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Old 09-20-2018, 04:37 AM   #52
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Low miles does not equal harsh conditions. When I take my Golf-R for a spin, I take her out for a 70-100 mile drive. Usually non stop unless for gas. I just don’t drive the car very often. If my car was a daily driver for 5 mile trips, then that is harsh.
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Old 09-20-2018, 02:01 PM   #53
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Low miles does not equal harsh conditions. When I take my Golf-R for a spin, I take her out for a 70-100 mile drive. Usually non stop unless for gas. I just don’t drive the car very often. If my car was a daily driver for 5 mile trips, then that is harsh.
According to the OP most trips are only 3 miles:
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My daily commute is 6 miles round trip and I run errands on the weekend. This is why my mileage is so crappy - 15.6 so far. That's just the way it is for me. But I do drive it every day. Just not that far.
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Old 09-20-2018, 02:49 PM   #54
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According to the OP most trips are only 3 miles:
Yeah, I would agree with this entirely. MY GSW sees mostly trips of less than 3 miles, along with tons of idling at stop lights-- probably as many minutes per trip spent idling as driving. We only end up doing long freeway trips with the car about once a month. It is because of this type of usage that I'll be changing my oil every ~6700 miles or 1/3 more frequently than the recommended interval. If I were doing more highway trips, or commuting daily with the car for >20 miles with some highway time in there, I'd follow the 10k interval.
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Old 09-20-2018, 03:11 PM   #55
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That is harsh. 3 miles will not get the oil anywhere near the normal operating temps 180F+ range. I would change the oil every 3k - 5k miles and run a battery manager when not in use. The battery will go next.
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:17 PM   #56
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That is harsh. 3 miles will not get the oil anywhere near the normal operating temps 180F+ range. I would change the oil every 3k - 5k miles and run a battery manager when not in use. The battery will go next.
I usually change it yearly or roughly between 3k-5k so there's no problem with doing that.

Never have had a problem with battery drain though. Modern alternators seem to be able to handle this low-mileage trip just fine. I usually change batteries every 5-6 years or when they eventually go dead which usually seems to correspond to their stated life. Maybe a bit longer. In 19 years I changed the battery in the Camaro 3 times or about every 5 years or basically the 60 months the batteries were guaranteed for.
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