2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test


2011 Infiniti M56: As Frequent As You Wanna Be

August 31, 2011

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Okay, yes, another post about our longterm 2011 Infiniti M56's oil. And yes, you've seen this image recently. But I couldn't help but think that the service advisor missed an opportunity to bolster his admonition to change the oil every 3750 miles.

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Being the curious type, I did as the lead shot suggested and pushed the 'Info' button. The image above flashed up. Neat, you can set the odometer intervals for maintenance alerts.

Digging deeper...

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... the oil change interval programmed in our car is 5250 miles. Must be some factory default setting, as it's neither the aforementioned 3750-mile interval, nor the 7500-mile interval called out by the Schedule 2 maintenance. But that's neither here nor there.

Now, at the last (or first) service visit, a truly clever service advisor would have entered "3750" in place of the 5250-mile interval you see above. It's likely that many customers would simply comply and bring it in for service when directed by the electronic overlord.

In all seriousness, I'm a bit surprised that the M56 doesn't employ some kind of oil condition model to determine when to send the service flag up. You know, those systems that can kind-of sort-of guesstimate the oil's health based on driving style, time at temp, revs, etc.

Still, I do appreciate these kind of alerts. Just make sure nobody's monkeyed with them before placing stock in them.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 15,230 miles.

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