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young gun
07-21-2011, 11:56 PM
And how often do you drive your car?

07-22-2011, 06:47 AM
lately ive been going 5000. but im puttin 300 or 400 miles on it a week now with school. Almost 100% highway driving so im not worried about it. checked last week when i hit 3000 and its still cleanish. Barely even brown. Plus oils these days are much better so yea.

07-22-2011, 07:21 AM
I do it myself.....usually once in the spring when I put the insurance back on it, and then again before I store it in late fall. It's a lot if I put 5000 miles on it every year now.

07-22-2011, 09:03 AM
My car is a daily driver from March to October. I pay insurance every 6 months, so then October to March I drive my truck for them winter months. So far I've only changed it once or twice, but I do go a lot of places and do things when I have my weekends off work. I'm at 3500 right now but leaving for vacation and 6 hours there 6 hours back so I'm gonna change it when i get back.

07-22-2011, 11:33 AM
i change my own oil, i dont trust anyone else with my car. its my dd, and my oil gets changed every 4-5 months or 4-5 thousand miles with royal purple 10w30

07-22-2011, 12:42 PM
I do my own oil changes. My car is driven daily, everywhere, all season long. I average about 18,000 miles a year roughly. Car only sees Castrol Synthetic blend oil, 5W30, with the oversized filter: A/C Delco, Wix, Bosch, Mobil 1 or PureOne filters. Changed every 4,000 miles.

07-22-2011, 01:54 PM
I change my own oil, the grand am is a DD with so far since i bought it in October 2010, have put around 13,000 miles on it. It sees only Castrol Synthetic Blend, changed every 3500 miles.

07-22-2011, 02:56 PM
I go by the light, oversize filter. Mostly Mobil 5000. Always 5w30

07-22-2011, 07:52 PM
Daily Driver-all seasons-

Mobil synthetic 5w30, wix filters and I sin..

I follow the light lol

07-22-2011, 08:52 PM
Do my own...why not? It's not too bad once you have the tools to do it with. I used to always use Mobil 1 with a good filter (bosch, purolator, etc).

These days in the scoob I'm using purolator gold filters and Shell Rotella T 5w40 during spring/summer/fall and then a quality 5w30 during winter.

sugar ray
07-23-2011, 12:34 AM
Every 3500 miles like clock work!! I only use Castrol Syntec 5-30 and usually a fram filter. Car has never seen winter so it's only driven from April-October

07-23-2011, 12:03 PM

i've seen some awful bad things about FRAM filters. ^ this one collapsed. i've seen another one, new out of the box with the internals unfastened, no filtration at all, but i couldn't find that vid.

07-23-2011, 12:53 PM
Fram filters are a joke.

Nick M
07-23-2011, 03:06 PM
I have been bringing my car to a local garage every 3 - 4K miles for oil changes for many years. Yes, I can do it myself but find it much more convenient to bring it to the shop and have it done while I wait. It only costs a few dollars more to have it done by a tech. I've never had to bring a car back to a garage for a mistake made during an oil change but have brought my car back to places, including dealerships, to correct a mistake made during a more complicated repair.

07-23-2011, 03:12 PM
I also do my own oil changes. Some places are too over priced for just a oil change.

07-23-2011, 06:48 PM
;1161030']Fram filters are a joke.

Im with him^^. I've heard they have improved the filter quality but I still refuse to use their products. It's difficult to change that sort of product knowledge.

From what I've gathered over the years:
Bosch, Purolator Gold, Mobil 1, OEM and Wix are among the better brands to go with.

sugar ray
07-23-2011, 09:58 PM
Well call me LUCKY then!! Cause I have used Fram filters on many many vehicles for many many years never an issue!! I do not use it exclusively but it's what is usually on the shelf when Wally world has Syntec on sale. That video is retarded!! What if he had crushed the inner paper put it back in and started filming?? The oil also looked blacker then black, perhaps the oil hadn't been changed in a million miles??

is Fram the best?? probably not. is it the worst? probably not. I tend to avoid HOUSE brands that get them for bulk cheap prices.

Funny....every time there is a poll on what to use.....you can bet someone will chime in stating a certain product used is the anti-christ and never trust it. :angel

07-24-2011, 12:25 AM
^Except that its been well documented that Fram is the anti-christ. =p

Some house brands are actually manufactured by Champion labs... which make the purolator filters. I believe Micro guard is one of them but I could be wrong.


Also, for the poll. I've performed all but maybe two oil changes on any vehicle I've owned.

07-24-2011, 12:28 AM
Fram has cardboard ends. That enough for me.

07-24-2011, 10:02 AM
There used to be a site where a guy took apart like 10 different kinds of filters and explained how each looked and what the drawbacks were. Unfortunately the site I had for it isn't up anymore so who knows. Maybe its something to suggest to consumer reports :P

07-24-2011, 10:33 AM
Castrol syntec 5w-30 with a ac delco filter every 3500 miles...im about to actually change it here in a few minites lol

07-24-2011, 10:36 AM

Here's the site lone wolf mentioned.

sugar ray
07-24-2011, 09:47 PM

Here's the site lone wolf mentioned.

A great read none the less!! One can never be over educated when it comes to these "necessary evils" we call cars