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#630 of 769 Re: oil changes [104runner]
Feb 20, 2010 (12:03 pm)
Although the manual for the 2010 4Runner states to change the oil every 5,000 miles, you will receive according to TCS a new maintenance booklet that will show the change from 5,000 miles or 6 months to 10,000 miles or 1 year (official date per USA Toyota Corporation is January 6, 2010) which ever comes first. I just changed the oil on my 2010 4Runner Limited 4WD with NAV at 5,000 miles (although I could have waited longer) but I chose to, since it is the first oil and I performed 95% of the 5,000 miles on highway could enough to get me a good break-in of the engine with 27.2MPG at 50-55mph as a proof. My 2nd and subsequent oil changes will be closer to 10,000 miles interval, which I hope, I will have received the official maintenance booklet by Toyota Corporate by then...
In conclusion, my understanding is all the new Toyotas that use 0W-20 fully synthetic engine oil the interval for the change will be at 10,000 miles or 1 year whichever comes first... I hope this clear any confusion related to the oil change topic with the 2010 4Runner...
Also, per TCS (800-331-4331) the break in period is 500 miles and the engine oil from the factory (1st oil in the engine) does NOT have any special additives so no issue to change the engine oil at 5,000 miles or less...
#631 of 769 Re: some thoughts [yassy]
Feb 20, 2010 (12:07 pm)
Per TCS, no special oil additives in the engine oil on the 2010 4Runner, so the sooner you change the engine oil the better for the engine (for details see my 630 post)...
#632 of 769 2010 Oil Change Interval
Feb 20, 2010 (12:22 pm)
In the Warranty and Maintenance Guide for my 2010 4runner, on page 38 it specifically states, as the first line item under 5,000 miles of 6 months, "Replace engine oil and oil filter." I had planned on changing the break in oil at 1000 miles or so (a ritual associated with all of the previous new cars I had owned), but based on other discussions on this forum about possible extra anti-scuff additives in the factory oil, and lack of any mention by Toyota of early oil change, will probably 'split the difference' and change the break in oil & filter at 2500 or so.
#633 of 769 first oil change
Feb 20, 2010 (9:22 pm)
I agree with previous post. I will be changing the oil before first 5,000 miles, no matter what the change date/miles recommend. Good to know about the lack of additives in the factory oil (first oil in engine). Thanks for the update. Total miles so far on my SR5 - 2,300 miles. Aside from having the cross-bars and not knowing how to put them on, I am very pleased.
#635 of 769 Re: first oil change [embryo]
Feb 22, 2010 (8:23 am)
Thanks for the site reference. That forum is awesome. I will have the bars on in no-time thanks to that step-by-step.
#636 of 769 Re: first oil change [104runner]
Feb 22, 2010 (12:11 pm)
np. there is tons of information there for current 5th gen owners and prospective buyers. www.toyota-4runner.org/5th-gen-t4rs-its-finally-here/
#638 of 769 Re: 2010 Oil Change Interval [warreb]
Feb 23, 2010 (6:39 am)
Here is what I received from Toyota when I inquired about the oil change interval....
Thank you for contacting Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
We apologize for any misunderstanding or inconvenience this may have caused.
Toyota recently announced that it will transition its new vehicles away from using conventional motor oil and instead use a 0W-20 weight synthetic oil.
Currently, the following Toyota vehicles use synthetic oil:
2010 Camry 2.5L engine with Automatic transmission (4 cyl)
2010 Camry 2.5L engine with Manual Transmission and California emissions
2010 FJ Cruiser with 4.0L engine
2010 Sequoia with 4.6L engine
2010 4Runner with 4.0L engine
2010 Tundra with 4.6L engine
The superior qualities of synthetic oil have allowed the oil change intervals to be extended from 5,000 miles or 6 months to 10,000 miles or 1 year whichever occurs first.
If your vehicle is driven under "Special Operating Conditions," the oil change intervals will remain at 5,000 miles or 6 months:
Special Operating Conditions include:
• Driving on dirt roads or dusty roads
• Towing a trailer, using a car-top carrier, or heavy vehicle loading
• Repeated trips of less than five miles in temperatures below 32°F / 0°C
• Extensive idling and/or low speed driving for extended periods such as police, taxi or door-to-door delivery use
If you have any questions regarding your driving conditions, please contact the service department at your local dealership. You may obtain contact information for dealerships in your area by visiting www.toyota.com/dealers.
If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us www.toyota.com/help/contactus.html.
#639 of 769 Comfort challenged
Feb 23, 2010 (8:39 pm)
Now with 9K miles under its belt I continue to find my '10 4Runner Limited very uncomfortable. Maybe it is me but the drivers position is uncomfortable in really any seat position I have tried.
The door sill is very high and visibility is not good. The interior profile of this truck is certainly higher than an average truck and makes seat position/visibility challenging IMHO. Seats too are too firm and are not a comfortable seating surface.