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    Durango R/T 2017 zero mileage

    Hey guys, just bought a 2017 Durango RT with zero mileage. Questions:
    1- Shall I drive at low rpm for the first 1000km?
    2- Shall I immediately take it for oil change knowing it’s been idle for about 2 years?

    Cheers

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    the oil is likely synthetic if its factory oil so it won't "go bad" from sitting. Treat it like new. There's really no break-in required but generally the recommendation is don't redline it or tow for the first 500 miles.

    If it's a low miles demo, chances are everyone who test drove it probably redlined it during the test drive....just nature of test driving.

    I've read that the Durango ECU runs light for the first 500 miles to prevent anyone pushing it too hard....but I don't know if that's true, I've just read that in a few places. I just passed 500 miles on my 2019 and can't say I've noticed any changes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kabow View Post
    Hey guys, just bought a 2017 Durango RT with zero mileage. Questions:
    1- Shall I drive at low rpm for the first 1000km?
    2- Shall I immediately take it for oil change knowing it’s been idle for about 2 years?

    Cheers
    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    the oil is likely synthetic if its factory oil so it won't "go bad" from sitting. Treat it like new. There's really no break-in required but generally the recommendation is don't redline it or tow for the first 500 miles.

    If it's a low miles demo, chances are everyone who test drove it probably redlined it during the test drive....just nature of test driving.

    I've read that the Durango ECU runs light for the first 500 miles to prevent anyone pushing it too hard....but I don't know if that's true, I've just read that in a few places. I just passed 500 miles on my 2019 and can't say I've noticed any changes.

    Congratulations on the Zero Mileage find!

    The oil in the 5.7 HEMI that is in your '17 Durango R/T left the factory with either conventional engine oil or, at the most, a synthetic blend engine oil. It did not leave the factory with Full Synthetic. Only the 6.4 HEMI's and 6.2 HEMI's in the Hellcats and Demons get Full Synthetic from the factory.

    If you bought it from a dealer, then confirm that they changed the oil before they handed you the keys.

    If you bought it from an individual, then you can bet that they didn't change it.

    Either way, I might change the oil just to have peace of mind that it's been done. And while not required in your 5.7 HEMI, I prefer Full Synthetic (Pennzoil Platinum 5W-20)

    Follow the owner's manual for break-in instructions

    ENGINE BREAK-IN RECOMMENDATIONS
    A long break-in period is not required for the engine and
    drivetrain (transmission and axle) in your vehicle.

    Drive moderately during the first 300 miles (500 km). After
    the initial 60 miles (100 km), speeds up to 50 or 55 mph (80
    or 90 km/h) are desirable.


    While cruising, brief full-throttle acceleration within the
    limits of local traffic laws contributes to a good break-in.

    Wide-open throttle acceleration in low gear can be detrimental and should be avoided.

    The engine oil installed in the engine at the factory is a
    high-quality energy conserving type lubricant. Oil changes
    should be consistent with anticipated climate conditions
    under which vehicle operations will occur. For the recommended viscosity and quality grades, refer to “Maintenance Procedures” in “Maintaining Your Vehicle.”

    CAUTION!
    Never use Non-Detergent Oil or Straight Mineral Oil
    in the engine or damage may result.


    NOTE: A new engine may consume some oil during its
    first few thousand miles (kilometers) of operation. This
    should be considered a normal part of the break-in and not
    interpreted as a problem. Please check your oil level with
    the engine oil indicator often during the break in period.
    Add oil as required.


    Change Engine Oil
    The oil change indicator system will remind you that it is
    time to take your vehicle in for scheduled maintenance.
    Refer to the “Maintenance Schedule” for further information.

    NOTE: Under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 10,000 miles (16,000 km), twelve months or 350
    hours of engine run time, whichever comes first.
    The 350
    hours of engine run or idle time is generally only a concern
    for fleet customers.

    Engine Oil Viscosity (SAE Grade) — 5.7L Engine
    Mopar SAE 5W-20 engine oil approved to FCA Material
    Standard MS-6395 such as Pennzoil, Shell Helix or equivalent is recommended for all operating temperatures. This
    engine oil improves low temperature starting and vehicle
    fuel economy.

    The engine oil filler cap also shows the recommended
    engine oil viscosity for your engine. For information on
    engine oil filler cap location, refer to the “Engine Compartment” illustration in this section.

    NOTE: Vehicles equipped with a 5.7L engine must use SAE
    5W-20 oil. Failure to do so may result in improper operation of the Fuel Saver Technology.
    Refer to “Fuel Saver
    Technology – If Equipped” in “Starting And Operating” for
    further information.

    Lubricants which do not have both the engine oil certification mark and the correct SAE viscosity grade number
    should not be used.
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    even if it isn't a full synthetic oil doesn't really go "bad" from sitting. It's the impurities that get dissolved in it as the motor runs and heat cycling that cause oil to break down over time. If the vehicle is truly a zero or near-zero mile vehicle the oil should be fine. However as Wizard of Iz says, an oil change is a small expense compared to the price of the vehicle you just bought.

    I'd be more worried about squirrels living on your intake and rats chewing through your brake lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kabow View Post
    Hey guys, just bought a 2017 Durango RT with zero mileage.
    2- Shall I immediately take it for oil change knowing it’s been idle for about 2 years?

    Cheers
    Yes, I would change the oil first chance you get. Shouldn't have it in for more than 12 months, regardless of mileage.

    You should have the selling dealer change it as a courtesy, and reference the factory maintenance schedule which clearly states it.

    Edit: as posted above

    NOTE: Under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 10,000 miles (16,000 km), twelve months or 350
    hours of engine run time, whichever comes first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IvoryHemi View Post
    Yes, I would change the oil first chance you get. Shouldn't have it in for more than 12 months, regardless of mileage.

    You should have the selling dealer change it as a courtesy, and reference the factory maintenance schedule which clearly states it.

    Edit: as posted above

    NOTE: Under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 10,000 miles (16,000 km), twelve months or 350
    hours of engine run time, whichever comes first.
    That 12 month rule applies more to people who drive less than 10k a year, like me. The oil won’t go bad just sitting in the sump.


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