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Since I'm not planning on doing the oil change I didn't post this in the do-it-yourself section however I do have a question and observation about the oil change interval on our new 09 2.4 Malibu. First my observation - in 2005 we purchased a 2006 Pontiac Torrent which had the 3.5L V6 engine. It had an oil life monitoring system but it did not display the oil life as a percentage the way the Bu does. It simply displayed a message when it was time to change the oil. The dealership would also send us emails to setup oil change appointments. Now I don't recall the exact interval, however it seemed we were in there about every 3 to 4 months for oil changes and other maintinance things. I should also mention that we put about 2000km/1200miles per month and the vehicle. When we bought the Malibu we asked about when the first oil change would be, they said to bring it in when the oil life is down to 10%, or when the OnStar email suggests it. Well we got the car in mid September, it now has 4400 kms on it, the oil life is at 80%. Unless the oil life is non-linear we will be looking at May or June for our first oil change which I think is wwwway too long. I have 2 free oil changes from the dealer and I'm thinking about just taking it in during the next couple of weeks for it's first change. After that I think I'll do it every 7 to 10,000 km. I mentioned our Torrent because it seems to have a more conventinal change interval, I know it is a different engine but one would think the change intervals would be similar. Don't mean start another oil thread but are others finding the oil change interval a little on the long side? Thanks.
 
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