Can I skip the oil and filter change on a low mileage car?
I bought a Jaguar XK Convertible 5-litre last August. It was serviced in March 2019 at 76,600 miles and has travelled only 4000 miles since. It's used as a second car, no short trips usually 20+ miles. 'Service required' is showing in the display now. It was MOT'd in March so brake pads etc are okay. Does it really need an oil and filter change or would it be alright to carry out all checks but not change the oil for another year. I'm also not thinking of changing the car anytime soon so not concerned about the lack of a full service history.
Regular oil and filter changes are essential. The oil loses its lubricity over time, while the old filter will allow contaminants into the engine. Both will increase wear and tear, which is something you really want to avoid with something as complicated (and costly to fix) as a 10-year-old V8 Jaguar. If you plan to to keep it long term, don't skip or prolong regular maintenance. It will only cause you financial pain further down the road.
Answered by Dan Powell on