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    Question Shortest Service Interval??

    My car is almost exactly 7 months old (to the nearest day or two) and turned 18000 miles this morning.

    Service interval display (InSP) started showing this afternoon at 18200 miles.

    Now I know Vaux/Opel cars have Flexi service intervals, but usually it is 20k miles or 12mths, whichever is sooner. But at almost 2000 miles early, I thought I'd ask the forum, who has had the earliest service call compared to the normal standard??

    Mine is a 2.2 Direct and covers mainly motorway miles at or almost at the speed limit of 70mph. I am averaging about 2250 miles a month or 560 miles a week.

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    Engine : Z22SE (2.2 Petrol)

    Year : 2004

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    Nope my 2.2 comes up at 16k regularly! It took the biscuit this time with something like 14k, so I reset the service light, serviced it myself using VX oil and will take it to the dealer in another 8k.

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    The ECOFlex service interval is a maximum of 20K miles / 1 year, and the EMS reports the service interval depending on vehicle usage
    18,200 isn't all that early for a service, once the INSP starts appearing this usually means you have a further 500 miles

    My own Vectra has service intervals of 30K miles / 2 years
    Previous service was at 26K miles, 9 months interval
    After the service it starts dislaying 31000, and already it is looking like it will be about 25K miles interval

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    Quote Originally Posted by rushy View Post
    Nope my 2.2 comes up at 16k regularly!
    Obviously, I need to drive mine harder then!!

    Thanks for the info guys - I didn't think mine would be the shortest - its a company car, so dealer service it will get.

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    To be fair.. if you wait for the INSP reminder to come on, you're not treating your engine very well.. the extended service intervals are a marketing ploy designed to get fleets to buy their cars..longer intervals means fewer services means lower fleethire charges..

    Even VX's own longlife oil is shot by 20K miles...absolutly shot..

    If you intend to keep your car longer than the warranty, 1/2 the service interval...12K miles isn't to short..

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    Even if you don't have a full service done until the actual due date/mileage you should at least get the oil changed regularly

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    GSI3.2 - if it was my own car and I was doing the mileage I am doing now, then yes, I would be doing more regular changes and servicing would be done by me.

    But since the car is not mine, and I'm not paying (and I'm not going to pay extra to maintain a car over and above, when it isn't mine) and lease company won't pay extra, the std intervals is what it will get.

    Astra 1.8 SRI I had before was mine and got far better TLC!!

    2nd fastest car in the world after a hire car, is a company car.

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    .. i know where you're coming from.. just don't be the one to buy it from the lease co afterwards.....

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    We constantly have this debate about service interval.

    At the end of the day VX warrant their service schedule based on expensive, time consuming and exhaustive validation and testing, and not on someones opinion. Oil deterioration is not based on only mileage. In fact, mileage is probably one of the least significant factors affecting lubrication efficiency.

    At the end of the day, people will service as they see fit. BUT, not only MAY you be wasting time, effort and money - you will also be wasting non renewable resources with unnecessary servicing. Oh, by the way, synthetic oil hasn't been completely created in labs by men wearing white coats, most use mainly mineral oil as a raw material. Used engine oil IS a definite health hazard according to EU regulations.

    I'm not saying anyone is wrong.
    But being a professional Engineer I prefer to go with the available data from test and development activities, and published service intervals.

    Peace !
    Last edited by Ste; 10th May 2008 at 01:00.

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