The 200,000 + Mile Severe Duty Dodge Durango
It all started in 2006 when my wife and I decided we wanted to move to Reno Nevada from the San Francisco Bay Area. We knew that we wanted a vehicle that could take us off road and out to explore many of the historic sites in Nevada, our new home. You can view some of our explorations here. We ended up purchasing a 2005 Dodge Durango with 25,000 miles on the clock. Virtually brand new, and exploring we went.
For the first couple years it seemed as if I had to change the oil every month as we did a lot of traveling. During this time I was using conventional motor oil and didn’t believe in extended oil drain intervals. I was stuck in the 3k mile oil change interval mindset and not open to the idea that I could actually change my oil less often, a lot less often. I would change my oil every 3K miles without fail. I had heard of this product named AMSOIL, but I was under the impression it was nothing more than a pyramid scheme and a waste of money. After all, who in their right mind would change their oil every 25K miles. I dismissed the product as a waste of money and moved on.
About two years later, on a forum that I had owned, I mentioned how I was tired of changing my oil every month and another forum member brought up AMSOIL. We engaged in a debate regarding the cost to benefits ratio and indeed if you are set in your ways and change your oil every 3k miles, it is a major waste of money for an average vehicle (of course if you own a Ferrari, or other high end vehicle, it would be worth it even with 3k mile oil change intervals). But I decided to start digging into the research which you can read about here. In short, I found out that not only can you save a boat load of money with extended oil drain intervals, but they may actually be better for your vehicle if you use a quality synthetic motor oil like AMSOIL. You can read more about that here.
I decided to give AMSOIL a shot and performed a used oil analysis after 11,000 miles. I used Blackstone Labs to test the oil and check the performance. Most of these miles included extreme heat conditions of the Nevada desert, dirt road travel, and extensive idling in 100+ temperatures. At the time our daughter was a baby and we would let her sleep in the idling air conditioned Durango with the window down as we got out of the vehicle to stretch and look around. We were never more than 10 feet from the vehicle if you’re wondering. I was surprised to read that the oil analyst suggested going another 2K miles before changing out the oil. The analysis notes a high copper reading most likely due to the K&N air filter, which may have allowed a lot of dirt into the engine. But these roads out here kick up a powdery dust, which means it may be time for a better air filter.
After getting back the stellar used oil analysis results, I was sold on not only using AMSOIL, but it was at this time that I was ready to make the jump to a full AMSOIL dealer. Since moving to AMSOIL and using it exclusively in my vehicles, I have added a 24 foot travel trailer to the lineup that my Durango is tasked with pulling it.
In 2011 we purchased our first 24 foot travel trailer, which would be towed with our tiny 4.7L Dodge Durango engine. We have pulled our Travel Trailer all over Nevada and Idaho. I currently use nothing but AMSOIL products in my vehicle, from the gear lube to the transmission fluid. Recently the Durango turned over 200,000 miles and has had no major repairs. I credit this to the fact that AMSOIL does an excellent job protecting my investment.
Onward to 250,000 miles! Let’s hope the Durango can make it that far under such severe conditions. I am happy it has made it to 200,000 miles and would not be unhappy if it died tomorrow. If you want to protect your investment, feel free to use the contact us link at the top of the page and I will get you started with AMSOIL.