Our SES has a little over 5,000 miles on it now, and I'm looking at right around 7500 miles for the first change/tire rotation. Every 10,000 miles for oil changes seems a bit dicey to me, but if the engineers who designed this car are comfortable with it then I guess I can be too. Eventually.
So far I went with the idea of getting the first one very early on (as the engine is just breaking in). I got the first at 900 miles and my second at 4200. I'll probably keep it in the 3000-5000 mile range for changes regularly. For some reason 10k just sounds a bit too long.
I did the first one at 1500 miles at the dealer, they just had to put another filter on and clean up the engine undersides about 2 weeks later. The other morning after coming in from a road trip I noticed a small pool of fresh clean oil and they said it had dropped down about a half a quart because the filter had loosened up. I probably should have just done that first one myself. Check your service contract/extended warranty, if you bought one. Mine says the oil and filter has to be changed every 6K miles to comply with the extended warranty. Oh well, no harm, no foul, just a spot on the parking spot, kinda like having a Harley...[cool]
DIY and keep mileage and parts records. I had heard if they try to dictate either brands or parts requirements or work to be done ONLY by authorized dealer, that they then are obligated under Magnunsen-Moss Act to provide a free maintenance plan.
Probably one like BMW/Mini, change the oil every 20K miles, whether it needs it or not[?|]
^^ True, but having worked in dealerships...The one thing I can tell you...They are picky about the filters if there is a warranty issue. So the first few changes, just use the factory filter...that way if there is an issue with the motor..They have nothing to say.