How often do you change your oil?

Discussion in 'Maintenance' started by Nathan, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. Nathan

    Nathan Administrator Staff Member

    I'm constantly debating this in my head. I used to change my oil every 3,000 miles like clock work. But with newer vehicles they often don't suggest it until you go 5,000 and sometimes 7,000 miles.

    Lately I've been moving towards 5,000 miles. How often do you change your oil?
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  3. Bills03

    Bills03 Member

    I change mine every 3,000 miles like clock work. It's never failed me and I don't want to screw with what's working.
  4. Howlin

    Howlin Member

    The dealer is recommending 10,000 with Synthetic but there's no way I'm going to wait that long inbetween oil changes. I'll probably change my oil every 6,000 - 7,000 tops.
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  5. OP

    Nathan Administrator Staff Member

    Yea, it's hard to follow that recommended interval. Seems like way to long. I question the filters life too.
  6. TRD4x4

    TRD4x4 Active Member

    I go 7,000 between changes. That's with synthetic oil.
  7. OP

    Nathan Administrator Staff Member

    Seems like a nice interval for Synthetic
  8. tn2012tacom

    tn2012tacom New Member

    5,000. That's when my light comes on to change, and that's when I get it done. My reasoning is that if that's when Toyota recommends it, then that's when I should have it done, ya know? They made a truck that will outlast me so they probably know how to take care of it.
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  9. OP

    Nathan Administrator Staff Member

    Yea, it's when they recommend Synthetic only get changed every 10,000 miles that I start getting all worried that it's a conspiracy to make my vehicle die early so I'll have to buy a new one ;)
  10. whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Negative Nancy

    5000. 3000 is a waste even with dino oil.
  11. MGMTacoLover

    MGMTacoLover Well-Known Member

    I will do it 2 times a year
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  12. Manwithoutaplan

    Manwithoutaplan MOnty Lives on

    I change my oil every 5k almost exactly. I change it about 3 times a year.
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  13. Tacoma tx/pro

    Tacoma tx/pro New Member

    Dealer recommends every 5000 miles so that's what I go with.
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  14. Tacoma tx/pro

    Tacoma tx/pro New Member

    Just bought a 2012 tacoma tx/pro TRD 4 door. What a great truck !!
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  15. Jerez

    Jerez LED swap hombre

    Change mine every 5k so about every 2-3 months:..
  16. Shooting Bull

    Shooting Bull New Member

    I have a 2012 2.7L. In past vehicles, I use to change every 3000-4000 miles. With this vehicle using synthetic, I will go with 5000 mile mfr. recommendation, plus the're free with ToyotaCare for 3 years. FIY, the dealer tried to tell me at 5000 miles, they do not change the oil. I had to show him in the manual and get the Service Manager involved before they agreed Toyota recommends 5000 mile changes for the 2.7L.
  17. ae111black

    ae111black Moderator Moderator

    I do mine when the idiot light goes on. I run a napa gold filter and synthetic oil so 5-7k I'm good
  18. Ghost

    Ghost Well-Known Member

    :cool: 8000 miles, Mobil One full synthetic extended wear, and Toyota OEM oil filters
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  19. Ghost

    Ghost Well-Known Member

    All oil filters are inferior to OEM oil filters, check Chris's write up on TW. Toyota filters are also super cheap like $3something
  20. MonkeyProof

    MonkeyProof Power Top

    I use Motorcraft oil filters :blink:

    And I change my oil religiously every 5,ooo miles
  21. NJtacoma

    NJtacoma Rocking a Taco Since 2000

    I also do my oil at 5k.

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