Originally Posted by Musikmann
Thanks for your comments. It kind of freaked me out too, since I have been trying to keep an eye on my oil level. I bought mine as a CPO and assumed that the oil was at an acceptable level 6 months/6000 miles ago too, but I don't know that. I also re-set my trip odometer when I fill the tank, and I'll start doing what you suggested (checking oil level too). I like your expression that the car "barks at you" by the way! Plus, I happen to be "one of the idiots" who ignored an oil light on my 1st car - my father's hand-me-down 1963 Volkswagen Beetle. As it turned out (I think) was that in those years, the light didn't come on until we were damn near out of oil - well, the engine freezed up
Happy New Year to you too my friend,
Coincidentally, the re-run of "Tool Time" that was on last night was the episode where Tim comes in from trying to move Jill's car and asks her, "How long has the oil light been on?" And she replies, "What oil light?" He describes it ("little red light next to the speedometer, shaped like an oil can". She replies, "Oh, that. I don't know, two or three days." Tim, of course, explodes.
Just the timing of them airing that episode cracks me up.
FWIW, you'll use more oil if you do more short-trip driving (only you know for sure!), and let's assume it wasn't "full" when you bought it, you could easily burn off a quart in 6,000 miles. Either way, live and learn, right?
BTW, I think the new 5W40 (I haven't actually seen it yet) is probably the new 15,000 mile Mobil1. Since it's engineered to last longer I'd guess it actually will "hold up" better as the dealer opined, but I'd guess if there's a warranty claim MB may argue. Assuming it meets the 229.5 spec, I may see if the local parts store will exchange the 0W40 I have on hand for the next change. I certainly never drive anywhere I'd need 0W anyway.