2012 Honda CR-V Long Term Road Test


2012 Honda CR-V: Airport Parking Oil Change

November 20, 2012

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In our last episode I drove our 2012 Honda CR-V to LAX and parked it at Wally Park for the duration of my trip to Japan. With oil maintenance looming, I decided to try their oil change service.

For $54.95 they'd change the oil (synthetic) and filter and throw in a car wash, too. I made sure the attendant wrote 0W-20 on the work ticket, the recommended oil viscosity from the CR-V's owner's manual.

You can almost smell what happened next when I got back to LA and drove home.

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Apparently someone can't read. Or they didn't have 0W-20 synthetic on hand and didn't feel like going out to get some. Pennzoil seems to be their official oil (they had a banner up, too), and Pennzoil certainly makes a 0W-20 synthetic, so they have no excuse on that front.

Unfortunately for Wally, my suspicions were aroused by this gaffe. Did they/he actually use synthetic or not? Did they really change the filter? It seems I have a little follow-up investigation to do.

Besides, Honda's B1 service requires a tire rotation. My next stop, therefore, is the Edmunds Rotary lift, where I'll shuffle the tires, see if I can get to the bottom of the TPMS mystery (the lamp wasn't on again when I picked up the CRV at Wally Park) and poke around and check Wally's work.

Who knows? I may even pull an oil sample if Blackstone says they can sniff out synthetic from conventional.

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Meanwhile, the price I paid wasn't half bad. The base price of $54.95, which is decent for synthetic to start with, gets cut by 10% if you have a WallyClub membership or a AAA card. I bit for the one-time 20% discount that came with renewing my expired membership because I'll easily make that back on parking savings in a given year even if I never opt for another oil change.

On that front I'll withhold judgment until I check their work. I'm none too happy about the 5W-30 mistake -- I was very clear about the oil I wanted -- so you can rest assured I'll quiz them when I go back to LAX in a few days for another business trip.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 11,098 miles

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