QUOTE(smokymcpot @ May 16 2019, 02:39 PM)
Should I use semi synthetic or synthetic instead?
If I'm not mistaken the service before this was GTX Ultraclean 10W-30 and needed to be change after 5,000KM also but 6 months instead of 3 months like my current service.
The breakdown of the current service (GTX M-TEC 10W30)
GTX M-TEC 10W30 4L - RM 99.6
Oil Filter - RM 15
Drain Plug Washer - RM 2.5
Labour - RM 35
This is not really "cut throat" price. Slightliy over priced, maybe. But not up to cut throat.
The mineral oil is sold at RM35 and RM52 in 2 separate website. So average it becomes RM43.50. So the mechanic is charging you double of his cost for the oil.
As for oil filter and drain plug, the pricing is reasonable. No problem changing drain plug as it's only RM2.50.
Labour, now this is a bit pricey considering you use the parts that he provide. If you bring your own parts and oil, some shop charge RM30 and some RM50.
So overall, I guess it is fine. A bit pricey but no so high that you need to be upset about.
As for the service to be done every 5000km, that is standard for mineral oil. If you want longer, you can get semi-syn change every 7500km or full syn for every 10000km. Bear in mind this is standard recommended mileage. A lot of other factors too but don't deviate too far. Like changing it every 1 year only even when your mileage is low. It is better to be safe than save.
Last time, I used to go to Toyota SC for all services for 13 years of my toyota car. They use semi-syn and recommend I go every 5k km. No problem for me as the car never break down or have major problem with the engine.