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#4561635 - 11/01/17 09:35 PM Found a shop that knows its stuff!
TmanP Offline

Registered: 10/30/15
Posts: 427
Loc: MN
I was calling around and trying to find a place to have oil changes/other work done on my car next year when I'm in college. (5 hours from home). I got a LOT of kinda rude or not-particularly-confidence-instilling answers, like "it comes out of a tank and says it's synthetic blend" or shops that acted like I was bothering them. I called one on a whim that's a gas station and 6 or 8-bay shop. The guy politely answered the phone, even though it was right before closing time. He asked how he could help (after digging online, it's a family operation). I asked for an oil change price, and he asked what kind of car I had. When I told him "06 Buick Lacrosse" he said "Ok, that'd be our Thrive 5w30 Synblend. It meets American Petroleum Institute standards and the GM6094M standard your car calls for" (at this point I was shocked). Then I asked him about synthetic, to which he said: "our Thrive full synthetic meets the new gen 2 Dexos spec, and would be another $8." (the base price was $35, cheaper than Jiffy Lube or Valvoline without a coupon). I then asked him what filter they used, not expecting anything better than a generic Puro or something. He then replied, "we use Napa Gold filters for all of our oil changes." (except Amsoil changes which he advised against because of the unnecessary cost). At this point, he told me that they would need 45 minutes to do an oil change. Before the end of the conversation, he mentioned that they look the car over for problems but don't ever upsell. And, the true kicker, he told me that my car has an oil life monitor and I should change it only as often as that tells me to.

The Thrive oil looks solid. It's here.


The shop uses API certified oil
More importantly, the guy knew what this meant
He knew my car's specs right off the bat
They use Napa Gold filters even on the basic oil changes
They take the time to do a complete job
They recommend following the OLM
They charge a fair price

They just earned my business!
2006 Buick Lacrosse 3.8 V6 150,000 mi
2015 Chevy Silverado LT Z71 5.3 V8 30,000 mi
2010 Toyota Sienna 3.5 V6 150,000 mi

#4561657 - 11/01/17 10:10 PM Re: Found a shop that knows its stuff! [Re: TmanP]
danez_yoda Offline

Registered: 07/18/09
Posts: 390
Loc: texas
Sounds like you found a gem.

#4561670 - 11/01/17 10:32 PM Re: Found a shop that knows its stuff! [Re: TmanP]
mclasser Offline

Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 2126
Loc: The Northeast
A lot of shady shops out there. I'm glad you found what appears to be a decent place thumbsup
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#4561682 - 11/01/17 10:48 PM Re: Found a shop that knows its stuff! [Re: TmanP]
andrewp1998 Offline

Registered: 10/18/08
Posts: 797
They care and know their stuff. You struck gold!!
2001 Honda civic HX vtecE- 5 spd,225k+

#4561700 - 11/01/17 11:30 PM Re: Found a shop that knows its stuff! [Re: TmanP]
Danno Online   content

Registered: 10/07/12
Posts: 1879
Loc: Northern Ontario, Canada
After you get your 1st service done, do report back and name the shop.
2016 Sorento SX V6 AWD
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2013 Sonata 2.4L RIP in write-off crash

#4561730 - 11/02/17 12:04 AM Re: Found a shop that knows its stuff! [Re: danez_yoda]
jimbrewer Offline

Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 1417
Loc: New Mexico, USA
Originally Posted By: danez_yoda
Sounds like you found a gem.

Also a guy with a near photographic memory.

#4561743 - 11/02/17 12:18 AM Re: Found a shop that knows its stuff! [Re: Danno]
Linctex Offline

Registered: 12/31/16
Posts: 5211
Loc: Waco, TX
Originally Posted By: Danno
After you get your 1st service done, do report back and name the shop.

Yes, if they do well - they deserve props
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#4561745 - 11/02/17 12:20 AM Re: Found a shop that knows its stuff! [Re: TmanP]
bbhero Offline

Registered: 03/20/15
Posts: 4198
Loc: Virginia
Pretty awesome there Tman. Ya done good here indeed.
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Federated Auto Full Synthetic 5w30 Hastings LF 240
"Treat your family like your friends and treat your friends like your family."

#4561752 - 11/02/17 12:51 AM Re: Found a shop that knows its stuff! [Re: TmanP]
jongies3 Offline

Registered: 03/11/16
Posts: 717
Loc: MT
The shop I used to work at was just like that. They're rare and few and far between but nice when you actually find one! Seems to always be the locally owned little guys though. I've never had luck with chains like Walmart, 'Iffy Lube and Valvoline. Only ever taken work vehicles there because I had to, would never take my personal vehicle to any of them.
2004 Toyota Tacoma 3.4 V6: German Castrol 0W-40
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#4561773 - 11/02/17 02:34 AM Re: Found a shop that knows its stuff! [Re: TmanP]
WyrTwister Offline

Registered: 01/13/13
Posts: 1146
Loc: Texas
Sounds like you got lucky . :-)

We bought a 2006 Buick Lacrosse CX 3.8l this summer . With 37,000 miles on the clock .

The dealer had the oil changed before wee took delivery . Have not driven it enough to require our first oil change .

I may be wrong , but I do not think it requires Dexos oil ( our 2015 Chevy Sonic does ) .

I was planning on using some Shell dino / conventional oil I bought on sale . And change oil / filter around 3,000 miles , as I have always done with dino oil .

Are you aware , the 3.8l GM engine uses plastic coolant elbows , which I read get brittle and crack / brake when the car gets older / lots of miles .

I replaced mine with metal elbows , even though the plastic ones I took off did not look too bad . Since I had gone to the work to remove them , I sure was not going to reinstall the old parts .

How many miles on your Buick ? I suggest you have the guy you discovered check the plastic elbows out .

Best of luck to you all , :-)
God bless
God bless

#4561777 - 11/02/17 02:45 AM Re: Found a shop that knows its stuff! [Re: TmanP]
Merkava_4 Offline

Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 17501
Loc: Clovis, CA
Friendly people but "Thrive" oil ? They might as well call it "Red Flag" oil.

#4561780 - 11/02/17 03:26 AM Re: Found a shop that knows its stuff! [Re: TmanP]
demarpaint Offline

Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 29140
Loc: NY
I'd give them a shot, while I watch and wait. Then if the pass muster continue with them, if not the hunt continues.
God Bless Our Troops

#4561817 - 11/02/17 06:35 AM Re: Found a shop that knows its stuff! [Re: TmanP]
HoosierJeeper Online   content

Registered: 11/23/16
Posts: 1218
Loc: WI
Sounds like a nice shop. Where at in MN? I'm just over the river from La Crescent and an hour away from Rochester, might be good to know of this shop.
15 Jeep KL Limited V6: Formula Shell 5W20
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05 Jeep KJ Limited: PHM 5W30
96 Jeep XJ Country: STP HM 5W30 (winter)

#4561848 - 11/02/17 07:36 AM Re: Found a shop that knows its stuff! [Re: TmanP]
Chris142 Offline

Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 16346
Loc: Deplorable in apple valley, ca
You are smart enough to know what to use. My customers want the cheapest price. They do not understand why the oil they used in their 95 Taurus is not good enough for their 2015 tdi. I dont do many oil changes due to this. I cant match iffy lubes $19.99 special and I am not putting the wrong spec in.
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Can am maveric edge 5w40
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#4561859 - 11/02/17 07:50 AM Re: Found a shop that knows its stuff! [Re: TmanP]
ZZman Offline

Registered: 03/17/08
Posts: 5372
Loc: Michigan
Does look like good oil but never heard of it.
2003 Mercury Grand Marquis. Rotella T6 Multi-Vehicle oil
2008 Sebring Hardtop convertible. Rotella T6 Multi-Vehicle oil
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT

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