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Old 03-22-2011, 10:31 PM
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oil change - how much and how often?

I am a new owner of a 996 tt. I am wondering how much I should expect to be paying for oil changes and how often I should expect to do it?

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Depending on use I recommend every 5000 miles for our customers.

Prices vary anywhere from 250 for parts and labor at a shop to a 400 at a dealership.

If you are tracking the car, I would recommend a oil service every weekend.


Its the cheapest insurance you can ever buy for your engine.

Only use a factory oil filter and I highly recommend only using Mobil 1 0-40
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:06 PM
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I am changing the oil at one year because I don't make 8-10k km per year.
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:20 PM
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My shop charges me $140. I do it every 5000 miles. I use 5-40 but I am contemplating trying the TD oil others are using.
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For street cars, I recommend 6 months or 5000 miles, whichever comes first. Of course, I don't charge near what most shops do to change oil, so I can do 2 oil changes usually for what 1 oil change will cost at an larger independent or dealer. Even with a synthetic, condensation still builds up in the oil, especially if you live in a climate that changes drastically over the course of a year.
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My local independent Porsche shop charges $150. I would recommend shopping around, rates can figure greatly.

I do 5,000 mile intervals, or once a year if the car does not accumulate 5k miles within the 12 months period.
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I'm doing every 5k Miles or 12 Months.
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I change mine without raising it, simple job. Cost of filter from dealer and good oil ~$100 takes half an hour due to letting it drain mostly.
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how do you change without raising it?
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how do you change without raising it?
I just slide a low profile oil drain pan under and drop the oil from the 4 drains one at a time. Once drained I put the plugs back in with new crush washers and fill up the oil tank. My car is even lowered on coilovers.
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5K or once a year which ever is sooner. I use 5-50 as cold weather is not an issue in Socal but hot weather is. The engine uses less oil between changes with 5-50 than 0-40. Independent charges $150.00.

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If you drive the car unlike most people then you should look into changing it more often as it a simple and cheap preventative maintnance. If your car is stock or built, if you race or drive on sunday it all makes a difference like Fabryce said. I do it myself and it costs me 65 bucks
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If you drive the car unlike most people then you should look into changing it more often as it a simple and cheap preventative maintnance. If your car is stock or built, if you race or drive on sunday it all makes a difference like Fabryce said. I do it myself and it costs me 65 bucks
Hey Blockhed, would you mind telling me where you get your oil and filter from? Since mine will be in north jersey, I am also looking to do my own and that seems like a great price from what I've read around thus far. Also, are you using the 5w40 or a higher weight than the standard 0w40? Let me know, thanks.
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Haven't owned my car long enough to have a routine down. Only owned it 1 year but the plan was 12 months or 5k miles. I had it changed by a shop when I first got it and it was about $200. I plan on doing it myself from here on out as I've always changed the oil in all my vehicles. Getting ready to do one soon. I bought my filter, o-rings, crush rings from Pelican parts. I think I may give the Mobil 1 TDT a shot since so many people seem to like it.
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I do it once a year, which is 3500-4000 miles.

It costs me about 150€ (Mobil 1 5w50 is 10 to 15 €/liter, oil filter is 20€), using my buddy's lift doing it on my own.
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