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Old 06-28-2014, 07:20 AM
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How'd you get that deal?
It's something a lot of the dealers locally are offering as an incentive, heck the dealer I bought from even offers it on their used cars/trucks. I also get shuttle service to and from home or work if I leave the truck with them for the day. Locally one of the other dealers is now including tires for life on new purchases, alas it's not a Ram dealership.

The dealer I used was surprisingly good to work with, offered top dollar on my trade in, got as many incentives as possible for me and only pissed me off once . The free oil changes, inspections etc were just a nice bonus to a good experience, so now I let them deal with it.

I was happy enough that when we swap the wife's Caliber next summer, they will be our first stop for a new Dodge.
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Many years ago, the auto tech instructor said, in response to an oil-chage frequency question "if you can afford it , change it every day...not smart, but new is better than old". The point he was trying to make was, follow the manufacturers recommended maintenance interval and you will be on a path of good service, long life, and reduced costs.

NOW.....times and technology have changed. The oil life metric on the new Dodge is pretty accurate in determining about when you need to service the engine lube oil. Like voting for the hope and change candidate, if it makes you "feel better", using something in a pretty package before the maintenance minder tells you to do so, then go for it. Feeling good is awesome..... Other than that, the therapist will tell you you're wasting your dough.
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My dealer also offers free oil changes -- every 3000 miles. I did the first change at 4000, and they mentioned that they don't reset the service indicator until it indicates a change is needed. I'm about to take it in at just over 8000 miles (with the indicator showing something like 20% life remaining); If they don't reset it, can I do it myself? On my GM truck, it was a simple as turning the key to the on position and pressing the accelerator to the floor three times.
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I'm also thinking of asking them whether they'll upgrade to synthetic for a charge, and maybe doing once a year (about 7-8K miles for me). It appeals to me to contribute slightly less waste oil to the world, although since it gets recycled nowadays, maybe that's less of a concern.
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i was in at the dealers friday getting my recall done to the radio. i asked about the 10000 mile oil change and mentioned it made me uncomfortable and they said it made them feel a little uneasy as well. they said they still recommend every 5000 miles. that will work for me when i reach it. 10000 miles is just too far, i don't care what the computer or manual says.
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To keep warranty you can do them every 16000 Kms (10000miles) on conventional oil.

I did my first at 8500 Kms (5300miles), the oil light still hadn't come one but the oil life indicator was just under half at that point, I am going to continue doing them around the 8500 Km mark with conventional. No need to do them at 5000 Kms, that is just padding the oil companies pockets for no reason.
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On conventional oil I run up to 3,000 mile between oil changes and 5,000 on synthetics. Or every 6 months which ever comes first. I usually change every 6 months on my vehicle except my work car which I change at 5,000 mile about every 4 months. I have been getting my oil changed at the dealership for my truck as they keep offering 4 oil changes for $69. At $17.25 per oil change I can't buy 7 quarts of oil and a filter to do my own.
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No surprise the dealer would say 3000 mile interval, more revenue for them and less $ in your pocket. You say you change your own oil with Amsoil, but did not mention which flavor of Amsoil which will make a difference in oil change interval. I change mine with Amsoil Signature which comes with a 25K or 1 year interval, unless severe service, and then it is 15K or 6-months which is where I am at, since I tow once plus per month. As long as you document your oil changes with mileage and receipts, you should not have a problem with warranty and keep in mind Amsoil has it's own warranty which will cover you if you have an oil related failure.
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No surprise the dealer would say 3000 mile interval, more revenue for them and less $ in your pocket. You say you change your own oil with Amsoil, but did not mention which flavor of Amsoil which will make a difference in oil change interval. I change mine with Amsoil Signature which comes with a 25K or 1 year interval, unless severe service, and then it is 15K or 6-months which is where I am at, since I tow once plus per month. As long as you document your oil changes with mileage and receipts, you should not have a problem with warranty and keep in mind Amsoil has it's own warranty which will cover you if you have an oil related failure.
My dealer told me the same thing about doing oil changes myself, mark down when I did it and keep receipts. Although in sure if you have engine failure they probably will be going over your receipts with a fine tooth comb and taking twice as long to do anything compared to of the dealer had done it.
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My dealer told me the same thing about doing oil changes myself, mark down when I did it and keep receipts. Although in sure if you have engine failure they probably will be going over your receipts with a fine tooth comb and taking twice as long to do anything compared to of the dealer had done it.
I am sure it would be more straight forward when the dealer does it, but with solid documentation on the owners part, it should not be problematic. I keep a log of all my services that includes date, mileage & what was done and then have the supporting receipts to show what I purchased for the specific service. In reality unless the owner was negligent in changing the oil, used the wrong grade or improper filter an oil related engine failure is almost non-existant.
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