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Oil change interval on Alttima

On our Altima 3.5, which is a 2005, we have always stuck to 5 000 mile oil change intervals....with no problem at all.

But most of the newer cars, with newer oils, change their oil at much greater intervals....like maybe 10 000 miles. We looked at a new 2012 Altima, and they are now talking a shorter interval....like 3500 miles. I believe this is ridiculous with today's technology.

Interested in hearing what you are doing, and also what you are hearing about the new 2012 Altima.
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they might be using synthetic oil right from the getgo. I personally still do oil changes at about 3500 miles with conventional oil because I like to keep my oil clean. With synthetic oils, you're basically driving around with dirty oil. From this forum and other forums, I have yet to see any other benefits other than a longer life span of the enginne such as maybe much better fuel economy with synthetic oil. Other than longer change intervals, I don't see any real benefit to switching to synthetic.

I'm sure other altima owners will disagree, but I see no real benefit to synthetic oil



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Hey Altima owners,

Maybe I have answered my own question. I found a manual online for a 2010 Altima, and it lists two plans for service. One is for every 3500 miles, and the other is for every 7500 miles. Basically it is for mostly city driving (3500), or mostly highway driving (7500). I qualify for almost all highway miles.

In answer to GameGuru.....no synthetic involved in my stats. We also drive a 2008 Honda Fit.....just regular Honda oil.....we change every 7500 miles, but many Fit drivers change every 10 000 miles.

Since I do not do much city driving...based on the info above from Nissan....I think I might stretch my oil changes to 7500 miles.... I never like dealerships anyway...and this 2005 Altima has been a great car for us right from the start.
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Buy the book = 3,750 (+/- depending on oil used, driving habits etc). I go with that as close to the interval as I can, but I'm on dino oil, bone stock, etc.)


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Don't know about the 4th gen Altimas but on the 3rd gens the factory oil filters are puny. It's no wonder they recommend such short oil change intervals. I'm sure they will clog up much sooner than if you use an aftermarket filter.

The thing is, here where I live in Canada, the dealership charges $12 for a factory filter but instead I go buy a top of the line Fram Extended Guard Synthetic filter on sale for $10 and it's at least 1/3 taller. So in the end you get better filtering, better flow, longer change intervals and better internal parts (i.e. Silicone anti-drainback valve). Something you guys may want to consider.


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they might be using synthetic oil right from the getgo. I personally still do oil changes at about 3500 miles with conventional oil because I like to keep my oil clean. With synthetic oils, you're basically driving around with dirty oil. From this forum and other forums, I have yet to see any other benefits other than a longer life span of the enginne such as maybe much better fuel economy with synthetic oil. Other than longer change intervals, I don't see any real benefit to switching to synthetic.

I'm sure other altima owners will disagree, but I see no real benefit to synthetic oil
u just said the real benefit to switching to synthetic oil. the longer life span of the engine.i personally change my synthetic oil about every 3000 miles cuz thats how ive always done it with my other cars plus my altima has 120k miles on it so im tryna keep the enginein the best running condition.
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Synthetics also provide great oil flow in cold environments and heard the oil is easier on (fairy new) gaskets.

City driving is extremely hard on oil.
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^City/stop-go is hard on the motor period, not to mention mpg's.

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8000km (5000mi) intervals on Penz Plat synthetic. The oil still looks fairly new halfway through the interval, and since I add probably 1.5qts between changes....I'm satisfied.

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I run penzoil platinum for about 6k and then do a tire rotation and oil change. Still doesn't use any oil even at 6k intervals and 100k+ miles on my 2.5L.
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I use syn and still do it around 4k~ just because im ocd about car maintenance lol
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I drive 80% highway and I use conventional and change every 4k.


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Castrol GC 0w30 used since new and now at 88,200 miles. I use the longer Fram Toughguard filter. For the first 3 years I changed it every 3,000, but then started every 5,000 miles and no usage or leakage problems at all. If the weather stinks or I'm broke, I will let it go to 6,000 miles.

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Every 3000k w/ synthetic and Wix filter.

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