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Old 12-21-2004, 11:04 PM
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I'm a hard headed Old School guy and my dad said to change the oil every 3000 miles when I turned 16. It costs me $15 and it's cheap insurance.

By the way, I've had:
1. A 1973 Pinto that lasted over 250,000 miles (never got rear-ended and blew up )
2. A 1971 Chevelle that I ran the absolute dog piss out of for over 100,000 miles
3. A 1981 Malibu that ran for over 350,000 miles until a wiped out camshaft.
4. A 1995 Tahoe that I sold with 195,000 miles and is still running strong now with over 250,000 miles.
5. Currently driving a big block 'Burb.

I don't think it's a coincidence that these cars lasted for so long and never used any oil, but you never know!!

There were other cars, but I either wrecked 'em or sold 'em before their time was due.
Craig, you must have hemorrhoids by now driving all those miles!
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Old 12-21-2004, 11:14 PM
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But it will teake one HELL of a lugnut strike!
Damn... I totally forgot about that.... that German glass is good... didn't even leave a chip... and that nut was big!...........
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Craig, you must have hemorrhoids by now driving all those miles!


I didn't drive all of those miles, that's just how long the cars lasted. Poor guys like me can't afford new cars!!!!!!!! This one got thinking and I figure that I've driven about 650,000 miles in the last 26 years. Get out the calculator for that one Norty!
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Old 12-22-2004, 09:46 AM
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my BMW says oil change every 10k miles....and all service is part of the warranty for 4 years...now if it were a lease, i'd go along...but i own the car and it gets oil change every 4k...
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Old 12-22-2004, 09:49 AM
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what BMW does is a flush and fill at 15K intervals.
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Ahhh Sean, you might want to check your site.... Not good --> http://www.thunderboatalley.com/gall...album79&page=1
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Must be a microfinished Silicon Etched aluminum cylinder block...

Those motors virtually do NOT blowby, at least the ones from the last 7 or so years don't. Oil contamination in these motors, from combustion byproducts, is a fraction of what you'd consider "normal".

Granted, the condensation aspect is still present, but condensation is not retained within the engine oil once up to operating temperature, so it isn't so much of a factor.

Engine oil changeout schedules are based on two main things: getting the oil out before contamination levels impair the qualities and effectiveness of the oil, before shear has impaired the viscosity of the oil. Condensation is present in fresh oil, it just boils out due to oil temps.

A lease car? Do you plan to buy out the lease? If not, then follow mfrs recommendations. The computerized "flex schedule" indicator sounds like a Bimmer or Benz, so go with what it tells you and the world will be happy.

If it's your personal car, or you plan to keep it, then change the lube every 6 months regardless of miles, or go every 5000-7500.

If it's American iron (with American cast iron internals, then I lean towards 3000-5000).
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Old 12-22-2004, 10:30 AM
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How about diesel engines? I'm sure there is more blow-by there, but are there lubricants in diesel fuel like in leaded gas? Just wondering. VW says every 5K mi. for my Jetta TDi.
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Friend bought new 03 RSX-S, took it in at 5k miles for oil change, they refused to touch the car until it had 15,000 miles on it.
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This is my second MB with this "oil monitoring" feature. The other car was an 01, this one is an 03. This one is going twice as long as the 01 did to the first service, yet this one is waaaaaay more car. The 01 was the CLK430 Cab (4.3L V8 with about 260hp).

The 03 is the CL55AMG with:

Engine AMG-built supercharged 5.5L 24-valve V-8 engine
Net Power 493 hp @ 6,100 rpm
Net Torque 516 lb-ft @ 2,750 - 4,000 rpm

Go figure....the higher performance car needs less maintenence? I do not plan on owning this car after the lease. Too much $hit to go wrong after the warranty is up. Besides, I'm sure a new body style will be out with probably some crazy ass HP under the hood. The most expensive part about this car is going to be buying a set of tires every year.
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