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First oil change at 6k instead of 12k miles?
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I bought a new Berlingo 1.6HDi XTR at the end of March 2013 and have since covered 5,500 miles. Given that I'm using it fairly hard, I am considering changing the oil and filter at 6,000 miles instead of at 12,000 miles - kind of preventative maintenance.

1) Is this sensible or should I wait until 12,000 miles comes up?
2) How much roughly should I expect to pay for oil/filter change at a Citroen main dealer in a rural location?
3) Can I use an independent instead of a main dealer without voiding the warranty?

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#2
Well, I'm a fan of frequent oil changes. Certainly a lot more often than that recommended by PSA. I changed mine first after 2500 km, then at 5000, then at 12000 and again at the service for 20000 with my new Multispace. Clean oil is very important in the 1.6 HDi. Many will think my change rate is overkill but oil (proper PSA spec) isn't all that dear. As for dealer or garage pricing, here in Switzerland it is a complete rip-off. Legalised theft. Highway robbery. I do my own and keep receipts.
2010 Berlingo Multispace HDi 110 with FAP.  Persamos green.

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(04-07-2013, 01:16 PM)3rensho Wrote:  I changed mine first after 2500 km, then at 5000, then at 12000 and again at the service for 20000 with my new Multispace.
Wow, that really is frequent changing! Like you, I tend to view the cost of oil as insignificant when put into the context of the overall costs incurred during the life of the car.

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Now that the engine is past the initial running in phase I change the oil and filter every 9000 km. Cheap insurance IMHO.
2010 Berlingo Multispace HDi 110 with FAP.  Persamos green.

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#5
Make sure whoever does it uses the right spec of oil. This is the Citroen recommended oil.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Total-Quartz-Ineo-ECS-TOT-151261/dp/B002SR76R8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372951131&sr=8-1&keywords=total+ineo+ecs

You will pay a lot more for it from a Citroen dealer.
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#6
True saying oil is cheaper than metal enough said.
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#7
I change ours every 6000 miles or every 6 months whichever is soonest

Peter
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#8
My Berlingos first service was £185 at a Citroen dealer that was only oil and filter so very expensive.
If you goto an independent make sure you get your service book stamped and keep your receipts make sure they are itemised showing which oil they have used.

(04-07-2013, 03:58 PM)Romahomepete Wrote:  I change ours every 6000 miles or every 6 months whichever is soonest

Peter
Every 6 months? :eek:
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#9
Would go with 6 months/6000 miles especially with a diesel turbo if you use independent(or DIY :-) ) then use genuine filters and recommended oil (5w30 on diesel fully synth)
Don't be scared to haggle with the main dealer
they are desperate to get service work back from independents
so best move is to hit them with an independent's quote
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#10
I change mine every 4 months at 7,000 miles roughly. :thumbsup:
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