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Old 08-24-2015, 06:37 PM   #11
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Ask your dealer sales rep to stretch out the 4 free oil changes over 4 years. And tell him/her that at that time you will be ready to talk about buying another NEW RAM with the Cummins- which is a great pickup IMHO. Wouldn't hurt to ask, and it might work if they value repeat sales.
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Old 08-24-2015, 07:40 PM   #12
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10yrs ago we moved from 3000 miles to 5000. Technology advances. 15,000 seems legit to me.

On my 2013 GMC I follow the dashboard and change it when it gets under 5%. Same with fuel and transmission, strictly by the owners manual. I have 50k on mine in two years and tow my 5th wheel 65% of the time and my oil change indicator is normally 5% around 6000 miles. ( which is normally when I need DEF which is included in my oil changes, so that works out well.

I find dealerships still try to push for it done sooner, but that for their benefit not my vehicles.

Would it hurt to do it more often? Not at all. If your going to keep the truck for a decade then maybe it's worth spending a few extra dollars, but if your going to trade it sooner none of that extra maintenance is going to come back to you in $$$.

I work for a large trucking company and we are looking to get to 50,000 between oil changes.
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Oil changed every 20k after the warranty ran out. original transmission that has been serviced a couple times.... I dont remember when the last time was so its probably past due. Gets fuel filters everytime the oil gets changed. I think I remember doing the rearend fluid once...probably needs changed too.
Hopefully it'll go 500k and it's time to be replaced.
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Oil changed every 20k after the warranty ran out. original transmission that has been serviced a couple times.... I dont remember when the last time was so its probably past due. Gets fuel filters everytime the oil gets changed. I think I remember doing the rearend fluid once...probably needs changed too.
Hopefully it'll go 500k and it's time to be replaced.

That's some impressive mileage!
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Old 08-24-2015, 08:42 PM   #15
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That's some impressive mileage!
It is!
That's my fathers 6.0 Ford. I made the mistake a few years back of telling him it wouldn't make 500k. He's been determined since to prove me wrong! About 2 more years and we'll know.
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That Ford 7.3 is legendary. Keep it forever.
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Old 08-25-2015, 07:47 AM   #18
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Off topic. I have the GM maintenance plan and they won't change the oil until certain conditions apply. My dealer just fudged the numbers for me. I plan to change every 5k miles. If I drive the truck I make sure it is mainly highway miles. The manufacturer puts 6 Mos for the guy that takes the truck to the grocery store and back and that is it. The water never gets baked out of the oil. 6 Mos can be excessive oil changes depending on driving behavior. I drive mine about 10k a year so I get an oil change twice a year. Most of those miles come during the summer so in the winter when she doesn't start for 3 or 4 weeks at a time the oil is not degrading in the oil pan so I don't change the oil because it is 6 Mos old.
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I have a 2014 5.9, and I change the oil every 10,000.
My friend has a 7.3 in his truck. He's a Ford master mechanic, and he told me to change at 10,000. I take his word his truck has just under 1 million on the odometer with no issues. Like someone said oil filters, and oil are cheap.
This may be different for newer engines, but no harm to do it more often.
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