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What's the greatest amount of miles on oil? #5357520 02/22/20 06:53 PM
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not changing oil?

Single outta college student bought new Corolla and left break in oil in for 1900 miles (so she says)

Highschool student nearby, left dino in an 89 Camry 17, 200 miles and it was running low.


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Re: What's the greatest amount of miles on oil? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #5357532 02/22/20 07:15 PM
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Daughter went over 15K miles in a Pontiac Bonneville 3.8.


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Re: What's the greatest amount of miles on oil? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #5357551 02/22/20 07:45 PM
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Ford Ranger 4 cyl over 30k never changed from factory. All highway and owner claimed it was a waste as all of his vehicles were done this way. Claimed only top off needed and he was trading it in. Said he would only keep a year and oil should be good for a year. This was early 80's. When I worked at Chevrolet had an Impala come in for warranty with motor locked up just over 20k. Customer claimed new vehicles didn't need oil changes and salesman never told her what schedule for oil change. There are more but the longest I can remember at this moment. I went 15k on a 60's pickup but I don't think that counts as I would fill it up with oil and check gas (8mpg hwy)


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Re: What's the greatest amount of miles on oil? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #5357552 02/22/20 07:46 PM
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A neighbor’s friend bought a then new 1988 Buick LeSabre with the 3800 V6. Didn’t change the oil in 29,000 miles from new. Engine locked up. Wonder why.


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Re: What's the greatest amount of miles on oil? [Re: PowerSurge] #5357554 02/22/20 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by PowerSurge
A neighbor’s friend bought a then new 1988 Buick LeSabre with the 3800 V6. Didn’t change the oil in 29,000 miles from new. Engine locked up. Wonder why.


LOL was probably out of oil.


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Re: What's the greatest amount of miles on oil? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #5357560 02/22/20 07:56 PM
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Had a 2015 Kia Sedona 3.3L V6 come in with a blown engine at 26,000 miles. Engine Oil never changed.
KIA recommends 3,750 mile oil changes in Canada (severe service schedule)
Replaced it with a used engine with 7,000 miles on it.


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Re: What's the greatest amount of miles on oil? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #5357565 02/22/20 08:01 PM
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Don`t know if this counts but back in the 50`s an Uncle who was a traveling salesman with a 52 Caddy coupe never changed the oil, only changed the filter and topped off every 1500 to 3000 miles.


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Re: What's the greatest amount of miles on oil? [Re: Dinoburner] #5357571 02/22/20 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Dinoburner
Don`t know if this counts but back in the 50`s an Uncle who was a traveling salesman with a 52 Caddy coupe never changed the oil, only changed the filter and topped off every 1500 to 3000 miles.

I've had someone tell me that they just topped off. Can't imagine what it looked like under the valve covers.

Re: What's the greatest amount of miles on oil? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #5357573 02/22/20 08:17 PM
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We used to service our competitions vehicles. 1800radiator let their astro van go 22000 miles on pep boys proline oil. Didn't seem to hurt it.


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Re: What's the greatest amount of miles on oil? [Re: JohnnyJohnson] #5357582 02/22/20 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnnyJohnson
Originally Posted by PowerSurge
A neighbor’s friend bought a then new 1988 Buick LeSabre with the 3800 V6. Didn’t change the oil in 29,000 miles from new. Engine locked up. Wonder why.


LOL was probably out of oil.


Actually it locked up from oil starvation due to sludge buildup.


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Originally Posted by PowerSurge
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A neighbor’s friend bought a then new 1988 Buick LeSabre with the 3800 V6. Didn’t change the oil in 29,000 miles from new. Engine locked up. Wonder why.


LOL was probably out of oil.


Actually it locked up from oil starvation due to sludge buildup.

That'll do it..woulda been cheaper to just change the oil regularly.

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Re: What's the greatest amount of miles on oil? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #5357590 02/22/20 08:41 PM
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My van-pool owner went 18,000 without oil changes b/c he had a baby and never drove that van. Mid 2000's Chevy 6.0 didn't sound great. Eventually got a bulk oil change and sounded better.

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At least one major trucking company uses the lost oil method in which a calibrated amount of engine oil is sent over to the fuel tank to be burned. As it was related to me the filter change interval is followed and the operators are expected to check oil levels.


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Back in high school I knew a guy who bought a 69 Camaro new which I believe was a 350 CID. He went 32,000 miles on the factory fill just topping it off. He tore that car up. Idiot!!

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Knew a guy that only added oil to his Ford ranger 4cyl. It burned quite a bit. He did it for the few years that I knew him. It was still running when he moved away.


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