Made appointment today to have oil and filter changed. I only had 1350 miles on my WR. I envisioned the oil to be sooty black by now and my filter clogged by micro-particles of assembly grease and reside of cutting fluids and grinding coolants.
Showed up at 8 AM talked to the service rep and he asked me why I want it changed now? Said totally unnecessary until 8000 mi. He said new engines don't need break in anymore. You can tell when you're getting old I guess...
Anyway, I had them do it anyway.
I asked him about if they carried a premium oil and he said the "garage oil" was a synthetic blend. I asked him if that was the same oil the factory used? His answer was Uhhhh....... then crickets chirping.
Anyway long story short, they didn't charge me for the oil change. First one is free it turns out. Now my little 4WD crotch rocket is running slick as snot.
An early change won't hurt a thing. In fact there will be excess metals from break in wear, and junk from the engine build in that oil. Just send some in for an analysis if you don't think so, then send in some after you've got 20,000 miles or so on the engine and compare. These threads typically end in a heated debate, but its all good. This is JMO.
My Dealer included 4 free oil changes.
I did my first at 600 miles, will do the 2nd at 2000 miles, then switch to full synthetic at 3500 miles just my way not necessarily the best way.
I do not let the dealer touch my Jeep if I can help it. I went thru the mistakes the dealer did with my "Free" oil change on my GC Hemi. 5 quarts of No Name Oil instead of the 7 quarts of 5w20. There have been many posts about the wrong grade oil, quantity etc I really do not trust them.
If I could get them to just give me a few free oil filters it would be great.
Long Island NY
I just got mine changed just under 3k (2200 of which was moving to CO) and the dealer asked why I wanted it done so early. Apparently the first 4 oil changes are free from the dealer so it didn't really matter.