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changed the oil for the second time (first was free at 1000 miles at the dealer) in the wife's dart last weekend at 4000 miles.
Took all of 15 minutes, and was the easiest, least messy oil change I have done in a while.
The entire underneath is sealed, but (unlike my challenger) you don't have to dis-assemble the underneath of the car because there are 2 doors. One for the oil filter and one for the drain plug.
And, the oil fill location is 1) on the top of the engine and 2) large enough to accommodate a normal size funnel 3) I only needed 3 basic hand tools.

I dare to say the engineers actual might have put some thought about maintenance into the car when designing it. :D

pics to follow.
 

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pics from oil change
 

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You are only required to change the oil when a system message appears on your EIC screen on the steering wheel. Did you receive that message?
 

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If a guys wants to change his oil at intervals he believes will prolong optimum performance from his engine, I say let him.

I don't really care too much for the oil life monitors. I think it'll just let your oil go black and gunk up your engine eventually. I like seeing light through my oil as its coming out of the engine. Even after 100,000 miles.
 

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You are only required to change the oil when a system message appears on your EIC screen on the steering wheel. Did you receive that message?
haven't seen any message to that effect.

her Dart only has 5500 miles on it so far tho.

There are a more factors to consider than miles in deciding when to do an oil change.
 

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I plan to change my oil after the first 1k like you then every 5000 thereafter or sooner depending on the look of it and the type of driving I have been doing.. the oil in my 99 ram gets changed soon as it looks dirty.. it has 150, 000 on it and still runs like new
 

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My first oil change

EIC system said it was time for an oil change. Took me about 20 minutes taking my time. However, the EIC system still tells me to change the oil. When will this notification go away?
Did some research and found out how to reset the system notification so I'm all good now.
 

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^ thanks for the information. The wife said her car is giving her the message now on the dash as well.
 

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I do all my own oil changes across multiple vehicles (3 cars and a truck). A solid brass FumotoValve is probably the best investment I've made on doing oil changes. They come in a form that has a nipple that you can attach a small piece of 3/8" tubing to and have it drain straight into your collection vessel. (Large old empty oil cans in my case since I have plenty of them on hand at all times after hauling the first few oil changes to the recycle collection point, I've always had plenty of empties after that.) Anyway, that brass valve does drain a little slower, but it doesn't bother me as I use that time to do other stuff. They work REALLY well. On the Dart, if you use the valve, you will need the solid brass standoff / spacer that goes with it to be able to get it to fit right.
 
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