Altima 2013 -- Owners manual (dated June 2012) Last page (10-6?)
RECOMMENDED NEW VEHICLE
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)
xxxxxFollow the recommended periodic maintenance
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
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
● 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.