Join Date: May 2004
Location: Morganville, NJ
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Your car doesn't have a maintenance minder like the new cars. Yours, and my gen 7 are nothing more than lights hooked up to a mileage counter. I don't go by mine either. My car gets 2 changes per year, every 5k or so.
The new ones are oil life monitors that take into account, engine temp, inferred oil temp, avg speed, avg revs, peak revs, miles driven, and outside air temperature. The timer or clock is sped up or slowed down as needed per the algorithm in the PCM.
This only works when you use an oil that's exactly as Honda specifies. A better oil is not going to work with it.
GM is soon to be going to Dexos oils, they are capable of very extended oil changes.
They are also, from what I understand going to be a very good oil, better than M1 in most cases. You know there's going to be an issue when the GM is encountering quite a bit of resistance from oil companies and quick lube places over it. There's going to be a spark ignition engine oil and a light duty diesel version.
The oil is backwards compatible to most of their engines. However the cars that use the GM oil life system won't know this and will base this on the original oil. GM may or already has in the works a reflash for the PCM to allow the monitor to work with that oil.
There are/were cars that have actual oil quality sensors in the pan, some do work, but reliability has been an issue so far.
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