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  • I change the oil and filter at least every 3000 miles.

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    Default Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    When I was young the rule for oil change intervals was 3000 miles or 3 months and change the filter every other time.
    I have always changed the filter every time I changed the oil.

    On the newer vehicles the recommended oil change intervals has increased.
    For instance on my 03 Silverado the recommendation is every 12 months or whenever the oil life monitor indicates an oil change is needed.
    I have been changing the oil on the 03 Silverado every 5000 miles. I just can not force myself to trust the oil life monitor. Its hard enough to wait until 5000 miles instead of 3000 miles. This truck never pulls a trailer or a heavy load and is pretty much what I consider highway miles.
    On the other three daily drivers,(00 Regal LS. 99 Riviera, 95 PA) I change the oil every 3000 miles.

    Does anyone wait until the vehicle alerts them that an oil change is needed before they change the oil?

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    Default Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    if u are using synthetic oil in your truck, then maybe 12 months, but for me, i would change the oil and filter at 6000 miles or 6 months.
    for regular oils, i would change the oil & filter at 3 months or 3000 miles.
    in my cars, 98 regal gs & 99 saturn, i change the oil (quaker state) and filters (wix) at 3 months.
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    Default Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    Back in the 60s I changed oil every 1500 miles or before . But now with the quality of oil being better and overdrive transmissions I go about 4-5000 miles and use synthetic . Also my cars of today are not run NEARLY as hard as the cars I drove back in the day .


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    Default Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    5000 km between oil/grease/filter. This on an '07 F150 & every other vehicle I've ever used. One exception is the Buick which gets changed every 12-1300 miles, or once a year.
    Rotate the tires/check air every time it's up on the hoist & I see near 90000 km on a set of tires.
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    Default Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    i usualy change the oil once a year or every 10.000 Km ( 6000 miles ) on my 83 capri

    Greetz Lennard
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    Default Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    My friend who is a mechanic at the Chevy Dealer says those oil monitors are pretty good. At first I just thought they were looking at my mileage and time and going from there but he said they are using a pretty complex algorythm that uses your driving habits outside temp engine temp, mileabge, time, etc.

    I have an 05 malibu maxx and I have been using it.


    Quote Originally Posted by ibmoses View Post
    When I was young the rule for oil change intervals was 3000 miles or 3 months and change the filter every other time.
    I have always changed the filter every time I changed the oil.

    On the newer vehicles the recommended oil change intervals has increased.
    For instance on my 03 Silverado the recommendation is every 12 months or whenever the oil life monitor indicates an oil change is needed.
    I have been changing the oil on the 03 Silverado every 5000 miles. I just can not force myself to trust the oil life monitor. Its hard enough to wait until 5000 miles instead of 3000 miles. This truck never pulls a trailer or a heavy load and is pretty much what I consider highway miles.
    On the other three daily drivers,(00 Regal LS. 99 Riviera, 95 PA) I change the oil every 3000 miles.

    Does anyone wait until the vehicle alerts them that an oil change is needed before they change the oil?

    Bert
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    Default Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    While I use synthetic on the Wife's 'Burb (5W-40 Diesel Oil), I use what ever in my 'burb. Usually 5W-30 in winter and 10W-40 in the summer.

    I change them both at 5k miles. It is just easier for me to watch the odometer rather than keep track of time.

    The others get changed once a year whether they need it or not. I don't drive them enough to warrant more frequency.
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    Default Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    After watching a 20/ 20 report about oil change intervals in NY city taxis back in the 80's , I change it every 7,500 with a new filter and have never had a problem . Oil is clean and never had any engine problems . I have gotten up to 137,000 on a 229 Chevy V6 , and currently have 156,00 on a Chevy 305 and I end up getting rid of the cars when they rust apart . Not because of engine issues. 2 taxis , brand new 1986 Caprices , I believe , were run day and night , normal service. 1 had the oil changed at 3,000 , the other every 7,500 . After 100,000 miles , they tore apart the engines , and even under a microscope , there was NO difference . The only people who want you to do it more often are the oil and filter companies. Just my 2 cents .

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    Default Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    i change mine once a year as i usualy have two vehciles through the year and both get 3k or under

    when i switch to synthetic i probably wont change them til ever 9k for the truck, unless i get the oil dirty on my offroad trips.

    car i stll might change once a year due to haveing two turbos..
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    Default Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    I save oil...my newer vehicles get oil changes at 6000 miles on dino oil. Done it this way for a long time, since I drive 30 minutes each way to work...
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    Default Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    I use the monitor on the '92 Park Ave. for both cars.
    It comes on at about 2800 miles. (Change oil soon) So, I will change the oil in both the Park Ave. and the wife's Saturn at the same time even though OnStar will say the Saturn's oil still has 65% life left.

    I can't bring myself to go much beyond 4,000 miles. I feel like I'm wearing dirty socks.

    I did have a beater '87 Ford Escort once that had what I liked to call a perpetual oil change system.
    It burned a quart a week, so it always had clean oil in it.
    Last edited by Dale; 05-27-2008 at 02:46 PM.
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    Default Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    My 04 Malibu maxx with 73k miles according to it's monitor it needs a change with my driving at around 7200 miles till it says it needs its next oil change.

    I trust it. The dealers hate the monitors as customers don't come in as often for service. It's finally a place where Engineering takes precedence over sales and marketing. Also newer cars are much easier on their oil than older cars, much closer tolerances, cleaner burning engines. Means a lot less nasty stuff getting into the oil.
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    Default Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    As bad as it sounds, I get ours done at the local quick change when I get around to it. Two of our cars are high mileage (mine's 109k, wife's is 198k - both 3800s) and the Malibu our daughter drives is around 70k. My '64 will likely not see more than a couple thousand miles a year so I'll likely only change it once in a while.
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    Default Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    My truck doesn't have a monitor.
    I drive somewhere between 6-7000 miles/yr. I pretty much change it around twice per year. I can't remember my last change, but I've still got under 2000 miles on it.
    Steve E.

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    Exclamation Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    Quote Originally Posted by kevin mcculloug View Post
    After watching a 20/ 20 report about oil change intervals in NY city taxis back in the 80's , I change it every 7,500 with a new filter and have never had a problem . Oil is clean and never had any engine problems . I have gotten up to 137,000 on a 229 Chevy V6 , and currently have 156,00 on a Chevy 305 and I end up getting rid of the cars when they rust apart . Not because of engine issues. 2 taxis , brand new 1986 Caprices , I believe , were run day and night , normal service. 1 had the oil changed at 3,000 , the other every 7,500 . After 100,000 miles , they tore apart the engines , and even under a microscope , there was NO difference . The only people who want you to do it more often are the oil and filter companies. Just my 2 cents .
    I hate to admit it but I change my oil when I think of it. I once went two years and about 12,000 miles.

    I just forgot .

    Using this schedule I have gotten at least 120,000 miles out of every car I have ever owned and have never replaced a car (or an engine) because the engine wore out. It was always because something else broke, (i.e. one car the frame cracked at the steering box, another car was the victim of a hit & run, and one roof started leaking on my head).
    I probably not a good example but at least I'm HONEST!!!

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    Default Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    The most important part is keeping oil IN the motor. As a mechanic I see far too many cars come in for oil changes with only 1-2 qts left.....sometimes less. This will shorten the engines life span of max performance for sure. I personally use synthetic in all my cars daily and race, and I change the oil around the 4k mark based on usage if towing was done alittle before, if not usaully closer to 5k. All my vehicles are turbocharged (daily driver wise) though so that causes me to change more often as well.
    Last edited by Nick A.; 05-26-2008 at 11:03 PM. Reason: added
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    Exclamation Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    My daily driver cars get oil/filter/lubed every 3 months, regardless of mileage.

    My collector car gets oil/filter/lubed twice a year, and a a tranny/rear end/brake fluid change every 2 years.

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    Default Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    I use Mobil 1 Synthetic in my 06 GMC 1/2 ton crewcab and change iol and filter every 4000 miles (also use a filter mag)

    In Misty, (GS 455 -X- car) I run Valvoline 20-50 Race oil and change it every couple of races, or 1000 miles due to the time it takes to get 1000 miles- I usually get around 2500-3500 miles a year on her....
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    Default Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    Every 3k for me. I know the manufacturers have increased the mileage intervals, but I don't trust them. After all, where would they be if everyones engines lasted 300 thousand miles. They would only sell half as many cars. One of the leading reasons people buy a new car is the one they have needs a major repair...usually the engine. Keep in mind that infrequent oil changes and lack of maintanence takes life off the back end. Any of todays engines will go 120k on 7500 intervals, but I'll be willing to bet it wont go 300k. We had a Taurus in our shop that made it to 49k with no oil changes, but that was the end of it. The oil had literaly solidified in the pan.
    No, its not a chevy motor

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    Default Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    My 2001 Tundra gets changed every 6000 miles and has 185,000 with no issues. Oil still looks clean coming out. regular oil.
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    Thumbs up Anybody else?

    So far there are more people than I would have thought that wait until the oil life monitor indicates oil change should be performed.
    With the idiotic oil prices that percentage should increase.
    I am going to try make myself wait longer between changes on the daily drivers.

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    Default Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    I wonder what would happen to oil prices if 25% of consumers changed from 3000 mile intervals to a more appropriate 5-6000?

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    Default Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaWildcat View Post
    I wonder what would happen to oil prices if 25% of consumers changed from 3000 mile intervals to a more appropriate 5-6000?

    Devon
    That same thought was what prompted me to start the thread...
    If and when people start using the oil life monitors. Or at least waiting until the oil has substantially more than 3000 miles it should help reduce consumption. But the problem is lots of us were taught 3months/3000 miles...
    Its going to take a long time to change peoples habits.
    Plus you have all the commercials that stress the importance of changing the oil every 3000 miles.

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    Default Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    I enjoyed this article...especially the text regarding loss of quick-lube sales for every 100 miles driven in addition to the publicized 3000 mile interval:

    http://newcarbuyingguide.com/index.p...942/event=view

    Devon
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    Question Re: Oil Change Intervals for your daily drivers?

    First, if you read my first post in this thread you would know that I'm probably not the best person to ask about automotive maintenance.
    Now I'm going to ask a very sensitive question and I'm sure I'm going to pi$$ somebody off.

    Why would you take out clean oil just to put in newer clean oil?

    My inclination would be that if I drained my oil after 7500 miles (not 3000)and it came out clean, I'd just put it back in and run it another 5000 miles.
    I know the theory that oil removes contaminates from the engine, but I don't think its done all it can do yet. And as far as replacing oil when the car hasn't been driven much; I just don't get that at all. Oil sometimes sits on the shelf for up to a year, you buy it and put it in your car, let it sit for 3 months, drain it & throw it away. Send it to me and I'll get 10,000 miles out of it!
    I didn't mean for this post to sound like a RANT, I just think that many of you are spending way too much time and money on oil.
    Just my Humble Opinion!!!
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