and service center), and Tires Plus (total car care). Express Oil Change is located from Texas to North Carolina and all states below and in between, and Tires Plus is located throughout the US.

What Type of Oil is Recommended for a High Mileage Engine Oil Change?

Because of piston ring wear, high mileage oil change is required at quicker intervals. This ring wear problem allows greater amounts of combustion products to enter the crankcase, and contaminate the oil. Engine oil not only lubricates, but it collects harmful combustion products and keeps them from depositing onto the engine. Quality oil that has specialized additives is needed in this situation. Multi-weight oil like 20/50 will help with this problem. Additionally, most top brand oil manufacturers now have conventional oils that have these specialty additives in them. They are marketed as oils for "High Mileage" vehicles, and designed with this problem in mind.

What is the Average Cost of a Synthetic Oil Change?

The cost of synthetic oil change depends on the type of service you use. Do it yourself oil changes are less expensive alternatives to oil changes performed at service centers, unless you take coupons into account. Because most new vehicle manufacturers recommend the use of synthetic oil, you should check your vehicle owner's manual to be certain. Synthetic oil costs more than conventional oil because the oil has been altered to produce smaller, more consistent molecules. In fact, synthetic oil costs about $5 per quart at the retail level. Oil change service can cost from $30 to $60 depending on the number of quarts your vehicle needs.

Where Can I find Car Oil Change Coupons?

Car oil change coupons can be found using various avenues. Check with your local repair facility to see if they offer oil change coupons when repair work has been performed. Unfortunately, this type of coupon will be limited to use at that particular shop. Oil producing companies will also offer coupons on their website, and will sometimes partner up with service centers to offer coupons if you bring your vehicle to those service centers for work. Additionally, there are coupon sites that offer various (printable) coupons for a variety of products and services, like oil changes. Also, keep an eye out for home mailers. Oftentimes, companies will advertise to residences and businesses, and send coupons through the mail.

What is the Recommended Oil Change Intervals for High Mileage Vehicles?

Recommended oil change intervals depend on more than the age of the vehicle. If your vehicle is burning oil, you will see blue-ish colored smoke from the exhaust pipe. In this situation, oil changes should be made every 2,000 miles, or two months, whichever is sooner. If you do not have an oil-burning problem, then the typical oil change interval should be every 3,000 miles, or three months, whichever is sooner. Of course, if the vehicle is driven in dusty environments, or a lot of stop-n-go/traffic idling, then the oil should be changed using the 2,000 mile rule.