'11 Successful First Service and other thoughts
So to begin, I added about 3/4 qt of oil at 4500 miles which brought the oil level up to just below the top mark on the stick. At 6200 miles, it hadn't noticeably gone down any.
I turned 6k in May, and got to thinking that even though my oil life indicator still said 60%, I didn't want to go much longer. This past Saturday, with a lot of reluctance about letting someone else put their hands on my car, I took it in to Friendly Ford in Roselle, IL.
Overall, it was a good experience. The tech seemed to take his time checking everything out. Before I turned over the key, I was sure to remind them that the car needs more than 5qts of oil, and they knew exactly what I was talking about.
The best part is, no strange noises cropping up post-oil change. With some of the posts here about it, I was seriously concerned about how things were going to turn out.
So, with 6200 miles on my car, I can't say I've had any major issues, and only one minor (passenger door panel had a rattle... fixed and reported in another thread). MT82 is great, no shifting complaints, no suspension creaks, no weird engine noise, no other interior rattles, no loose pieces...
After washing it on Saturday, I noticed I have a small rock chip on the front lip of the hood, two small chips on the bottom of the driver side a-pillar, and a couple of rock dents on the wheels. Sucks, but I am regularly driving in heavy traffic at 55-75mph, and I don't think any of that is really avoidable.
All-in-all, still loving the car!
2011 Brembo GT Black/Brick 3.73
1995 Miata M