If you fall into the category of drivers who allow a windshield reminder sticker to dictate when they get an oil change, current expertise recommends you drop that habit. Conversely, it is advised you heed the automobile maker's advised service intervals. For those driving modern cars, it is advised that you rely upon the car's oil life monitoring system to alert you when it is time for a change.

Recently, manufacturers have been installing oil life monitors, which are based on mileage and alert the driver via a maintenance light when the vehicle reaches that predetermined mileage range. In more advanced versions, the monitors are continuously tracking information via sensors located throughout the car and then utilize an algorithm to predict your oil life. Depending on your driving conditions and behaviors, the frequency of your car's lubricant can vary daily. All guesswork is eliminated about when your next tune up is and you are free to just drive until the maintenance light alerts you. It is essential to remember that these systems are created to work with the factory-recommended brands. As high-tech as they may seem, they are not advanced enough to distinguish if you decide to upgrade to a higher brand. So, it actually pays to save your money and rely on the factory fill.

Every mechanic and dealership service crew may seem to have their own rationales for their recommendations. The most reliable way to determine the life of your vehicle is to obtain an oil analysis. This will spell out the conditions of your fluids, as well as unveil any issues your engine may be having. Once your results come back from the lab, you will receive recommendations on just how far you can go between service appointments.

78 - 87 Complete El Camino Door Tailgate Weatherstripping Seal Kit 17 Pc
78 - 87 Complete El Camino Door Tailgate Weatherstripping Seal Kit 17 Pc
289.00
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78-87 El Camino Caballero Complete Bed Tailgate And Rear Window Clip Kit
78-87 El Camino Caballero Complete Bed Tailgate And Rear Window Clip Kit
54.99
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78-87 El Camino Body Side Molding Set 6 Pc New 58.0807
78-87 El Camino Body Side Molding Set 6 Pc New 58.0807
208.37
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78-87 El Camino Caballero 6 Pc Roof Rail Sweeps And Door Weatherstripping Kit
78-87 El Camino Caballero 6 Pc Roof Rail Sweeps And Door Weatherstripping Kit
159.99
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78-87 El Camino Caballero Rear Roof Molding Clips - Complete 6pc Kit
78-87 El Camino Caballero Rear Roof Molding Clips - Complete 6pc Kit
13.95
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78-87 El Camino Caballero Two-tone Lower Body Side Molding Clip - 10 Pc Kit
78-87 El Camino Caballero Two-tone Lower Body Side Molding Clip - 10 Pc Kit
19.99
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Rubber Roof Rail Seals Weatherstrip Pair Set For 78-87 Caballero El Camino
Rubber Roof Rail Seals Weatherstrip Pair Set For 78-87 Caballero El Camino
61.90
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78-87 El Camino Caballero 4 Pc Weatherstripping Kit Roof Rail And Door
78-87 El Camino Caballero 4 Pc Weatherstripping Kit Roof Rail And Door
114.98
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New Round Bead Door Window Felt Sweeps 4 Pc Set - Malibu El Camino 78-87
New Round Bead Door Window Felt Sweeps 4 Pc Set - Malibu El Camino 78-87
81.69
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78-87 El Camino Caballero Malibu New 2 Pc Front Bumper Fillers Set
78-87 El Camino Caballero Malibu New 2 Pc Front Bumper Fillers Set
74.99
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78-87 Chevrolet El Camino Carpet Pass Area
78-87 Chevrolet El Camino Carpet Pass Area
136.88
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Upper Bed Molding Tailgate Molding Clips New 16 78 - 87 El Camino Op1065.16
Upper Bed Molding Tailgate Molding Clips New 16 78 - 87 El Camino Op1065.16
37.69
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78-87 El Camino New Window Molding Clips For Rear Window
78-87 El Camino New Window Molding Clips For Rear Window
18.99
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Window Sweeps Set Oe Style Rounded Chrome Bead For 78-87 El Camino Caballero
Window Sweeps Set Oe Style Rounded Chrome Bead For 78-87 El Camino Caballero
100.95
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78-87 New El Camino Malibu Caballero Front Spoiler Air Dam Polyurethane
78-87 New El Camino Malibu Caballero Front Spoiler Air Dam Polyurethane
219.98
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2 Tone Conquista Molding Clips 30 New 78 - 87 El Camino Caballero Bn1001
2 Tone Conquista Molding Clips 30 New 78 - 87 El Camino Caballero Bn1001
11.70
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1978-87 Chevrolet El Camino Malibu Gmc Caballero Front Bumper Fillers
1978-87 Chevrolet El Camino Malibu Gmc Caballero Front Bumper Fillers
65.00
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Lower Steering Shaft 78 - 87 El Camino Monte Carlo 82 - 92 Camaro
Lower Steering Shaft 78 - 87 El Camino Monte Carlo 82 - 92 Camaro
225.00
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Front Pillar Trim Gm Restoration 78 -87 El Camino Monte Carlo Malibu Em1070.1 Fs
Front Pillar Trim Gm Restoration 78 -87 El Camino Monte Carlo Malibu Em1070.1 Fs
78.22
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Chevy El Camino Door Molding Driver Side Centerline Caballero 78-87
Chevy El Camino Door Molding Driver Side Centerline Caballero 78-87
49.99
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78-87 New El Camino Front Bumper Impact Strip Rubber
78-87 New El Camino Front Bumper Impact Strip Rubber
148.00
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Windshield Rear Window Molding Clips New 78-87 El Camino A G Body Bn2813
Windshield Rear Window Molding Clips New 78-87 El Camino A G Body Bn2813
14.16
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78-87 El Caminocaballero Rear Tailgate License Plate Bucket - Factory Gm Nos
78-87 El Caminocaballero Rear Tailgate License Plate Bucket - Factory Gm Nos
199.99
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78-87 El Camino Body Side Molding Set 6 Pc New  58.0807
78-87 El Camino Body Side Molding Set 6 Pc New 58.0807
188.10
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El Camino Door Panel Inserts 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87
El Camino Door Panel Inserts 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87
125.00
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78-87 El Camino Malibu Windshield Molding Set New 58.0808
78-87 El Camino Malibu Windshield Molding Set New 58.0808
188.23
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78-87 El Camino Sprint Cabellero Stainless Fuel Gas Tank Sending Unit
78-87 El Camino Sprint Cabellero Stainless Fuel Gas Tank Sending Unit
47.00
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78-87 El Camino Caballero Rear Corner Tail Bed Trim Moldings
78-87 El Camino Caballero Rear Corner Tail Bed Trim Moldings
68.99
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78-87 G-body El Camino Complete Cnc Preformed Brake Line Set Kit Tubes Oem Steel
78-87 G-body El Camino Complete Cnc Preformed Brake Line Set Kit Tubes Oem Steel
144.50
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78-87 El Camino Front Rear Wheel Well Reveal Trim Molding Set Of 4 Tpi New V8
78-87 El Camino Front Rear Wheel Well Reveal Trim Molding Set Of 4 Tpi New V8
140.00
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78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 El Camino Gas Fuel Tank Sending Unit 22 Gallon New
78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 El Camino Gas Fuel Tank Sending Unit 22 Gallon New
46.00
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78-87 New El Camino Rear Bumper Impact Strip Rubber
78-87 New El Camino Rear Bumper Impact Strip Rubber
148.00
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Windshield Molding Set Used G 78-87 El Camino Malibu U69.19
Windshield Molding Set Used G 78-87 El Camino Malibu U69.19
158.15
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78-87 El Camino Malibu Windshield Molding Set New 58.0808
78-87 El Camino Malibu Windshield Molding Set New 58.0808
170.36
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78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 Monte Carlo El Camino Regal Windshield Wiper Arms
78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 Monte Carlo El Camino Regal Windshield Wiper Arms
40.00
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78-87 Chevy El Camino Gmc Caballero Rear Window Molding Glass Trim Set Gbody Gm
78-87 Chevy El Camino Gmc Caballero Rear Window Molding Glass Trim Set Gbody Gm
129.99
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78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 Chevrolet El Camino Tailgate Top Molding Orig Gm
78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 Chevrolet El Camino Tailgate Top Molding Orig Gm
115.00
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Door Hinges Uppers New 78 - 87 El Camino Monte Carlo Malibu Ag Body  Gk2007.09
Door Hinges Uppers New 78 - 87 El Camino Monte Carlo Malibu Ag Body Gk2007.09
104.44
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78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 Chevy El Camino Trunk Bed Trim 7 Pcs Complete
78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 Chevy El Camino Trunk Bed Trim 7 Pcs Complete
219.99
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78-87 El Camino Caballero Door Roof Rail Roofrail Weatherstrip Seals Kit Metro
78-87 El Camino Caballero Door Roof Rail Roofrail Weatherstrip Seals Kit Metro
129.94
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78-87 El Camino Caballero Rear Red Side Marker Light Lamp Reflector - Pair - Usa
78-87 El Camino Caballero Rear Red Side Marker Light Lamp Reflector - Pair - Usa
74.03
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78-82 Malibu 78-87 El Camino Front Rear Wheel Well Reveal Trim Molding Set
78-82 Malibu 78-87 El Camino Front Rear Wheel Well Reveal Trim Molding Set
210.85
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Nos 78-87 El Camino Option B93 Special Aluminum Door Edge Guards Molding Pair Gm
Nos 78-87 El Camino Option B93 Special Aluminum Door Edge Guards Molding Pair Gm
225.00
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78-87 El Camino Wheel Well Molding Wo Body Side Molding New 4 Pc Set Gk28.5k
78-87 El Camino Wheel Well Molding Wo Body Side Molding New 4 Pc Set Gk28.5k
218.29
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Floor Pan Half 78-87 Buick Regal 78-88 Monte Carlo 78-83 Malibu El Camino Pair
Floor Pan Half 78-87 Buick Regal 78-88 Monte Carlo 78-83 Malibu El Camino Pair
760.00
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78-87 El Camino Mailibu 2 Door Window Sweeps Seals Outer New 58.2015
78-87 El Camino Mailibu 2 Door Window Sweeps Seals Outer New 58.2015
63.89
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Bed Rail Trim El Camino Rh Moulding 78-87 86 85 84 83 82 81 80 79 Chevy
Bed Rail Trim El Camino Rh Moulding 78-87 86 85 84 83 82 81 80 79 Chevy
132.00
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Windshield Molding Rh New 78-87 El Camino Malibu 58.1012
Windshield Molding Rh New 78-87 El Camino Malibu 58.1012
128.22
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Upper Motor Mounts V8 New 78 - 87 El Camino Malibu Ag Body Or0917.2
Upper Motor Mounts V8 New 78 - 87 El Camino Malibu Ag Body Or0917.2
76.84
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Upper Motor Mounts V8 New 78 - 87 El Camino Malibu Ag Body Or0917.2
Upper Motor Mounts V8 New 78 - 87 El Camino Malibu Ag Body Or0917.2
76.84
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78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 Chevy El Camino Bedrail Bed Trim Moulding Set
78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 Chevy El Camino Bedrail Bed Trim Moulding Set
479.96
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1978-87 El Camino 78-81 Regal 78-88 Monte Carlo Passenger Area Cut-pile Carpet
1978-87 El Camino 78-81 Regal 78-88 Monte Carlo Passenger Area Cut-pile Carpet
148.89
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Outside Door Handles Black W Gaskets New 78-87 El Camino Monte Carlo Gk2093.95k
Outside Door Handles Black W Gaskets New 78-87 El Camino Monte Carlo Gk2093.95k
34.63
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Nos Rear Window Black Molding El Camino Caballero 78-87 All 4 Pieces
Nos Rear Window Black Molding El Camino Caballero 78-87 All 4 Pieces
325.00
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78-87 El Camino Malibu 2dr Window Sweeps Seals Set 4 58.1015
78-87 El Camino Malibu 2dr Window Sweeps Seals Set 4 58.1015
91.60
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Hood Fits 78-87 Malibu 573891
Hood Fits 78-87 Malibu 573891
450.00
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Chevy El Camino 78-87 Lambo Kit Vertical Doors 79 80 81
Chevy El Camino 78-87 Lambo Kit Vertical Doors 79 80 81
895.00
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78-87 Nos Gm El Camino Left Hand Upper Cab Molding
78-87 Nos Gm El Camino Left Hand Upper Cab Molding
89.95
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Body Side Moldings Rear Wheel Well New 78-87 El Camino Gk67.6.7
Body Side Moldings Rear Wheel Well New 78-87 El Camino Gk67.6.7
184.46
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Bed Rail Trim El Camino Lh Moulding 78-87 86 85 84 83 82 81 80 79 Chevy
Bed Rail Trim El Camino Lh Moulding 78-87 86 85 84 83 82 81 80 79 Chevy
129.00
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78 - 87 Chevy El Camino And Malibu Lund Visor Part Ce1 Sunvisor Sun Visor
78 - 87 Chevy El Camino And Malibu Lund Visor Part Ce1 Sunvisor Sun Visor
249.99
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Body Side Molding Rear Wheel Well Rh 78-87 El Camino Gk67.7
Body Side Molding Rear Wheel Well Rh 78-87 El Camino Gk67.7
98.28
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Tintgiant Precut All Sides Rear Window Tint For Chevy El Camino 78-87
Tintgiant Precut All Sides Rear Window Tint For Chevy El Camino 78-87
28.95
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Trim 2 Tone Tailgate Moulding El Camino 78-87 79 86 85 84 83 82 81 80
Trim 2 Tone Tailgate Moulding El Camino 78-87 79 86 85 84 83 82 81 80
75.00
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78 79 80 81 82 83 84 86 87 Malibu Elcamino Rh Front Bumper Filler Trim Moulding
78 79 80 81 82 83 84 86 87 Malibu Elcamino Rh Front Bumper Filler Trim Moulding
79.99
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Weatherstrip Kit 78-87 Caballero El Camino 78-83 Malibu Kg2073
Weatherstrip Kit 78-87 Caballero El Camino 78-83 Malibu Kg2073
115.13
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78-87 El Camino Caballero 4 Piece Back Window Trim Molding Oem Black Used
78-87 El Camino Caballero 4 Piece Back Window Trim Molding Oem Black Used
115.00
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78 - 87 El Camino Caballero New 2 Pc Hardtop Roof Rail Seal Kit
78 - 87 El Camino Caballero New 2 Pc Hardtop Roof Rail Seal Kit
62.99
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78-87 El Camino Caballero Rear Wheel Well Bed Opening Chrome Trim Molding Lh
78-87 El Camino Caballero Rear Wheel Well Bed Opening Chrome Trim Molding Lh
84.99
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78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 El Camino Gmc Caballero Side Bed Moldings Set Lr
78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 El Camino Gmc Caballero Side Bed Moldings Set Lr
129.99
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Acc 78-87 El Camino Black Molded Carpet
Acc 78-87 El Camino Black Molded Carpet
200.04
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78-87 El Camino Gmc Caballero 2 Tone Upper Paint Separator 4 Pieces
78-87 El Camino Gmc Caballero 2 Tone Upper Paint Separator 4 Pieces
295.00
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78-87 El Camino Quarter Window Outer Felt Rubber Molding Pair W Chrome Bead New
78-87 El Camino Quarter Window Outer Felt Rubber Molding Pair W Chrome Bead New
29.95
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Door Roof Rail Weatherstrip Rubber Seals Kit Set For 78-87 Caballero El Camino
Door Roof Rail Weatherstrip Rubber Seals Kit Set For 78-87 Caballero El Camino
152.95
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1978-87 Chevy El Camino 12v 24 Circuit 15 Fuse Wiring Harness Wire Kit Upgrade
1978-87 Chevy El Camino 12v 24 Circuit 15 Fuse Wiring Harness Wire Kit Upgrade
165.00
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78-87 El Camino Caballero Rear Wheel Well Bed Opening Chrome Trim Molding Rh
78-87 El Camino Caballero Rear Wheel Well Bed Opening Chrome Trim Molding Rh
84.99
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Hood Latch W Bolts 82-92 Camaro 78-87 El Camino Monte Carlo Malibu Gk2157.2497
Hood Latch W Bolts 82-92 Camaro 78-87 El Camino Monte Carlo Malibu Gk2157.2497
21.55
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Kyb 4 Shocks Chevrolet Elcamino El Camino 78 79 80 81 82 To 87 343127 343157
Kyb 4 Shocks Chevrolet Elcamino El Camino 78 79 80 81 82 To 87 343127 343157
95.48
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Upper Bed Roof Tailgate Molding 7 Pc With Clips Screws 78-87 El Camino Kupm
Upper Bed Roof Tailgate Molding 7 Pc With Clips Screws 78-87 El Camino Kupm
541.72
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Beltline 4-pc Kit 78-87 Caballeroel Camino 78-83 Malibu Kg2074
Beltline 4-pc Kit 78-87 Caballeroel Camino 78-83 Malibu Kg2074
166.53
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Drip Rail Molding Set New Rears 78-87 El Camino Op70.12
Drip Rail Molding Set New Rears 78-87 El Camino Op70.12
135.41
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Hood Latch W Bolts 82-92 Camaro 78-87 El Camino Monte Carlo Malibu Gk2157.2497
Hood Latch W Bolts 82-92 Camaro 78-87 El Camino Monte Carlo Malibu Gk2157.2497
21.55
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Door Hinges Uppers 78 - 87 El Camino Monte Carlo Malibu Ag Body  Gk2007.09
Door Hinges Uppers 78 - 87 El Camino Monte Carlo Malibu Ag Body Gk2007.09
104.44
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Body Side Molding Rear Wheel Well Lh New 78-87 El Camino Gk67.6
Body Side Molding Rear Wheel Well Lh New 78-87 El Camino Gk67.6
98.28
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Fuel Gas Sending Unit 38 Fits Gm 78 79 80 81-87 El Camino 22 Gal Tank Stainless
Fuel Gas Sending Unit 38 Fits Gm 78 79 80 81-87 El Camino 22 Gal Tank Stainless
41.97
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Window Handles 2 Clear New 78 - 87 El Camino Monte Carlo Regal Malibu Cp1065.2
Window Handles 2 Clear New 78 - 87 El Camino Monte Carlo Regal Malibu Cp1065.2
19.55
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1978 1987 El Camino Caballero Side Quarter Window Moldings Trim Molding 78 87
1978 1987 El Camino Caballero Side Quarter Window Moldings Trim Molding 78 87
69.99
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78-87 New El Camino Malibu Front Center Bumper Filler Polyurethane
78-87 New El Camino Malibu Front Center Bumper Filler Polyurethane
59.98
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Interior Screw Set 97 Piece 78-87 El Camino Monte Carlo Malibu Bn2509
Interior Screw Set 97 Piece 78-87 El Camino Monte Carlo Malibu Bn2509
46.59
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78-87 El Camino Rear Wheel Well Bed Opening Reveal Chrome Trim Molding - Pair
78-87 El Camino Rear Wheel Well Bed Opening Reveal Chrome Trim Molding - Pair
139.99
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New Nos Window Sweep Outer Weatherstrip Lh Seal 78-87 Chevy El Camino Caballero
New Nos Window Sweep Outer Weatherstrip Lh Seal 78-87 Chevy El Camino Caballero
49.00
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Flywheel Dust Cover Bolts 4 New 78 - 87 El Camino Monte Carlo Malibu Bn1249
Flywheel Dust Cover Bolts 4 New 78 - 87 El Camino Monte Carlo Malibu Bn1249
9.10
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Chevy El Camino 78-87 Precut Window Tint -any Shade
Chevy El Camino 78-87 Precut Window Tint -any Shade
26.97
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Battery Tray Bolts 3 78-87 El Camino Malibu Monte Carlo Bn1039
Battery Tray Bolts 3 78-87 El Camino Malibu Monte Carlo Bn1039
6.10
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Tailgate Seal Kit 78-87 El Camino Pr1145
Tailgate Seal Kit 78-87 El Camino Pr1145
63.87
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Upper Bed Molding Tailgate Molding Clips Gm 16 78 - 87 El Camino Bn2789
Upper Bed Molding Tailgate Molding Clips Gm 16 78 - 87 El Camino Bn2789
48.99
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Gm Nos Bed Molding Clips 16 El Camino Caballero 78-87.
Gm Nos Bed Molding Clips 16 El Camino Caballero 78-87.
52.00
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78-87 El Camino Caballero Rear Tailgate License Plate Bracket Housing Mount
78-87 El Camino Caballero Rear Tailgate License Plate Bracket Housing Mount
94.99
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78-87 El Camino Rear Lower Quarter Panel Repair Patch Skin Section Rh - New
78-87 El Camino Rear Lower Quarter Panel Repair Patch Skin Section Rh - New
88.99
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78-87 El Camino Rear Wheel Well Bed Opening Reveal Chrome Trim Molding - Rh
78-87 El Camino Rear Wheel Well Bed Opening Reveal Chrome Trim Molding - Rh
74.45
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Companies are now making extended-life oils available, guaranteed to last until the mileage notated on the bottles, with some as high as 15,000 miles. However, it should be noted that these are recommended for automobiles that are beyond their warranty limits. In fact, most manufacturers will deem your warranty void if you fail to adhere to their recommended service schedules.

There is no absolute answer to the question of how often a driver should obtain an oil change. Although the average suggestion is every three to five thousand miles, there are many factors that can affect that estimate. If you happen to schedule your maintenance too early, you are only aiding in the health of your engine. The older the lubrication is, the harder your engine has to work to perform properly. Thus, your car burns more fuel. So, going in early only equates to you saving on gas mileage.

Purchasing a vehicle can be intimidating, especially if you've never bought one before. There are several steps you can take to prepare yourself and your bank account for this large purchase. Doing your homework now can prevent future headaches.