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    I plan on taking my car later to Jiffy Lube to have my oil changed. I will probably do the signature oil change, which involves:

    [As per their site]

    A Jiffy Lube Signature ServiceŽ Oil Change is more than an oil change. It's a preventative maintenance program that enhances the reliability and longevity of your vehicle. Our technicians will:
    Change the oil with up to five (5) quarts of quality motor oil
    Replace oil filter
    Visually Inspect:
    - antifreeze/coolant reservoir levels
    - engine air filtration system
    - serpentine belts
    - brake fluid level in transparent reservoirs
    - wiper blades
    - exterior lights

    Vacuum interior floors
    Clean exterior of windows
    Lubricate the chassis (when applicable)
    Check tire pressure
    Check and top off the following fluids:
    - transmission/transaxle fluids
    - differential fluid
    - power steering fluid
    - windshield washer fluid
    - battery water (excluding sealed batteries)
    Bonus! You will also receive free top-offs on motor oil and any or all of these five vital fluids between service visits for up to 3,000 miles.
    Additionally, we will perform a service review, which includes a visual inspection of the engine air filtration and the vehicle manufacturer's severe service* recommendations based upon the vehicle's current mileage.

    Is it alright to have these things done there for the 300M, or should I just stick to the oil change and be done with it? I also plan on asking them to make sure the belts are nice and tight, I have that annoying whistling/whining sound up front. [Belts were changed ~3 weeks ago]

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    Jiffy lube bad, go to the local guy you had do the belts over a chain place like that they will do the work quick and dirty or maybe not at all.
    And then there was one.

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    I would suggest if you cannot change your own oil, then buy your own oil and filter, knowing you can get a top notch product instead of whatever is in the "hose" at Jiffy Boobs, and take them to a Tire Kingdom or similar. My local TK will change your oil w/ your supplies for Ten Dollars, and you can stand there and watch it happen. Most places like that have an auto parts store or a walmart nearby anyway. You'll likely save money, and have a better product in your car. Call your local tire shop and see what they tell you.



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    Jiffy Lube uses Dino oil and DEXIII ATF.
    Also JiffyLube were the ones that screwed up my girlfriend's parents trep. They did the signature oil change and after a few months the tranny started to kick and by then damage was done.

    Buy your own oil and ATF and see if they will use it and knock off a few bucks.

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    They're bad, according to most. If you absolutely must do it, here's what I would recommend.

    1. Don't let them "top off those 5 vital fluids," as they say in the advertisement. They are bound to put the wrong type of fluid in. The main thing is ATF4 -- most quick lube places do not carry ATF 4, and hence use Dextron IV with a crappy additive in it which is NOT a reasonable substitute.

    2. Watch them do it. Stand there and watch them physically drain the old oil, put on a new filter, and re-fill the crankcase with the correct type. Reason: A lot of times they don't even do an oil change; they just bill you for one and you drive off with the same old oil and filter. Also -- good way to make sure they don't strip out your drain plug, or something.

    3. Never go there for transmission service. Reason: For one, they'll want to use a 'flushing machine,' which is bad for any transmission. Second, they use the wrong fluid. Third, most of the time, they dont change the transmission filter.

    4. Don't let them talk you into ANY of their other products. For example, the wiper blades. They use really cheap wiper blades which are then marked up way too high.

    In essence -- they're useless. If all you need is a simple oil change, I'd really recommend you just DIY. All you need is some ramps or jackstands, a drain pan, a new filter, and new oil. You don't need a lot of mechanical knowledge to do it. It also allows you the freedom to use whatever oil you want -- whether its Castrol GTX dino or Penzoil synthetic.

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    I might just tackle this myself, what kind of oil should I use and how much? Any specific filters?

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    Now you're talking...

    You're gonna get a ton of recommendations now, as far as oils and filters.

    Do you have a 1st gen or 2nd gen, and what engine?

    In my 2G 3.5HO I use Mobil1 or Mobil1 Extended 10W30 and Mobil1 Filters. My next change I'll be going to the over sized filter model M1-301.



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    I own a 99 300M, so I suppose a 2nd gen

    And its the 3.5L HO

    I must include one thing, my car doesnt have a factory plug. Me and a member from the 300M club site looked it over when the dealership said I needed a new oil pan. It seems to be a rubber like cap/plug of some sort.

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    5 quarts of a 10w30 weight oil. (Or if you live where there is REALL low temps -- 5w30)

    I can't recommend any specific brand of oil. All I say is -- don't use the cheap stuff. It's your choice as to whether you want to use synethetic or Dyno. THere are separate threads everywhere that tell whether synthetic or dyno is better, etc. I'll let you decide that for yourself.

    Filters -- same thing. However, we all agree -- don't use walmart filters, and don't use Fram filters. They're both cheap. Personally, I use a K&N oil filter; but I've also heard that Purolator PureONE, Mobile 1, Wix, and Napa Gold (a repackaged Wix) are all good.

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    Any oil will do, no one really makes a bad oil. I just stick with Pennzoil high milege and a Mopar filter. You can get both from Wal Mart. Use 10W30 and you should be good....

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