My "fully synthetic" oil (Pennzoil Ultra Platinum) is getting quite brown after about 4,500 miles. Also, my wife's Pat and mine are using about 1/2 quart during this interval, although we are both under 7,000 miles on our new Jeeps (her, 6,500, mine, 4,500). I just put in the 1/2 quart left over from the initial oil change requiring 4.5qts. and get through to the next change. I am hoping that the oil consumption is normal for our new engines, but wonder when the engine will be fully broken in and not consuming oil.
We followed the manual's instruction recommending low speeds the first 60 miles, then varied speed and rpms for the first 300. I replaced both our oils at 1,000 miles and hers again at ~5,000 with a tire rotation.
I have read that so-called fully synthetic oils are not actually, "fully-synthetic." Given this, the fact that we live in Central New York state and don't put more than 5,000 miles on our Jeeps every six months, I'll spend my time and money on our do-it-ourselves oil change at these intervals and record it as a piece-of-mind investment. I simply would never stretch an oil change beyond these intervals, let alone 10,000 miles