Today's Cars Log More Miles Between Oil Changes
3 May 1999Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association: Today's Cars Log More Miles Between Oil Changes
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., May 3 -- In 1969, oil changes occurred every 3,000 miles; in 1999, car makers say owners can drive 7,500 miles between oil and filter changes. Why? Intervals between oil changes have lengthened as vehicle manufacturers have designed more trouble-free, lower-maintenance vehicles, according to Automotive Industry Status Report -- a comprehensive report produced by the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). Founded in 1904, MEMA exclusively represents and serve more than 700 U.S. manufacturers of motor vehicle components, tools and equipment, automotive chemicals, and related products used in the production, repair, and maintenance of all classes of motor vehicles. MEMA is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., and has offices in Washington, D.C.; Detroit, Mich.; Yokohama, Japan; Brussels, Belgium; Mexico City, Mexico; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. More information is available from the MEMA website, http://www.mema.org.