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I brought a 15 plate Corsa back in April it's now Dec, I took it easy for the first 1000 miles but after that i have done quite a few miles... 9000 in total.

my 'Oil life' notification has started poping up on the dash telling me the oil needs changing, it's going in for it's first service in April which is usually when most people change oil.

Should I have my oil changed asap as the dash says?

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Is it just prompting me early becuase they like having the cars back in the garage regularly to make money?

I know that the oil in the engine now is going to be full of tiny particles which are generated in a new egine when it's first being driven thats why i'm not sure if it's a good idea for me to assume i can just wait it out till April - Any advice would be greatly appreciated

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It is usually 12 months OR 10 000 miles for the 1st one, the oil change light usually comes on at about 1 month or 1 000 miles to give you a heads up.
 

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If it was me (and I consider myself an old timer) I would change the oil. It will do no harm changing it early, in fact it is simply a sensible idea. If you can do it yourself so much the better. Not sure how you switch off the oil reminder light though. I know engines are completely different beasts to what they use to be, but you cannot do much harm with nice fresh oil flowing.
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If it was me I'd be going into Vauxhall and asking what's going on. I read about a case where somebody had ignored a warning light and they wouldn't pay out for the engine damage. They could claim you did nothing about contaminated oil for four months.














 

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Hi,

I brought a 15 plate Corsa back in April it's now Dec, I took it easy for the first 1000 miles but after that i have done quite a few miles... 9000 in total.

my 'Oil life' notification has started poping up on the dash telling me the oil needs changing, it's going in for it's first service in April which is usually when most people change oil.

Should I have my oil changed asap as the dash says?

Or

Is it just prompting me early becuase they like having the cars back in the garage regularly to make money?

I know that the oil in the engine now is going to be full of tiny particles which are generated in a new egine when it's first being driven thats why i'm not sure if it's a good idea for me to assume i can just wait it out till April - Any advice would be greatly appreciated

Areen
I'd change it when the light appears. You may also have a variable life oil monitor, that monitors the quality of your oil (same as mine). Decides when its best to change it, due to short journeys etc. May require changing before the year is up. You also have your warranty to consider too.
Its also possible your oil life monitor was set prior to you buying the car, if it had been stored for a while etc. Prior to despatch.
What engine do you have?
 

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You should only change the factory filled engine oil at the correct milage / time interval , if changed early the engine will suffer premature wear later on in its life . The oil put in at the factory is a special brew that collects any bits of debris & these particles from the newly machined engine are held by the oil filter until the milage / time interval has been met , after that the standard recommended engine oil is then put in & used for the rest of the engines life , this is why you don't need to run an engine in anymore unlike the years gone by .
 
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Nothing to do with advances in engineering tooling and metallurgy then.
Not all of it no , cleaner fuel / advanced fuel technology , advanced oil technology as made a lot of difference , allowing engineers to work to very fine tolerance's on today's modern engines , especially these latest 1.0 3 cylinder turbocharged units that put an ever increasing demand on engine oil between services .
 
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email customer service at Vauxhall see what there reply is then if the engine does get damaged its Vauxhall to blame and you will have an email with what they say so you are covering yourself everyone on here has the best will to help but if it was me id email not phone vauxhall
 

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I'm a bit suspicious of these oil quality sensors unless it's on a diesel , i take it this is a petrol ?
 
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The question has been previously asked. I had one on my prev 1.4t. I expect the new gen of t engines have them too.
Tricky one this , is the oil quality sensor saying the oil has picked up all the various particules etc & carried it into the oil filter for collection or does the sensor work on a different principle ? If Vauxhall say 10,000 miles or 12 months then the oil quality sensor throws that advice out of the window if by lighting up it means change or as fire says in 1000 miles change oil , question which is it ? & if it's change now , has the special oil completed it's task ?
 
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The specified time/mileage limit is a recommended maximum not a target. How would someone like me get on if I decide to buy a new Vauxhall when I do around 4000 miles a year? At the first service the factory oil with the bed in additive would be out and new dexos oil would be put in. Would my engine be at risk because I only put on 4000 miles? The initial bed in period is quite small so if this oil sensor is doing it's job properly then maybe the first service is required early. The only true way to guage the oil quality is to get an oil analysis done. In the meantime as I said before I'd go into Vauxhall and let them decide a course of action in case something is amiss and oil is contaminated by maybe coolant, fuel or mayo. That warranty would be my first concern.
 

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Tricky one this , is the oil quality sensor saying the oil has picked up all the various particules etc & carried it into the oil filter for collection or does the sensor work on a different principle ? If Vauxhall say 10,000 miles or 12 months then the oil quality sensor throws that advice out of the window if by lighting up it means change or as fire says in 1000 miles change oil , question which is it ? & if it's change now , has the special oil completed it's task ?
I didn't realise the oil was special for the first year of ownership.
Perhaps the car was stored for 6 months prior to despatch. Cars are moved off ferries to be parked up & left. That's even before we buy them.
Mine oil servicing is variable so can be before the year is up. Dependent on driving style, short journeys, cold starts etc.
The 2.0cdtis generally seem quite good though, usually go to around a year from their last service. I have known the 1.7d J's to have their oil light come on well within the year, under 20k.
As far as the petrol engine go, not sure as I didnt own my 1.4t for long enough lol.
It was heading towards a yearly change at 10k though.
My oil is still visually clean 6 months on, 5k after its last service. Which I found surprising for a derv.
 

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@Fred Bassett, on the Z series engines the oil quality indicator makes assumptions based on the type of things @Boroboy described, driving style, cold starts etc. I don't think the newer engines will be any different.
 

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I didn't realise the oil was special for the first year of ownership.
Perhaps the car was stored for 6 months prior to despatch. Cars are moved off ferries to be parked up & left. That's even before we buy them.
Mine oil servicing is variable so can be before the year is up. Dependent on driving style, short journeys, cold starts etc.
The 2.0cdtis generally seem quite good though, usually go to around a year from their last service. I have known the 1.7d J's to have their oil light come on well within the year, under 20k.
As far as the petrol engine go, not sure as I didnt own my 1.4t for long enough lol.
It was heading towards a yearly change at 10k though.
My oil is still visually clean 6 months on, 5k after its last service. Which I found surprising for a derv.
Cast your mind back to the early 90's , we had a Fiat from new , the first service was FOC by the supplying dealer at 1000 miles oil & filter changed then next service was 9000 miles later or 1 year , that first oil & filter change was to get rid of any metal debris that had come from the new engine. You don't do that today due to the advances in oil technology , the engine oil put into the engine at start of its life is designed not only to carry those debris but also help all the new surfaces bed in , this takes time & it's crucial the oil isn't changed too early otherwise later in the engines life there could be problems . After this oil change the standard recommended oil is used for the rest of the cars life , observing this process followed by regular servicing there after should ensure a long service life , we followed this process on our Skoda Octavia diesels & now years later the engines are nearing 500,000 miles .
 
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Cast your mind back to the early 90's , we had a Fiat from new , the first service was FOC by the supplying dealer at 1000 miles oil & filter changed then next service was 9000 miles later or 1 year , that first oil & filter change was to get rid of any metal debris that had come from the new engine. You don't do that today due to the advances in oil technology , the engine oil put into the engine at start of its life is designed not only to carry those debris but also help all the new surfaces bed in , this takes time & it's crucial the oil isn't changed too early otherwise later in the engines life there could be problems . After this oil change the standard recommended oil is used for the rest of the cars life , observing this process followed by regular servicing there after should ensure a long service life , we followed this process on our Skoda Octavia diesels & now years later the engines are nearing 500,000 miles .
I always presumed the usual fully synthetic dexos 2 oil went straight into the engine from the factory. There may be no such thing as a break in oil now.
I've never owned anything remotely new'ish until around 10 years ago. Back in the 90's I was driving bangers, 10 year old+ lol.
I've always changed my engine oil on a regular basis from the 80's until now.
I cant see my Astra d covering 500k, even if the oil was changed every 2k. The gearbox cant even go 28k lol. No it's def not the driver & yes I will eventually get over it lol. I wonder if the gears & bearings were made in china?
 

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I always presumed the usual fully synthetic dexos 2 oil went straight into the engine from the factory. There may be no such thing as a break in oil now.
I've never owned anything remotely new'ish until around 10 years ago. Back in the 90's I was driving bangers, 10 year old+ lol.
I've always changed my engine oil on a regular basis from the 80's until now.
I cant see my Astra d covering 500k, even if the oil was changed every 2k. The gearbox cant even go 28k lol. No it's def not the driver & yes I will eventually get over it lol. I wonder if the gears & bearings were made in china?
Probably made of china lol ..... Just had this very talk with Westway Nissan 3 months ago they said the wife's Juke was overdue it's service , strange i thought has when we bought it at 16 months old with only 4600 miles recorded it had not had it's first service , the salesman said they would service it anyway & stamp the service book. Couple of things struck me here , 1/ the service schedule states 12,500 miles or 1 year whichever comes first , so first service was late & the factory filled oil was a late change . 2/ they did the first service so 12,500 miles or 1 year applies , the Juke shows 11,500 miles & we've owned her 7 months so take 4600 miles from 11,500 miles we've put on 6,900 miles , so either way the Jukes not due a service. Now my question is did it actually get serviced because the oil is a slight light brown colour with a glint of orange hue in it , so is it still on the special brew factory oil ? I'm still waiting for the service book to turn up as they lost it & was going to give me a new one , must ring them up & rattle their cage , so to cover all bases when the mileage reaches 12,500 it's having a full service.
 
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Probably made of china lol ..... Just had this very talk with Westway Nissan 3 months ago they said the wife's Juke was overdue it's service , strange i thought has when we bought it at 16 months old with only 4600 miles recorded it had not had it's first service , the salesman said they would service it anyway & stamp the service book. Couple of things struck me here , 1/ the service schedule states 12,500 miles or 1 year whichever comes first , so first service was late & the factory filled oil was a late change . 2/ they did the first service so 12,500 miles or 1 year applies , the Juke shows 11,500 miles & we've owned her 7 months so take 4600 miles from 11,500 miles we've put on 6,900 miles , so either way the Jukes not due a service. Now my question is did it actually get serviced because the oil is a slight light brown colour with a glint of orange hue in it , so is it still on the special brew factory oil ? I'm still waiting for the service book to turn up as they lost it & was going to give me a new one , must ring them up & rattle their cage , so to cover all bases when the mileage reaches 12,500 it's having a full service.
Another service story for you lol.
I bought my Astra when it was 22 months old. Had 1 stamp in the book to say it had recently been serviced within 3 months, yet it should have had 2. One roughly 12 months on from new. Then my current dealer should have serviced it when they brought it in. Which they usually do. When I asked the dealer to look I to in further. They had gave it a first service only, not to inc diesel filter. It was actually due a second service when they serviced it. It was serviced at 12 months old by another dealer, but for some reason they didn't stamp the book, but the service was on their system. I then asked my supplying dealer to change the diesel, pollen filter as they should have already done, but didn't lol.
My warranty remains unaffected, pleased I picked up on it though. As it would have gone an extra year without the diesel filter being changed.
 
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