The other day, I wrote "get oil change" on my white board (aka my on-going list). My husband saw the note to myself and said he'd just read an article saying that the "3000 mile rule" (which I've really tried to adhere to) no longer applies. I was glad to read the facts in that article and learn that "it’s been a misconception for years that engine oil should be changed every 3,000 miles, even though most auto manufacturers now recommend oil changes at 5,000, 7,000, or even 10,000 mile intervals under normal driving conditions. Greatly improved oils, including synthetic oils, coupled with better engines mean longer spans between oil changes without harming an engine."
I was more convinced to postpone an oil change when I read that "Used motor oil poses the greatest environmental risk of all automotive fluids because it is insoluble, persistent, and contains heavy metal and toxic chemicals. One gallon of used oil can foul the taste of one million gallons of water." Yikes!
I want to take good care of my car, but I also want to save money, time, and environmental impact. Therefore, I'm crossing that item off my list for a few more months.
Note: I wanted to confirm this by checking the site of my car manufacturer (Shout out for Saturns! Any other Saturn owners out there?) but was unable to find anything there. Can anyone confirm/deny this new research and recommendation?