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post #1 of 72 Old 12-07-2009, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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What the dealer said about oil change.

So I called my dealership to schedule my first oil change right at 3k miles for my 2010 V6. He said right away that GM does not require the oil change till
6k miles. Which totally threw me off. So I am only at 3k and not sure if I should do it to be safe. He said they also use a semi synthetic oil which will be for $40 out the door.

This got me thinking. The oil life indicator on the dash says the life is still at like 62%. Is that what I go by to get oil change done every time? I am now just a little confused. Thanks!
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So I called my dealership to schedule my first oil change right at 3k miles for my 2010 V6. He said right away that GM does not require the oil change till
6k miles. Which totally threw me off. So I am only at 3k and not sure if I should do it to be safe. He said they also use a semi synthetic oil which will be for $40 out the door.

This got me thinking. The oil life indicator on the dash says the life is still at like 62%. Is that what I go by to get oil change done every time? I am now just a little confused. Thanks!
I also talked to a GM certified mechanic with 20+ yrs experience and he advised the opposite of what DrJohn is stating. He said to go by what the manufacturer tells you. He also said that early fluid/oil changes are not necessary and it was a waste of money.

My advice: do some research and do what you think is best for your car. There are many mixed ideas out there when it comes to the first oil change on a new car. There is also another thread that talks about this with a lot of good info. Look it up. Good luck.
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no matter what you do, that car has a 100,000 mile warranty. if you choose not to change it until the oil life indicator says so, and something else happens down the road, it will be covered!

i haven't changed the oil in my SS yet and i have 4500 miles on it. when i put it on the lift to check the bolts of my new exhaust, i found a small oil leak near the oil cooler lines and filter, but don't know what from yet. so i'll be getting my first oil change for free while they figure out what the leak is from!

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Works for me. Drove my G3 for 21 years and it's still on the road (needs paint, though)
Nice.

I owned a 1985 tercel (which I gave to my brother in law in 1997) and the car is still on the road. Did everything by the manual. I'm sure it needs paint too!
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no matter what you do, that car has a 100,000 mile warranty. if you choose not to change it until the oil life indicator says so, and something else happens down the road, it will be covered!

i haven't changed the oil in my SS yet and i have 4500 miles on it. when i put it on the lift to check the bolts of my new exhaust, i found a small oil leak near the oil cooler lines and filter, but don't know what from yet. so i'll be getting my first oil change for free while they figure out what the leak is from!
The mechanic I talked to also brought up the 100,000 powertrain warranty. No worries here. Shoot, I'll probably be driving a 2020 Camaro by the time I reach 100,000 miles on my 2010. I own a 2002 Avalanche and I'm about to hit 50,000 miles after almost 8 yrs!
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6K is way too long for the first change IMO. Peace of mind comes cheap if you do the first one by the first 1K or so miles.
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no matter what you do, that car has a 100,000 mile warranty. if you choose not to change it until the oil life indicator says so, and something else happens down the road, it will be covered!

i haven't changed the oil in my SS yet and i have 4500 miles on it. when i put it on the lift to check the bolts of my new exhaust, i found a small oil leak near the oil cooler lines and filter, but don't know what from yet. so i'll be getting my first oil change for free while they figure out what the leak is from!
ONLY if you save all of your receipts for the oil changes you do or have done

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Old school vs. Modern Tech.

Hard to convince old school guys to trust the car to know when it needs its oil changed. I myself just recently stopped using paste wax( I thought if my arm didnt hurt it wasn't a good wax job). I hate to waste $ on premature oil changes when there is chrome and women to be had.
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Follow the oil life indicator. They engineered it for a reason.

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