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BUT, if you do it yourself, you know what went into your car.
On the V6, you do need to raise one side of the car a few inches to access the drain (or be awful skinny). The rest of the work is on top.
Tools -- you need a 17 mm wrench for the drain plug, a 10 mm nut wrench (or socket) to remove the plastic engine cover, and a cup wrench or band wrench to remove the filter cover/cap.
Not spilling any oil is an art - Walmart sells a wide covered drain pan which helps. Also, let the filter ass'y drain well before extracting from engine (and hold it over a newspaper).
I recommend factory oem filters and synthetic oil - and again, you will know what went in to your engine. For me, at least, this is vy. impt.