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Old 04-24-2012, 01:40 PM   #1
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I had always been under the understanding that you should do an oil change/filter every 3000 miles for proper maintenance. I have read on numerous sites that thinking is now antiquated and the norm now is 5000K miles.
How often in miles do you change your oil/filter in you non-vette vehicle.
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:43 PM   #2
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I'm doing 5000. Synthetic in the nice cars, conventional in the beaters. I don't claim to know what's best or what's required, but that's what I'm doing.
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:45 PM   #3
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3000 for the vette and 5000 for everything else (dailies). I always use Mobile 1 as it is only $25.00 at Walmart for 5qts. And a Mobile 1 oil filter.
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:48 PM   #4
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I drive my cars so little now I change them once every year.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:01 PM   #5
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I run synthetic and Acura recommends 7500 mile intervals on mine.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:05 PM   #6
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I was doing 3k, but with the price of K&N filter and Mobil 1, I switched to 5k miles on my all LSX fleet. I change the oil in my drag car more often, like after each race.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:09 PM   #7
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I go by the oil life monitor on both of my current cars. It pretty much works out to around every 7,500 miles.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:16 PM   #8
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Oil life monitor = Mobil 1 - 10,000 + miles Colorado currently has 110,000 total miles, no problems
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:32 PM   #9
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You are dating yourself if you still think 3000 mile oil changes are needed on modern cars. I run Mobil 1 in all of my vehicles. Typically I run the vehicles around 7500-8000 miles between changes.

Now some manufacturers are recommending oil change intervals as long as 10000-15000 miles, depending on car and driving habits.

Some folks will swear by 3000 mile oil changes with the mantra, [redneck accent]"It's cheap insurance" [/redneck accent]. If that's the case, if 3000 miles is good, then 2000 miles is better and 1000 miles is best, right? LOL!

Cars AND oil have improved so much in the last 20-30 years the 3000 mile oil change is a thing of the past. Pre-1980 cars not included.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:34 PM   #10
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Just before you sell the car.
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2000 honda odyssey - 145k miles - changed every 7500 miles with walmart brand synthetic. ZERO engine issues.
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2000 honda odyssey - 145k miles - changed every 7500 miles with walmart brand synthetic. ZERO engine issues.
Rumor is, that it is just Mobile 1.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:57 PM   #13
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5-6k for Vettes and non-Vettes. The Vettes do get Mobil1, though, since it is easy to get.

I've had most vehicles go over 200k with no noticeable oil loss between changes with this method so I'll stick to it.
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4k to 5k on my daily driver and 3k on the vettes
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You are dating yourself if you still think 3000 mile oil changes are needed on modern cars. I run Mobil 1 in all of my vehicles. Typically I run the vehicles around 7500-8000 miles between changes.

Now some manufacturers are recommending oil change intervals as long as 10000-15000 miles, depending on car and driving habits.

Some folks will swear by 3000 mile oil changes with the mantra, [redneck accent]"It's cheap insurance" [/redneck accent]. If that's the case, if 3000 miles is good, then 2000 miles is better and 1000 miles is best, right? LOL!

Cars AND oil have improved so much in the last 20-30 years the 3000 mile oil change is a thing of the past. Pre-1980 cars not included.
Common sense tells me no matter how good the oil is and how good modern engines are, neither stop dirt and grit from taking its toll over time. How much wear the accumulated dirt and grit causes and how long it would take before it would causes a problem for a failure, I have no idea.
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Around 5000 miles on both cars. My car gets Mobil 1, wife's car gets the Motorcraft syn blend.
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Common sense tells me no matter how good the oil is and how good modern engines are, neither stop dirt and grit from taking its toll over time. How much wear the accumulated dirt and grit causes and how long it would take before it would causes a problem for a failure, I have no idea.
Dirt and grit is the job of the filter, but the oil will break down and no longer provide lubrication over time, and can turn into sludge if it is run long enough. It was a big problem with the late 90's Toyota V6's when they recommended 15k service intervals or whatever it was.
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Common sense tells me no matter how good the oil is and how good modern engines are, neither stop dirt and grit from taking its toll over time. How much wear the accumulated dirt and grit causes and how long it would take before it would causes a problem for a failure, I have no idea.
While you are certainly correct, 3000 is arbitrary, as is 5000. Why not 2000? Every 100 miles would be the best, right?

All our cars have an oil life monitor so we follow that. Barring that, I do what the book says. I figure the owner's manual/DIC is going to be much better than what the oil bottle says, and especially what Jiffy Lube says.

The ones I do have trouble trusting are these new BMWs with 10-15k intervals. Oh, and they have free maintenance for 40k miles... coincidence?
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I'm typically between 4k to 5k.
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C6 - end of summer before I put it awway for winter. ~2750 mi

DD - 5K
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