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Old 05-08-2008, 02:18 PM   #1
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Default What does the owner's manual say for distance between oil changes?

For a 2004 WRX - what does the owner's manual say for miles in between oil changes? I think it says 3000 - 7500 miles between oil changes if using synthetic? I am in a situation with my warranty company and I'm missing some receipts.
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Old 05-08-2008, 02:20 PM   #2
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I can tell you for sure it's not 75000 miles
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US 06 shop manual says 7500 miles.

I did read about a TSB that claims that any turbo needs 3500 mile, severe duty intervals. I've not read the TSB myself.

Synthetic or not doesn't matter. You need to change at no more than 7500 miles no matter what oil you use. If not, kiss your warranty goodbye.
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Your year is under the 7500 mile normal service interval period. As said by me before, take photos of your receipts with date and mileage written on them and burn the jpegs to a CD-R. Keep the CD-R and receipts in a $25.00 @ walmart sentry locking fire chest.
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or 4 months whichever is sooner


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Old 05-09-2008, 07:31 AM   #6
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Your year is under the 7500 mile normal service interval period. As said by me before, take photos of your receipts with date and mileage written on them and burn the jpegs to a CD-R. Keep the CD-R and receipts in a $25.00 @ walmart sentry locking fire chest.
That's good advice but it won't help much now as I am missing some receipts. Hopefully I can figure something out.
Lesson learned to keep all receipts in a safe place. I've never had a warranty on a car before and never even thought this would be an issue.
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Old 05-11-2008, 11:25 PM   #7
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What situation are you in? Are they saying you don't change it enough, or that the oil was low, causing a problem.

Technically, whether using synthetic or regular oil, you can, although not really advised anymore, go 7500 miles under normal driving conditions. BUT, you need to check the oil frequently, especially if using synthetic, because it is not uncommon to burn oil in a few thousand miles, up to a quart every 1000 miles is considered normal, although not common.

If you engine is sludged, you are not changing it enough. If your engine was low on oil, you are not checking it enough.

Receipts show proper maintenance in both instances, so depending on your situation, you will need to show that you have done the oil changes and check the oil on a regular basis.

Depending on whether you did the services yourself or at a shop, you can usually call the shop or dealership for copies. Depending on the state, they need to keep records for a few years.
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