'jamesiow wrote: ↑Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:31 amWell that’s based on many stories in the motor press, letters from engineers in said press and also VW AG. “Long life servicing is only suitable for certain types of driving conditions or drivers”.
So are you now saying it's OK to leave the oil in the car for over 12mth if you meet certain criteria? Because that's not what those others say.
In anycase it's all based on opinion, not fact. Yes there will be cars that are on longlife that will have engine trouble after 5 years or so. There will also be cars that receive an annual service that suffer engine trouble after 5 years or so - how on earth do these people know the trouble was because of bad oil? It's nothing other than a guess. (there will be plenty of cars on longlife that never suffer engine trouble). It's plain wrong to make sweeping statements without supporting evidence.
Not sure how old you are but certainly up until 1995, my Honda's were serviced every 6000 miles - because that was the norm. Anyone who ignored that and had their car serviced every 12mths were labelled "they don't love their cars"; "the engine will suffer" etc Sound familiar? Personally I put it down to some folk never want to change - they can't accept new things.
BMW run on longlife servicing - nothing is said about that. If you look closely at Renault servicing, you'll note their cars are serviced every 12mths, but hidden in the small print is oil only gets changed every 2nd year. I'm sure the vast majority of owners assume the oil gets changed every service.
As ever it's up to the individual how their car gets serviced.