2012 CT200h 1st Oil Change 10K
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.