Hey all! Feels like an age since i've posted anything here! Hope everyone is doing ok!
So, the thread title say it all really, but I have a little story that leads to my question...
I've seen loads of offers lately from garages around the local area (Germany) offering oil changes for special prices etc. Its something I would have have normally done myself, but theres so many laws regarding doing that kind of work on the side of the road, i couldnt be bothered with the hassle! I hadn't changed my oil in 9 months or so, so I thought i'd drop in on ATS Euromaster and take them up on their oil change (Mobil 1) and filter for €29.
I give them my Bellas details, and the chap quoted me €138!
First of all, their massive banner advertising this offer outside their workshop didn't mention the small print - max 1.6l engine size, and max 4l oil capacity. As the 147 is 4.4l, that was me out
I then pointed out that my engine requires oil, not weapons grade plutonium - so why so expensive? After the guy sat shrugging his shoulders lots, and then trying politely to move me on (thats standard German customer service btw), he went and fetched his boss. He told me, that their system tells them the available oils for a particular engine, and I've been quoted for 4.4l of 0w 40 (the most expensive of course). The other option on their system is 5w 40.
Now, I said at this point that i believe my engine requires 10w 40. No no, I was swiftly corrected, told i was wrong, and spoken to like i was an idiot! I then produced the manual (which states 10w 40 is the recommended oil) and about 9 years worth of receipts for oil changes, all for 10w 40 oil!
I was then told, that all those specialists, alfa dealers, and indeed myself have been putting the wrong oil in my car for the last 9 years! I then argued with them a little longer, and they ended up doing a change with 5w 40 oil for €60 (quite a difference in price, the robbing b******s!)!
Anyways, i'm rambling - so who was right? My eyes, and my 147 handbook would say i'm right. ATS boss man says my 147s manual is a general book for every alfa manufactured since the dawn of time!
Finally, will topping up 5w 40 with 10w 40 do any harm?? I have a small countries reserves of 10w 40 stashed in my cellar!