It's only $9 bucks every 6 months....not terribly expensive.
Vehicle was bought 10-29-10. 1st oil change on 12-27-10 with 5,314 miles. Thats almost 2 months. I wish it were only every 6 months. Then having to drive out of my way to get to the dealer wouldn't seem so bad I suppose.
I can get a purolator classic for under $4. Once I got one for $1 on sale.
When I bought the vehicle I specifically told the service manager I was going to do my own oil changes & asked what oil and filter was REQUIRED to keep my warranty. He said any regular 5w30 oil will do, we use Mobile oils here. He then said 'some' aftermarket filters will sound noisy but it wont void the waranty. Just keep all your receipts.
Now as far as it being messy. Heck, I consider it one of the rites of manhood to get my hands greasy now & again.
Walmart & AutoZone both recycle used oil for free. I go to walmart regularly anyway so it's not like I'm going out of my way to recycle the oil.