A Toyota master technician on YouTube advises against the 10k interval. See this video: How to maintain your Toyota Part 1 : Engine oil and Filters (relevant part starts at 3 mins to approx 6:30 mins). He specifically says do 5k or 6 months to avoid problems down the road.Agreed! Never go by the color of the oil on the dipstick, lol. The mileage and time and oil analysis only if you want to go longer on the oil. There is no need to change oil early like some have suggested at 1,000 or 1,500 miles on new engines. Thats a thing of the past. Waste of $ and oil resources. Go by the owners manual for oil changes. every 10,000 miles regular service or every 5,000 miles severe service for oil changes.
He highly recommends a break in oil change at 1k miles if you are planning to keep the vehicle a long time. Also emphasizes being aware of the "severe" conditions that would prompt a 5k interval and suggests just do 5k for simplicity. Video here: Never do THIS to your New Toyota and Toyota Hybrid (5 mins 10 sec mark)
Agree 100%. There is no harm changing it more frequently.The way I see it... is that you can't change your oil too often, but you can certainly go too long between oil changes and damage your engine. I have usually done it at 3K anyway, oil is cheap. I have never waited the 7,500 -10K max for an oil change. I look at that as the max limit the manufacturers say you can wait and not as a guideline.
I don't think service departments are making much profit off a simple ~$50-70 oil change. Will they recommend other more expensive service with higher margins...some of them yes.Changing at 3k is nothing but you padding the pockets of your local service department/mechanic. If it makes you comfortable though, more power to you.