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jono0143
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 1:18:15 PM

“There was a time when the 3,000 miles was a good guideline,” said Philip Reed, senior consumer advice editor for the car site Edmunds.com. “But it’s no longer true for any car bought in the last seven or eight years.”
"Oil chemistry and engine technology have improved to the point that most cars can go several thousand more miles before changing the oil", Mr. Reed said. "A better average," he said, "would be 7,500 between oil changes, and sometimes up to 10,000 miles or more."
I drive about 700 mi/week and change it every 5K.
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ScottAdams5
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2015 9:01:37 PM

No.
juniperus98
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2015 8:22:29 PM

Every 5000 km
alaknanda
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2015 1:56:55 PM

every 5000miles
bhWY
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2015 9:01:51 AM

10,000 miles
nichols
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2015 8:17:55 AM

about 7-8000 miles
chipperd1
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2015 12:20:38 PM

Every 7500MI
kdanish
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2015 11:49:02 AM

6000 miles
GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2015 10:28:14 AM

Every 5000 to 7000 miles, both vehicles use synthetic or synthetic blends of oil...
46chief
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2015 7:52:34 PM

3,000 miles
bikergirlss
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2015 4:51:28 PM

every six mos- I don't drive the cars enough to warrant the 3 k or otherwise so I figure six mos is safe
mohrorless
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2015 6:30:37 AM

every 3000 miles
chipperd1
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 9:35:53 AM

Every 7500 miles
sheba24
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 9:33:25 AM

Every 3000 miles.
Houckster
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2015 5:57:53 PM

Houkster says, "Every 150K miles, 15 years or 3K engine hours."

seriously?!?! that many miles between oil changes? on what year, make, model of vehicle is that?
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The vehicle is a 2004 Ford Ranger FX4 with 5spd and 4WD. The avg MPG is 19.8 and I have burned no oil over the last 57K miles. I use a special true synthetic oil that does not deteriorate like conventional oils. I have also replaced all the fluids on my pickup with versions of this oil.

One other thing: It's Houckster, not Houkster.

[Edited by: Houckster at 3/19/2015 6:00:01 PM EST]
46chief
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2015 4:39:37 PM

3,000 miles
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2015 6:04:03 AM

Every 3000 miles
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2015 12:00:53 AM

Twice a year
BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2015 9:54:46 PM

6 months or 5000
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2015 5:40:39 PM

Houkster says, "Every 150K miles, 15 years or 3K engine hours."

seriously?!?! that many miles between oil changes? on what year, make, model of vehicle is that?
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2015 4:42:46 PM

I follow my owners manual schedule.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2015 4:34:55 PM

Every 5000 km
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2015 3:11:37 PM

3,000 miles
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2015 2:23:59 PM

With so many vehicles now operating with synthetic oil, which lasts longer, is better formulated and costs much more then what we're used to, I have now moved my "oil monitor" from @ 8000 k (@ 5000 mi.) to 15000 k. I seriously doubt that will harm anything mechanically. Changing as the "manufacturer suggests" is nothing more than a ploy to get you into the dealership and spend your money while supporting dealership overpricing. The oil companies might just have a part in this myth of changing oil every 5000-8000 k. I have driven well over 2 million klm, and not once had any engine problems with the oil change set to 8000 k. Save your money and forget this crap that the oil change business' tell you.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2015 2:04:17 PM

About 8500 miles
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2015 1:07:49 PM

Every 5000km.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2015 7:32:30 AM

Once a year
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2015 7:32:04 AM

Just took 11 months to go 7,500 miles on Mobil 1
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2015 6:20:11 AM

Every 7.5K miles for my vehicles using Mobil 1.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2015 5:30:55 AM

Every 5000 kms
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2015 11:39:12 PM

Every 25,000 miles or one year, whichever comes first.
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2015 10:36:48 PM

Every 5000km.
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2015 7:26:26 PM

8000km
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2015 6:49:57 PM

6 months or 5000
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2015 12:47:15 PM

3,000 miles
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2015 11:24:20 AM

6000 miles.
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2015 10:43:45 AM

5000 miles
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2015 10:37:22 AM

3000 miles = twice a year
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2015 10:34:42 AM

5000 miles
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2015 5:56:38 AM

~5K
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2015 11:59:35 AM

5000 miles or 6 months whichever comes first.
jono0143
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2015 11:55:10 AM

Oil & Filter 7500 mi
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2015 12:48:43 AM

3000-3500
RadarIN
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 6:13:55 PM

yearly
RadarIN
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 6:05:27 PM

yearly
RadarIN
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 6:03:39 PM

once a year
SAButton
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 4:49:36 PM

once a year or 16K
Mininana
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 2:49:45 PM

the mini recommends annually, been doing that since 2008...
subru cross trek now recommends 7.5K, do it just a bit more frequently
vabites
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 12:00:17 PM

Never, I do it myself.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 11:52:00 AM

Every 150K miles, 15 years or 3K engine hours.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 11:49:16 AM

Generally 6000 miles.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 11:39:29 AM

7500 mi. Oil & Filter
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