Join Date: Oct 2012
2015 Sonata Sport 2.0T Limited.
Quartz White / Black/Orange Piping.
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I've never told anyone they had to maintain their vehicle in any other manner than what the manufacturer specs. When I was asked: "If it was your car, what would you do ?" I'd tell them just how I maintain my cars.
- Oil every 6 months or 5,000 miles - depending. With a turbo, I do it more often. Both my 83 Mercedes diesels had the same engine. I changed the oil every 4,000 miles with Rotella and those were 9 quart oil changes.
- Trans fluid - 3 years or 50,000 miles. I've never had a transmission failure.
- Brake fluid and Coolant - every 2 years regardless of mileage.
- Plugs - every 40K unless specified sooner.
- Air filter - as needed.
- Cabin filter - I replace ours twice a year more out of necessity.
Yeah I know modern oils and fluids are way better than in years past, but modern cars are also harder on them. They run hotter for emissions standards. The average engine hits 220+ degrees before the fans kick on. No I am not the average car owner. I've always maintained my cars my way and never took issue with cost or frequency. My best friend of 30 years used to bust my chops over how often I was working on my cars. in the first 20 years of our friendship while we were both in NJ, I had to rescue him broken down at least 7 times. And only one of those times was an actual "breakdown". The others were maintenance things that he let go. In the same time period with my 86 Jetta, he rescued me once - for a radiator that cracked at 195K while in a bank drive through.And he knows cars. So maybe my methods are overkill to others, that's ok with me. I'll just stay off the "How often should I" threads lol.
2015 Sonata Sport 2.0T Limited
Quartz White / Black - Orange
2016 Forte5 EX Premium/Tech
Snow White Pearl / Black-White
"71 in a 65?!?! Give me another shot Officer. I can do MUCH better than that !!"