I have a 2003 Corolla with 125,000 miles. I have owned this car for four years and have doubled its mileage. In that time I have used exclusively mobil 1 5w-30 and pureone filters every 5 to 6,000 miles. I feel that this may be overkill. I know that this is a good engine but is also prone to sludging. When a friend (mechanic) adjusted the engine valves about 20,000 miles ago he commented that the engine looked as clean under the vavle cover as a car with 10,000 miles, and that is after his 30 years of working on cars.
Would you extend the drain interval. I like to play it safe but wonder if I am being too conservative with my oil changes here.
Let me share a Corolla story with you from my shop. We replace engines, well known in the area for installing new or used engines. I have only done 3 Toyota engines, all sludged up 3.0 V6 engines. I had a customer come in with a 4cyl Corolla 2001 car with a huge hole in the side of the block and a rod hanging out. We priced a low mileage used engine at 700 plus 700 to replace timing belt, tune up and install. While my brother was removing the old engine, he commented that the oil filter looked OE and covered in dirt/grease. I cleaned it off and it was the OE filter. I called the owner and asked about his oil change habits (we warranty even used engines). he stated he adds two qts of oil "whenever the red oil light comes on". No oil changes or filter changes in 100k miles, didnt blow up until his 16 yr old son got his license!