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#35 of 43 Camry Oil Change Intervals
Aug 05, 2011 (10:17 pm)
There is no need to fret over changing your oil in your Camry more that once during the 10,000 mile Oil Change Interval (OCI). Ten thousand miles is about the longest I'd go, BMW offering ~15,000 mile change intervals but the oil can be depleted before then.
The reason that Toyota still has the programming for 5,000 mile service intervals is because they want you to bring your car in for tire rotations and any other inspections they see necessary. They need to keep bringing you to the dealer for something.Oils (specifically synthetic) as well as car engines have become more advanced allowing for extended OCIs.
Bringing your car to Jiffy Lube every 5,000 miles will require you spending twice as much money maintaining it (simple math ). It also is less detrimental to the environment changing your oil less often, for all your "greenies" out there .
I could imagine doing a 5,000 mile OCI during the initial break in period, then switching to the manufacturer's suggested 10k. When the engine ages (especially past 200k, if not a little sooner) switching to a heavier 5w30 or 0w30, particularly if the car is leaking, or possibly doing ~5k OCIs; or whatever combinations of the two.
#36 of 43 Re: Oil Change.... [jimdrew]
Sep 15, 2011 (8:32 am)
Mobil ONE makes 0-20w oil
Sep 15, 2011 (9:55 pm)
Walmart now carries the Mobil ONE 0-20w oil in my area. I still worry about messing up with the oil rings etc.. during an oil change. Plus I get a good deal having my oil changed at the dealer. They include tire rotation, topping fluids, vacuum and car wash. Only had 4 oil changes since Oct, 2009 and two were free because of the pedal recall.
Has anyone with a recalled Toyota (petal/acceleration) been contacted about a class action? I am told that the cars that were recalled lost value because of all the bad press and the recall itself.
#38 of 43 Re: Oil Change.... [pixshooter]
Sep 16, 2011 (7:26 am)
What is this idiot lawyer planning to do, sue the media? Oh, that they would try!
#40 of 43 Re: Oil Change.... [pixshooter]
Sep 17, 2011 (7:06 am)
pixshooter, article you linked is from February 2010. Toyota resale prices came back pretty fast. Once media induced paranoia died out nobody sells Toyotas at discount anymore. Also because of Japanese earthquake expect to pay a premium on new or used Toyota.
Toyota Unintended Acceleration smearing campaign was totally baseless.
U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Results from NHTSA-NASA Study of Unintended Acceleration in Toyota Vehicles
"NASA found no evidence that a malfunction in electronics caused large unintended accelerations," said Michael Kirsch, Principal Engineer at the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC).
#41 of 43 Re: oil change [pixshooter]
Mar 31, 2012 (2:20 pm)
I would strongly suggest you change the oil every 5000 miles not because the oil is dirty, but it will also be a good time to rotate those tires for even wear. The 0W-20 synthetic oil can be purchased O'Rielly Autoparts. The filter is really easy to replace as long as you have the proper tool, available through Amazon.
#42 of 43 Re: oil change [gwats]
Apr 01, 2012 (12:22 pm)
gwats- I get the 5,000 mile rotation but have been getting oil changed around 8,500 miles. I told the dealer about my concern about not changing the filter for 10k and they told me that the oil and filter are made for it. Guess a lot of us will find out later :-0
I think I mentioned in the past that Walmart has been carrying 0W-20 for awhile. I still have not changed my own oil. Heck, I have only had a few oil changes since I bought the car in Oct 2009.
How often are the rest of you changing your 0W-20 oil?
#43 of 43 Re: oil change [pixshooter]
Apr 02, 2012 (4:04 am)
Even though I got the letter from Toyota (not the dealer), saying it is fine to use synthetic and only change 1x per year or 10,000 miles, I still change mine every 6 months (about 5,000 miles for me). I am using 0w-20 Toyota Synthetic and Toyota filter. But I am doing it myself, and I just paid $5 per quart for Toyota 0W20 (vs. nearly $6 at Walmart for Mobil 1 0W20).
Cheap insurance for me, but that's me. Although considering all the other car manufacturers have similar 1x per year, 10,000 mile oil change intervals, I probably would go one year IF I did not change the oil myself. Many articles on the subject show the synthetic oil is fine to go to 10,000 miles.
If you really are concerned about going that long, spend the $20-30 and send your oil to a lab and have it analyzed to see if it is still good at 9 or 10,000 miles for a one time piece of mind.