2009 Elantra Commuter Car

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2009 Hyundai Elantra sedan, 2.0l mpi engine, manual transmission. Currently 205,000 km on the odometer. Purchased new and car has been great. Starting in August my commute will go from 22 km (14 miles) round trip to 180 km (112 miles) round trip, all highway. Since the car has been out of warranty I have been changing the oil every 6 months regardless of mileage. The manual suggests for severe service 6 months/6000 km and I have usually been under that. Normal service is 12 months/12,000 km. I am going to try to talk my company into letting me work from home a couple of days a week. That will mean I am putting on at least 26,000 km a year and possibly 43,000 km a year. I have been using Pennzoil Platinum with an OEM filter. I may try Walmart brand synthetic at some point too. Would you run 6 months and 13,000 km (8,078 miles) drain interval? I don't think I would try 6 month / 21,500 km intervals, but probably would do 3 month / 10,750 km intervals if it came to that.
 
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I would go with the 6 months/13000 km oci but check the oil level at the halfway point. I've used Walmart synthetic oil in the past with good results but I would stick with the OEM filter.
 
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In my '04 Elantra (same 2.0 Beta II engine) I was doing mostly highway driving and did 5,000 to 7,500 mile intervals during warranty and went to 10,000 mile intervals when my warranty expired. . Oil analysis came back fine and engine was running just fine using no oil when I sold it with 140,000 miles on it. I still see it around 5 years later. No idea on the mileage on it now, nor the oil change interval.
 
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I'm not sure what your SuperTech Synthetic is up there? SuperTech Syn (WPP) - 15,000 km Mobil 1 or PP - 20,000 km Mobil 1 EP - 30,000 km At least assuming those are 90% Highway Miles. The truth is compared to your current commute you should be able to double your drain interval.
 
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