DIY Bugatti Veyron Oil Change Isn’t For The Faint Of Heart

Oil changes are one the simpler vehicle maintenance tasks and there’s little doubt that many of our readers have performed countless oil changes over the years. While the task isn’t that difficult on most vehicles, the Bugatti Veyron isn’t your typical Honda Accord.

In a video posted by Royalty Exotic Cars, CEO Houston Crosta has his team perform an oil change on his Veyron. Most owners likely have this done by dealerships, but Crosta implies this costs $21,000 and requires 27 hours of work.

That seems awfully expensive, even for a Veyron, but the process isn’t as simple as removing a filter and letting the oil drain out of the engine. Instead, the car needs to put on a lift so the underbody paneling can be removed.

 

 

That’s just the tip of the iceberg as the rear wheels have to be taken off. From there, the carbon fiber wheel housings are removed to get to bolts to which are hidden behind the bodywork. After those are removed, an assortment of other components need to come off including the rear spoiler and carbon fiber engine cover. The latter is one massive component that also includes part of the rear fascia.

With the engine now fully exposed, Crosta replaces the air filters and then moves onto draining the oil. Even this isn’t a simple process as the Veyron has 16 different oil plugs that need to be removed. After the oil is drained, owners simple have to unscrew the old filter and replace it with a new one.

After reassembling the car and making sure everything works, Crosta and his friend said the process wasn’t as bad as they expected. Things were pretty difficult at the beginning, but everything becomes pretty straightforward once the engine engine cover is removed. That being said, it’s probably not a task you want to attempt by yourself.

 

  • TheBelltower

    The complexity of this car makes it totally uninteresting to me. It’s way too precious. I wouldn’t buy one even if I could afford it.

    • Doodes

      I was thinking the same thing.

    • atomicbri

      God, I was thinking the same thing!!

    • SteersUright

      Same goes for Singer Porsche, LaFerrari, and damn near every car sold for over $200k these days. Remember that ongoing service is a huge source of profit for the dealers in particular, and also the manufacturers who have above average margins on all the parts.

      • TheBelltower

        True. Though Bugatti makes everything unnecessarily complicated for no reason other than to separate money from wallets. But it all works so beautifully. That’s how you know it’s more German than French.

    • HOW SIMPLE DO YOU WANT A MILLION DOLLAR CAR TO BE?

    • Krisnadi Imam

      good workmanship should account for good serviceability. if stuff are sealed off, then they should be non consumables and last the entire age of the product. IE : sealed halogen lamp, warranted for 2 years, with expected lifetime of 5 years, and by that time the entire unit would likely to replaced anyway, not just the bulb.

  • Ken Lyns

    More German engineering weirdness.

  • LeStori

    I would rather an Alfa Romeo 8C . It might not be fast, it might not be the best handler , it is not practical. It is just Motoring Art.

  • kachuks

    Don’t care how expensive/exclusive it is. Removing all those components just for an oil change messes with long-term fit and finish.

  • NOT DESIRE TO WATCH A 20 MINUTE OIL CHANGE BUT I KNOW VW CHARGES A FORTUNE FOR AN OIL CHANGE. THAT BEING SAID AFTER READING THE DESCRIPTION I’D RATHER HAVE BUGATTI DO IT.

    • SteersUright

      It might be $21k vs $5k or less though with a talented independent shop. Even dealers make mistakes. But, that said, it is reassuring to have the computers hooked up and metrics read by the actual corporate software, particularly on a car that cost this much to begin with.

  • danno

    Notice the Alaska plates. I wonder how it drives in the snow.

    • SteersUright

      AWD and 1000+ hp? Prob a total blast with the right tires that is.

    • David Doyle

      Tax reasons. This guy doesn’t live there. Same reason Sam Li has his One-77 registered there

  • Brent Morrison

    This is why you want to stick with your Hyundai Elantra, kids.

  • john1168

    UGH… Just bring it to Jiffy Lube… and don’t let them convince you to buy that overpriced synthetic oil crap either. You’ll be out the door in 10 minutes and all for under $35.

    • David Doyle

      Right, because they could do this process any faster?

  • BUSY LITTLE BUGGER CREATING A NEW SCREEN NAME FOR EVERY ARTICLE.

  • haji

    Does it have 16 oil filters?

  • DR.FUNK

    One of the (many) reasons I applaud the coming age of the electric motor: Unnecessarily expensive service rituals. I’ve had more than a few big ticket car salespeople actually boast to me about the routine 5 figure service intervals (looking at you Ferrari NB)…as if it’s something to proud of.As if you should look forward to it.

    • Dennis James

      Once you design an electric car that can take the same abuse as a Veyron, there will be parts on the electric car just sa complicated as these, probably related to cooling. As of now, the electric car, if overheated (usually after just one circuit lap) just enters a limp mode and calls it a day, whereas a Veyron can continue being driven at that pace dozens of times more.

  • Enter Ranting

    What a terrible design.

  • Alex

    No, because its an exotic automobile with engineering solutions that are meant to deal with extreme performance on a continuous basis. This is why I shrug at all the garage builds trying to beat a Veyron. Yeah they will probably be faster on that one lap timed but this car is meant to do it over and over again. That comes at a price and the fact of the matter is if you can afford this car, you likely won’t do this kinda work yourself but pay a shop to do it, whatever the cost.

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