New Car New Oil Changes (Toyota Content)

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That Tech has seen it first hand. I'd rather take his word on later Toyota engines, than some know it all keyboard warrior who's never rebuilt one.
AMEN!! And he'll tell you you'll get away with it (10k) for 50k plus miles but by 100k you're in trouble............
 

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Good Morning all. I won't go crazy with introductions but will state that my oil changes across the board have always been with Castrol Edge (formerly Syntec when I began using it). Currently in the garage is a 2012 VW GLI 2.0T running the 5W-40 Castrol Edge High Mileage (146k) and previously our 2005 Jeep Liberty 3.7L on Castrol Edge High Mileage 5W-30 (205k). We sold the Jeep and brought in our brand new 2021 Toyota Highlander XLE AWD with the 3.5L V6. So far I love everything about this car and it feels like a spaceship compared to the Jeep.

I am about to do the first oil change and was going to stick with Castrol Edge and use the EP gold bottles instead. I'm pretty religious about 5k oil changes and it seems to call for 5W-30 but am happy to hear about alternative oil brands and weights as well as filters. I was planning on grabbing the Toyota OEM filter. I should add we keep our cars (as evidence in the first paragraph) so this will be around for awhile.

Thanks and look forward to the replies!

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Left front tire looks low.
 
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Question to the original poster.
Are you not taking advantage of your free Toyotacare maintanance?!
you get 2 free oil changes and 2 or 3 free tire rotations!
You get a tire rotation every 5k and an oil change every 10k up to 2 years of purchase and 25k miles
 
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Question to the original poster.
Are you not taking advantage of your free Toyotacare maintanance?!
you get 2 free oil changes and 2 or 3 free tire rotations!
You get a tire rotation every 5k and an oil change every 10k up to 2 years of purchase and 25k miles

Some people prefer to do all of their own maintenance.
 
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10k is too long for a toyota. i tried stretching oil changes to 10k with mobil 1 and the oilwas EXTREMLY dirty and the filter was roached! now do 5k and oil looks much better and filter is so clean looks like you could use it again. the key to long timming chain life is usually shorter oci . always use the toyota filter. they dont cost any more than one from auto parts store.
As far as the oil choice and timing chain wear I just found this info.

But OCI is important above all as far as timing chain wear IMO.

Sometimes chasing the best oil goes out of balance that affects something else. Phosphorus is a anti wear additive, ZDDP too. Low SAPS has affects on valves and piston.
 
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