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I have a question? How often do you guys, and gals, change your engine oil and filter? I have a 2012 SV and I always change mine every 3K. That is what I have done regardless of the vehicle or type of oil I use. I know now things have changed with the improvements to oil,........ so I am wonder if I am wasting money and not getting enough out of what I already paid for? As a side note, I use 5w 30 full synthetic oil.
 

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On my '16 Versa I'm going against the grain of what Nissan says. Their recommendation is 5K miles. I do an oil blot test about every 1K miles and at 7500 miles last oil change my blot test read as "oil of a properly functioning ICE with short run period" using the information on this site. CONDITION-BASED LUBRICATING OIL CHANGE | Atomium Europe | ATOMIUM When I changed the oil it was a dark honey color and when I put some between my fingers to see how it felt there was no dirt or grit felt. Actually it felt as good as the new oil I was putting back in it, which I know isn't very scientific. I'm using Citgo Supergard 10w40 conventional that's been in my garage since the early-mid 00's. I've previously been doing 5K mile intervals for several years on my other cars and 2 of them have in access of 200K miles and use less than a quart between changes. On both cars they'll lower the oil by about 1/2 quart in 3K miles. I'll top the oil off when it gets down 1/2 quart and lots of times it was still nearly full at 5K when I did the oil change. I've never used synthetic but if I did I probably wouldn't hesitate to go 10K miles if the oil blot test looked as good as it does with the conventional I'm currently using and I know I wouldn't hesitate to go 7500 miles. When my dad bought a new Mercury in 1968 Ford recommended 6K mile OCI's when I bought a new Buick in 1977 GM recommended 7500 mile intervals. If oil would last 7500 miles in 1977 I don't see why with the improvements in engines, oils, and using fuel injection instead of carburetors it wouldn't last that long now. Most of my driving is pretty easy miles with the majority being between 40-55 mph and more than 95% of the time I drive long enough to get the oil up to full operating temperature so there would be no moisture problems. I just retired an '88 Ford Escort back about 2011 or 2012 that had 518K miles on it without the engine being rebuilt. It was using quite a bit of oil when I quit driving it but I was pouring oil back in it when it got low that I'd drained out of my better cars at oil change. I'd been doing this for 100-150K miles and it just kept on running. Back in the late 80's early 90's I had a Chrysler that leaked/burned a quart of oil about every 300-400 miles. I finally quit changing the oil in it and adding burnt oil when it got low. When I sold it it had been over 31K miles since it's last oil change.
 

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I have it every 3750, like the service manual says.

I have a 2012 HB
 

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Is 3750 the maximum recommended on the 2012 or is that severe service? I thought the earlier model Versa had a recommended OCI of 7500 miles.
yeah, that would be the schedule maintenance 1, more severe. But I read here in the forum, years ago, that this engine is very sensible to piston slapping and so on due to its configuration....so it was very recommended to follow the OCI at 3750 miles.
 

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yeah, that would be the schedule maintenance 1, more severe. But I read here in the forum, years ago, that this engine is very sensible to piston slapping and so on due to its configuration....so it was very recommended to follow the OCI at 3750 miles.
Who recommended it? Was it coming from the Association of Oil Manufacturers and Changers? How changing a still very good motor oil is correlated to preventing of piston slapping?
 

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Who recommended it? Was it coming from the Association of Oil Manufacturers and Changers? How changing a still very good motor oil is correlated to preventing of piston slapping?
Just here in the forum, one of the things to follow was to keep the engine in good shape with new oil and follow service 1.
Anyway in the service manual it says that scheduled service 2 is only recommended with highway driving only in temperate
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I stick with scheduled service 1 because I usually do short drives too and winter here is harsh.
That’s basically why I keep changing at 3750 miles :)
 

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Thank you for the explanation. You are still qualified for a gift-wrapped free pen from the Association of Oil Manufacturers and Changers :)
 

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My dad drilled into me to change the oil every 5,000 miles, so that's been my OCI on everything, even with full synthetic. For all the hundreds of thousands of miles I've driven in my lifetime, it's worked well enough for me to keep me from any oil-related engine issues, even with 3 vehicles that are highly susceptible to such problems. As with any kind of car-related question, your mileage may vary, so what works for me may not work for you. Ultimately, you are the one to decide if you're getting your money's worth from changing the oil every 3,000 miles with full synthetic. If you want some empirical data, you can always send in a used oil sample for analysis.
 

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Thank you everyone for your replies and input. I think I will start waiting until I reach 3750 with the full synthetic. That way I am getting more mileage out of the oil and doing what is recommended.
 

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Back in the day we were all told every 3000 miles. Now with synthetic I change every 5000 miles.
3,000 mile intervals is what I did from the time I got my first car in 1977 until around 2000 or so when I went to 5,000 mile intervals. I've just in recent months decided to try 6000-7500 on conventional 10w40 and see how it works out. There have been a handful of times in the past when I've done 7500-8000 mile intervals when I'd driven more than I realized. I remember back in the '60's when dad changed oil every 1,000 miles. I think that was using straight 20 or 30 weight non detergent oils.

@mthrasher16 it looks like you've got the record thus far at 20,000. On an old oil burner I had in the late 80's-early 90's I quit changing oil in it because it used/leaked so much. When I sold it to a friend that needed CHEAP transportation I'd been topping it off with oil I drained out of my better cars at oil change and it had been 31K since it's last oil change. The engine still sounded good with no knocking. My friend drove it probably at least 2 years after he bought it from me and only quit driving it because they passed emissions testing in that area and it wouldn't pass it because the catalytic converter had been removed years before. I know synthetics are supposed to hold up much better than conventional oil but, I just don't think I could convince myself 20,000 miles was safe, even if it is.
 

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@SlickVersa I top it when the new filter goes on. And I always use the Mobil 1 Extended Performance filter. I'm not sure if it's any better than a cheaper brand, but what I've always used without issue.
 
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