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Old 07-25-2008, 03:09 PM   #1
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Just wondering what the consensus was on the first oil change. According to our dealer, it only needs to be changed twice a year (depending on how much you drive I would assume). On our last OnStar report it said that the projected date for an oil change would be at 7,800 miles. Not sure how comfortable I am with this. Just wondering what others did. We use regular oil. On the L200 we used 10W 30 in summer 5W 30 in winter.
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After about 2500-3000 miles drain the factory oil and switch to a synthetic oil. Then drain the oil following the OLM indicator. Which varies depending on how you drive your Outlook.
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Old 07-25-2008, 03:22 PM   #3
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We were thinking about switching to synthetic. We don't know much about it though. I also found the other oil change post. Missed it the first time.
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im still pretty old school. i do mine at about 30 to 39 percent left. usually 7 to 8k miles
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I do the first oil change at 1,000 miles. That is something I have always done with new engines. This helps remove any residue or assembly lubes that might be in the filter or oil pan. I then follow the 3,000 mile rule until 10,000 miles when I switch to sythetic oil and longer change intervals.
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There is no mention of a special oil change interval in the 08 Manual....

Does anyone know if there is special oil in the car when it is shipped from the factory? ( I have heard rumors of other cars having special breakin oil with detergents and other additives? to help seat rings and remove gunk) (Honda Accord comes to mind)

I am also thinking since i will most likely only be changing the oil once or twice a year that i would switch to synthetic...after a few thousand miles.
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gm uses regular oil from the factory and no special first oil change is required according to gm
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