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ELR Oil Change

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When I purchased my left over new 2014 ELR last fall from an out-of-state dealer I was told the first oil change/maintenance would be at "no cost".

I logged into the local Certified Cadillac ELR dealership's website to make an appointment providing my VIN, and their web site states I have to pay $59 +tax. So I emailed my ELR (Volt) advisor who stated that; "GM does provide new vehicle purchases with a complimentary 2 year/24,000 mile Maintenance Plan. If you bought this vehicle outside those parameters, you may be responsible for the cost of the oil change/maintenance." Wow, Better think again!

On (09/03/15) this is what I read; "Cadillac gets GM's best coverage. The Premium Care Maintenance program debuted on the Cadillac CTS Coupe, and is now standard on all new models. This program covers the car for four years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. Cadillac doesn't specify how many services will be covered, but a safe assumption would be that owners will get at least one scheduled maintenance per year". I'm not so sure?

FYI: My 2013 Volt's 1st oil change was @ No Charge. So I guess GM changed the rules on freebies again?

Did anyone else that owns an ELR have to pay for their 1st oil change?
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I would ask the same dealer you bought the ELR about this problem. But changing the oil isn't hard to do. I remember that Valvoline had a chimp trained to do it, and yesterday I saw a article on TV of a eight year old girl who did it (you do see her in action!). The hardest parts are jacking the car up, removing the drain plug, draining the used oil, and removing the old filter. Then the easy parts are next: replacing the drain plug, mounting the new filter, releasing the jack, and adding the new oil. I have done hundreds of oil changes since 1967.

My 2009 Chevy Equinox has a tall ride height and floor clearance such that I change the oil and filter with no jacks, stands, or ramps. And the oil filter is vertical, so I never spill a drop of oil removing the old filter. I prefill the new filter with clean oil before mounting so the gas engine never starts up dry. Total cost for filter and Mobil 1 synthetic is less than $40.
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