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    1st oil change

    Curious in how many miles did you guys had your 1st oil change?
    Or planning to have it change.
    My dealer scheduled my first oil change at
    3000 miles, which is not the miles recommended in the manual.

    And also what type of oil? I heard Torco 100% synthetic SR-1 is great for
    Performance. What do you think?

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    I just hit 1k and thinking about doing the change. It maybe older thinking, but there are metal shavings from a new motor. Better to get them out sooner than later in my opinion.
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    What ever makes you feel good. Me, I did moderate driving loads on the car (I say car as opposed to engine because there are more things than just the engine that needs breaking-in) and changed the engine oil at 3000 miles. Nothing or noboby will ever see the difference. In other words, if you log even 150,000 miles on the car without any wear problems, who in the f--- cares.

    edit: In other words, it is the break-in procedure that is important and not so much as when the first oil change occurs.
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    There was a guy in FT86club who changed oil when he hit 500 miles and showed pictures with a lot of metal shavings that came out of the drain. I got mines done at 2700 miles, couldve but shouldve done it sooner, dont wait go get it done and have peace in mind.

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    Those shavings are part of the break in. Believe it or not. It seems counterintuitive but in order to "lap" in the engine parts in the metal particles help out (like a face wash with pumice leaves you nice and smooth) . So while it is true you eventually want to flush these particles out in the meanwhile they serve a pupose. Do you think that after spending millions of dollars designing and testing a motor the Subaru engineers would steer you wrong telling you to drive easy for the first 1000 miles and do the first change at 3000 to 4000 miles? Some enthusiast with an FRS changing his oil at 500 is missing the point of the process. How many million did be invest in order to override Subaru's recommendations?
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    You may want to trust your dealer on what oil to use. Confirm what oil THEY used (since you are concerned) and do not necessarily rely upon some post from a person who you do not know. Nothing wrong with asking but everyone has different driving habits (racing vs normal driving) and different cost objectives.
    For instance, I will not be driving my BRZ in the winter months (Michigan) and may have different oil change preferences.
    Quote Originally Posted by subayota89 View Post
    Curious in how many miles did you guys had your 1st oil change?
    Or planning to have it change.
    My dealer scheduled my first oil change at
    3000 miles, which is not the miles recommended in the manual.

    And also what type of oil? I heard Torco 100% synthetic SR-1 is great for
    Performance. What do you think?
    Last edited by BRZfan; 10-05-2012 at 01:32 PM.
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    Changed mine at 4000. Is everyone going with synthetic oil?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shortcamo02 View Post
    Changed mine at 4000. Is everyone going with synthetic oil?
    I believe 0w-20 oil only comes in Synthethic.

    On topic, I had my first oil changed at 3K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sportsguy83 View Post
    I believe 0w-20 oil only comes in Synthethic.
    You're right, I didn't realize that until afterwards. So after your first oil changes, how frequently are you going to do your next oil changes? My dealership told me every ~4k.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRZfan View Post
    You may want to trust your dealer on what oil to use. Confirm what oil THEY used (since you are concerned) and do not necessarily rely upon some post from a person who you do not know. Nothing wrong with asking but everyone has different driving habits (racing vs normal driving) and different cost objectives.
    For instance, I will not be driving my BRZ in the winter months (Michigan) and may have different oil change preferences.
    ... or you may not want to trust the dealer...not wishing to start an angst thread, but there are plenty of dealers who buy a single common viscosity oil by the 55 gallon drum and use it in every car they service. Oil change prices and competition are cut throat, and more than one dealer has been documented saving a few pennies with generic bulk oil. This is one case where the corny expression "Trust but verify" has a lot of value.

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