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    Default Service Indicator up after only 8k on the clock?

    Yep Insp is on the dash, and admittedly its 12 months since the last service, but as the service is supposed to be 20k? ( or thats what the oil change is on the 1.8 vvt?), why stick to 12 months?
    Just need a dry day now to change the oil/filters, dont know whether to bother with the plugs after only 8k.

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    Its 20k or 12 months whichever comes round first. You obviously only do quite low milage per year.

    Personally I still think 20k is a long time between oil changes, its 15k on my BM but I still take it in to have a interim oil change halfway through.

    Just give it a oil/filter change and reset the service indicator.
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    Amazing that it comes up near on the 12 months

    Providing you use GM-LL oil then 20K miles is easy
    However, I have my doubts on this for diesel as the acid level builds up faster
    As mentioned elsewhere you can opt for plain old synthetic oil, increase the frequency of the oil changes, and retain the service intervals
    It's a good compromise as the services are nothing more than visual inspections now (except every second brake inspection is manual)

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    I agree, but I am a sucker for using the recomended and genuine vx parts, and always use the more expensive 5w/30 longlife fully synthetic oil, and gm filters. I agree with the mileage I do, I might as well as use 10/40 and save a few bob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterVV View Post
    I agree, but I am a sucker for using the recomended and genuine vx parts, and always use the more expensive 5w/30 longlife fully synthetic oil, and gm filters. I agree with the mileage I do, I might as well as use 10/40 and save a few bob.
    Me too
    I've had two bad experiences from "local garages" hence why I only use main dealers
    Yes, you pay through the nose, but when you complain it doesn't half get results!

    Once the warranty expires I tend to bulk buy the parts from the parts department
    An example is if you purchase 3 oil filters, as they are often the same price as 2 oil filters!
    I then supply them for service
    I also list exactly what I want done at service, as some points are not required (check wipers, lights, remote batteries, etc)
    All I basically need them to do is remove the wheels and check the brakes, check the suspension
    For about the same price I can then add things like brake fluid and/or coolant renewal,

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    Car is over 3 years old now, so I will be doing the service myself.

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    as M8 says bud stick to GM LL B and you won't go far wrong

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