I have just purchased a new Toyota Corolla In the...

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Dear Car Talk | Mar 01, 1994

Dear Tom and Ray:

I have just purchased a new Toyota Corolla. In the owner's manual, Toyota suggests two different maintenance plans: Plan A, which requires maintenance every 3,500 miles, and Plan B, which requires maintenance every 7,000 miles. My driving patterns correspond to plan B. However, the dealer says that plan A should be followed no matter what. My goal is to drive this car for 200,000 miles. Which plan should I use?

TOM: I'd order the combo platter, Saul. The dealer wants you to come in every 3,500 miles because then he makes money every 3,500 miles. That's perfectly understandable, especially considering the kind of boat payments he's probably carrying. But under normal driving conditions, you shouldn't need a complete engine "service" every 3,500 miles.

RAY: But if you really want to get 200,000 miles out of this car, it's not a bad idea to get your oil and filter changed that often. Changing the oil and filter frequently (we usually recommend every 5,000 miles) is the best mechanical thing you can do to increase the life of your engine.

TOM: So from Column A, take the oil and filter change at 3,500 miles.

RAY: And from Column B, take everything else. Then drive gently, and you'll probably get your 200,000 miles out of this thing. Good luck, Saul.

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