The Pork Wagon (‘14 Cop Charger)
I admit that changing the oil on my rental car at my own expense is not within the set of behaviors considered to be "the norm", but honestly don't see that I had any choice in the matter. My hand was forced by their inaction the last 12 months.Nuke, you need some help. Changing the oil on a rental?
Although I am not far off I guess since I am currently fighting the desire to wash and wax the rental charger sitting in my driveway.
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I'm telling you, that oil was the factory fill, and if it wasn't the worst example of motor oil I've ever drained from a running vehicle, it was definitely neck in neck with whichever one from my past was in the worst shape!
Asking any oil, even a Nissan-branded synthetic one, to go 12 months and 29K miles without losing all effectiveness is asking a lot IMHO. Asking it to do all that in a rental car is just insanity though, no two ways about it. The way I figured, I will be turning that car back in with 3K more miles on it than when I got it. And for me to do that, all the while knowing the engine oil was cashed, would just be beyond the pale.
What am I, a barbarian?!?!
Now the whole wax-job thing is a little different. That inclination is born more out of sympathy and a sense of pride than anything else. I feel sorry for the car that it's exterior has been so mistreated since rolling off the factory floor and into the grubby hands of the rental company. And I also do not want to be seen driving a dirty junker around for the next 2-3 weeks. So I am thinking the best way to kill both those birds with one stone would be to wash it real good and hit it with one of my Clearance Aisle waxes.
I've got a whole shelf in the garage full of OTC waxes and sealants that I found for dirt-cheap on one of the local auto-parts stores' clearance aisles after it had been discontinued or phased out. There's nothing wrong with them, for the most part, but for whatever reason, if they are on that shelf, they did not impress me enough to replace one of my favorites I have in regular rotation. And this situation is a perfect one for those puppies - I get to use one of them and thus get a return on the investment of buying them, plus I get to show this poor car a little kindness for once in its miserable, mistreated life.
Sounds like a win-win to me...Everybody wins, and I get to exercise my philanthropic muscles a little by donating some interior lubrication and exterior protection to a car-in-need. 0