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I use conventional oil, change between roughly 5-6,000 miles and last car put 168k miles on it. Did not burn a drop of oil. Have done the same for several vehicles prior, will do the same for this one. One thing, I do the first change at roughly 3k but 5-6k for all others.
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I agree MrMark. I'll do the 1st change at 3750 miles, then at 7500, and then every 7500 after that. This follows the "non-severe" maint schedule which should be fine when using synthetic. I'll use 0-20 because that's what Nissan recommends. I figure they know the most about the engine and the recommendation probably comes from engineering and not marketing!
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Did you all do you first oil chage at 3k miles? The manual has different options as when to do it depending on how much freeway driving you do in which i do. So should i wait till 7k to do my first oil change?
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oil should be changed every 3k or 3months whichever comes first especially the first oil because that is the break in oil


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will do! i just got to 3k and will make an appt before i hit 3750 miles.
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Oil/filter selection has a lot to do with service life. I did my first change at 3k to synthetic 0w20 and will then change it every 7500 with a good 0w20 synthetic and extended use filter.
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I got a Maintenance Alert on my dash last week to replace the Oil & Oil Filter. I didn't get this alert the first time I changed my oil around 3200 miles.

Is this my car telling me it needs it based on it "sensing" something wrong, or is it programmed alert based on the amount of time that's passed? It's been a little over 3 months since my first oil change (Nov 8). I'm currently at 7300 miles.

I also get free oil changes from my Dealer. But I'm a little nervous because there has to be a catch. Does anyone else have dealers that do this? If so, are the oil filters covered, or is that where they will make back their money?
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I got a Maintenance Alert on my dash last week to replace the Oil & Oil Filter. I didn't get this alert the first time I changed my oil around 3200 miles.

Is this my car telling me it needs it based on it "sensing" something wrong, or is it programmed alert based on the amount of time that's passed? It's been a little over 3 months since my first oil change (Nov 8). I'm currently at 7300 miles.

I also get free oil changes from my Dealer. But I'm a little nervous because there has to be a catch. Does anyone else have dealers that do this? If so, are the oil filters covered, or is that where they will make back their money?
most likely wat happened was during your first oil change, the dealer set your oil change intervals reminder that is on your dash. u can just go back into the menu and just reset or turn it off. the reason why u get 'free oil changes' is because u bought a maintenance package which u paid for on the day u bought the car and it covers your oil changes


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my dealer does the same thing, no cost. I think 'cause there a new dealer.
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oil should be changed every 3k or 3months whichever comes first especially the first oil because that is the break in oil


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Where does this information come from? The 2013 Nissan Altima Owner’s Manual, Technical and Consumer information 9-7, has this to say:

Your engine was filled with a high-quality engine oil when it was built. You do not have to change the oil before the first recommended change interval. Oil and filter change intervals depend upon how you use your vehicle.
Operation under the following conditions may require more frequent oil and filter changes:


● repeated short distance driving at cold outside temperatures
● driving in dusty conditions
● extensive idling
● towing a trailer
● stop and go commuting

No where does it mention ‘break in oil”.
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Where does this information come from? The 2013 Nissan Altima Owner’s Manual, Technical and Consumer information 9-7, has this to say:

Your engine was filled with a high-quality engine oil when it was built. You do not have to change the oil before the first recommended change interval. Oil and filter change intervals depend upon how you use your vehicle.
Operation under the following conditions may require more frequent oil and filter changes:


● repeated short distance driving at cold outside temperatures
● driving in dusty conditions
● extensive idling
● towing a trailer
● stop and go commuting

No where does it mention ‘break in oil”.

Very true, Nissan doesnt use "break in oil" in production vehicles anymore. I dont know of anyone that does.

Vehicle use and oil/filter selection dictate change interval

I did my first change at 3k miles (early) but only because my car was built three months before I bought it and had been idled and only on stop and go drives around the dealers lot.
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theres no conv 0-20. and i dont trust blend if there was ever one cuz ive never seen it. fully syn. 0-20 is the way to go man. keep up good oil car will run forever.
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Actual "Break in oil" No --

Altima 2013 -- Owners manual (dated June 2012) Last page (10-6?)

RECOMMENDED NEW VEHICLE
BREAK-IN PROCEDURE
During the first 1,200 mi (2,000 km) of vehicle
use, follow the recommendations outlined in the
“Break-in schedule” information found in the
“Starting and driving” section of this manual. Follow
these recommendations for the future reliability
and economy of your new vehicle. Failure
to follow these recommendations may result in
vehicle damage or shortened engine life.

STARTING AND DRIVING (Section 5)
5-20
xxxxxFollow the recommended periodic maintenance
schedulexxxxxx

5-29
Use the RECOMMENDED viscosity engine oil.
See “Capacities and recommended
fuel/lubricants” in the “Technical and consumer
information” section of this manual. (Section 9) (Especially 9-2)

Technical and Consumer Information Section 9
9-7
Your engine was filled with a high-quality engine
oil when it was built. You do not HAVE TO to change
the oil before the first recommended change
interval. Oil and filter change intervals depend
upon how you use your vehicle.
Operation under the following conditions may
require more frequent oil and filter changes:
● repeated short distance driving at cold outside
temperatures
● driving in dusty conditions
● extensive idling
● towing a trailer
● stop and go commuting
Refer to the “NISSAN Service and Maintenance
Guide” for the maintenance schedule (Separate Guide)

NOW -- Taking the above in account, actual "break in oil" is not mentioned -- but a BREAK-IN SCHEDULE/PERIOD is. It is also noted "You do not HAVE TO to change the oil before the first recommended change interval". However in my opinion a early first oil change is cheap insurance for engine protection. (Internal engine cleanliness reduces wear of course.) Use of synthetic oil and a good filter with "reasonable" time periods (not too far extended) between changes would be the prudent thing to do to extend the life of YOUR expensive piece of machinery. I will keep my car well over 100 K. Of course those who trade cars often may care less -- but the right thing to do is take as good care of your car as you would like your woman (or man) to take care of you.
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theres no conv 0-20. and i dont trust blend if there was ever one cuz ive never seen it. fully syn. 0-20 is the way to go man. keep up good oil car will run forever.
Please do not Google the words "Genuine Honda Parts 08798-9036 0W-20 Blended Synthetic Motor Oil"

You are correct, there is no conventional 0w-20 oil in North America, only full synthetic and a synthetic blend, sold and used by every Honda dealer in the USA.

Oh, by the way, you can trust the Honda syn blend.
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This statement is so wrong in so many ways. Complete fail!

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oil should be changed every 3k or 3months whichever comes first especially the first oil because that is the break in oil


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