Re: 1st Oil Change
I am not an owner yet, but I'm doing extensive research, and hope to make the decision soon. I downloaded the Acada owner's manual recently, courtesy of this website. What a great find!
I noticed that there are basically no recommended oil change intervals for the vechicle. Instead, the computer and engine sensors determine when the oil has deteriorated enough, and tell you to change it. Pretty high tech, but I'm skeptical. What do others think of this system?
I've read articles recently quoting GM as saying this is one of the many ways they are going "green" as a company. The theory is that lots of people change their oil premataturely, just to be safe. By having the engine tell you when to do it, they will conserve a huge amount of oil over the life of the fleet (think hundreds of thousands of vehicles and many years of service).
In order to achieve this, I assume that this will be new feature on many GMs for years to come.
Anyway, I've always been a conservative DIYer changing my own oil/filter religiously at 3000 mile intervals. I usually change at 1500 on a new car, then 3000, 6000, etc. I have a hard time convincing myself to lengthen this out to whatever the computer thinks. Seems like pretty cheap insurance to go with the "overkill", and keep on the 3K schedule.
I do use dino, and have never switched to synthetic. Too cheap, I guess. I've had Fords, GMs and Subarus with 150K+ miles, and no oil burning problems.
Love the forum.
Former owner (traded May 2012) of: 2007 Red Jewel SLT-2 AWD; HID; HUD; 18's; trailer package; 2nd row bench; titanium leather; roof rails and crossbars