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I can’t imagine changing manufacturers oil out to go any other brand, I just do t worry about stuff like that. I change oil a bit before the on board computer suggests it and I have never had an engine problem, ok I had a 1981 Buick Riviera with a Diesel engine blow up, those engines sucked, so I don’t equate that to what oil I used.
 

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I can’t imagine changing manufacturers oil out to go any other brand, I just do t worry about stuff like that. I change oil a bit before the on board computer suggests it and I have never had an engine problem, ok I had a 1981 Buick Riviera with a Diesel engine blow up, those engines sucked, so I don’t equate that to what oil I used.
I'm a firm believer in the value of an early (500-1000miles) first oil and filter change. Gets any excessive manufacturing debris/break-in materials/assembly lube out of engine early. It used to be common place. And is still recommended on the Vette.
 

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Bought my 2014 2LT Cruze (with 6 speed mt) new. Since the first oil change I've used Mobil 1. I change it every 3500 miles or 6 months, which every comes first. I only drive approximately 7K a year. Oil life is usually between 40-50%. I also check often to see how the oil looks. Dirty oil is the enemy of all engines. I use the factory oil filter also. Switched from 5W30 to 0W30 two years ago. Have noticed better start up in the winter (northern Ohio) & slightly better MPG in the cold weather. At 38K I've had NO problems with the engine.
 

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I change it every 3500 miles or 6 months, which every comes first. I only drive approximately 7K a year.
Why?

Given you only drive 7k miles per year, you can easily just change your oil once a year and be good. Changing synthetic every 3500 miles is far beyond overkill. Even changing conventional at that interval is overkill.
 

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I change it every 3500 miles or 6 months, which every comes first. I only drive approximately 7K a year.
Why?

Given you only drive 7k miles per year, you can easily just change your oil once a year and be good. Changing synthetic every 3500 miles is far beyond overkill. Even changing conventional at that interval is overkill.
I agree for the most part, especially on a Gen1, but it's very easy to imagine a scenario where with that mileage I'd want to change my oil twice a year too...Especially with the cold involved.

7000 miles is less than 10 miles one way to work, 5 days a week, with same amount driving on the weekends. That's a while mess of short trips. I would be changing my oil too.
My LFX Impala triggers the DIC to change oil at about 4000miles with my wife driving. She uses remote start alot, and only works 9 miles away from home.
 

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The car dealers & quick lubes still recommend 3 to 4K. I keep my vehicles 10 or more years so I'm playing it safe.
Course they do, more money/business for them.

In reality, any cheap off-the-shelf synthetic oil can be used for 6000-7500 mi (or 1 year, whichever comes first) changes in a modern small turbo engine.

Both of my Cruzes do a whole ton of short <5 mile trips, and the oil analysis comes back fine.

Here's the Gen 1 running Pennzoil Platinum, $22 for 5 qts at Walmart. 7300 mi, 8 months on the change.

 

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Course they do, more money/business for them.

In reality, any cheap off-the-shelf synthetic oil can be used for 6000-7500 mi (or 1 year, whichever comes first) changes in a modern small turbo engine.

Both of my Cruzes do a whole ton of short <5 mile trips, and the oil analysis comes back fine.

Here's the Gen 1 running Pennzoil Platinum, $22 for 5 qts at Walmart. 7300 mi, 8 months on the change.

 
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