Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Extending The Oil Change Interval

USA Today has written an article discussing (most) automakers' recent practice of extending their recommended maintenance intervals for oil changes. Ford (up to 7,500 miles) and Volkswagen (up to 10,000 miles) are reportedly the latest to extend their oil change intervals. Just two manufacturers are mentioned as shortening their oil change intervals--Toyota (to 5,000 miles from 7,500 miles) and Porsche (to 12,000 miles from 24,000 miles).

One of the quotes I found interesting is this: "Shell Lubricants, which owns the Quaker State and Pennzoil oil brands and operates the Jiffy Lube oil-change chain, long ago abandoned its corporatewide 3,000-mile oil-change message." Really? Then why do they keep putting their "come back in 3,000 miles!" stickers in our cars?

Thanks for the tip goes to Automotive Digest, which--as usual--does a nice job of summarizing the key points of the original article.

And I'd be remiss if I failed to mention that BrightCar helps you keep track of the manufacturer-recommended interval for your car's oil change and other important maintenance items. Download your free trial and check it out.

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