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You've probably heard it before:

You should change your oil every 3,000 miles.

Everybody does, right? It's a figure that young drivers start hearing as soon as they start driver's ed--long before they even get their first car. 3,000 miles or 3 months is one of the most common oil change recommendations.

It's also one of the most common engine oil myths that you'll find.

The 3,000-mile recommendation is kept alive because of big-chain quick-lube stores, who can make a much bigger profit by getting drivers in every 3 months or every 3,000 miles for a cheap oil change than by letting customers go the actual recommended 5,000 - 10,000 miles between oil changes.

"How often do I need to change the oil in my MINI?"


MINI Oil Change Interval

Newer MINI models don't have specific oil change intervals recommended, like other brands do, but that's because MINI cars are smarter than your average car, and because the MINI brand understands that everyone's commute and driving style are so different.

The way you drive--and where you drive--plays a huge role in how often your oil really needs to be changed. One oil change recommendation for a driver with a short commute in rural Idaho is not going to fit the very different needs of a driver with a long commute in downtown Los Angeles.

Modern MINI vehicles do the work for you of tracking miles driven and time passed, and they can even monitor the health of your vehicle as well. When it comes time to get your oil changed, you'll get an alert on your dashboard. If you drive an older model MINI, we'd be happy to talk with you, learn about your vehicle and your daily drive, and recommend an oil change interval that makes sense for you.

Categories: Service
Tags: oil change