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Hey all!

So I just got my 2012 SRT8. When should I bring that beast in for its first oil change? I've heard that I should bring that in after the first tank of gas is used up, that's like at 350 miles?!

Should I bring it in soon before manufacturer recommendation at 3000 miles to get rid of all that new dirt and grim in the engine??

How did you do it on your 2012?
 

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whoa, you get 350 miles per tank?? i gotta get one of them.
 

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They told me at the dealer 8000 miles? I brought it in to do it at 3500 and the oil change light was one They said ignore it and come back
 

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whoa, you get 350 miles per tank?? i gotta get one of them.
Yeah, it's a 26.5 gallon tank that costs $90 to fill too! :eek:
 

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They told me at the dealer 8000 miles? I brought it in to do it at 3500 and the oil change light was one They said ignore it and come back
This can't be right? You told them to F off right? My dealer was the one who told me that I should do the first oil change after my first tank of gas!!
 

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I'm sure I'll get slammed again as being wasteful but I always have the first oil change done at 1,000 miles and I'll be sure to use 0W40 full synthetic. Then I can feel comfortable hammering it. Only have 700 miles so I've only done limited agressive driving, probably one more week. :clap:
 

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I took in my wk2 last week for its first oil change (3200 miles). There's no way I would wait 8k miles. The manual says 6k. The tech also put in Mobil 1 0w-40. Aren't they suppose to be using Penzoil? I was actually surprised with the service. Was in/out within an hour and they had a nice waiting room with donuts/coffee and had computers with internet to use. Very similiar to my Caddy dealer...
 

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I'm sure I'll get slammed again as being wasteful but I always have the first oil change done at 1,000 miles and I'll be sure to use 0W40 full synthetic. Then I can feel comfortable hammering it. Only have 700 miles so I've only done limited agressive driving, probably one more week. :clap:
I do the same.
 

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You will find if you stop listening to wive's tales and actually had your oil analyzed you would see the the manufacturer is actually right. Here is my last analysis. Read the comments.

 

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So far, some of you did it early and some of you did it late....

Let me make this easy....

Would you take your 2012 SRT8 in for an oil change at 1000 miles (yes or no) and then explain why?
 

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So far, some of you did it early and some of you did it late....

Let me make this easy....

Would you take your 2012 SRT8 in for an oil change at 1000 miles (yes or no) and then explain why?
Yes, I'll do the first change at 1,000. The oil is probably still fine at that point but I don't want to take the chance of any particles from the initial engine break in to be circulating in the motor for 5,000 or 6,000 miles. I could take a sample and have it analyzed but for 20 minutes (maybe longer on the first change to learn my way around under the new truck) and $30 its worth it to me to put in the fresh oil. I have never been able to find anything that provided a verified account of how the SRT8 engine is broken in at the factory and whether the motor is run for a bit and then the break in oil changed or if they are just test fired and then dropped into our trucks. So, to be safe, I'm assuming that the oil in the motor is the break in oil and I don't want it in there for more than 1,000 miles. Just my personal opinion (maybe a wive's tale), but I've had enough motors built for me by a racing pro (Bob Pucel at CE Racing Engines in MA) and that was always his advice when he dropped the new motor in one of my vehicles. He was a real pro (passed away in 2009) and meticulous about his work (also old school like me) and I never had a problem with any of his builds and it certainly will not harm the motor to change the oil after the first 1,000 miles. Just my $0.02.
 
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The first oil change on my 07 was on 11/30/2010. I've done 3 since then.

Every 6k for me w/ 0W40 Mobil 1.

Would I do it after 1k? Sure, I'd hope that the dealer included oil changes for life.
 

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I grew up knowing that every 3k miles the oil gets changed. Regardless of the make or model it was always chandge the oil every 3k miles end of story. Now they have synthetics and the dealers are saying bring it in at 6k. Its covered under the 100k drivetrain so it should be on them if the frequency they recomend is wrong. I wonder how many of us looked and read the insert that was placed in the glove box advising no hard accelerations for the first 500 miles during break in??? I'll change the oil when i want to and on my schedule not the other way around. Anyway, if i change the oil twice as frequently as the recomended schedule says, then i am probably not doing any harm other than buying too much oil and too many filters. When we want to drive the coolest Jeep ever built it comes with a price.
 

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Can you run the 15w50 mobil 1 oil in the 2012's in warm climates like the WK1's?
50 weight is slightly thicker than 40 weight but the 40 weight should be fine in warmer climates. Do you think that you might need the 15W50 in your climate or is it a cost or availability thing? I'm not sure how the MDS in the WK2 would react to 15W50 (the WK1 did not have MDS). If you don't have a real compelling reason to run the 15W50, I would probably stay with the 0W40 until someone can verify that the 15W50 is acceptable in the WK2 with the MDS.
 
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