Malibu Oil changes
I have been reading the forum since I got my '10 Malibu LT1. I have a question regarding oil changes and general service for the car. I am not one to put my car up on jacks to change my oil or do other maintenace. I leave that to be done by a service tech, either a dealer or third party. I participate in the forum to see what other drivers say about the car to see if there are issues I should be aware of, and try when I can, to provide my own insight to other owners.
My question is this - The Malibu has an indicator that reports the life of the oil in the car. I have had this feature in other cars and have typically always followed the recomended indicators that tell me when to change the oil or have service performed. My experience has been good following this system.
From the forum reading, it appears most people change their oil according to their own schedule, either every 3k or 5k. However after putting almost 3k miles on my Malibu, the oil life reading says there is still 78% remaining. Am I missing somthing here? It appears that the oil should be good thru approximately 8-10k?
Do I have a faulty indicator or is there something everyone else in the forum knows about engine oil life for the Malibu that I need to know? I understand many people may feel changing the oil on more frequent intervals will keep the car in better shape, but if that were true, why does the indicator not show this?
My concern is either I may be enabling problems to occur with the car if I do not perform maintenance more often than suggested by the indicator (or the manual), or I will be spending money potentially needlessly on maintenance the car may not need.
Can everyone give me some suggestions about where to go with this? If the oil needs to be changed more often, are there other areas I need to pay attention to before the recomended service levels indicate? Please help me understand. Thanks.