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What’s Your Longest Oil Change Interval?

Posted in Best of, Garage, General, Guide, Maintenance, Mechanics, Rants & Raves by MrAngry | January 27th, 2012 | 7 Responses |

Oil Sludge

The two most important parts of a car are generally the most neglected. First and foremost are the tires. Seriously, most people could give a shit what kind of rubber they put on their rides even though they fail to realize that tires are what keeps them on the straight and narrow. The second thing is their oil. Now granted the old adage of changing your oil every 3,000 miles doesn’t really apply on today’s cars as they’re usually good for around 5k per change. However I know some people who haven’t changed their oil in 15,000-20,000 miles!! People that’s like the equivalent of eating a stick of butter and a pound bacon everyday and thinking that your heart is not going to eventually explode. Oil is the lifeblood of any car and to ensure your rides longevity it must be tended too regularly. I know the most I’ve gone is about 8,000 miles, but what about you guys… what are your thoughts. Are you still in the 3,000 mile club or do you simply not give a shit and change it once every 2 years…

Hat tip: VWVortex.com

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7 Responses

  1. BenT. says:

    I have a 30-year old JDM and I use my car everyday for work and everything else and I do at least two road trips a year driving at least 400km straight on back roads so I do my tune ups every 6 months.
    Recently though, someone referred me to this oil treatment thing that’s supposed to rejuvenate the existing oil and you just have to add oil to get the right level and your good to go-no change oil and change filter necessary. I know,it’s a bad idea. But i’m just trying it out. So I’m pass my 6th month and haven’t changed the oil yet. I will change the oil after 12 months and let’s see how bad it is.

  2. djrosa says:

    well i guess the longest ive waited for an oilchange is around 7000 miles but then that was cuz i didnt think about how long i had driven that year i.e 7000 miles

  3. SNAK3 says:

    Ehh prolly around 8k miles. The oil was far to black for me to ever want to do that again.

  4. Paul1963 says:

    I did 3-month oil changes on my ’91 Daytona from 1994-2001 because 3000 miles went by pretty quickly during that period. I dropped back to 3000 miles in ’01 because I began rotating it daily with another car, dropping it from 17,000 miles a year to 8500. This worked out pretty well, as the car had 227,000 miles on the original, never-rebuilt engine when I sold it last July.
    I’ve gone as long as two years between changes on my ’68 Fury, with the twin caveats that (A) I only put about 2200 miles on it during that time, and (B) I topped it off several times during that period so it didn’t have five quarts of two-year-old oil in it. I really should do it at least once a year, but I can’t get past the idea that I’m replacing oil with only 600-1000 miles on it.
    My ’11 Charger’s manual says six months or 8000 miles. I did the first oil change at six months to the day, which was about 4130 miles.

  5. Seth says:

    I have a small oil leak from a yet to be determined location along with the engine being skillfully designed by Nissan engineers to consume oil at a rate that makes the smog monster from godzilla look tame, so i have fresh oil going in all the time. that’s pretty good, right?

  6. ! says:

    I once waited about 30,000 to change the oil in my 1998 Mazda 626. Sludge city, but ran like a charm before and after.

  7. Set says:

    My jeep I run 3k miles every time. I want that car to run forever, so I’m religious about it. My beetle, when I had it, was designed for 10k miles between changes, so that’s what I ran. So, probably about 10500 miles or so between changes was my max.