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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-06-2008, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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How often do you change your oil?

I think the manual says to change it every 6 months or 6,000 miles, but I could be wrong. I know the oil change places like it to be done every 3,000 miles, but I think that is total horse---t.

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about 3000-4000 miles. Not because the shop tells me to, but because its a cheap and easy maintenance item to protect my investment.
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My manual says every 15 000 km (ca 9000 miles).
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I have mine changed every 3,000 miles.

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I do it about every 3K because it is, give or take... every three months... and for $20 a pop an oil change is nothing, especially when it 'feels' better after.... and I like that. Next oil change will be synthetic, so it'll be a little more expensive, hopefully it'll give me some more distance in my gallon
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i go 5,000 on mobile 1
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Though I just got my jeep (like 2 weeks ago), all my past vehicles got their oil and filter changed every 6k-7k. I always go with Amsoil full-synth 0w-20.

For this jeep, I plan on using Amsoil full-synth 0w-30 and amsoil filters. I have no idea what intial oil is in the car from the factory, so I plan on doing my first oil change at 3k.

It's a bit more expensive, but OCI from 3k to at least 6k helps offset the cost a bit.

I used to use mobil1 0w-20, but they recently changed their full-synth formula reducing their standard. Amsoil all the way now.
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I agree with 5000-8000 km (3000-5000 miles). Similar to what others have said, it is relatively cheap insurance. Currently I am using Mobil1 5w30 Extended Performance.

Keep in mind the 10,000 km fill duration falls under schedule "A".

Schedule "B" in your maintenance guide shows 5000km (roughly 3000 miles). That should be used if you encounter one or more of the following (from the Jeep Patriot Service Manual):
  • Day or night temperatures are below 0 C (32 F)
  • Stop and go driving
  • Extensive engine idling
  • Driving in dusty conditions
  • Short trips of less than 16 km (10 miles)
  • More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high speeds during hot weather, above 32 C (90 F)
  • Trailer towing
  • Taxi, police, or delivery service (commercial service)
  • Off-road or desert operation
  • Heavy loading

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6-10k miles Mobil 1. US Army motor pool changes oil based upon oil analysis. At least that is what my division did. Test reports came back fine for 10k + miles before they needed changing. And that was for SEVERE duty vehicles.

I remember reading one person who tested how long they could go - They got past 15k miles, and the wear numbers were all fine. However the original API rating of the 10w30 that he started out with had become closer to a 20w50.

And for me this is the final nail in the 3k mile "severe duty" coffin. CR did oil tests with identical NYC taxi cabs with half using drain intervals of 3k miles and the other hald using 6k drain intervals. Here is what they found after breaking down the engines:

"Even in the severe driving conditions that a New York City taxi endures, we noted no benefit from changing the oil every 3,000 miles rather than every 6,000. "

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I do my Taurus, which has 149,000+ miles every 5,000 miles. It is a mail route vehicle, which mean one of the most extreme conditions you can put to a vehicle. Start and stop everyday for 700 mailboxes. I use Castrol GTX. I never understood the every 3,000 miles on regular cars, but hey...not my money. I heard from the mechanic at the Jeep dealership, that if you change the oil yourself, be sure and put in the exact oil weight as the manual (and oil cap) states or else if will void the lifetime powertrain warranty. Just what he told me, so it may or may not be true.

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Mine is 3k @ the dealer till the warranty is up then I'll switch to 6k since my driving is usually 25 miles or so from start to finish.

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Well, about to hit the 5K mark. Taking mine in today for its first service. Im kinda of excited and nervous at the same time. My little Jeep is finally growing up
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I change my oil every 3 months. I receive 16 oil changes (4 per year) for free as part of the original deal.

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