Most people do change it early. If OLM says 10k, they'll do 7k or 8k. That said, I always recommend changing it once a year. I make an exception for myself with AMSOIL signature series in our Honda Odyssey because it gets driven 2500 miles a year so I stretch it out 2 years, but my 124 Spider gets changed once a year as well which ends up being around 2200 miles.My two cents: I’m sure a lot of oils and filters can go 10k. The trouble is, 10k would have a habit of turning into 12/15k due to the invasion (sic) of daily life. If you are driving 10, 20, 30 k a year, then it’s more likely you are going to be closer to that oil change period. The vehicle is likely getting less stop/start stress and running at a partial load for longer periods so can stand an oil change a bit longer. But you will be changing 2-3 times a year - habit will push you to fit it into your schedule.
personally, I change at around 3-4K, knowing it’s actually 4 to 6k. This is around once a year, if that (multiple vehicles means the miles is spread across them).
I buy oil and filters online: cheaper and more convenient than wading through an auto store (but I do think it’s stupid that you can get 12 quarts of oil at 2/3 the price delivered free the next day).
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