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Old 01-01-2009, 12:08 AM   #1
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Oil change interval question (free oil for life)

I have always changed my oil every 2500-3000 miles but the dealer I got it from gives free oil change for life using Mopar oil and i just have to purchase the filter but they will only change it every 4000 miles.

Whats your thoughts on having 4000 miles on the oil?

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Old 01-01-2009, 08:48 AM   #2
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i'm adiment about changing oil. its the only thing to do for your internal engine. and now days people go way too long on oil changes. i don't go over 3k. but, now days people are also going more like 4k in 3 months also. i would say its probably not bad. just don't go over the 4k.

i see way too many cars every day that go beyond that, 5 and 6 and even more, and i see the results. but i say do it, its a nice deal, keep in mind they are doing it to sell you work. they aren't doing it to be nice, and lose money on oil. they will try to sell you maintenance and repairs.

it would be a good idea to tell them you'll look into it when they tell you to do some work, come here and ask some questions, then if its a good thing go and do it, or shop around for a good independent shop also. just my opinions

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Nope, they built a new state of the art building and they use the oil to heat the building and by doing this they get big rewards and grants from the goverment (EPA), they actually are gaining a lot of money from what the salesman and parts manager claim .
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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...
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thats clever, but not the whole truth. my shop uses a waste oil furnace, and has for many years. of coarse they aren't gonna tell you they want you to keep coming in so they can sell you stuff, but take it from me, i'm in the business, and thats how it works.

oil costs way more money going into your jeep than it does going into the furnace. bulk oil costs around a 1.50 a quart, and you can buy waste oil for furnaces for around a buck a gallon

what they're doing is called a loss leader. they're losing money to get you in the door, they don't want you to leave with them losing money. all shops will do it. shoot, when my shope does a 19.99 oil change we lose a buck. no jiffy lube or anything can even break even at 19.99 for an oil change when you include pay roll, overhead, and materials.

just something to keep in mind. they aren't doing it for the environment, or to be nice guys, they are in business to make money. which is fine, as long as the services they sell you are legit, and done well. thats all i'm saying.
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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.

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