ROFLMAO...... that is me... up until this weekend. I drive 5,000 miles in about 2 months. My car is less than 2 years old and reads 47K on the odo. My BIG bag of money is gone. Not to mention tires and regular maintenance. I am going to put in synthetic in so that I can last a bit longer between changes.
Toyota changed the oil changed intervial a few years back from 7.5k to 5k because of some of their
engines were failing due to oil gel otherwise known as sludge build up. But their are many cars on
the road that go 7.5k to 10k on a regular basis with no problems on regular oil.
I think Toyota needs to find the source of the oil gel problem and fix it and return the intervial to
at least 7.5k so they will be on par most other modern autos , also I think the oil gel problem
was on a small number of cars and had something to do with operating conditions and less to do
with oil change intervials but still I think there is something Toyota need to do also.