Sometimes a car is just a lemon. We call that engine being built on "beer Friday." On the topic you asked, good maintenance is a combination of exactly what the manufacturer suggest and a little extra.
I owned a brand new Dodge Dakota when I was a teenager that only recommended replacing the engine oil filter every OTHER oil change. Any mechanic will tell you that is just a bad idea.
Besides doing EXACTLY what the maintenance schedule suggests for the severe driver schedule, do a complete oil and filter change no more than every 4,000 miles. Spark plugs, even if it calls for platinum or iridium no more than 50k miles. (Copper style every 24-30k)
Either use a reputable gas company like Exxon, Chevron, Texaco or any other big name every time you fill to avoid stale fuel and carbon buildup. And every other year have a fuel injection service performed. Gas treatments are a fine alternative but must be performed more often as they are severely diluted in the gas tank.
Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 AT 12:45 PM