3k miles for a NA is too much IMO ( as in, too often ). On a turbo engine anywhere between 3-5k would be nice to change the oil, but it's engine dependant.
Financial aspect aside, is it possible to change oil too often??
Having been used to the old Vx straight 6's, the club recommended oil change is every 3k with a filter every 6k...
On a new acquisition where you can't guarantee the oil change regime, every 1k is recommended for the first 3k and then get on the every 3k trail.
I changed my V6 plugs whenever I had the inlet manifold off... or at least once a year.
Change the airfilter when it looks dirty...
I didn't select 3k, it was recommended by the straight 6 owners club.... it's a regime I've used ever since.
And when you said that every 3k was too much for n/a, you didn't sound like you were referring to money at all....
In any case, with a case of 4 (1 gallon) cans of Vx semi-synth at a tad over £20, plugs at £1-£2 each, air and oil filters for a coupla quid each..... why wouldn't you eh??
Makes me laff that people will gladly spend £00's if not £000's on their engines and then say that frequent oil changes are a waste of money
lmao common sense is sometimes not used, and that makes me laugh. Just changing things for the sake of it, without there being a problem, or even a potential problem.
If money was not a problem, I could recommend that you change every 1k miles. But common sense would suggest that this is too early to change the oil realistically.
I would say, spend your money on what you like, I'd rather spend it on the things I know I need rather than sticking to a regime that is put in place as a no-brainer, just so I don't have to actually check anything.
I'm not sure why you've latched onto the money aspect so hard. I don't think I've based what I'm saying on that at all, if that's how it's come across, then that's wrong. I wouldn't put money forward as a reason to work out when you need to change something.
Changing for the sake of changing is though a waste of money, you're 'why not' comments are what I mean, why not? Because perhaps it doesn't need doing?
Why would you do something that doesn't need doing? Perhaps you don't know when something needs changing, and so just do it as often as you can just to make sure.. at least then you don't have to think about it.
As for doing things when they need doing... the old 24V Senators and Carltons have been known to snap timing chains at as little as 38k, yet the TIS recommendation is much higher iirc.
People who buy cars with XE's have a tendency to change timing belts, tensioners and water pump whether they need them or not.
I do know when my oil needs changing.... it's whenever I feel like doing it (or rather, whenever Kirsty feels like doing it )... regardless, it's 3k or less.
I fail to see why frequent oil changes would hide problems which may arise with infrequent ones.... It's oil, it gets leaked/burnt/dirty/whatever, and it's pretty vital. I'd say keeping it in tip-top condition in your engine was fairly important.
0dders, I think you know me better than to suggest I would say you or Evil are being stupid by changing at 3k. If that's what I thought, that's what I would have said, I don't suggest things, I say things. People are getting too sensitive on this board! lmao Maybe I should use more beers in my posts before putting my opinion up
IMO <- look, I'm allowed an opinion. 3k is too often, regardless of what other people think, and clearly I think it is possible to change oil too often.