Passed Oil Change With Flying Colors - 2012 Ford Explorer Long-Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT: Passed Oil Change With Flying Colors

April 11, 2012


So yesterday I saw an "change oil soon" warning pop up on the way to work. Naturally, I did nothing in response. Later in the day, after completing nearly every possible task on my running 2012 to-do list, I got around to bringing our Explorer to the dealer to get the oil swapped out.

Since we did the oil change ourselves the first time out, I figured this time we would see how well the dealer would handle it. For the most part, Santa Monica Ford did just fine. I called in the morning, told them I needed to drop it off for an oil change and they said no problem. They, of course, had an oil change special that included a tire rotation and a brief inspection. For $40, I didn't feel the need to insist on anything less.

A couple hours later I returned to the dealer, paid my $47.91 and got this multi-colored report back just like the one on the Mike Rowe commercial. As you can see, our Explorer is all green at the moment. Whew.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, @ 12,644 miles

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