2011 Infiniti M56: As Frequent As You Wanna Be
August 31, 2011
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.
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.
... 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.