Diesel oil change?

Submitted: Friday, Sep 05, 2003 at 11:40
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I am looking for a 100 series turbo diesel Cruiser - used low k's - and have been offered one with~ 23000 ks, but the service books show that it has only had an oil change at 1000, then 20,000 ks. Both done by Toyota dealers, and now the window label says it doesn't need service til 35000 ks. Any ideas on what's going on here, or if any damage could have been done? The vehicle is only 11 months old, and looks like mostly hwy use. All advice much appreciated.
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Reply By: David - Friday, Sep 05, 2003 at 13:56

Friday, Sep 05, 2003 at 13:56

A 19,000k gap between oil & filter changes is not good especially so early in life.

I have done mine (oil & filter) at 1500, 5,000, 6,200 (due to Dealer not doing it properly @ 5,000), 10,000, 15,000 & 19,000.

Toyota say every 10,000km or every 5,000 under more extreme conditions - I opt for 5,000 because it is a cheap long term investment.

You can do "good" and "bad" miles with respect to oil changes but I would not buy a vehicle that was serviced with such big gaps - unless it was really cheap so as to cover extra repair costs later in life.


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Reply By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Friday, Sep 05, 2003 at 15:07

Friday, Sep 05, 2003 at 15:07
There are plenty of posts on this subject check archives but consensus is change oil every 5,000 & iol & filters every 10,000 i have been doing this for yonks in my trucks & 4B gaurantee it works for prolonged engine life. I doubt it would have caused any damage (good reason not to use dealers). if you are in Sydney can give you name of repairer been using them for business & personal work 4 20 yrs.
Regards Bob
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Follow Up By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Friday, Sep 05, 2003 at 15:11

Friday, Sep 05, 2003 at 15:11
should have given you my email for off line rjbeatty@optusnet.com.auRegards Bob
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Reply By: Vic - Friday, Sep 05, 2003 at 19:38

Friday, Sep 05, 2003 at 19:38
Thanks guys, I'll do a search on the archives as well, but I'm a bit concerned since it may have been towing a boat, and who knows what else. The dealer says it'll be fine - OF COURSE!

regards Vic
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Reply By: diamond (bendigo) - Friday, Sep 05, 2003 at 20:31

Friday, Sep 05, 2003 at 20:31
gday vic.
you say the service sticker says next service due 35000ks.
see whos name is on the sticker phone them and find out when it was done last.
it might not have been toyota and they didnt stamp the book.
some times we get customers in for a service and say dont worry about the fuel filter or gearbox oilk change this service ill do it next im a little short.i refuse to stamp there service book even if it is still under warranty.—~‘¬‘¥•s’B
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Reply By: Martin - Saturday, Sep 06, 2003 at 08:56

Saturday, Sep 06, 2003 at 08:56
The more frequent oil changes for diesel motors is because their oil becomes "polluted" mainly with soot. I doubt if a couple of missed changes would have done any appreciable permanent damage. Any problems it may have caused would be reversed by fresh oil and a new filter.
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Reply By: chopper - Saturday, Sep 06, 2003 at 14:38

Saturday, Sep 06, 2003 at 14:38
Yep, as above. It just may not have been logged, ring the name on the sticker and ask. If the rest of the truck is in good nick and at the right price,. I would not be ruling it out because of this discrepancy in oil changes
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Reply By: Member - Allan - Sunday, Sep 07, 2003 at 22:43

Sunday, Sep 07, 2003 at 22:43
Vic, Toyota seem to be happy with 10,000km intervals so I would not be concerned at all. The factory turbo diesel is 24 valve direct injection and they do not suffer from soot contamination to the same extent as indirect injection. My service manual nominates 10k for the filter and after 5,000km my oil is still clear. I'll be getting my oil tested and if OK I'm going to extend km's between changes. Cheers
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Follow Up By: Vic - Monday, Sep 08, 2003 at 09:57

Monday, Sep 08, 2003 at 09:57
Thanks guys for all your advice.
Succumbed to the salesman, and purchased new! Only about four grand in it at the end of the day, and at least I know where I'm starting from. Better check the forum out for running in tips now!
Cheers for now.
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