What does your oil look like after 5000 miles?

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  1. Preeeus

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    We're curious... what does your engine oil look like (on the dipstick) after 5000 miles since your last oil change?

    Is it still clear, or is it fairly dark?
     
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    I don't have a prius anymore, but I've owned 3 Prii in the past. The oil color was always fairly dark. Definitely not pitch black, more of a darker brown
     
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    mine is so clear, i can't see it on the dipstick.
     
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    Mine always looked clear even at 100,000 miles and never used any either.
     
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    dark when it comes out of the oil pan
     
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    Good point, and I agree. The oil on the dipstick when I drain ours (after maybe 4~5000 kms only) still looks like new, but a jarful of the stuff tells a different tale: black as ink.

    On the other hand, with a couple of conventional cars I also change the oil on, it looks black as ink on the dipstick, lol. That's typically with around 8~9000 kms though.
     
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    There's supposed to be oil on the dip stick? :)
     
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    Here’s a pic of our 2010 with 182 k miles on it (2500 miles on this oil):

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    Not too bad(y).
     
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    Hope Mendel sees this photo, he said his oil after 5k looks as clear as it was put in when new. Obviously it was an overstatement by him :p
     
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    NO WAY!!!
     
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    Huh? Maybe on the dipstick, definitely not the drained oil. I've posted this before. New, Toyota 0W20:

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    And drained, after maybe 4000~5000 kilometers:

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    Mine always coffee brown dark, & not oil burning either. dont even believe people when they say after 12000 or 15000 miles its still clear as it was first dumped in, i want real pictures before and after. the wine is soo kicking in now
     
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    Clear, with a light yellowish tan tint, as seen on the dipstick. Before about 2000 miles, it's so clear it's hard to see.
     
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    look like a couple of craft brews!(y)
     
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    That must be his retirement hobby:whistle:.
     
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