I bought my car last November with 6500 miles on it and a fresh oil change. Since then I have put ~4000 miles on it. It has been over 6 months now, so I am probably due for an oil change based on the owner's manual, even though it doesn't get driven a whole lot. I was kind of waiting to see if the EVIC will pop up a message that it is due so I'm not wasting my money. Does the EVIC only pop a message based on mileage, and not time?
The owner's manual will provide the maintenance guidelines for your vehicle. This is an excerpt from the service manual.
Based on engine operation conditions, the oil change
indicator message will illuminate. This means that service
is required for your vehicle. Have your vehicle serviced as
soon as possible, within the next 500 miles (805 km).
• The oil change indicator message will not monitor the
time since the last oil change. Change your vehicle’s oil
if it has been six months since your last oil change,
even if the oil change indicator message is NOT
• Change your engine oil more often if you drive your
vehicle off-road for an extended period of time.
• Under no circumstances should oil change intervals
exceed 6,000 miles (10,000 km) or six months, whichever