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Sorry for the dumb question... I just bought a 2014 smart and I want to get the oil changed. I know how we all feel about going to quick lube places but I really dot have a choice. Where i live I can not work on my car. There's a valvoline that's close by. What oil do you guys recommended and do you think I can just bring it with me? What about oil filter? Do you think they'll have it? As I'm writing this, im realizing that it's probably best if I just call them but I want to hear what you guys think.
 

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You may want to pick up an owners manual at smartusa.com

The smart car uses full synthetic motor oil such as Mobile One. The weight of the oil specs are in the owners manual depending on the weather climate you live in. The oil must meet Mercedes Benz spec of 229.5

This is not a service center $20 oil change. The average I have seen is around $100 for oil / filter.
 

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I used to go to those places, but last visit, they stripped the threads in the oil pan. I usually bring my own oil and filter as there were not many smarts around back then. I use Mobil1 0w40 European Blend as that is what came in them in 2008.

I have since purchased a Top Sider oil extractor and pull the oil up through the dipstick tube. Much less of a mess and you don't have to fight with the oil drain plug. Problem with them is, the plug is steel and the pan is aluminum. They get tighter after a few heat cycles, and the aluminum gives out before the steel does. Once the threads are gone, you are stuck. I found a mopar diesel oil plug is just a shade longer and can thread in after the stock plug tears out the threads. Once I put that in, I never took it back out.

even with the extractor, you still need to change the filter....
 

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If you choose a chain retail location, as Jimvw57 said, bring your own oil and filter. I would use a quality oil such as Mobile One or Penzzoil Platinum Euro 0W 40, which is what I used in the last oil change. And I second the oil extractor, easy peasie. The only oil that was left to drain was the oil in the filter.
 

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Call me paranoid, but i do not trust the quick change oil places to actually put synthetic oil into my car from their bulk oil filler nozzles. At the very least, i would pick up 4 quarts of mobil one 0W40 synthetic oil. Take it to the valvoline place and tell them you want the regular oil change service, but that you will supply your own oil. Have them pour in the mobil one, and watch them do it so you know for sure that is what is going into your smart. If you want you can bring your own filter, but i dont think the filters they us are an issue. My guess is that their standard oil change fee + your purchase of mobil one will be about the same as their synthetic oil change fee. At least you know that when you watch your own oil being put into your engine, that is what you are actually getting.
 

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Be careful, several of those oil bottles look alike...

Pennzoil comes in Euro 0W-40 (my favorite), Euro 5W-40, and Ultra Platinum SRT 0W-40...
The SRT has tons of molybdenum, and is not MB 229.5 rated...

Castro Edge 0W-40 and its hard to find little brother 0W-30 are both MB 229.5 rated..

Both 0W-40 Euro Pennzoil and 0W-40 Castrol can be found at Maul-mart in gallon jugs...
Pennzoil has a $10 rebate until December 31, 2017, I think...
 

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I purchased a 5-quart bottle of Pennzoil Euro 0W 40 for around $26 at Wally-World - very reasonable.

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