Originally Posted by Hilldweller
The manual says every 6K. European cars are going 15K. My friend has a Goldwing that's got over 200,000 miles on it with 15K oil change intervals.
It's not 1973 and you're not running straight 30w oil; 3000 mile intervals are overkill. 4000 is even pretty wasteful...
european cars are calling for synthetic, and its all a part of their ploy to say, look, our car is low maintenance. buy our car cuz its worry free. european cars are also coming with no trans dipstick, and says its filled for life, never change it. ok.
american cars are recomending a trans service at 100k on every vehicle now, if its even in the service schedule. the schedule now days is bull crap. are they warrantying a trans for 100k. and don't start about the lifetime powertrain warranty, we'll see how well that works pretty soon.
lexus had to extend the warranty on their engines cuz they were burning oil, and they moved their recomended oil change interval back down to around 5 or so.
if you are only getting your oil changed once or twice a year, what else isn't getting done in a timely manner. brake fluid, trans fluid, diffs, t cases, tire rotations (every 6k), aligments, brakes aren't checked untill they're grinding, costing more in calipers and rotors, and i can go on.
regular maintenance is a good thing.