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Question DetailsAsked on 2/2/2017

Low priced good quality oil change and transmission drain and fill change of filters in Lakewood/Tacoma WA state

For an Acura CL type S 2001

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That service would fall under the Auto Service category in Search the List - along with pretty much all other types of auto mechanical service except transmission work, and AL does not provide any info or comparisons on pricing, so short of going through lots of auto service vendor reviews and looking for reviews about oil changes (not likely to be many if any on that subject), AL is not likely to be much help there, other than in selecting well-rated and reviewed shops in your area.


Cheapest, as is almost always the case, is generally not concurrent with good quality. Cheapest is almost certainly going to be a Quick Lube type place, with high school kids with commonly zippo training or auto knowledge doing the work. I have helped or commisserated with several friends and neighbors about problems from that sort of service - wrong fluids put in wrong filler tubes (no Virginia brake fluid does not work as washer fluid, and antifreeze in the oil filler tube is a good way to crater an engine, for two instances), overfilling or underfilling, leaks because drain plugs or filters were not tightened correctly (or overtightened), cracked pans or transmissions because drain plugs were overtightened and split the casting, being told imaginary repairs were necessary, etc.


A transmission flush - which is all too often done with a fluid which is bad for the transmission, is done just using old transmission fluid if it is done at all, or is done but the filters not changed again afterwards so they are full of crud and the flushing fluid (which is not good in an operating transmission) is a common upsell on this type of job. Even though if a transmission is properly maintained and fluids changed at reasonable intervals, it should not need a flush unless it has been overheated and scorched the fluid or debris got into the fluid - the normal circulation of the fluids through the filters and cleaning of the pan at change time removes the debris/sludge (if any) from the system.


Of course, on the other side, a dealer for that make of car is likely the most expensive place to take it but, just choosing a vendor off a list, probably most likely to not make mistakes - but probably $10-20 more expensive for a simple oil change or maybe $100 or so more if including transmission oil and filter change, though with most cars that is probably only a 30-50,000 mile occurrence so the added cost ius not as critical in the long run.


In between pricing - normal automotive repair shops - some very good, some very bad, most it probably depends more on the individual technician doing the work than on the shop itself.


My recommendation - find a repair shop or dealer that, through Angies List ratings/reviews and personal recommendations from friends (with same brand of car if talking dealerships) find a shop for all the auto needs that you cannot do yourself, and stick with that shop for all types of service even if the fluid changes might cost a bit more. Many places (especially dealerships) also have frequent user cards that give you every 8th or 10th oil change free or a discount by buying a multi-change card, too.


I would not go with the cheapest place - especially on a transmission where, these days, commonly to get to the transmission filter(s) the bottom pan has to be pulled - which is good in that the pan is presumably cleaned of sludge and the metal particles that tend to build up there, but also makes for an opportunity to mess up the wiring to the control module, or to fail to seal the bottom pan right, especially if it uses sealant rather than a preformed gasket to seal the pan to the transmission. A leaky transmission that you do not notice can end up costing you several to many thousands of $ if you smoke it due to leaked out fluid - in my mind, that risk is not worth saving a few bucks.

Answered 1 year ago by LCD

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Hi,

This is James in Member Care. Thanks for your interest in Angie's List!

We'll be happy to help find top rated service providers to assist you with your Acura, but it doesn't look like you have a subscription to the List yet. You can join by visiting www.angieslist.com or by giving us a call. Our call center is available 8:00 am-9:00 pm weekdays and 8:00-5:00 pm ET on Saturdays.


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Answered 1 year ago by Member Services

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Hi,

This is Chris in Member Care. Thanks for your interest in Angie's List!

We'll be happy to help find top rated providers, but it doesn't look like you have a subscription to the List yet. You can join by visiting www.angieslist.com or by giving us a call. Our call center is available 8:00 am-9:00 pm weekdays and 8:00-5:00 pm ET on Saturdays.

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Answered 1 year ago by Member Services




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