July 27, 2007

Longer Miles Between Oil Changes

Everyone knows the mantra by now ... every 3,000 miles you have to change your oil or you will eventually ruin your engine.

The Auto Manufacturers are now changing their tunes, due to improved oil and engines they are stretching time between oil changes.

Ford Motor (F) is lengthening the recommended interval between oil changes for its 2008 models to 7,500 miles, up from 5,000 miles. Volkswagen just got done increasing its oil-change recommendations to 10,000 miles on its 2007 gasoline-powered models.

And Chrysler Group (DCX) no longer gives a recommendation. It is installing indicator lights starting in all its 2008 models that track driving habits and tell motorists when it's time for an oil change. Honda (HMC) and General Motors (GM), among others, already have similar systems.

This is good news for your pocketbook, but watch for oil changes to go up in price for people not going to get their oil changed as often.

Posted by Quality Weenie at July 27, 2007 07:44 AM | TrackBack

We've use Mobil1 for many years, so haven't followed the 3,000 mile run for a long time... Last time Arthur had his oil changed he went with a new synthetic from Amsoil that's supposed to be even better. :)

Posted by: pam at July 27, 2007 10:29 AM

My husband's car says every 10K. the dealership is adament about it. They'll change your oil earlier if you really want it, but they'll fight you to stick to the protocol.

Posted by: Bou at July 31, 2007 08:37 PM