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I changed the oil last year as soon as I borough the car home in Feb. I have driven approx 300 total miles after the oil change in 2012. Would you change the oil for 2013 with only 300 miles on it? Obviously it looks new in the dip stick.

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Adverse chemical reactions occur in oil even if you rarely use the car. In addition, moisture contamination from condensation is an issue with engines that are not run frequently. There is NO question you change the oil under these circumstances. Balance the cost of an oil and filter change against what you paid for the car.

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I don't put many miles on my car each year and I change my oil every 6 months. I look at it this way, oil is the life blood of your engine and in the grand scheme of things, it is a very small monetary investment to change your oil and filter every 6 months. IngotSilverSnake was on the money about what happens to oil after a period of time, especially if the car sits a lot. Look at it like insurance for your engine. Also, it is just another excuse to go out and do something with the car. LOL.

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I don't really know if I'm on board with the whole "change it once per year theory" or not. When I had my '11, I changed the oil at about 1,000 miles after 1 year.

To me it seemed like a complete waste of money because the oil looked brand new. I'm not an oil analyist so I don't know if it was contaminated with water or

whatever just by looking at it. What I would like to see is an oil analysis done on 1 year old oil with about 1,000 miles on it. Of course, by an independent firm.

Of course an oil company will tell you so you buy more oil.

 

My '12 is coming up on a year with about 875 miles on it. I'll probably be on the safe side and change it, but I'm sure I'll still think to myself that I'm throwing

$80 down the toilet after I see brand new clean oil being drained away.

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I don't really know if I'm on board with the whole "change it once per year theory" or not. When I had my '11, I changed the oil at about 1,000 miles after 1 year.

To me it seemed like a complete waste of money because the oil looked brand new. I'm not an oil analyist so I don't know if it was contaminated with water or

whatever just by looking at it. What I would like to see is an oil analysis done on 1 year old oil with about 1,000 miles on it. Of course, by an independent firm.

Of course an oil company will tell you so you buy more oil.

 

My '12 is coming up on a year with about 875 miles on it. I'll probably be on the safe side and change it, but I'm sure I'll still think to myself that I'm throwing

$80 down the toilet after I see brand new clean oil being drained away.

 

 

I know how you feel, the car is kept in a climate controlled garage. Condensation shouldn't be an issue and I could take the family out for pizza and have a few beers with the $80.00. At the same time its only $80 for a car I bought specifically to keep and pass on to my youngest when I pass on. I suppose being cheap and somewhat lazy are my biggest factors. The biggest reason I will most likely change the oil, I borough the car home late Feb of last year. The day after I drove it home I changed the oil at 540 miles and its not to much to ask to change the oil once a year.

 

I also would like to see something that shows what type of degradation happens after about 300 miles and sitting in a 55-60 garage for a few months.

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change it once a year--i mean you spend that much on a good meal--a 55K car deverves better--plus if you eer get seriuos engine issues youll need receipts that you did maintannce--and your oil light is telling you change the oil

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I know how you feel, the car is kept in a climate controlled garage. Condensation shouldn't be an issue and I could take the family out for pizza and have a few beers with the $80.00. At the same time its only $80 for a car I bought specifically to keep and pass on to my youngest when I pass on. I suppose being cheap and somewhat lazy are my biggest factors. The biggest reason I will most likely change the oil, I borough the car home late Feb of last year. The day after I drove it home I changed the oil at 540 miles and its not to much to ask to change the oil once a year.

 

I also would like to see something that shows what type of degradation happens after about 300 miles and sitting in a 55-60 garage for a few months.

 

Can't believe people try to find excuses not to change the oil on a high end car like the Shelby. I always change the oil in my car more frequently than required. It is the cheapest insurance for long engine life you will ever buy. Here is the article you requested: http://www.tsadvancedsynthetics.com/facts/Chemical_Reaction_occurs_in_Motor_Oil.htm
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Can't believe people try to find excuses not to change the oil on a high end car like the Shelby. I always change the oil in my car more frequently than required. It is the cheapest insurance for long engine life you will ever buy. Here is the article you requested: http://www.tsadvancedsynthetics.com/facts/Chemical_Reaction_occurs_in_Motor_Oil.htm

 

 

I'm pretty good at coming up with excuses.. :-) But its up on stands with the pain draining as we speak.

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