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Hello everyone. My name is Brian. Just purchased a new LS Spark last week with 16 miles. Wife and I went to Savanna, Georgia and checked out some back roads. Has almost 800 miles now. Very impressed with ride. I got the midnight grey color.
 

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These Sparks surprised me. I've owned small cars before but they all felt like small cars. Volkswagen Rabbit, Dodge Colt, Ford Festiva, Hyundai Accent & I've driven others. They were louder & rougher riding. The Spark is quiet, smooth & rides well yet it's very nimble. I could do a 600 mile day in it no problem. Comfortable seats.
 

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Can't agree more. Wife and I did a little over 600 miles to Georgia coast. We're going to spend the night but due to rough weather came back that night. We never felt like we had to get out and take a break. Very comfortable.
 

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I put a little over 1000 miles iin the first 7 days I had mine..
Got a question for ya. I've been reading the owners manual and it seems like the first oil change is scheduled for 7,500 miles. I have been on some websites suggesting the break inn oil to be changed at between 500 to 2000 miles. It does not mention the Spark or any other car in perticular, it just says between the 500-2000. I called my dealer and he says wait at least till 1500 miles. I have almost 1000 miles on the clock and want to get my oil changed at 1000. Do you think that I am being to premature? I would rather spend the money for and oil change for a piece of mind. What's your thoughts?
 

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My dealer says the only service they insist on, is at 5000kms (3500) miles, so they can do all the post delivery checks, and what not.

I don't see any real reason to change the oil earlier. It's not like the oil is different, and I don't think they use break-in additives anymore.

For real peace of mind, you can buy oil test kits at most auto parts stores. You take a sample of your oil, at oil change time, and send it off, and they send back a report of
the condition of the oil, and any contaminants in the oil. All these can be traced to specific parts in the engine, so you get a good idea if anything odd is going on in there.

Historically people have been changing oil more often than is necessary, especially with synthetic oils, a fall-back to the 1960s-70s when you changed the oil twice a year (whether it needed it or not). Engines are built a lot different now, and don't need the same treatment.
 
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