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I received a nice letter in the mail from Scion, congratulating me on joining a "select group of individuals" (THAT'S YOU! hehe) that sets us apart from the crowd, and they're offering THREE complimentary oil changes.

Anyone else got this letter?

Anyone redeemed their oil changes yet? Not a bad deal, really.. I had asked the salesman at the Scion dealership about any complimentary servicing and he kinda laughed at me. "Ummm, no, there's no free service. *smiles*" And then I get this letter. Pretty cool!

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Yes, the three "free" oil changes are included with all new tC's (and all new Scions, I think). I read about this on their website before I bought the tC. I used my first one a couple weeks ago with no problems. Didn't have to bring any paperwork in or anything, since I went to the dealership where I purchased my tC.
 

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has anyone been able to get anything else included for "free"
 

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Originally posted by falcon9094@Sep 24 2004, 11:56 AM
Look in the back of one of the manuals it has your coupon for redemption of the oil changes.
the coupons are in the back of the "Scheduled Maintenance Guide"

there was also a card in the glove box or hanging from a A/C vent that mentioned them.

the first change is at 1000 miles to remove the break-in oil. the next two are scheduled at 5000 and 10000 miles.


happy driving.
 

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Originally posted by onefunkyfreshdj@Sep 24 2004, 03:02 PM
has anyone been able to get anything else included for "free"
I got a free brake inspection and tire rotation for my 5000 mi service. It's only cause I raised a little hell when I took my car in and sayed "Yes, I'm here to get my 5000 mi. service" and they only changed the oil. They didn't rotate the tires or inspect the brakes I was pissed off because my coworker was nice enough to go to the dealer with me and I had to ask him to do it a second time for the rest of the service. Those are things that I can obviously do myself, but I wanted the official Toyota stamp for proof... in case I *gasp* ever had to sell my tC.

Raise hell = free ish.
 

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Heh, I'll try to do the same and raise a little hell. And thanks for the tip on getting the first oil change at 1000!

And I'm loving this tC more and more each day. Of course, it's been a week (500 miles, woo).

Another street-side review: I was driving down Austin Street in Queens, NY, and this guy watches the car slowly go by and all I hear is "damn, dat's a hot car.." It's so new, and there are so few tC's in the NY area yet from low supply to this district, people are enraptured.

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Yeah I only had a slight complication when the dealer did not want to change my oil because I wasn't up to the recommended 5000 miles. But luckily that moron called his boss that had half a brain and I got the oil changed!!!!

Anyway about free -ish, I had to wait a week for my car and there was a bit of confusion at the dealership (like my car not being there when they said it would) so I told them I was still coming on that day to pick it up and I hope it was there for their sake. When I got there the car was there and they offered free tint but I declined (dealer installed tint?? ewww!!!) But my wife really wanted the interior lights so I got those instead!!!! installed and evrything for FREE!! not bad
 

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Originally posted by moriarty@Sep 24 2004, 03:48 PM
the first change is at 1000 miles to remove the break-in oil.
where does it say this?
 

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the break in period of any scion is 1000 miles. there is oil in the car for that period hensforth, "break-in oil". You should check out your owners manual it has lots of good info reguarding break in and other cool things.

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Originally posted by J&J FlintC@Sep 25 2004, 12:14 AM
(dealer installed tint?? ewww!!!)
My dealer-installed tint looks great =P
 

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Originally posted by moriarty@Sep 25 2004, 02:03 AM
the break in period of any scion is 1000 miles. there is oil in the car for that period hensforth, "break-in oil". You should check out your owners manual it has lots of good info reguarding break in and other cool things.

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The owner's manual and maintenance schedule specifically say that the first required maintenance on the car is at 5,000 miles.
 

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Originally posted by tC owners manual pg. 132
BREAK-IN Period
Drive gently and avoid high speeds.

Your vehicle does not need an elaborate
break-in. But following a gew simple tips
for the first 1600 km (1000 miles) can add
to the future economy and long life of
your vehicle:

Avoid full throttle avveleration when
starting and driving.

Avoid racing the engine.

Try to avoid hard stops during the
first 300 km (200 miles).

Do not drive slowly with the manual
transmission in a high gear.

Do not drive for a long time at any
single speed, either fast or slow.
now the 1000 miles oil change is a dealer suggestion to help to find problems from the factory before it becomes an issue. if you want to go longer be my guest. But, as far as i am concerned I would get that oil out asap.
 

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moriarty,

I know much less about this stuff than you do -- my father suggested the same thing to me, about getting the first oil change done early. I just found it interesting that this appears to be common knowledge among people who know about cars and engines, and yet the manual says nothing about it.

P.S. I got my first oil change done at 1,500. I'll probably get my second done at 5,000, and just change it every 5,000 after that.
 

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after doing a little more research though the books and my service department I find it a little odd that scion does not mention it in any book. However, it does make since.
 

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Yeah my dealer is telling ppl to get their first oil change at 5K. I'm a few hundred over 2K and I plan on taking it in soon to get it changed.
 

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100% FACT: todays engines do not need to have the oil changed before 3k miles.......unless any of you have built over a million motors like Toyota has (with a staggeringly high success rate) then I would follow what they have to say rather than someone on the internet. No flames intended, just basing my post on FACT ...... did i say FACT?? oops i meant FACT...........and one more time FACT. - t
 

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Moriarty,

The first article I would like to sight as my factual representation for not changing the oil at 1000 miles is the Scion Owners Manual written by Toyota Motor Company. This manual is published by the people who actually manufacture one of the most reliable motors on the planet, and is their direct reccomendation as to how to get the motor to last as long as possible. Please provide me with articles written by Toyota Motor Company that disprove their own FACTUAL theory of changing the oil every 3-5 thousand miles and I will concede the debate to you without a fight. -T
 

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alright, for what is is worth...

the service department at my dealership (who in fact are the people who maintain and repair our scions) suggest the first service be performed at 1,000 miles for the reasons that I have stated earlier. I am not going to argue about what is says in the manual. All I am saying is that the people here who actually make the repairs and actually do the maintenance suggest doing it at 1,000 miles. Rest assured that tomarrow morning when I come to work, when the service department is open, I will ask them and get more information.

like i said before: Do what you gotta do. I am just telling you what experience combined with factory know how tells me. And besides, can it really hurt the car to do an oil change at 1,000 miles anyway?
 
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