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Old 09-01-2014, 09:12 PM   #1
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Oil change every 3000 mi?

I'm writing this thread after having changed my oil on a humid 95 degree Labor Day. Simple question: Do you change your oil every 3000 miles?

When I learned about car maintenance many years ago, the 3K oil change was a given. I just read some car manufacturers are going as much as 10K! Crazy. Especially when considering a TV. Sometimes I wonder if I'm wasting money changing it as often as I do. With my driving habits it works out to be about once every three months.

So what do you do?
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Old 09-01-2014, 09:29 PM   #2
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I drive a company car about 30k miles a year. Our fleet department just changed our maintenance schedule from 5000 mile to 7500 mile intervals.

My personal vehicles, including tow vehicle, have the oil changed at 5000 miles.

Your owners manual will provide the recommended interval for your specific vehicle. Unless all the miles are severe duty miles, I suspect it would suggest >=5k miles.

The only place still pushing 3000 miles are the quick lube businesses.
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Old 09-01-2014, 09:34 PM   #3
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My 96 Ford PowerStroke said every 3,000 miles. My 2009 GMC Duramax tells me when to change the oil, but it seems to be in the neighborhood of around 5,000 miles. You can also display the percent of oil life remaining to give you some idea as to how much time you have left.
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Old 09-01-2014, 09:41 PM   #4
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I do 5000 miles in all my vehicles and use MobileOne full synthetic oil in everything. My 2001 Olds Alero went 197000 before loosing a head gasket, I decided not to fix that. My TV is a 1999 Suburban and has 142000 miles. I usually do not even drive that 5000 in a full year but I always have them change the oil regardless during inspection.
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Old 09-01-2014, 10:42 PM   #5
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I do mine with synthetic every 5,000 miles. Probably overkill but oil changes are much cheaper than engine damage. Not to mention my TV encounters a lot of "severe" usage between towing and cold weather operation.
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My Touareg TDI is every 10,000 miles and I asked VW Hq. and they said it's not the engine but the transmission you should be concerned about. Keep the oil change at every 10K but do the transmission at every 50k and not at 100K and you should be just fine. If I do the 50K they will still warranty it to the standard 100K. Just show your changes and your good to go. All of this is documented at Rodger Jobs VW in Bellingham, Wa.
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My Touareg TDI is every 10,000 miles and I asked VW Hq. and they said it's not the engine but the transmission you should be concerned about. Keep the oil change at every 10K but do the transmission at every 50k and not at 100K and you should be just fine. If I do the 50K they will still warranty it to the standard 100K. Just show your changes and your good to go. All of this is documented at Rodger Jobs VW in Bellingham, Wa.
Nissan recommends transmission fluid every 15K on my PF. Haven't checked the Armada yet, but I assume it's the same. Seems like these fluid changes are just to keep the dealer's service departments profitable. My CPO PF came with a 100K power train warrantee, as long as I replace the fluids with genuine nissan liquid gold.
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Old 09-02-2014, 05:44 AM   #8
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oil formulations are different than the used to be. Any oil changes under 5000 miles unless you are always on dirt roads or during the winter time is a waste of money IMO.
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Old 09-02-2014, 06:24 AM   #9
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On all of our daily drivers, I do the oil changes between 5000 and 7000 miles now. I use cheap oil (I believe Ranch Pro is the name on the bottle) from Atwood's and Wix filters.

I change the oil in my tow vehicle every spring. That works out to about 2000 miles between changes.

As long as automatic transmission fluid isn't brown and doesn't stink, then changing it is a waste of money.
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5,000 mile OCI using synthetic on a tow vehicle sounds about right. That said, always defer to your maintenance schedule as adjusted for severe service in your owners manual.

The fun change I will be doing by the end of the month is that for the rear differential.
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