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Just bought my 2010 LT a month ago. It comes with two years of free tire rotations and oil changes. I want to run full synthetic in her, but they only change it with conventional. They wont even let me pay a little extra for the upgrade. So my question is, with 19k miles, is this as critical time to start running synthetic? If so ill just change my own then haha.

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I know a lot of people will say to go synthetic, but I just go dino and change every 3K. The only important thing is to change it at regular intervals and keep it topped off.

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Then I will probably just take advantage of the 2 years free oil changes then. After that, I will probably switch to AMSOIL or something like that. Really need this car to last me along time.

My 03 L200 with the L61 has 190k on it, and the cams feel like sandpaper and are all pitted up. Severely down on power, and usually shifts around 3500-4k depending how light the gas pedal is pressed. I feel like some of the previous owners neglected to change oil for several intervals at a time. Still not a single drop of oil underneath, or seepeing anywhere on ANY of my 3 2.2 Ecotecs.

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I hear good things about Royal Purple too.

If you have the service, might aswell take advantage of it. There's no harm in using dino oil in our cars. I do my own oil changes and have been using Castrol Edge w/Syntec regularly for a long time. Usually replace between 5-6k kilometers.

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With my cavalier and L200 I change every 2500-3k miles. I usually do plugs at that time too. Well, the Cavalier gets the new ones, then I take the ones from the cavalier and pass them down and put them in the Saturn. When its time for plugs in the cobalt I will pass them down as well. Sooooo Expensive.

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Are you saying you replace the spark plugs with every oil change? If so that really isn't necessary. Our ACDelco iridium plugs are good for 100k miles.

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yeah, every 3k is quite excessive for plugs....

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I do my plugs about every 40K. They usually don't look too bad, but gotta treat 'er right.

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yeah, i changed mine around 50k.... didn't NEED it yet, but it don't cost that much.

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The Cavalier takes platinum plugs. They are a dime a dozen so I don't really care. And yes I do change them that frequently. And its not like I throw them out. They are used in my Saturn after the cav used them for 3-4k miles, and they will get used another 3-4k miles. The cobalt I wont change them anytime soon. 8$ a plug? no way im doing that once a year ha-ha.

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