Opinions on oil change frequency

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Louis Hom, Jan 20, 2004.

  1. Louis Hom

    Louis Hom Guest

    Here's my situation: 98 SL2 (62K miles) living in central NY. I only
    drive it a few times a month, usually for about 5 miles each way (half of
    them on highway, half on surface streets). So, maybe up to 100 miles/mo.

    Before, in San Diego (when I drove 1K/month), I was changing with Mobil 1
    synthetic every 3 months. Minimal oil consumption. Any opinions on
    whether I can safely decrease my oil changing frequency given my new
    Louis Hom, Jan 20, 2004
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    Oppie Guest

    On a car that is only occasionally driven, there is more a problem with
    moisture accumulating. I have an old VW that is similarly driven and I use
    mineral oil rather than the synthetic and change it every 6 months

    Not sure what you can get away with using the synthetic oils.

    Boy, what a climate change moving from sunny SoCa to Central NY.

    20 mi North of NYC

    Oppie, Jan 20, 2004
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  3. ....think I'd take it in (or change your own) every 3 months since the rule
    I'm familiar with is 3 months or 3000 miles (which ever comes first). I
    don't know if synth can handle the acids, etc that form from low usage any
    better than dino oil - maybe someone else can comment.

    San Diego is freezing at the moment - 60 degrees and some clouds too. I
    might have to stay home from work tomorrow because of the severe weather
    conditions... (smile) On the flipside - the news said California is due
    for a big quake in September (should be interesting).
    Jonnie Santos, Jan 21, 2004
  4. Or the other way around...

    Orange County, NY -> Biloxi, MS -> San Antonio, TX
    William Hughes, Jan 21, 2004
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    Charles H. Guest

    the BIG quake?....lol
    just like the spaceman of OB?
    if you have been there awhile jonnie you know what i am talkin
    on my truck i have i go 4 months or 3000 miles BUT in my wifes saturn
    she goes 3 months or 3000miles.
    BOY do i miss them really cold days of san diego with the freezin temps
    in the 60s.
    think here tonight in NC we are going to have a heat wave for a over
    night low of 28 degrees....lol
    Charles H., Jan 21, 2004
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    Dermott Guest

    Dyno oil, 98 SL2, 127,000 miles. Change every 5,000 miles with new
    filter. Usually run cars from 200,000 to 250,000. Started driving in
    '64. NEVER had an engine problem.

    Do you think the 3,000 mile rule is pushed by oil co's to sell more

    2001 Jetta VW. Recommended oil change by manufacturer is 10,000 with
    new filter. We use syn and change about every 8,500 miles. Over
    65,000 miles, no problems.
    Dermott, Feb 6, 2004
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    Brad Bishop Guest

    I do the same (5,000mi w/ filter change). I used to do 3,000mi w/ filter
    change but, the more I thought about it, the more ridiculous it seemed. As
    long as you check your oil level across the 5,000mi, I think it's fine. I
    think my wife's Toyota Sienna says 7,000mi between changes. I think Saturn
    may recommend the same (I don't think the manual says 3,000 but I'd have to
    look again to be sure). I don't know if the oil companies are the ones who
    started the 3,000mi rule but it is certainly one that sticks in everyone's
    head and there are people who do it religiously.


    Brad Bishop, Feb 6, 2004
  8. Wilf (don't bother e-mailing me as I don't check t, Feb 6, 2004
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    Jerry Guest

    I think it was started by people who make a living by changing that damp oil...
    Jerry, Feb 6, 2004
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    Ken n Jill Guest

    My opinion is that if your vehicle falls into the "severe service" category
    (short trips, extreme hot or cold temps, long periods of idling, frequent
    stop and go or dusty conditions) you should change your oil at the 3K
    intervals. It's cheap insurance and less likely to leak.
    Ken n Jill, Feb 8, 2004
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    Steve Barker Guest

    You'd be hard pressed to find a vehicle that does not fall into the "severe
    service" category.
    Steve Barker, Feb 9, 2004
  12. Yup its all a conspiracy by the evil oil companies...

    If you've never done engine rebuilds then you of course you dont see
    what lack of oil changes will do to an engine.
    Bon·ne·ville, Feb 9, 2004
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