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I believe your car has a oil monitior system. The car will indicate to you on the dash when it's time for an oil change, but if you love your car. 5,000 miles or every 6 months, which ever comes first, Don't for get the antifreeze, if you have the green antifreeze 30,000 miles or once a year, which ever comes first. Orange 150,000 miles or 5 years which ever comes first,  Good luck and hope this helps. 

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If you use regular motor oil it should be changed every 3000 miles or 3 months
if you use semi synthetic every 5000 miles

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