12-09-2003, 12:59 PM
Hello. My local Scion dealer indicated the Scion (and most Toyotas) do NOT need oil changes but every 5-6000. Is this correct? I always have done every 4000 though the tags that Jiffey Lube, etc. put on are for every 3000 miles.
12-09-2003, 01:35 PM
The owners manual and maintenance book make for great bathroom reading material :) . As I recall, they say that scheduled oil change maintanence is every 5000 miles for heavy driving and 7000 for light driving. It explains the difference between the 2 also. Heavy includes hills, dirt roads, stop and go traffic...stuff like that.
And how the heck do you spell "maintenance" anyway? :P
12-09-2003, 05:53 PM
please don't let jiffy lube dictate how you should maintain your car vs what the factory tells you. 8)
12-09-2003, 06:33 PM
The factory recommends every 5000 miles or 4 months. Check the Scheduled Maint. Guide that came with your book, lots of good stuff in there.
12-10-2003, 12:36 AM
there was a magazine that did a study about oil changes also. you could realisticly go to about 6k, but the manual does say 5k.
12-10-2003, 05:55 AM
Was readin my new manual last night and it said 7500 miles for normal driving. If you use dirt roads, have a car-top carrier or drive short trips in freezing conditions, then 5000 miles.
It's so hard to adjust to that type of thinking. i am used to having all the belts, hoses, fluids, etc. checked every 3,000 to 4,000 miles when the oil change is done. If I only drive 10,000 miles per year, then is 7,500 miles often enough for keeping an eye out for other potential problems?
12-10-2003, 07:19 PM
i have the same thinking as you. although i have only been driving for 6 years i have help my dad maintain the family cars and it has always been checking everything 3k miles. the quality of everything seems to be better now. i think bmw's only need maintainence every 10k miles. i don't remember that exact number.
12-11-2003, 05:19 AM
Spoke to the service dept, today, and the guy was firm that they want to do the free oil changes every 5,000 miles. I like that better than 7,500 miles... can spot problems earlier.
12-11-2003, 09:31 PM
I will always change oil at 3000 to 4000 miles....unless I am running synthetic then I run to 5000 miles
ive changed the oil twice and im at 7k with zero dealship comment on frequency.