2001 Regal OLM question

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My Regal (3800 nonsupercharged) has the GM oil life monitor, but mine doesn't have the "driver information center", which was optional on the car. So instead of the informative readout I have a light that comes on which says "Change Oil Soon". There is no % reading. So if I drive it until that light comes on, what % would that be equal to? I'm wondering how soon after that light comes on does the oil need to be changed, because I only have access to a garage on weekends, and if it came on Monday morning, I could easily go 350 miles before the next change. The owner's manual just says it should be done "soon".
 
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I have the info center with the readout. Though I ve never ran mine till it says to change it I think you would be safe doing 350 miles easily! Did you ever find out how long you previous changes were good for??
 

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The light has never come on while I've driven the car. I cannot account for the first 4 or 5 years of the car's life since my grandfather was driving it then, and then for 3 years it just got the standard once a year change even though it was only driven a couple hundred miles a year. I've been doing 5K OCI and resetting the computer each time, but I feel confident that it can go above 5K and I would like to see when it will tell me to change the oil. I'm doing mostly highway driving (at around 2K rpm) so I feel pretty confident that over 5K will not be a problem. It currently has QS Peak in it, then I have enough for 2 changes of Formula Shell, and then I have some YB to use up, and then Mobil 1. Jeez, I think I just laid out my oil change plans for the next 4 years.
 
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I've been doing 5K OCI and resetting the computer each time, but I feel confident that it can go above 5K and I would like to see when it will tell me to change the oil. I'm doing mostly highway driving (at around 2K rpm) so I feel pretty confident that over 5K will not be a problem.
Don't reset the computer and see when it expires. If you're doing mostly highway and not stressing things, you may very well change it again before the indicator tells you to.
 
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I had a 2002 regal ls with only the change oil soon light. In 5 years, it never warned me. When you first started the car, the light would go on for 2 or secs like all the other lights on the dash but thats it. I reset the light just to make sure and 100k later, no warning yet! I guess it never worked. On my 05 cts, there is an OLM + % showing. I'm at 9% right now (10k miles on the oil) and nothing pops-up. I think it is going to warn me at 5%.
 
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Thanks guys! Spyke, that's interesting. I will definitely watch out for that. I would definitely prefer the DIC with the percentage, but I only paid 3K for this car so I can't complain too much.
 
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jdeare, did you bought it from me? lol I'm asking cuz I sold my 2002 regal ls for 3k$ 2 months ago! lol for the olm, do some 3k or 5k miles OCI but dont reset the olm. After 20k miles, if it never pops up, its not working.
 

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lol... no, my grandmother decided to stop driving, I got it from her... That's exactly what I was planning...
 
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