The maintenance guide says that the 2011 and 2012 4 cylinder Tacoma and 4Runner require an oil change every 5000 miles, whereas each other vehicle recommends oil change intervals of 10,000 miles.
Here's a link to the owner's toyota site. The information in the table on that page agrees with the maintenance manual.
So, my question is, what makes the 2TR-FE in the 4 cylinder tacoma so much different than every other toyota vehicle? Should I follow these guidelines or change it every 10k?
I wouldn't complain if my truck came with regular oil, but synthetic oil changes cost twice as much.
And to top it off, when I brought my truck in for a 5000 mile complimentary oil change, none in the service department--not even the manager-- believed that I needed a 5k oil change. They told me it would not be covered by toyota. Only once I showed them the maintenance guide that came with my truck, and the site above, did they concede and give me the synthetic oil change at 5k.