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Old 11-27-2011, 05:21 AM   #1
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I got my oil changed today and now they say you can go 7,000 Miles before your next oil change...I wen't from 3,000 to 5,000 miles and I know oil is better but 7,000 miles is a bit far to me...Oil is Cheap..Parts and Labor is-not...My dad was a mechanic and said that all the time....The young guy changing oil says it's the new standard...You tell me ???........I never Rotated my Tires but I'm going to start,with the new-one I just got......
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:42 AM   #2
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i have been a mechanic for many years and i still believe in 3000-5000 mile oil changes, even if using synthetic oils. i don't think you can overdo an oil change, worst case is spending the money for the oil. in 2006, i bought a new Chevrolet Silverado truck, had an oil change indicator on the instrument cluster, i had already changed the oil three times by the time it told me change the oil.
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I have the oil changed in my car every 3-4,000. I want my car to last a long time and I'm doing everything I can to see that it does.
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I change the oil every 3k because my vehicles are a bit older and have some miles. My sister has a brand new sequoia (toyota) that the owners manual says toyota's new proprietary synthetic only needs to be changed every 10k miles. Amsoil is supposed to be a real high mileage oil too. I just can't bring myself to go 50k between oil changes though.
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I change the oil every 3k because my vehicles are a bit older and have some miles. My sister has a brand new sequoia (toyota) that the owners manual says toyota's new proprietary synthetic only needs to be changed every 10k miles. Amsoil is supposed to be a real high mileage oil too. I just can't bring myself to go 50k between oil changes though.
i know what you mean. but as far as i'm concerned, i change my oil when it suits me, not some engineer writing the owners manual!
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I have old cars too, so about every 3,000... unless a fuel pump goes out, then the oil gets changed with the pump..
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The only people telling you to change oil every 3k miles is the oil companies. There was a study done a few years ago they took a fleet of new taxis and drove them for 100k miles. Half had their oil changed every 3k and the other half every 10k. After 100k they disassembled the engines measured wear and found no difference. If you change every 3k you aren't hurting anything but you are wasting money and time. It's your money and your time do what you want with it.

I had a turbo charged Mazda 626 that I changed oil every 15k. That car was still running very well with the original turbo after 250k. I used Shell Rotella exclusively. I also changed the anti freeze every other year.
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I have the oil changed in my car every 3-4,000. I want my car to last a long time and I'm doing everything I can to see that it does.
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I change the oil every 3k because my vehicles are a bit older and have some miles.
Oh, yeah, let me add my car is a 2001 and has 127,000 miles on it.
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I have the oil changed in my 1996 vehicle every 3,000, give or take a few, miles. At 80,000 miles on the odometer (there is just over 89,000 miles on it now), I switched over to synthetic oil. I've owned the car since I bought it brand new and I plan to drive it until the wheels fall off. That hopefully won't happen because 4 times a year I take it to the Ford dealer and have them do a full "work up" on it. I ask them to check all mechanical operations, basically a safety check, to make sure nothing is loose, worn badly or just plain outlived its usefulness.
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I have a 1982 Chevy Blazer. I have either 214000 or 314000. I am not sure which. I bought it used. But I drive it hard. I change my oil about every 6000 miles. I have had it for at least 8 years.

My wife has a Kia Sedona. It just turned 100,000. We bought it new. The warranty called for changing the oil every 7,000 miles. It did not even specify a synthetic.
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