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    Purchased in August 2007
    mileage - 5300
    Driving mostly to work and back, round trip -24 miles, back roads
    Okay, I know the CRV has a maintenance reminder system, but the oil % has been at 60% for what seems like forever. I know they say follow this, but I've been trained to change oil much sooner. Should I call and make an appointment or wait for the system to get to 0%?
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    Oh no, you sure you want to start this again, maintenance minder/oil change intervals are a sensitive matter around here!! Do a search on the topic and you'll have enough reading for the morning.
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    Read your owner's manual; it's very clear on not changing the oil until the first scheduled oil change, and that it will start reminding you to change it at 15%, not 0%.
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    I know I know, read the maintenance book, but I thought there had been discussions on the issue and wanted to find out here first. I will search, not sure how. Thxs!

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    Wait till 15%.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrenchingaround View Post
    Oh no, you sure you want to start this again, maintenance minder/oil change intervals are a sensitive matter around here!!
    Well said.

    My two cents - I'm a 3,000 to 4,000 mile man and I am against a computer telling me when to change my oil. I'm sure the system works well, but...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4hondaowner View Post
    Well said.

    My two cents - I'm a 3,000 to 4,000 mile man and I am against a computer telling me when to change my oil. I'm sure the system works well, but...

    You should have an oil analysis done after 4000 miles to see how your oil is doing, then you will be a believer....
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    this maintenance minder thing really is getting people worried, honda shoulda just stick to the old school way of maintenance - every 5000kms or every 8000kms.

    i changed my oil at 7100kms last weekend, that's around 4437 miles and it's at 30%. when i drained the oil, it was totally black/dirty. from now on, i've decided to change oil/filter at the usual 5000kms interval (3125 miles). oil/filter are cheap so i dont have a problem with it. yes there is a MMS on the crv. in case some of you dont know, you can actually check what is the upcoming service it needs on the MMS. so i will check the upcoming services and do them as per the MMS, but change oil at every 5000kms. instead of waiting for it to tell me. i estimate that if i wait for the MMS, i will be approximately around 9000 or 10,000kms before i reach 15% to 0%. that is far too long for me for an oil change.

    i think of this MMS thing as similar to a person taking a bath. you feel good taking a bath daily or often. if you take a bath once a month or once every 2 weeks, you gonna start scratching and itching. so i'm sure changing the oil at shorter intervals would keep the engine happier.

    one interesting note i should mention is that i got a letter from the dealer where i bought the car 2 weeks ago. letter was saying my crv is due for its first service A this week and to call them and make an appt. so that tells me the dealer is following the regular schedule of newer honda cars which is... 8000kms or 5 to 6 months. my sister's 04 accord is on this honda schedule of every 8000kms or 5 to 6 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeprox View Post
    this maintenance minder thing really is getting people worried, honda shoulda just stick to the old school way of maintenance - every 5000kms or every 8000kms.

    i changed my oil at 7100kms last weekend, that's around 4437 miles and it's at 30%. when i drained the oil, it was totally black/dirty. from now on, i've decided to change oil/filter at the usual 5000kms interval (3125 miles). oil/filter are cheap so i dont have a problem with it. yes there is a MMS on the crv. in case some of you dont know, you can actually check what is the upcoming service it needs on the MMS. so i will check the upcoming services and do them as per the MMS, but change oil at every 5000kms. instead of waiting for it to tell me. i estimate that if i wait for the MMS, i will be approximately around 9000 or 10,000kms before i reach 15% to 0%. that is far too long for me for an oil change.

    i think of this MMS thing as similar to a person taking a bath. you feel good taking a bath daily or often. if you take a bath once a month or once every 2 weeks, you gonna start scratching and itching. so i'm sure changing the oil at shorter intervals would keep the engine happier.

    one interesting note i should mention is that i got a letter from the dealer where i bought the car 2 weeks ago. letter was saying my crv is due for its first service A this week and to call them and make an appt. so that tells me the dealer is following the regular schedule of newer honda cars which is... 8000kms or 5 to 6 months. my sister's 04 accord is on this honda schedule of every 8000kms or 5 to 6 months.
    Of course the oil is going to be dirty, have an analysis done and don't let the appearance of the oil be your determining factor.... That makes absolutely no sense, you can not determine how your oil is performing by looking at it. There was another member on here who had an analysis done at 15% and it said the oil was still fine to use.

    Don't go by what the dealership recommends to you, go by what your manual says. The dealer is trying to get more money from you and it has been discussed at great lengths here already.
    Mitch
    2003 CR-V EX 4A | Chianti Red - K&N Typhoon SRI - Alpine/Orion 10" Sub and Amp - Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S 215/70-15 - Garmin Nuvi Navigation - Osram SilverStar
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    Quote Originally Posted by sleeksilver View Post
    You should have an oil analysis done after 4000 miles to see how your oil is doing, then you will be a believer....
    Maybe a brain analysis also.

    Got into a spirited discussion last night with one of my bowling teammates. He has a BMW and changes the oil every 15,000 miles for $90 at the dealership. Seems they have to reset something on the dash also.

    Never had an oil analysis done before. My brain says when it comes out black, it is dirty.

    Kevin
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