Is there a disadvantage to changing the oil & filter early on a new vehicle? I'm about to take delivery of a Cooper D and I'm likely to keep it a long time. When I mentioned about an early oil change, the dealer said that they did not recommend it but could not say why.
It is my fourth Mini (Cooper, S, JCW) and I've had the oil and filter changed at about 1,000 miles on each before reverting to the normal service intervals. I'm still running my original (May 2004) Cooper at 239,400 miles and the engine still runs sweetly.
Mods: apologies if there is an existing thread; I couldn't find one.
As long as the oil change is done correctly there should be no problem doing it early.
My new countryman cooper d is getting an oil/filter change every 8000m miles, instead of the 16000 mile schedule service.
I have experience of the mini cooper s death rattle & im never going to let my cars go 16000 miles without an oil change again. The mini cooper s has only done 40000 miles & its had x2 timing belt/sprocket/tensioner & guide changes.
Absolutely no reason not to change oil/filter early for any technical or engineering reasons........oil service intervals have got longer simply because oils and engines have improved enough to allow manufacturers to extend service intervals as a selling point. If you wish to keep your car long beyond the manufacturers warranty period then early oil changes can only help you achieve longer engine life with minimal wear and tear.
As an example.....many early MINI's with the common Midland gearbox bearing failures would still be running today on their original boxes outside warranty, had an 'old fashioned' oil change been specified instead of the modern no maintenance required 'filled for life' policy of BMW and other manufacturers.......
Provided that the oil modify is done properly there should be no issue doing it beginning.
My new countryman cooper is getting an oil/ filter modify every 9000 kilometers, instead of the 16000 distance routine assistance. . . . .
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