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Hi Guys. Just been reading the hand book regarding service intervals. the book says 20K or 1 year but says oil change when the the oil life reading says to change. If I understand this correct I will have to pay for an annual service (which is fine) but I may also have to pay for an oil change on top if the reading says it needs doing in order to maintain the warranty. Is this correct?
 

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Hi Klesmy, in theory you will just have the car serviced at the point the oil life gets down low or at 12 months whichever comes first.

My oil life is showing 86% after 3K miles so it is about bang on for replacement at 20K'ish. However I'm on a 15K a year contract so it will have an annual before then anyway. I have taken out the service plan as it should work out OK for me.

If your oil life drops really fast then I guess you will need more than one service a year but in my experience of my 1.4T the oil life only drops fast if you do lots of very short trips (<3 mile) or thrash the engine. Oil life hardly moves on longer journeys at sensible speeds.

Edit: So my oil life has dropped approx 1% for every 200 miles driven.
 

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Thanks Ian. I was just checking as I will not be taking the car to the dealer for servicing. I know a vauxhall specialist in Lincoln who will do the work with genuine parts and cheaper than dealer.
 

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Klesmy i believe that what you are saying is correct, if the oil life % goes to 0% before you hit 1 year or 20K then you are supposed to do an oil and filter change and then get it serviced every year or 20K regardless so theoretically you are right about a sometimes more than 1 oil change a year but as mud4fun says, just get a service each time the oil life gets to 0%, and don't bother with the 1 year/20K nonsense.

Ive said it before and I'll say it again, I don't understand why theyve given the Corsa a set service interval mileage and time AND an oil life counter, it should be 1 or the other.

Older Vauxhalls (my dad had an 05 plate Vectra C which had this) you could choose between the standard 1 year/20K interval or switch the cars display to something called " eco service flex" which is basically the oil life %age thing the E has, only back then your driving style didnt decrease the oil life % it decreased the mileage interval to service, so it started at 31,000 (diesel Vauxhalls back then had 30K intervals) and if you drove well you could go 31K before needing a service, if you ragged it everywhere the mileage count would go down faster and you'd end up needing a service a few thousand miles early, Why Vauxhall couldn't have even given us this option baffles me.
 

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Even if the oil needs changing before 12 months or 20 a service would do no harm to anything other than the wallet!!!!!. Will just get a service when the oil life is telling me to. The curtesy car I had for two weeks while I waited for mine was at 60% with 3.5 k on the clock. Mine has got 500 miles on the clock and is at 95%.
 

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oil life is based around how car is driven, short city journeys will cause oil to degrade faster, long motorway driving takes longer to degrade. your service light will come on when oil life gets to about 9% i think. most services these days are based on oil life and not on mileages, mileage/time is there as a maximum so you dont leave car longer.
 

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Yes, as long as you manage to get your oil to last 9 months then getting it serviced at that point would simply mean you'd face paying for 4 services over a 3 year period instead of 3.

I noticed my oil life dropped quite quickly in the first 1K miles but seems to have slowed down now so don't be too alarmed.
 

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Thanks guys. I have spend thousands on car repairs over the last 2 years and the corsa is an attempt to stop that with it been new and the 3 year wanrantee and don't want to void the wantantee
 

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Same here, it was costing me thousands to keep my old 'loan free' vehicle running so decided to go for new car. Currently cheaper even with the loan because mpg is nearly double so saving me a fortune on fuel :)
 
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