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#2624104 - 05/11/12 12:01 PM 2012 Tacoma I4, First oil change
HaroldCallahan Offline

Registered: 01/06/05
Posts: 45
Loc: Northern Colorado
My 2012 Toyota Tacoma, 4x4 with the I4 engine is approaching 1500 miles. I am thinking 1500 would be good for the first oil change.

A few questions,

1) is there a special break-in oil in the engine from Toyota that should be not changed yet ?

2) what oil filter should I use ?

3) what oil should I use ? the manual specifies 0-w20

#2624115 - 05/11/12 12:09 PM Re: 2012 Tacoma I4, First oil change [Re: HaroldCallahan]
addyguy Offline

Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 13977
Loc: Canada
I'd go a bit further to about 3-4k. Let the engine break-in a bit more on this oil, and then drain it out.
2010 Kia Soul 2U - 2.0L I-4, auto, 91k miles.
MM Supreme 5W-30; QS 14612 filter.

#2624129 - 05/11/12 12:24 PM Re: 2012 Tacoma I4, First oil change [Re: HaroldCallahan]
ARB1977 Offline

Registered: 06/12/05
Posts: 4787
Loc: North Texas
My 2002 went 5K. To date no issues.
2015 Tacoma 4.0L 30K (as of 5-24-16)
Mobil One EP 5W30 / Toyota filter

2008 CRV 2.4L 151K (as of 08-13-16)
Maxlife 5W20 / Fram TG filter

#2624177 - 05/11/12 01:06 PM Re: 2012 Tacoma I4, First oil change [Re: addyguy]
Bgallagher Offline

Registered: 04/17/12
Posts: 2381
Loc: Boston, MA
Originally Posted By: addyguy
I'd go a bit further to about 3-4k. Let the engine break-in a bit more on this oil, and then drain it out.

I agree, as the vehicle is under warranty I would use the factory filter. I believe Toyota 0w-20 is reasonably priced at the dealership.
2005 Chevy Equinox - 141k - Shell Rotella and Mobil M1201
2005 Chevy Malibu - 171k - STHM and ST9018
2015 GMC Terrain - 12k- Delco Dexos 1 and PF457G

#2624190 - 05/11/12 01:13 PM Re: 2012 Tacoma I4, First oil change [Re: HaroldCallahan]
Eddie Offline

Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 8362
Loc: Florida, Cape Coral
Yes. Keep the Factory fill in for 4,000 miles and replace with Oem oil filter & Toyota 0w20 oil.
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#2624264 - 05/11/12 02:34 PM Re: 2012 Tacoma I4, First oil change [Re: HaroldCallahan]

Registered: 07/29/08
Posts: 1027
If you plan on driving this vehicle until we have five more presidents change out now, & then change according to the owners manual.
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#2624344 - 05/11/12 04:31 PM Re: 2012 Tacoma I4, First oil change [Re: HaroldCallahan]
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Registered: 06/13/11
Posts: 738
Loc: North Carolina
I personally changed the oil in my '11 Corolla at 1500, 5000, 10000, and 15000. The 10000 was with the Toyota Care, but all the other oil changes were with either PYB, PU, or Mobil Clean 5000 in 5W20. I also used OEM oil filters as I have a local dealership that will sell them for $3.99, about $3 cheaper than even the Fram at WalMart.

My first oil change at 1500 did look quite glittery and I felt better about changing early. Would it have hurt the engine to stay in until 10000 like the manual stated? Perhaps not, but I come from a different school of thought. I also changed my ATF at 10000, so call me a little pretentious.
'11 Toyota Corolla, Corolla MPG
'86 Mazda B-2000

#2624362 - 05/11/12 05:07 PM Re: 2012 Tacoma I4, First oil change [Re: HaroldCallahan]
Gene K Offline

Registered: 01/25/03
Posts: 3558
Loc: Decatur AL USA
Factory fill used to come out very "loaded" when you dumped it at 500 miles.

I didnt dump the factory fill in my 2011 5.0 Mustang until 1200 miles and had to run it through a fine white cloth to tell their was anything at all in it. All I got was a minuscule amount of fine gray powder. This was non-metallic whatever it was and didnt look like dirt. Is the moly coating from rings non-metallic?

Knowing what I know now I would have run the OLM to 50% and then changed it.

2014 Mustang GT 5.0 SC - 675 bhp
PP 10W30 / FL500S

2015 F150 4x4 2.7 EB
PSB Gold 5W30 / FL2062

2015 Enclave 3.6
GM Dexos 5W30 / PF63

#2624808 - 05/12/12 09:57 AM Re: 2012 Tacoma I4, First oil change [Re: HaroldCallahan]
SteveSRT8 Offline

Registered: 10/10/08
Posts: 17803
Loc: Sunny Florida
No need to do anything "early". If you're under warranty then follow the manual.
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