Are Today’s Extended Oil Changes Really Worth It?

It’s no secret that changing your oil increases the longevity of your engine.

There are still those who love to get down with their car on a Saturday and just “go to town,” changing their own oil, rotating the tires, replace the air filter, wash it, wax it, etc.

Those folks are definitely the minority. Most people these days rely on having their vehicle serviced at a professional repair center, be it an instant oil change place, a regular repair shop or even the dealer.

All manufactures supply their vehicles with a maintenance service schedule. This service schedule is designed to maintain the vehicle to a “minimum serviceable standard.”

What this means is, this is the required minimum service the vehicle should have in order to keep the vehicle in “serviceable condition” (Their definition of roadworthy)

By the way, it is not a requirement unless it voids the warranty.

This maintenance schedule was created by the manufacture’s designers that actually designed the vehicle.

Now I would say most schedules are ok but maybe not always the best. As an example lets look at BMW. Their vehicles in recent years have gone to a 15,000 mile oil change interval That’s one oil change every fifteen thousand miles or 24 months whichever comes first. .

It would personally take me close to 2 years to put 15,000 miles on a car. My point about using BMW as an example is this very morning I found out that BMW has revised their oil change interval down to 10,000 miles or every 12 months whichever comes first. Here is the link to the change. http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=868291

The reason I heard for this change was to eliminate carbon build and possible internal engine problems. Since a BMW is considered to be a high end car, it does cost more to repair comparatively speaking to your average Chevy or a Ford.

Old, high mileage oil wears out engines-period!

BTW…this info is relevant to all makes and models not just BMW. .

Who all here remembers when the “Standard” was every three thousand miles or three months, which ever came first? Well that was for standard oil, not the newer synthetic type oils. A vehicle using synthetic oils will go further on an oil change. 5000 to 6000 miles is about the industry standard for most manufactures now days.

There are so many other benefits of changing your oil sooner than later. It gives the technician an opportunity to give it a look and make sure it is in safe and reliable condition.

A lot can happen in 3000 to 5000 miles, not mention 15,000 miles!

Tires wear out, steering, suspension, brakes, exhaust all go bad. Fluids leak and get low, bulbs burn out, etc. You name it, it happens. Allowing the vehicle to be driven in an unsafe condition, could result in possible personal injury to you or someone else, not to mention getting on top of a problem early before it becomes major, can prevent a costly longer term break down. Proactive preventive maintenance does pays off in dollars. .

It is our recommendation most oil changes to be done every 3000 to 5000 miles, That really is long enough to let your car go before being serviced, Our oil change services also include getting your tires re-inflated and rotated if needed, fluids checked and topped off , car looked over with our 32 point maintenance inspection form and making notes of any thing needing repaired, to make sure its safe again to another 3000 to 5000 miles.

By the way we offer a Car Care Club that gives you $540 worth of repair service coupons and discounts including oil changes for just $99.95. Call us today and ask how you can join “the club.”

Hugh