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Old 06-21-2016, 02:57 PM   #29
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I do oil changes every 3k or 3mo, which ever comes first.
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Old 06-21-2016, 05:36 PM   #30
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Is your bmw an rv? Your statement isnt relative to the question.
Actually.....it could be, and a diesel pusher to boot. A gentleman around these parts owns one.

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I do oil changes every 3k or 3mo, which ever comes first.
Very smart man and you have a lot easier time to re&re and engine than us turbo diesel Isuzu pullers.

As I stated before, fluids are cheap.

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Old 06-22-2016, 12:29 AM   #32
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I don't doubt it. My 2012 Honda would go 10,000+ miles too before the maintenance minder says to change the oil; but I'm a lot smarter than the dumb engineer that succumbed to the even dumber marketing guys request for 10,000+ mile oil changes to reward the owner that trades their car in every two to three years. I change mine at under 5,000 miles or 7,500 kms as fluids are cheap, engine replacements are not.

I would never go further than 8,000 miles before changing oil; on any car.

I wonder in that 15,000 miles, how often you check the oil?

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Hi, I have checked a few times and my oil was always full and clean looking. Versus the old days, I virtually never check my oil anymore and never had a problem because of it. [I was a new car dealer mechanic since 1968 so I'm not ignorant about cars] Just saying!
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There is a lot of opinions on here but at the end of the day diesel is better. Im a mechanic and I wouldn't own a gasser. The myth that a diesel is more expensive to maintain is garbage. Yes they require more oil, but they can go longer intervals between changes and theres no spark plugs to maintain. Theres a reason the pro use diesel.
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Hi, how long can your diesel go between oil changes? My Lincoln goes 5,000 miles, My F-150 goes 10,000 miles, and my BMW goes 15,000 miles between oil changes.
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Is your bmw an rv? Your statement isnt relative to the question.

Hi, this thread is about Diesel versus Gas; Your statement about diesels going longer between oil changes was basic and didn't mention RV's or motorhomes so I stated what my truck and two SUV's get. [per factory recommendations] The BMW is an X-3. If your diesels can go longer between oil changes than my gas engines I would love to hear about it.

Old reasoning; "A diesel doesn't have spark plugs." But they do have glow plugs and very expensive injectors.
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I actually own two motorhomes, one gas and one diesel. The '74 Argosy has a really nice gas engine and gets just about 10 miles to the gallon with plenty of power. The '82 Airstream Excella has the Isuzu diesel and gets 12 to 14 mpg with very little power. You step on the gas and wait for things to happen. I like them both, but in the long run I just bet I'll like the Airstream better because I love getting good mileage and I'm in no hurry. Upkeep is about the same for them both.
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Most all of the gas engines on Class C motor homes are the Ford Triton V-10 or 6.8 ltr. Thiat engine is the most reliable and proven gas engine for HD uses, ever designed and used since 1999. There is a reason that no diesel engine, no matter the brand or make, has ever come close to this, because diesel engines over time are not as economical to run or maintain. Sure, you will hear stories of a personal diesel engine lasting a million miles, but the real world is that a Ford V-10 will last 200-300,000 miles with only a change of plugs every 50-75,000 miles and $20 oil changes. Fuel filters on a gasser is $15 while some diesels cost $200 for a filter, oil and don't forget the urea tank which freezes in the winter and if it runs low, the sensor will shut down the engine. All a diesel engine does for you is a few more mpg and a little more power. But at what expense? Take it from one that has been down the diesel road and now am a confirmed V-10 fan.
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6 qts for $20? The good stuff!

I pay about $10 for Fleetguard oil and fuel filters for my Cummins. It takes about 3 gallons for an oil change. I use Shell Rotella at about $17 a gallon.

Ford modular engines are notorious for frozen spark plug issues. Very expensive when the threads come out with the plug.
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