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    Here is an interesting video comparing two brands of synthetic truck oils after one year of usage without an oil change. This makes me feel better as I have been changing the oil in my car and motorcycles at over one year intervals or longer since I have not been traveling as far as I used to do. It looks like my favorite oil, Rotella, is well worth its cheap price. While not mentioned in the video, note that it is said to meet MA/MA2 specifications. I believe that is also true for Rotella T4 15W-40 conventional oil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-yt5a1cWd4
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    Good stuff! I had an oil change at the start of covid shutdown and > 6 months later drove < 1K miles with my Subaru. Full synthetic. The manual calls for an oil change ea. 6 months (and reminders from dealer). Mostly short trips to the supermarket/food runs but I try to get in a longer drive every few weeks (more as it gets colder). I'll wait until 12 months to do the change.
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    With oils like that you also need to factor in the oil you're using; is it good quality and designed for long life (eg is it up to the manufacturer spec; BMW use LL04) and also the climate in you live in and the car is driven. A country with much bigger changes in yearly peaks would certainly kill the oil quicker, than the equivalent vehicle in a car with a moderate climate.
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