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Valvoline XLD 15W-40 5L $9.99, Synpower 5W-40 $33.99, Firstaid Kit $13.49 @ Autobarn

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  • +3 votes

    Don't forget the $20 cashback as an EFTPOS card and Supercheap's best price guarantee.

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    Can anyone remember the old valvoline ad slogan?

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    An absolute noob here when it comes to cars. I literally don't do any work on the car myself. Having said that I do take it for serving every 6 months (actually 8 months cos I'd like to stretch it as much as I can).
    I'm interested to know why people buy these things themselves?
    - Is it because people know that what the servicing stores put in the car is mediocre quality oil? What's the difference?
    - is it cheaper to buy your own?
    I'm just too lazy to learn how to change things in the car yourself so I trust whatever the mechanics do is a decent job. Am I too naive or are there others in OzB that are like me?

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      Is it because people know that what the servicing stores put in the car is mediocre quality oil? What's the difference?

      Not necessarily. For me the DIY method is more about getting the type of oil and weight that I like in the car. It's been many years since I took a car for an oil and filter change, but I never remember being asked whether I wanted mineral, synthetic or semi-synthetic or if I had a preference for a particular type of filter.

      I would assume that most shops would use the cheapest recommended lubricant from their brand of choice, but maybe your factory service manual calls for 5W-30 and they stick in 10W-40 instead? Issues probably wouldn't be noticeable for many years of using the heavier oil, but good luck proving that premature wear was caused by the incorrect oil being used.

      is it cheaper to buy your own?

      What does an oil and filter change set you back nowadays? If you can get 5-6L of oil on sale for $35 which will cover most average sized cars then I'm sure that would be cheaper. I get my oil on sale locally and order bulk filters from overseas for between $3 and $8 each depending on if retailers are having a clearance sale.

      All up I'm looking at less than $50 plus half an hour of my time to do it myself and know that corners haven't been cut.

    • +4 votes

      Well for one thing, you know what is going into your car. This $33 oil is better than what a mechanic will use, and they will charge you several hundred dollars.

      Learning how to replace the consumable parts in your car is a high yield investment, the first time you do it it may take you a whole day, but eventually you will be able to do an oil change in as little as 1 hour. Since you can expect to own a car for pretty much your entire life, the skills will always be relevant.

      Because oil changes are cheap, you can afford to do them more often, like every 5000-10000 km, rather than following the "recommend" intervals, like the ridiculous recommendation of once every 25000 km that some brands now use.

      This will prevent problems in your vehicle from developing in the first place.

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      There are mechanics out there charge you a few hundred dollars for parking your car and tell you to collect your car when nothing has been replaced or cleaned. So if you don’t have a trustworthy mechanic you better service your car yourself.

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      I clearly have trust issues. I've had a pretty bad run finding a decent Mechanic I can trust.
      So many scams, like swapping my good brakes discs with some worn out ones, then telling me I need new ones.
      When I was much younger and a lot more naive, I paid $1500 to fully reco my ported 14B RX3, he messed it up bad, pissing out smoke for 2 months and he kept on giving me stupid excuses, "oh it just needs a tune, or Oh just needs to be run in more…" Took me 2 years to get my money back.

      Prefer just to do it myself, it's also faster and more convenient than loosing my car for a day…. I mean waiting for some 18yo hung over apprentice to do it, and then pay a premium.
      Oil, Air, and Cabin filter are almost as easy as changing a light bulb once you've done it a few times.
      I do think these days we change our oil way too often, way more often than in the good old days. Yes cars are not the same today, and some performance / turbos need a bit of TLC, but for most other cars i think we've gone a bit over board, especially when i see some people change oil every 3-4000km, I mean come on ,its a old Camry or Commodore, Crazy !

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        No manufacturer for the Camry or commodore would have 4k oil change intervals… probably 10k-15k+

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          People often forget the secondary time interval recommendation.

          My old 1994 Nissan Navara ute needs an oil change every 12,000km or 6 months. The latter is usually when I do it at about the 5-6000km mark or when the lifters get a bit clicky.

          400,000km on the engine so she probably runs a bit dirtier than the day she rolled out of the factory.

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          m0tyrider Exactly my point, some people just plain mad. Then I also see people dumping the old oil in the bins or on the side of the road, makes me just plain mad.

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            @jd4free: Which is ridiculous when there are numerous places that take it for free - ie local tip often has small quantities for free - or some super cheap auto stores.

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        ported 14B RX3

        Awesome car. That sound - like a sewing machine on heat. Thanks for the memories.

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        I change my Commodores oil every 5000 :)

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        14b? Is that a 13b with custom wider housings and rotors? Lol

    • +4 votes

      I only go to the mechanic for the big items now - ie rear spark plugs in a V6, timing belt, fuel filters, etc - or any other things where I can't be bothered with the time involved.

      Many smaller things are so easy to DIY, especially these days with Youtube videos, it's actually easier. Instead of fiddling around how to get my car to/from mechanics during work hours, I just spend a few hours on a weekend.

      Oil/Filter change - using genuine filter (off ebay) and fully synthetic oil - $40
      Change coolant
      Change brake fluid
      Change brake pads and rotors
      Rotate tyres
      Transmission fluid change
      Replace wiper blades
      Replace air and cabin filters

      Most of these jobs don't take all that long and can save heaps - and still using quality parts.

      At the end of the day, I know what's going into my car and I'm taking the care, not some 16 year old apprentice.

      I haven't taken my car to the mechanic for 50,000km or more.

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      Even if you don't do it yourself you can BYO oil to many mechanic.

      My mechanic is always happy for me to provide the oil and only charge for labour.

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    Does anyone know is there a max number of claims you can put in? couldn't find on website

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    I put 6 of them through last time, no prob.
    Same details. all good.

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    when is the 5w30 or 10w30 on special? lots of car take 30 oil now.

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    How does that first aid kit compare to the one Aldi sometimes has for $12.99? What's the regular price at Autobarn?

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      also interested in this

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      I went to get one today. It says it's 55%/$16.50 off so the regular price would be $29.99. The product details on the website is misleading, there's no where as much first aid supplies as mentioned on the website.

      Of what's mentioned on the website, the kit actually contains:

      Kit Content on the website:
      2 Conforming bandages 15cm x 1.5m
      2 Conforming bandages 10cm x 1.5m
      1 Triangular bandage 110 x 110cm
      1 Sterile wound dressing No.13
      1 Sterile wound dressing No.14
      1 Universal dressing 20 x 91cm (large)
      2 Non-adherent dressings 7.5 x 10cm
      1 Non-adherent dressing pad 10 x 10cm
      2 Combine dressing pads 10 x 10cm
      1 Hypo-allergenic tape 2.5cm x 9.1m
      1 Adhesive strips (pk 50)
      6 Saline steritubes 15ml
      2 Packs antiseptic wipes (pk 10)
      1 Stainless steel sharp/blunt scissors 12.5cm
      1 Stainless steel sharp forceps 12.5cm
      2 Latex non-powdered gloves medium (pk 2)
      1 Emergency shock blanket
      1 Burns casualty sheet 70 x 75cm (small)
      1 Biohazard specimen bag
      1 Pack safety pins assorted (pk 12)
      1 First Aid Quick Reference Guide
      1 Notepad and pencil

      In addition, it contains:
      1 Bandage conforming 5cm
      1 Burns Gel Sachet 3.5g
      1 Resealable Plastic Bag 150 x 230mm
      1 Resusci Face Shield
      1 Sting and Itch Relief Sachet 1g
      1 Wound Dressing No. 15

      For the price vs contents, it is borderline. Had it contained additional dressings for trauma, saline and space blanket as mentioned on the website, then it will be worth it.

      The burns gel is great, but will rarely be used. Stingose is ok. Face shield is great for CPR. Other than that, I don't think the kit is adequately stocked to treat more serious trauma and everyday medical complaints. It would be good for one patient and then it needs to be restocked. Minor injuries is ok, there's plenty of band-aids.

      I would stock it with 1 more conforming bandages, 2 pieces of non-adherent dressings (small and large piece), more gauze, some saline or non-alcoholic wipes, 1 space blanket, some pads/tampons, 1 vasoline satchel (super useful!) and some common medication e.g paracetamol, ibruprofen, antacids, lozenge cold & flu medication. It might sound overkill for some but at least it will prepare you for most first aid situations. The kit is large enough to hold all the things I mentioned.

      I would still get the kit as a starting point if you don't have anything at the moment. It won't take long to add more items, they can be cheaply bought at chemist warehouse.

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        Wow, thanks for the through review.

        Pity it's in store only. My local had no stock and the lady said she can't check other store's stock in her system. She was rather unfriendly, like customers are a nuisance.

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    Not sure why, but the synpower oil comes up as $67.99 for me.

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    Can someone please recommend best engine oil for camry hybrid hl 2014 ?

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    What is the normal price for the 5w40?
    I wonder if it's worth paying the shipping fee $12.95.

    Also is the cashback per bottle of per receipt?

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    Noob question - these oils are universal for both cars and motorcycles right?

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      Definately not. If your motorbike runs a wet clutch (most do), you need to use an oil without friction modifiers or you'll have clutch issues.

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    So with the cash back it’s 13.99 for 5l of synthetic oil? That’s crazy

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    This is one hell of a deal paired with the cash back!

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    Can you get cashback on the XLD or just the Synpower. I only see Synpower being able to get cashback or am I missing something?

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    How is Valvoline synthetic oil for a Hyundai i40 diesel with dpf?

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      Last time I bought 2 bottles of 5w-40 for my Hyundai i30 diesel and have used them for 2 services (BYO).
      Feel very good and will buy 3 for the next three year services.

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      This oil is NOT compatible with dpfs. Valvoline will have one that is, sadly this one is not it, otherwise I'd be buying up as well :P

      Edit - the ones designated "mst" are valvolines dpf compatible oils

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    Glad I held off on this deal and got this instead!! Can't beat this price!

    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/442101?page=1#comment

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      Sometime procrastination is a good habit: I just bought 2 from autobar (limited 2 per customer) not as planned to buy 3. The same time, there is a better deal in Supercheap, although I am a member there. No worries. I like Valvoline ..

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    Haha, anyone want to swap 2 bottles of Synpower for my bottle of Castrol Edge 5W-30 A3/B4?
    $27.98 is a pretty good price for the Castrol and I totally didn't pay $2 for it :p

  • +1 vote

    Thanks OP. Stocked up enough to service my card for a few years. Supercheap Auto price matched but one store manager wasn't happy about it. Apparently less than cost price for them.