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When I took my car in September for the first re-flash, I requested an oil change. It had been 3 months since I bought it and I was almost to 3000 miles. They changed my oil and put the sticker in my window and I noticed that they indicated a 5 mo/5000 mile as next service.

Any thoughts on this? I have heard that a car can go 5000 miles between services but I have also heard that new cars/engines should have their oil changed more frequently due to the breaking in process.
 

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I'm sure a lot of people will differ in opinions. I only change the oil when the oil life system indicates. Depending on your driving conditions, you may only need to change your oil once a year.

Engine Oil Life System

When to Change Engine Oil

Your vehicle has a computer system that lets you know when to change the engine oil and filter. This is based on engine revolutions and engine temperature, and not on mileage. Based on driving conditions, the mileage at which an oil change will be indicated can vary considerably. For the oil life system to work properly, you must reset the system every time the oil is changed. When the system has calculated that oil life has been diminished, it will indicate that an oil change is necessary. A CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message will come on. Change the oil as soon as possible within the next 600 miles (1 000 km). It is possible that, if you are driving under the best conditions, the oil life system might not indicate that an oil change is necessary for over a year. However, the engine oil and filter must be changed at least once a year and at this time the system must be reset. Your dealer/retailer has trained service people who will perform this work using genuine parts and reset the system. It is also important to check the oil regularly and keep it at the proper level. If the system is ever reset accidentally, you must change the oil at 3,000 miles (5 000 km) since your last oil change. Remember to reset the oil life system whenever the oil is changed.
 
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