I have found that synthetic always pays off in extended changes... I never felt comfortable in running dino juice for more than 3,000 miles. I'm not sure I feel comfortable letting it go to 10,000 though. I do 5,000 for simplicity. I know if my mileage is divisible by 5,000 my oil change is due. I know without even walking out to the truck, or looking anything up that my next oil change is due @ 155,000 miles. Right now I am at ~ 152,500. I am considering switching it to a 0w oil sooner than 5,000 though. I may change the oil at 153 or 154,000 miles and then let it roll till 160,000 just to even it out again. 5K synthetic oil changes keep a nice clean engine. When I pulled Rusty's oil pan off a few months ago and inspected the crankshaft all internal parts I could see looked clean & like new - and the truck has darn near 190,000 miles on it. Rusty is a special case now, as I don't anticipate putting 5,000 miles a year on him. I told dad we'll change the oil every spring regardless of mileage. - and of course we're sticking with synthetic.
I usually drive it until I can't stand fixing it anymore, which gets worse as repairs get more frequent/expensive, and varies inversely proportional to how much I like the vehicle. This leasing thing is a stop-gap measure to temporarily cut my losses.
Pete, I'll have to do the math for 5% and see... Thanks.
I can honestly say I have never hit the "I can't stand fixing it anymore" point. For all practical purposes I should have hit that point on the Buick, but I loved the car so much I didn't care how much I had to fix it.
since you already have the stuff, it will cost you to take it back. I mean to say, you have to drive to the store and waste time there returning it and getting the other stuff.
this could also be a good opportunity to experiment. you could see how the mileage goes so you know what to do next time. I have burned more than $20 on a good meal (and lunch for that matter). I say to give it a try. it may pay off, it may not.
I am not too keen on the whole lease thing. I think most have a purchase feature at the end of the lease which I have heard is usually a pretty good deal for the value of the car. you may consider purchasing it if your mileage continues to rise. I know you have put quite a bit of effort into the mileage of that car.
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Yeah, I might think about buying it out at the end (or sooner), but probably not. I really like the VW but I'm still not convinced of its longevity, so I'm not sure I want to commit like that to a VW.
I'm almost sure it will be a good deal, though; they apparently retain resale value pretty well, and I just saw a used one with an asking price that looks like MORE than sticker on a new one. If gas prices don't fall to $2.50/gallon again then used little cars will still be in great demand, and book value will be higher than my buyout.