Originally posted by Cracker
Prior to my initial change at 6,000 miles I was still having problems seeing the oil on the dipstick. Subsequently I have to make sure the light is just right because the oil is so clear it hardly shows at all. I always thought diesels were dirty! I haven't done any serious towing yet.
I have the same problem seeing the oil on the dipstick.
This is a revelation to me because with my previous diesels (Mercedes and VW), the oil would be totally opaque with carbon black within just a few miles of an oil change. Changing oil was a terribly dirty experience back then. Diesels have come a long way since the 1960s.
Like you, I intend to use the computer to determine my oil changes, just as I do on my Buick. I ordinarily change at about 33% oil life left. The computer will adjust for towing loads.