You can follow the oil change indicator, since the computer is set to take into account miles driven, engine hours, speed, and other conditions. Just don't go too much over the recommended mileage, 6000 miles, since the computer is not fool proof.
When I bought mine in 2013 I was told use the indicator for the first oil change, saying the jeep came with an oil additive that helps with the engine break in process. After that if the light doesn't come on by 5000 miles I go get it changed
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I ignore the indicator on all my Jeeps. I change the oil on new Jeeps before 1,000 miles and then each 3,000 after that. Oil changes are cheap. For years I always changed my own oil. Not any more. We live in a world of electronic tracking. When I sold my 2010 Rubicon I pulled the CarFax report just to see what they are telling folks about my Jeep. Mine was valued over $ 800 higher than blue book due to tracking proper maintenance at the local oil change shop. They track this stuff now if you use Jiffy Lube etc. This means if something goes wrong I already have the history report I need to prove to Jeep and buyers that I did take care of my Jeep. Otherwise you will be making your own case with your own receipts and you had better keep them. I still keep a complete file on all the work done on my Jeep but I really like that they track this now for me.
If you do the math on my 2010 Rubicon with about 35,000 miles you can see I received almost the entire cost of the oil changes back in higher CarFax value.
I've had too many bad experiences with previous vehicles on my oil changes and tire rotations. Of course, I'm sure most shops are good (my brother in law is manager at a tire shop: he's good so I'm not bashing all shops here). I had one company not tighten all lug nuts and my wheel almost flew off on the highway (at a stop light an astute driver next to me told me I only had 2 lug nuts on my tire, and those were loose). Then I started labeling my tires with a sharpie before I'd go in for oil change/rotation: 3 out of 4 local shops did not rotate them and said they had, I called them on it and demanded the oil change for free. As far as following the indicator: I'm just at 5000 miles and have decided to change it myself.
To each his own. I will always check the tire rotation and the lugs when I get back from the shop. I also look at the oil level and oil. It does not take long to see if a shop is not doing what is right.
If you prefer to change you own make sure you keep the oil and filter receipts for your Jeep warranty.
I change mine every 5k miles (manual for '12 says 8k, which is when the light turns on). When I change it in a couple of weeks, I'll be sending in a sample to Blackstone Labs to be analyzed so I can make an intelligent decision on my intervals. Last time I did this (with a different vehicle) it was only $25.
Follow the Indicator or the old tried and true methods?
Tried and true but keep the receipts organized in a folder for easy reference. We have ours changed every 2,000 miles. Free lifetime oil and filter changes, so the dealer eats 100% of the cost, except maybe for the gas it takes to drive 4 miles to the dealership.
Starting a log file on your computer of anything you do to your Jeep is also a good idea. I have one and I record every time I rotate the tires (every 5,000 miles), add a little something to the Jeep, etc.
Wow! That would be like a dealer visit every 3 weeks for me. I hate going to the dealer for service even when it's necessary. The free oil changes aren't enough to drag me in there.
Actually, the lifetime free oil/filter change deal is for a maximum of 4 per year. People sometimes get all ballistic when I mention that we have it changed every 2,000 miles but my wife only drives it 8,000 miles per year and so we just have it done every 3 months.