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2005 Toyota Corolla: When Should I Change the Oil?

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Q--My buddy's girlfriend and my girlfriend each bought a 2005 Toyota Corolla. When my girlfriend got the car the oil-change sticker on the windshield said 2500 miles until her next oil change. However, the service plan the F&I guy sold her said that the oil changes are 5000 and the maintenance guide says 5000. A different dealership said up to 1000 miles until her first oil change on her new car. My girlfriend and I are not certain at what interval I should change the oil. I decided to either do it a little bit past 3000 miles since we've put highway miles on the car. Which is the correct interval for the first oil change?


A--Follow the schedule published in the owners’ manuals and you won’t go wrong. Then again, you won’t go wrong if you change the oil more often and I prefer to change it a bit sooner the first time when the car is new. But you are going to mess up the easy-to-remember 5000 mileposts unless you change it again in 2000 miles. Five, ten, fifteen, and twenty are much easier to remember than seven, twelve, seventeen and so on. You’re both dating the same girl?


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