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Old 02-16-2004, 09:10 PM   #1
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Question First Oil Change?

We recently purchased a 04 WRX Sedan in December. I asked them when I should do the first oil change? The service guy said that the recommendation is at the 3k mark and told me the break-in period is 1k miles.

We have about almost 2k miles on it, we drove it below 3.5k RPM the first 1k.

However, I have been reading about changing oil at the first 1k marker. Is this neccessary? Will I be damaging the car if I have not?

I called the service again after reading posts on here about changing oil after the 1st 1k and he said that it is not neccessary, but I should check it. I did and it look fine.

Am I missing something?
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Old 02-16-2004, 10:08 PM   #2
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However, I have been reading about changing oil at the first 1k marker. Is this neccessary? Will I be damaging the car if I have not?
If going past 1,000 miles with the original oil would damage the car, the manufacturer wouldn't recommend 3,750 mile intervals. You'll be fine. Change it now if you like, or leave it in until the mileage specified in your owner's manual.

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Old 02-16-2004, 10:42 PM   #3
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More frequent oil changes=no harm
Less frequent oil changes=harm

Follow your owner's manual as it's your #1 source for information and it's advice is far better than what anyone else will tell you.
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Old 02-17-2004, 01:00 AM   #4
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Stick to the manual. Change it.
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Old 02-17-2004, 01:31 AM   #5
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The factory oil comes with some extra detergents and thats why the recomend you keep it at least the 3,000 miles to absorb all the leftover materials in the block.
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Old 02-17-2004, 10:15 AM   #6
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I've done a 1k change on both my WRX and my wife's Protege 5. The color of the oil on both was the worst looking oil I've ever taken out of either car. And yes, I was easy on the WRX for the first 1k.

If it looked clean at 1k, I might not have done it.
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Old 02-17-2004, 12:03 PM   #7
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I had the dealer do the first one at 3k miles just to "be safe" (from what, i have no idea really...) But since then i've done them all. Oh yeah, i had a $19.95 coupon for it too.
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Old 02-17-2004, 12:39 PM   #8
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The factory oil comes with some extra detergents and thats why the recomend you keep it at least the 3,000 miles to absorb all the leftover materials in the block.
Do you have a reference for that?
People have said that the first fill of oil is extremely light weight oil, or that it has extra detergents, but I have seen absolutely no evidence. My guess is that they use the cheapest 5-30 they can find and call it good.

My *opinion* is that it can't hurt to change your oil a little early, especially on the first fill as any metal that would wind up in the oil due to normal break-in would tax the filter above and beyond what an oil filter usually has to deal with. OTOH, I have got to believe any benefit (or harm) to changing your first fill of oil early is marginal at best. YMMV
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Old 02-17-2004, 02:55 PM   #9
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I was wondering the same thing... got 900mi on my '04 WRX.
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