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How long for an oil change?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Cvd2312, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. Jan 24, 2011 at 10:15 AM
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    Cvd2312

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    Hey guys, just bought my '97 Tacoma 3.4L a couple months ago, and just curious how often people with a similar truck are changing their oil? I don't have the manual so I don't know what the factory recommendations are, I keep hearing that 5k is kind of the new standard rather than 3k. The driving I do is pretty light, freeway/city mixed. Thanks for the advice!
     
  2. Jan 24, 2011 at 10:19 AM
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    turttletoy

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    i've always done 3k ever since i've been driving. i don't think i'll be changing that rule for myself anytime soon.
     
  3. Jan 24, 2011 at 10:20 AM
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    rab89

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    with synthetic guys will go 8k, but I do 4-5k with synthetic.

    I'll say it again, oil changes is cheap insurance!
     
  4. Jan 24, 2011 at 10:22 AM
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    davidpick

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    i use regular dino oil and come from the school of 3k. even with synthetic, i doubt i'd be able to go much more than 5k and still be sleeping at night! :)
     
  5. Jan 24, 2011 at 10:23 AM
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    CNEDEER

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    5k seems to be the general consensus regarding the newer engines that are out there. ToyotaCare (the 2 year/25k mile program toyota is offering on their new vehicles) allows for 2 years of free maintence regarding oil changes and tire rotation. The intervals are set at 5k for every oil change. Now keep in mind, the engines are a little more advance than say a 96. You could get away with changing it every 5k miles, but im a person that likes to do mine every 2500-3k miles. Being a 96k, id say stick with 3k. If your somewhat hard pressed for money, go with the 5k.
     
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