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The first oil change should be sooner than recommended IMO

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I performed my first DIY oil change on the CT at 6200 miles. It's 9 months old so not a lot of miles since I also drive another vehicle several times a week. I was really surprise at how dark the oil was compared to the new oil. The odor from the oil was a fairly strong burnt note as it was draining, I didn't even have to put my nose too close to the oil. I don't drive my car hard at all.

Knowing this, I wish I had changed it 4,000 miles especially being the first oil change after break in. I know they say that the new cars these days with synthetic should be able to go 10k in between oil changes but I think my next change will be at 5k and will go from there. I have a tendency to keep my cars for a very long time so this is cheap insurance.

I would suggest that those who take it in for the 5k free maintenance pay for an oil change or DIY.

BTW, was there suppose to be a gasket on the drain plug? It was fairly dark under there and didn't see one. Do I believe that they always change the filter housing gasket that comes with filter? I doubt that they bother with it, that's why I DIY.
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I can't see any mechanical problem if you change motor oil as regularly as you like. As for BMW, there was a big upset in Australia a few years ago. A batch of faulty oil was released from a refinery but all was well as long as it was changed at normal intervals. A number of BMW's, however, were caught out by their practice of extended service intervals. A rack of almost new BMW six and eight cylinder engines were sent back to the Fatherland for detailed inspection when the engines were totally ruined after the engine oil turned into sludge. Meanwhile, Lexus wasted no time in sending out a letter suggesting (gloating?) that their engineering recommendations for oil changes were a better idea.
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