There's this whole thing about if you have a luxury car you have to get full synthetic oil change. Well, that's not necessarily true. We've done full synthetic oil changes on a Honda and conventional oil change on a Lexus all in the same day. So let's kill the myth that just because you have a luxury car you HAVE to use a"special" type of oil. A lot of newer Honda's take 0w20 and so does some new Lexus. Today let's talk about if you should be getting conventional oil change or a full synthetic oil change for your luxury vehicle.
When you say luxury what are you referring to?
I believe people get luxury and exotic cars mixed up. Exotic cars are cars like Lamborghini, Bugatti, Ferrari, etc. Luxury cars are Mercedes, Audi, BMW, etc. Now of course we have other luxury cars like the Rolls Royce and the Bentley. Let's just focus on the common luxury cars.
Luxury car oil changes.
People have said for years that "If you have a luxury car, the oil changes are going to be expensive because of the type of oil you have to use for it." LIES!!! It's all lies. The reason why luxury car oil changes cost more is not because of the type of oil, it's because of the AMOUNT of oil that luxury car engines take. Here's a good example. A 2014 Ford F-150 with 6 cylinders takes 6 quarts, but a 2014 Lexus IS250 with 6 cylinders take 7 quarts of the same type of oil. It's all about how many quarts your engine takes. So Mercedes Benz owners, that's the reason why you pay so much for your oil changes. Some 6 cylinder Mercedes Benz cars can take 8.5 quarts. When you see the advertised pricing for some of the oil change shops they may say "$39.99 for a full synthetic oil change" However, in the small print it says price is for up to 5 quarts. It's $5.99 for each additional quart" So you pull up thinking that your oil change is going to be $39.99. Once they finish, your bill after taxes and the disposal fee is $72.48. All because of those 3.5 additional quarts.
So should I use Conventional or Full Synthetic?
Let us say this up front. If the type of oil your vehicle uses comes in both conventional or full synthetic, you can use conventional. Now, is it better to use conventional? No it's not. We suggest you go read our blog "4 types of oil changes" . That blog gives you the pros and cons on conventional and full synthetic oil changes. The biggest difference in conventional and full synthetic is the additives that are included in full synthetic. Full synthetic oil provides protection and helps with gas mileage. In addition, full synthetic oil changes last longer than conventional oil changes. Most conventional oil changes last about 3000 miles. Most full synthetic oil changes last about 7500 miles. That's a huge difference in mileage. You have a luxury car, and it's best to give it the best treatment so that you can have it for a while. Conventional oil changes get you by. It's not the type of oil change you want to do when you have a luxury vehicle. You want to actually protect your engine. In other words, you don't want your engine to just survive, you want it to thrive.
The shop told me that I can only use synthetic oil. Is that true?
Well it depends. Some cars do only take synthetic oil. Conventional oil may not be an option. For example: A lot of newer Hondas take "0w20". This type of oil only comes in synthetic. So if you put conventional oil in your vehicle and it recommends 0w20 then you're putting the wrong oil in your engine. That's something that you definitely don't want to do. DISCLAIMER: There are times when you can use a comparable oil. For example, depending on the weather and of course your engine, some engines will allow either 0w20 or 5w20. However, it's always best practice to use the recommended of by the manufacturer. If you feel like you're being cheated out of a oil change, you can always check to see if your vehicle requires synthetic oil.
The best overall answer to give is "it depends" There's a few things that play a factor in if you can get a conventional oil change. The weather, your engine, the recommended oil viscosity(oil grade), and the age of the vehicle. Just to name a few. Watch out for those shops that show the price, but it's only for 5 quarts. The price you see on our website is the price you pay.