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post #1 of 20 Old 01-14-2016, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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First oil change?

Hello gentlemen, I'm new to this whole forum gig, but I would like to discuss oil changes. Has anyone done their first oil change? If so what kind of oil/filter did you use and what millage interval was the vehicle at? I have just rolled over 3,000 miles on my iM and I feel that is time for its first oil change. Would appreciate your guy's input and thoughts. Thanks!
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Do your oil change & filter every 5k miles. Scion covers the first 5 oil changes at the dealer, unless you want to do it yourself. The OEM oil filters is best in my opinion. Here are the part numbers below.


0W-20 oil (5qts.)
04152-YZZA6 - oil filter element
90430-12031 - drain plug gasket
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Depends on how you drive but 5k is a safe bet.
From the manual for the 5k maintenence.

Additional Maintenance Items for
Special Operating Conditions


Driving on dirt roads or dusty roads:
Inspect ball joints and dust covers
Inspect drive shaft boots
Inspect engine air filter
Inspect steering linkage and boots
Replace engine oil and oil filter
Tighten nuts and bolts on chassis
and body

Driving while towing, using a car-top
carrier, or heavy vehicle loading4 :

Replace engine oil and oil filter
Tighten nuts and bolts on chassis
and body

Repeated trips of less than five miles in
temperatures below 32F / 0C:

Replace engine oil and oil filter 1

Extensive idling and/or low speed
driving for a long distance such as
police, taxi or door-to-door delivery
use:

Replace engine oil and oil filter
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^ that's a good guide to follow and in the past I have done the same thing, and with that I check the oil myself to see at what state its at. Sometimes changing it earlier.
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That thread has people stating to do an oil change around 1,000 miles more or less....do you agree with the points in that thread or should I wait until the 5,000 mile mark for its first oil change? I am iffy with the whole new engine and metal shavings and whatnot.
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First true changing of oil will take place at 10k per Toyota maintenance schedule. It is true that Toyota/Scion will take care of the first 5 visits, but those are maintenance events only - 5k (1st visit), 15k (3rd), 25k (5th) is rotate tires and check everything and 10k (2nd) and 20k (4th) is rotate, oil change and check everything.

As far as break in, I have yet to see where normal driving conditions makes it necessary to change oil that quickly. However, if you are planning on tracking or autoxing then you could make a case for it.
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First oil change at 500 miles
Dirty and black
Replaced it with Vavoline Syn Power 0-20

Second oil change at 3,000 miles
Dirty and brown
Replaced it with Royal Purple 0-20

When I say dirty and black I am just going off of a visual inspection which really does not tell you much except for color.

Next oil change at 10,000 miles at the dealer.
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Which oil would you recommend sir? Did you notice any Difference with different brand oils as oppose to the oem factory?
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I honestly could not tell a difference between the two oils except price, and I think the regular oil from Toyota is just fine since it is a stock car.


Royal purple was around $60 with a K&N filter.


Vavoline was $35 with a STP filter from AutoZone special.
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