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Hi All,

I recently bought (August 24) a 2011 Ram 1500 4.7L V8, and have just now ticked over 5000km (roughly 3100 miles) after 4.5 months. To be clear up front, I am a n00b - I do not have the skills (currently) to maintain my own vehicle. I do however, have mad computer skillz and have searched a lot for some help, but can't quite pin the info I'm looking for.

The dealership service centre (both of the ones in town actually - town is Victoria BC) are saying change oil now, and every 5000km thereafter. Given what I've read here, as well as the owner's manual, I believe this may be overkill.

The maintenance service schedule for the 2011s says it's required every 6 months or 12,000km or if the light's gone off - whichever comes first - therein lies my dilemma. I am so far away from 12,000km, and the oil light has not gone off, but am approaching the first mandatory service required to keep my warranty valid.

Both dealerships have said that the only thing that needs to be done is the oil change, and then I would be good until 10,000km and could worry about the rest then - they say it's okay to let the "other" things in the service schedule slide.

In doing this, by not sticking absolutely to what the warranty terms say, am I setting myself up to be burned? Ie, if I have an issue in 3/4/5 years time, can/will they tell me you missed your 6 month service requirements? Let's say I go to my regular mechanic for a few services in that time period too? My feeling is that I would in a sense become indebted to that dealership, in that they would look after me outside the terms of my warranty so long as I kept dealing with them. I am not super into dealing with the dealership repeatedly as my first few inquiries went nowhere. If not for the dealer other than where I purchased, I would still be trying to figure out if I can take it elsewhere I'm sure.

So, I ask of thee, masses, should I:
1- get the oil changed now @ 5000km by the dealer and then wait until 10000 (prob in about 1 year) for the second to do the required "6 month/10000km service" but be indebted to the dealership?
2- wait another month and have the "complete" 6 month service done by my usual mechanic? It would be at about 6000km?
3- both? have the oil changed now by the dealership (first one's free) and then go to my mechanic at the required interval and then continue on with the manufacturer 6 month intervals. I don't mind "wasting" an early service and having it done again in 6 weeks as I am loathe to miss the required 6 month services to save $50.

Does this even make sense? Basically I drive ~1000km a month and want to keep my car running within the terms of my warranty as cost-effectively as I can.

Thanks!
 

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Thanks all for the help; my concern is more the timeframes set out (every six months). As I will be well under the required mileage when the 6 months / year / 18 months are up, my concern is not overly servicing it.

ie. if I do the first oil change now at 5000km, it's only 6 weeks until the "6 month" service. Given that the first oil change now is free, I will do that now, and then go by the book from that point forward.

Thanks again!
 
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