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  • texases 07/06/12 4:30 pm PST

    Follow EXACTLY what Honda recommends. The only criticism that might be made of the carmakers is that they let you go too LONG between changes, not that they are too frequent.

  • Stever@Edmunds 07/06/12 4:31 pm PST

    If you don't want to go by the oil change light, the Edmunds Car Maintenance Guide says to change the oil every 10,000 miles and the filter every 15,000 miles.

    The same info should be in your owner's manual and those intervals are less frequent than most other brands.

    Note that your dealer may have their own "schedule" of what needs to be done when. That's often a ploy to do unneeded service.

  • morin2 07/06/12 5:36 pm PST

    I don't see how it could possibly be a ploy by the manufacturer to make more money. If anything, the oil change indicator comes on after many more miles than most people change their oil. If you changed oil every 3000 miles, it would be far more costly, not to mention wasteful, than if you followed Honda's oil change indicator. I would follow the recommendation in your manual and use the specified oil. Once broken-in, I would switch to a high quality full synthetic oil of the correct spec.

    BTW, Honda does not own the dealership nor the service dept and gets nothing from dealer service.

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