Originally Posted by bicycle_wreck
You could get a UOA for it when you change it out. I don't think it will show anything catastrophic, and even if your wear metals are high, we wouldn't know if that is a trend with just one UOA. If it would make you feel better to see what your wear is, then go ahead and do it. If it is just going to give you nervous fits, then don't bother.
Moving forward, I would change your oil at half that interval with something like Pennzoil Ultra 5w-30 if you're going to stick with 5w-30. These oil threads always end up exactly the same, and we're straying from the original topic quite a bit.
Here's a thread with a pretty good range of discussion and a few UOA's: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=499177
Never in my life have I left such an egregious gap in my research on a topic, to say nothing its importance. The worst part? I was on this forum for MONTHS before even buying the car, yet somehow was still of the belief that 7,500 miles was the recommended interval for a freaking turbocharged car. I guess my first major “upgrade” will be a new engine when I hit 80,000 miles.
You’re right, I've derailed this thread enough. I’ll read on my own and post elsewhere on that topic, but I’ll report back here what the dealership finds next week when I take the car in for the misfire/evap codes.