2012 Toyota Camry SE: Still Waiting for First Oil Change
June 12, 2012
The "MAINT REQD" light has started flashing at startup in our long-term 2012 Toyota Camry.
This is a mileage-based indicator (rather than one based on an oil life sensor) that prompts you to observe Toyota's recommended, normal-duty 5,000-mile service intervals for the car. There's evidently an early warning feature built in, as we last reset the light at 4,888 miles after the car's first mini service -- and we're still a good 300 miles away from putting on another 5,000. (I suppose the light will start staying on all the time as we get closer to the threshold. Had I waited for that, I would have been able to take a sharper photo.)
Although we won't be going as many miles between oil changes as we have with various (hapless) BMWs that have passed through the fleet, 10,000 miles between oil changes is still a pretty good deal... at least, for the first two years (or 25,000 miles) when the Camry is covered by Toyota's complimentary maintenance plan.
After that, cheapskate Camry owners (like my future self?) will be scouring the big-box stores for deals on the 0W20 synthetic that enables that long interval.
We'll fill you on any details about our 10K service visit after we have it done.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 9,551 miles