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My dealer (West Edmonton Kia) told my wife that oil changes should be done on the Rondo every 5000 km's, not the 8000 km's as stated in the manual. According to them we have an extreme enviroment and should change oil more frequently. Anyone else been fed this line? Maintenance costs already seem high on the Rondo, the 8 K oils change was actually something I liked.

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the 8000 km is under perfect conditions... and as we live in Canada with typically poor conditions your dealer is in fact steering you right to say 5000 km. I get free oil changes unlimited and the dealer tells me to come in every 5000...i thought they were going to balk and tell me every 8000 to reduce their cost but they have maintained the 5000kn rule. Sounds like your dealer is legit

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I change my oil every 5000 to 7500 miles and have never had an oil related failure. Spend the extra $10 per oil change on synthetic oil and save yourself a lot of worry. The only thing that changing your oil every 5000 km will do is drain your wallet of money.

Never forget, the dealer looks at free oil changes as an opportunity to get you back in there and try to sell you more expensive services. The more you come in, the better odds they have of selling you something.

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My dealer (West Edmonton Kia) told my wife that oil changes should be done on the Rondo every 5000 km's, not the 8000 km's as stated in the manual. According to them we have an extreme enviroment and should change oil more frequently. Anyone else been fed this line? Maintenance costs already seem high on the Rondo, the 8 K oils change was actually something I liked.

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Even though our user manual indicates that the oil should be changed at 8,000 km, I've been getting the oil changed every 6,000 km. Driving conditions in our part of the country are moderate to extreme (hot and dusty in the summer and pretty darned cold in the winter), so I'd rather be safe than sorry and change the oil a little sooner than required by the maintenance schedule in the manual.
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Is it worth changing out the oil for cold weather, then changing it for hot weather?

I won't actually do it because we don't get super-cold weather around here, but maybe you could save a bit of fuel if you use a lighter oil in the winter?

I'm deciding about whether to go synthetic, but I like the idea of saving money by using natural oil instead of synthetic. I can see how synthetic could last more miles between oil changes to justify it's increased price, but I'm just not comfortable exceeding the recommendation in the user manual for miles between oil changes. So because I'll never exceed 5000 miles between oil changes, I guess I'll stick with natural oil? I'll need to see how close the prices are between natural/synthetic next time I'm at the store.
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My dealer (West Edmonton Kia) told my wife that oil changes should be done on the Rondo every 5000 km's, not the 8000 km's as stated in the manual. According to them we have an extreme enviroment and should change oil more frequently. Anyone else been fed this line? Maintenance costs already seem high on the Rondo, the 8 K oils change was actually something I liked.
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the 8000 km is under perfect conditions... and as we live in Canada with typically poor conditions your dealer is in fact steering you right to say 5000 km. I get free oil changes unlimited and the dealer tells me to come in every 5000...i thought they were going to balk and tell me every 8000 to reduce their cost but they have maintained the 5000kn rule. Sounds like your dealer is legit
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Car dealers are almost never legit Keep in mind that if you go with the 5000K oil change reccomendation, you will more than likely also then get your other service done at the dealers intervals (I am assuming the 5K is being suggested at about every 3 months) - unless you have way too much time, and can track oil changes separately from the 4 month/8000Km schedule for all other service, and take the car in several times, I'd stick with the 4 month/8000Km schedule listed in the Canadian manual - already taking harsh conditions into account.

See a maintenance cost comparison I ran for a few cars at this other post: Maintenance cost comparison
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Just got my car a couple of weeks ago and the oil change sticker the dealer placed on my window says next oil change at 8,000 KM
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unfortunately I only got 2 free oil changes when I purchased my car!! Had I found the forum earlier I would have asked for the free oil changes deals lots of other people recieved.

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Here in N. Iowa we get cold. Is it Canada cold? Probably not, but my wife likes to warm here car up for about 5 to 10 minutes before going 1 mile to work each day. With this scenario I may change the oil every 2 to 2500 miles.
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With extreme conditions oil changes at 5000km isn't a bad idea. I have always changed all of my cars at 5000km and my Nissan Pulsar now has 247000km without ever having to have any major engine work done. If you can change the oil yourself it definately saves a lot of money. Where I live heat is more of a problem, it never gets much below about 10 degrees celsius even on winter mornings.

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