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8th & 9th Gen In the years from 2006 to 2011 Honda released it's 8th Generation Civic. Chassis codes: FD2, FA1, FG1, FG2, FA5, FK, FN


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Old 04-18-2011   #1 (permalink)
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140 miles a day commute

Hey guys, I just bought a 2011 Coupe a couple of weeks ago. I work in a different city from which I live so I commute about 140 miles each day (70 miles each way). My question is, I'm currently at 3000 miles. Should I go ahead and change my oil or should I wait until the 5000 mile complimentary first service? I keep hearing not to make the first oil change at 3000 miles so that the rings can be seated properly in the engine. Sorry if this has already been answered somewhere else.
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Re: 140 miles a day commute

I'd wait the 5 g's and move closer to where you work, even if your driving a Civic the price of gas is going through the roof.
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Re: 140 miles a day commute

True enough. We might be seeing $5 a gallon by Q1 of 2012
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Re: 140 miles a day commute

I would wait until 5k.

Using 5K intervals my OLM has always read 30%-40% remaining each time.

Make sure they give you a new oil filter also.
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Re: 140 miles a day commute

Now since I am doing such a long commute and am racking up miles fast on the Civic, would it be good idea to go with synthetic oil so I don't have to change my oil as often?
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Re: 140 miles a day commute

I was told by the dealer not to use synthetic oil....with no reason...your call, but I would investigate and make up your own mind.
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Re: 140 miles a day commute

Honda dealers don't recommend synthetic oil, because it's not part of required maintenance on any Honda engine, in reality it's performance is significantly better than any dino oil and there is unlimited evidence to support that.

When dealers give advice like that, just use common sense and ignore them. Can you imagine saying yes to every service they recommend?
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Re: 140 miles a day commute

ISO 2001/QS900"something" sitckers at work full force - anything that is not in the manual does not exist and should not be done yeh, you can guess that i do work for a multi-national company...

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(PS - that avoid a lot of the idiots that think a duct tape is enough to hold a ball-joint, that is one advantage...)

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Re: 140 miles a day commute

you can use synthetic after 10k miles to be safe.
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