Last week, in preparation for a couple long drives, I took my van in for that simple oil change. The FrenchFry mobile (as I term it for that permanent smell it gets with kids) has 70,000 miles on it. I had not had the "good" oil change in a while--so I sprung for the $50 oil change. Of course, this yielded discoveries that I walked out of the place after spending $175. Yuck! Nonetheless, I felt safe knowing it was checked over before my trips.
But . . . it just couldn't be that easy. It was rainy on our trip to Indiana. Every time we (my husband drove TO our destination; I drove HOME) pushed on the brakes, the entire van shimmied . . . a hole bunch. This has been occurring for some time, but my husband pointed out that this amount of movement is not normal. I agreed to take it to the dealership this time to get checked out.
Well . . . the $90 brake inspection yielded two repairs totaling $1,200!
Nearly $1500 later, my van should be ready for this weekends trip to grandmas. I am so glad I got that $20 oil change!!!!!!