Originally Posted by pgevanthor
What about the early first oil change as done by some (me for ex) on a gas engine? What do people think about such a thing for this diesel engine?
You're referring to the break in oil change that many manufacturers used to recommend, usually done between 1000-2000 miles to dump out the oil that is contaminated with metal particles left over from the manufacturing process. While this isn't recommended anymore, I think the reason isn't because it isn't needed, because let's be honest, engine manufacturing hasn't changed. What has changed is every automaker trying to reduce their cost of ownership. You mean I have to come back in only 1200 miles for a service that costs $200! That doesn't sit well with most people these days. Arguments against the break in change will note that a special "break in" oil was added, which usually means a thicker additive to help with lubrication. Actual data from automakers on this is hard to track down.
The bottom line is it certainly won't hurt if you do a break in change, nothing but you wallet anyway. (I'd note that if you aren't going to do this yourself then you're adding another opportunity for a dopey tech to screw something up). The 3.0 oil changes aren't cheap, even DIY.
You're only helping the very long term longevity of the engine though; will it last to 200k doing 10k interval changes, most likely. Will it last to 250k because you didn't do a break in change....who knows.
I change mine at 7.5k because I tow and didn't do a break in change. My blackstone report does show the oil is at good condition at that point. Good luck.