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This is good to know...I never knew that the actual monitoring was that detailed and accurate. All the same, I use synth but change every 6k miles because I don't trust the filter to last as long as the oil will. If I knew for sure that there was a filter that would maintain filtration without breaking down for 10-15k miles or more then I would consider that..
 

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great info, thanks for the link.
 

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NoobNox said:
This is good to know...I never knew that the actual monitoring was that detailed and accurate. All the same, I use synth but change every 6k miles because I don't trust the filter to last as long as the oil will. If I knew for sure that there was a filter that would maintain filtration without breaking down for 10-15k miles or more then I would consider that..
Why not just change the filter? It'll take ten minutes max with the 2.4.
 

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Why not just change the filter? It'll take ten minutes max with the 2.4.
I don't do my own changes, and the garage I take it to says they won't do just the filter for whatever reason. I may get a pan, find a place that will take used oil and start doing it myself since I hear it's pretty easy on the I4.
 

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Amsoil filters are guaranteed for 25K miles. Wix are also one of the best filters on the market.
Fromwhat i hear the I4 oil change is a snap. I wish all cars had the filter on top.
Just about any quick change shop will take used oil. So will most auto parts stores. Some charge you - stay away from them. Lots of places will take it free. Sometimes you local community will have a waste pick up every so often.
 

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I don't do my own changes, and the garage I take it to says they won't do just the filter for whatever reason. I may get a pan, find a place that will take used oil and start doing it myself since I hear it's pretty easy on the I4.
Seriously, once you do a change on the Ecotec, you will be really surprised how easy it is.

For the filter, its one special socket and a filter. If I need to do it fast, Im sure I can get it done in two minutes. It takes longer to pop the hood than to pull the filter. lol
 

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This is cool. I just traded my trusty 2002 Chevy Avalanche, a first year model, with 150k miles on it. I always went by the Oil Life monitor. I used only conventional oil. I bet I could have easily gotten another 150k out of that engine.

Good to find this board. I'll definitely stick to the Oil Life Monitor in my gently used 2010 Terrain (got it with 20k miles).
 

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Wow. I'm glad I read this thread. We had a 2005 Explorer that had an oil life monitor and I'm 99% sure it was just basically a counter that said your oil needed to be changed every 5,000 miles. You would reset it much like a trip odometer and 5,000 miles later you were "due" for an oil change. I foolishly dismissed the oil life monitor in our new Terrain as a similar device and was going to ignore it. I'm glad to have come across this thread to find out I was wrong and that it really is an useful feature on this vehicle.
 

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There are some premium filters that should go 10-15K. Fram Extended Guard, Mobil 1, and Pure One for three right off the top of my head.

The OLM works great, especially considering it's from GM. It's set for conventional oil on most GM vehicles up to current units.

With most I4 and V-6 engines now using DI, I hope they are set correctly for Dexos 1.
As I use full synthetic oil, I'm not to worried.
I think that GM is reprogramming some of the 3.6 V-6 OLMs for shorter change intervals.
Not sure that has to do with the DI though.
 
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