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2012 CT200h 1st Oil Change 10K

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by , 02-21-2012 at 05:14 PM (2568 Views)
I just changed the oil and filter in my CT at 5454 miles, even though Lexus recomends this not be done untill the 10K mark. After seeing the oil and filter, the oil probably could've gone futher but the filter is tiny and the quality of the stock toyota filter is highly suspect. Now I will add that I probably qualify as needing stepped up service requirements due to my use of the car but this applies to many of us regardless.

The service requirements are meant for light use not the kind of heavy traffic, stop and go or extended highway driving that many of us do.

The 5K "light service" as lexus calls it, is just that. No oil change. They rotate the tires but only front to rear, they don't swap sides at all. Long list of minor checks. The first oil change isn't scheduled till 10K. Too long IMHO.

I'm happy to describe in detail the process of doing an "at home" oil change if people are interested, let me know.

Also whether you change the oil/filter yourself or you have someone else does it, make sure to use top quality replacements. I highly recommend the following: Oil filter-AMSOIL Ea15K01/AMSOIL or my preferred oil, RED LINE 0/W20. You'll need 5qts, 4.5 is the actual change amount. If you do take the oil and filter to a dealer etc for this work, request the empty containers back as proof it was actually used. Some will keep it for themselves and give you the cheap stuff.

These products are expensive but they will last and give your vehicle the best protection availible.

I'm getting about 49MPG overall so far, just wondering how others are doing MPG wise.

Thanks
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  1. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxhookah66's Avatar
    Lexus of USA recommends first oil change @ 5K and 10K thereafter. CT200H's power plant is a Tianjin (Chinese) made engine family designation 2ZR-FXE, displacing 1.8L, it is a Atkison variant, dohc 16 valve 4 cylinder normally aspirated with fuel injection. Use of synthetic oil is mandatory, a good oil brand is Mobil 1, if you are really anal, use Mobil 1 0W40 with the DIN LL04 designation - this is the stringent standard Deutsches Institut für Normung for long life oils used in BMW/MB/Porsche. Both Mobil 1's can be found at discount prices at your local Walmart. I would stick with Toyota OEM oil filters due to awful experience related to blow by pressure issues I had with aftermarket filters. The 2ZR-FXE is a proven durable engine that does not require any other care. I would religiously change my engine oil initially @ 5K and 10K thereafter due to extremely high sulfur content of the American gasoline. A 10K engine oil for a super efficient engine such as 2ZR-FXE is not too long. The common misconception is that once the oil get brown black then you got to change it. This is the thinking of yesterday. The engineers have designed the 2ZR-HXE for long oil service, provided you use the correct designated oil. Since 2010, BMW eliminated oil dipstick, so that you cannot see how black the oil gets, instead it is monitored electronically with sensors.
    Updated 07-12-2012 at 11:19 PM by xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxhookah66
  2. Johnnyk's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by hookah66
    Lexus of USA recommends first oil change @ 5K and 10K thereafter. CT200H's power plant is a Tianjin (Chinese) made engine family designation 2ZR-FXE, displacing 1.8L, it is a Atkison variant, dohc 16 valve 4 cylinder normally aspirated with fuel injection. Use of synthetic oil is mandatory, a good oil brand is Mobil 1, if you are really anal, use Mobil 1 0W40 with the DIN LL04 designation - this is the stringent standard Deutsches Institut für Normung for long life oils used in BMW/MB/Porsche. Both Mobil 1's can be found at discount prices at your local Walmart. I would stick with Toyota OEM oil filters due to awful experience related to blow by pressure issues I had with aftermarket filters. The 2ZR-FXE is a proven durable engine that does not require any other care. I would religiously change my engine oil initially @ 5K and 10K thereafter due to extremely high sulfur content of the American gasoline. A 10K engine oil for a super efficient engine such as 2ZR-FXE is not too long. The common misconception is that once the oil get brown black then you got to change it. This is the thinking of yesterday. The engineers have designed the 2ZR-HXE for long oil service, provided you use the correct designated oil. Since 2010, BMW eliminated oil dipstick, so that you cannot see how black the oil gets, instead it is monitored electronically with sensors.

    I would take issue with your comment that Lexus USA recommends an oil change at 5K. My manual and dealership both tell me otherwise, hense my post about that specific issue. RedLine and AMSOIL are both excellent companies w excellent products (race car proven, thats where they both started) that I've used in all my vehicles for over 15 yrs without any problems. The AMSOIL filter I recommended has rubber gaskets and steel caps on both ends of the filter to prevent blow by, NO such gaskets or steel caps exist on the stock toyota filter. I would suggest you check them out, I'll bet you'll agree w me that they are of superior quality. The toyota filter is basically just paper, thats it. I couldnt believe how cheap it was when I first saw it, I was shocked.