I'm curious how other owners are scheduling their oil changes. Are you going by a set number of miles? By a set time period? By the oil life monitor?
For those using the oil life monitor, at what % are you changing the oil? How many miles has it taken to reach that % level?
Since I have 3 years of free oil changes at a local dealer I have been getting my oil changed more often than I will later on. The coupons are based on 15,000 miles a year and 3 free oil changes a year. So I've been basically getting my oil changed every 5000-6000 miles. Most of the time the oil life monitor has shown around 50% oil life remaining at that point. However, my last oil change was closer to 6000 miles and included our road trip with 4000+ miles of ICE run-time. Typical past oil changes were around 2500-3000 miles of ICE run-time. In this case the oil life monitor showed only about 30% remaining life after 6000 miles.
Even once I'm beyond the first 9 free oil changes I'm not inclined to go a full 10,000 miles between oil changes. I might stretch it out to 8000-9000 miles at that point though and just combine oil change and tire rotation then each time. Let's not start discussing here about how many miles you should go between oil changes, I'm just curious how you determine when to change oil and what the oil life monitor shows over longer intervals and what happens if you let it get down to a low % oil life remaining.