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Old Jan 21st 2017, 3:36 am
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Default Re: So just how many miles do you do a year?

Originally Posted by tom169 View Post
Are Dodge's unreliable? I've been eyeing up a Charger.

Although, I'll definitely have to join the stereotypical American tradition of an oversized truck.
Notoriously so - there is a reason why their ads brag about their powertrain warranty! Even Mercedes realized that Chrysler Dodge was a money pit and walked away. A few years ago a friend of mine was told by a breakdown truck driver than 75% of his business was recovering Chrylser Dodge Jeep Ram vehicles.

If you want some American iron do yourself a favour and at least buy something that goes round corners. I am eyeing up a new Mustang - my 2002 handles fairly well even with its solid axle, but the new ones now have independent rear suspension.

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Old Jan 21st 2017, 3:59 am
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Default Re: So just how many miles do you do a year?

Originally Posted by Pulaski View Post
Who said they would? Many manufacturers allow 10k mile service intervals. But in practice oil in the engine has little or nothing to do with most warranty failures - it only impacts internal components of the engine, and I sincerely doubt whether even a miniscule percentage of warranty claims are for valve train, piston, or crank bearing failures.
I had a valve guide fail on a 4 year old Subaru , 54k. That was expensive.

Which cars are 10,000 miles. All the cars around here are 7,500 miles (12,000 km) or 6 months. Kia, Mazda, Ford, Subaru, Chrysler.

It looks like Fords use sensors these days, the old 2008 Mustangs were every 5k.

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Are Dodge's unreliable? I've been eyeing up a Charger.

Although, I'll definitely have to join the stereotypical American tradition of an oversized truck.
I've had mine almost 9 years without any trouble. I did get a Chrysler/Dodge lifetime warranty on mine. I've had to replace the battery, and just had to replace a rear bulb.
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Is it weather that has oil change intervals shorter in Canada vs US?

Example Mazda 3 2015

US interval is 7,500 miles/12,000km or every 6 months whichever occurs first.

Canada same car same year is 5,000 miles/8,000km or every 4 months whichever occurs first.

So a Mazda bought in Bellingham, WA can go 12,000km/6 months but the same car bought 45 mins north in Canada needs to be changed 4,000km sooner or 2 months sooner?

So I suppose it would be perfectly okay to use the US oil change interval and not hurt the engine? Car is out of warranty now, so no worries about that.

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Default Re: So just how many miles do you do a year?

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Is it weather that has oil change intervals shorter in Canada vs US?

Example Mazda 3 2015

US interval is 7,500 miles/12,000km or every 6 months whichever occurs first.

Canada same car same year is 5,000 miles/8,000km or every 4 months whichever occurs first.

So a Mazda bought in Bellingham, WA can go 12,000km/6 months but the same car bought 45 mins north in Canada needs to be changed 4,000km sooner or 2 months sooner?

So I suppose it would be perfectly okay to use the US oil change interval and not hurt the engine? Car is out of warranty now, so no worries about that.
Do cars sold in Canada require anti-smog pollution devices? Maybe I'm talking out of my back side but could it be that factor as the reason for the oil change interval differences ?
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Default Re: So just how many miles do you do a year?

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Do cars sold in Canada require anti-smog pollution devices? Maybe I'm talking out of my back side but could it be that factor as the reason for the oil change interval differences ?
Cars here generally meet US EPA standards for emissions.

Looking at the emissions sticker on our car it conforms to US EPA standards for emissions but doesn't appear to meet California emissions standards since next to California it says N/A.
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Originally Posted by mrken30 View Post
Just curious which manufacturer recommends 15k
BMW. But I never take them up on their word. Being on top of oil changes is probably the best preventative maintenance one can do; most engine problems arise from neglecting the oil, imo.
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Default Re: So just how many miles do you do a year?

Many auto shops here push customers to get an oil change every 3,000 miles. Obviously this is a money making racket. Stick to the manufacturers recommendations
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Default Re: So just how many miles do you do a year?

Originally Posted by dc koop View Post
Many auto shops here push customers to get an oil change every 3,000 miles. Obviously this is a money making racket. Stick to the manufacturers recommendations
Dämn, that's the second time this year that I have agreed with you, and it isn't yet the end of January!
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Default Re: So just how many miles do you do a year?

Originally Posted by dc koop View Post
Many auto shops here push customers to get an oil change every 3,000 miles. Obviously this is a money making racket. Stick to the manufacturers recommendations
Manufacturers do recommend 3000 for a lot of cars if they are driven in harsh conditions. Not many people drive in dusty climates and do a lot of stop start driving. However like most things in the US they aim at the lowest common denominator.

I have also heard, but not sure I believe it, that lower grade oil is used in the US compared to Europe.
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Default Re: So just how many miles do you do a year?

Originally Posted by mrken30 View Post
Manufacturers do recommend 3000 for a lot of cars if they are driven in harsh conditions. Not many people drive in dusty climates and do a lot of stop start driving. However like most things in the US they aim at the lowest common denominator.

I have also heard, but not sure I believe it, that lower grade oil is used in the US compared to Europe.
They same the about gasoline, likely to defend the 3 or 4 dollar higher price.
As far as oil changes go I aim for 6,000 to 8,000 miles. Most all of my driving is highway however.
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