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Old 08-05-2012, 08:46 PM
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No free oil changes here either, but as little I drive my full size trucks, it wouldn't do much for me.

The 97 3500 CTD I had 5 yrs, and only put 34k on it (only reason it is so high is I did several 3-4k trips to pickup parts/equipment all over the atlantic coast and as far west as western michigan)

The 08 Silverado I traded in on my 2012 Ram I had 20 months and put less than 13k on it

I fully expect to put 5k or less on this truck a year, as it is only used for towing my boat when I go fishing, and when I go somewhere dressed up nice like church or something.........altho all the nice creature comforts on it (Laramie trim & loaded) are making it harder to not drive everyday.

I have 2 cherokees I use for daily driving and hunting duties. DD'ing the Laramie would kill it, as my commute to work is less than 5 miles round trip. Not a big fan of short stop & go driving trips for longevity.
I'm the same way. On my old jeep: 9 years, 31,400 miles. Had my new RAM for 4 months: 720 miles.
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I'm the same way. On my old jeep: 9 years, 31,400 miles. Had my new RAM for 4 months: 720 miles.

The ony reason my truck has more than about 50 miles on it right now, is I use it mainly for towing, so I need to get the 500 miles on it before I can go fishing.

I am at 420 right now, and the ONLY reason is I went out driving after work several days for a few hrs JUST to get the break in done.



BTW, in my previous post you quoted, I had the 08 chevy for 29 months, not 20.
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The markup where you guys are going sounds ridiculous! I need to have my oil changed next week. I'll post the invoice copy. It's our company's servicing location so I do get a 25% discount, but still mine is only $38.xx including tax.
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I just bought a new 2012 Ram and didn't get four free oil changes. Is that somewhere in writing or mentioned on a official Dodge site? I sure like to get them if I am entitled to.
It was a Dodge promotion, I bought all three at different dealers and one was out of state (GA), all three a couple weeks after I bought it I got the Chrysler service contract in the mail with the four oil changes.

I bought the pickup in January, Jeep in March and the Challenger in April and all three I received the Chrysler service contract. It may have been a regional thing or only a certain time period.
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That's what the 5.7L require .... ???
My 2010 Ram takes 5W/20W which is a blend, my 6.1L requires 0W/40W synthetic. (Mobil One)

I know my dealer charges less for 5/20 than they do for Mobil One, either way it is still cheaper than having to replace an engine. In my case I don't put many miles on my vehicles any more so they get their oil changed once a year, which is about 2-3.5K miles each yearly.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:32 AM
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My 2010 Ram takes 5W/20W which is a blend, my 6.1L requires 0W/40W synthetic. (Mobil One)

I know my dealer charges less for 5/20 than they do for Mobil One, either way it is still cheaper than having to replace an engine. In my case I don't put many miles on my vehicles any more so they get their oil changed once a year, which is about 2-3.5K miles each yearly.
This brings up another criminally insane question about oil changes. Once a year oil changes are outside the change schedule when it says "whichever comes first"
Copied from my Owners Manual.

• The oil change indicator message will not monitor the time since the last oil change. Change your vehicle’s oil if it has been six months since your last oil change, even if the oil change indicator message is NOT illuminated.
• Change your engine oil more often if you drive your vehicle off-road for an extended period of time.
• Under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 8,000 miles (13 000 km) or six months, which- ever comes first.

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Wow, I've had mine a year in November and have 4500 on it.
I wish. I am fighting custody battles with my ex so I make trips to PA from upstate NY once or twice a month. Now I am getting ready to move to Ft. Bragg, NC which will throw another 800 miles on it. I will be pulling a 20'x8' enclosed car trailer with everything I own it on that trip as well. Kind of wish I still had my diesel for that trip but the Hemi handles it. Just not going to get great gas mileage doing it.
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This brings up another criminally insane question about oil changes. Once a year oil changes are outside the change schedule when it says "whichever comes first"
Copied from my Owners Manual.

• The oil change indicator message will not monitor the time since the last oil change. Change your vehicle’s oil if it has been six months since your last oil change, even if the oil change indicator message is NOT illuminated.
• Change your engine oil more often if you drive your vehicle off-road for an extended period of time.
• Under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 8,000 miles (13 000 km) or six months, which- ever comes first.
The reality is they have written a "one size fits all" manual. But if you want to have fun, even better is the question....

If 6 months time is really as important as 8k miles, then why not put in the 2 lines of computer code to store the time/date stamp of the oil change? I mean.. you have to reset the computer when you change it so it knows the time/date. Thats one of the most common most basic structures of programming. Yet they program complex equations to monitor time/load/miles and 10 other variables to come up with a milage alert.

If you changed the oil fresh, and you have it sitting not running...lets say for sale.. do you need to change the oil after 6 months.

Just havin fun.
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The reality is they have written a "one size fits all" manual. But if you want to have fun, even better is the question....

If 6 months time is really as important as 8k miles, then why not put in the 2 lines of computer code to store the time/date stamp of the oil change? I mean.. you have to reset the computer when you change it so it knows the time/date. Thats one of the most common most basic structures of programming. Yet they program complex equations to monitor time/load/miles and 10 other variables to come up with a milage alert.

If you changed the oil fresh, and you have it sitting not running...lets say for sale.. do you need to change the oil after 6 months.

Just havin fun.
Excellent point on the time/date stamp. I was thinking more on the lines of giving the dealer an easy out on warranty issues with the time frame presented in the manual. I know the manual is not the end all but it does help them when it comes to court room antics with customers.
On my last truck I changed the oil once a year. Not sure what I'm going to do with this new one.
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My 2010 Ram takes 5W/20W which is a blend, my 6.1L requires 0W/40W synthetic. (Mobil One)

I know my dealer charges less for 5/20 than they do for Mobil One, either way it is still cheaper than having to replace an engine. In my case I don't put many miles on my vehicles any more so they get their oil changed once a year, which is about 2-3.5K miles each yearly.
I'm assuming you're speaking of a synthetic/conventional blend, correct?

Please don't waste your money on synthetically blended oil. It's not only an oxymoron but it's a joke. They are notorious for a common automotive term called "gel forming." Google it or ask a reputable mechanic.

Either stick to conventional [petroleum based] or run a "true" synthetic [which actually is, regardless of what people tell you, also patroleum based with more uniform molecules]. With synthetic motor oil now readily available, and really not that much more than your conventional, it defies the principles of logic why anyone would not switched to, and run, synthetic.

Hope this helped

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