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So I've heard that the first oil change is a very important one, could determine the strength of the engine. Is this true? And when is the best millage to do so, I'm currently at 2400 miles.

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I would go ahead and change it out. That's just me though...


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We've debated this subject a couple of times here on AFM. Dealers say do it at 3000 miles, some say wait 5000 miles, some say wait till the Oil Life Monitor tells you to do so. Car guys say change it out at 1000 miles, and some even say to change it out sooner than that because of the metal in the engine and because if you bought it off the lot, you don't really have an idea of just how long its possibly been sitting there and how other people have test driven it. Its all personal preference in my opinion. I'll probably change mine at either 1000 miles or 3000 depending on how I feel. I only drive close to 7k miles per year so every 6 months is when I'll do oil changes and the first one is free for me.

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We've debated this subject a couple of times here on AFM. Dealers say do it at 3000 miles, some say wait 5000 miles, some say wait till the Oil Life Monitor tells you to do so. Car guys say change it out at 1000 miles, and some even say to change it out sooner than that because of the metal in the engine and because if you bought it off the lot, you don't really have an idea of just how long its possibly been sitting there and how other people have test driven it. Its all personal preference in my opinion. I'll probably change mine at either 1000 miles or 3000 depending on how I feel. I only drive close to 7k miles per year so every 6 months is when I'll do oil changes and the first one is free for me.
7k lol... ill be lucky to be under 40k

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7k lol... ill be lucky to be under 40k
40k / year. damm dude. my work commute is only 25 miles round trip. and when I do go out, I normally stay in austin. Thats based on my 2003 that I had, I had it for 3 years and only put 15k miles on it lol.

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I drive around 40K/year also. Good reason to have another vehicle to put the miles on.
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So I've heard that the first oil change is a very important one, could determine the strength of the engine. Is this true? And when is the best millage to do so, I'm currently at 2400 miles.

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The Ford manual doesn't seem to say anything special about the first oil change. FWIW the Honda manual explicitly states that the engine contains "break in oil" from the factory and you should not change it early.

My inclination would be to just let the computer do its job, but I might rethink that if I get some track time on it.

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While the manual does not state it, I've been told to keep the original oil in for the term noted in the manual (normal use, not track use of course). The manual was printed long before any issues popped up (i.e. the 'hold').
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