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    How often do you change your oil?

    Stop Changing Your Oil - Edmunds.com

    About the only ones that really need a 3,000-mile oil change are the quick-lube outlets and dealership service departments. In their internal industry communications, they're frank about how oil changes bring in customers. "Many people...know when to have their oil changed but don't pay that much attention to it," said an article in the National Oil and Lube News online newsletter. "Take advantage of that by using a window sticker system [and] customers will be making their way back to you in a few short months."
    Another National Oil and Lube News article tied the frequency of oil changes to success in pushing related products and services. For a midsize SUV, the stepped-up oil change intervals will bring in $1,800 over the life of the car, the article says. "A few extra services [or oil changes] can go a long way toward increasing the amount of money a customer will spend during the lifespan we estimated here," the article concludes.


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    Re: How often do you change your oil?

    Every 5,000 miles or so.



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    Re: How often do you change your oil?

    Just did it myself for the first time a few weeks back. I don't imagine ever taking it back to an actual shop. It was quite easy.



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    Re: How often do you change your oil?

    Whenever the onboard compute in my range rover tells me too... Basically once a year and around 7,500 miles.



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    Re: How often do you change your oil?

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    Just did it myself for the first time a few weeks back. I don't imagine ever taking it back to an actual shop. It was quite easy.
    Once I buy a house and buy an automotive jack and stands I imagine I'll be changing oil myself as well. They just frown upon significant car maintenance at my apartment, plus the parking lot is not quite level.


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    Re: How often do you change your oil?

    whenever my car gets to less than 5% oil life, then I still put it off past 0%, so about 5-6k miles


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    Re: How often do you change your oil?

    I wonder if car maintenance message boards have as many threads about Iowa State football as this one has about changing your ******* oil.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Senolcyc View Post
    I wonder if car maintenance message boards have as many threads about Iowa State football as this one has about changing your ******* oil.
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    Re: How often do you change your oil?

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    Once I buy a house and buy an automotive jack and stands I imagine I'll be changing oil myself as well. They just frown upon significant car maintenance at my apartment, plus the parking lot is not quite level.
    No one will yell at you for doing it at the K-mart parking lot. If you do it in the Wal-mart lot, you might even get a line of customers, you would probably give better service than the Wal-Mart monkeys anyway.



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    Re: How often do you change your oil?

    every 7500 on my car and twice a year on my truck



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    Re: How often do you change your oil?

    I change mine probably more often than most: about every 3,750 miles. It splits the difference in between 7,500 mile "minor services" for my car.

    I either do it myself, or wait til a coupon / early-bird special comes out for LOF.

    More often than the now-recommended 5,000+ miles, but it can't hurt and it's not super expensive.



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    Re: How often do you change your oil?

    Every 5,000 is plenty for me.


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    Re: How often do you change your oil?

    Every car I've ever had I've changed at 3-5,000. But with my Honda I change at 5-7,000 now.



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    When my clean oil sensor says so...


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